SFF - you know I was thinking that as well. We are saying they are now all good this year but actually they are all of the same standard but I am not sure any of them are as good as some previous years.
Karen is Kevin's fiancee. I think he joined in when she got emotional and was pleased when she made the final as well. Although they will now be up against each other!
Also agree on the music, some of it was a bit strange. I thought Kevin and Frankie did a really good Argie with that music. Also felt that the style of their Rumba was on the music as well.
I assume for the Show dance they have complete control. Certainly do for the choreography so think they should choose the music as well.
Caroline was the star this week with a very good Foxtrot and then despite my concern over Salsa it was a hit. Not sure I actually thought it was 40 dance but it was good.
Frankie was back. You know I don't get the Rumba. Well actually i did get this one, maybe because it was nothing like a Rumba and was alternative but I got it and thought it was good. Best Rumba of the series for me and one of the better ones I have seen!
Jake - well in fairness he didn't haev a good week. I have never considered the Cha Cha to be a dance of death but having down for Pixie last week, it did for Jake this week.
I thought his Vienniese was OK
Mark - again an alternative Rumba but although I liked the style around it, I couldn't see much Rumba (although I don't like Rumba, have I mentioned that before? Today already... OK) Karen does get emotional doesn't she.
Vienniese was good though
Simon - completely cocked up the Salsa. Ok not bad but this was the Semi and it was a bit of a disaster. Foxtrot was good.
So Jake and Mark in the dance off. Don't know why Mark chose the Rumba. Why would anybody CHOOSE the dance of death for a dance off. However Jake wasn't on it this week and I think that was the right result.
I know they were all on two dances this week but it did feel like the standard was down overall and I think Pixie was have done well this week.... Just saying
So two girls and two boys in the final and I have to say I think one of the girls should win it. I am a bit of a Frankie and Kevin fan actually but lets show how they go.
As usual it will probably come down to the Show dance in reality. Which also means the pros need to get that right.
So Frankie and Mark have Rumbas - so there is my tip for the dance off!!
Except that Frankie has an Argie Tango and i think that could be good.
Mark could do a good Vienniese mind as well/
Caroline has a Salsa - saw what that that did to Frankie last week and a Foxttrot, which should be good.
Jake has a Vienniese Waltz and a Cha Cha. He may actually do a good job on the Cha, Cha as is better at Latin but the Vienniese gives less opportunity to act and he was bottom in the Waltzathon last week.
Simon - Foxtrot will be good. Samba might be a challenge.
Interesting this year. We say they are all good but all of them have a bit of a leaning to one style e.g. ballroom or latin. In the past the winner has really got their feet around both.
On balance and what we have seen so far from them and the judges I think Simon is through and I will come back to the Rumbas of Frankie and Mark putting them in the dance off. Although with a second dance they might get votes for overall performance on the evening if not sufficient judges marks.
If Frankie did go it will be one lady and three men in the final and two weeks ago I would have predicted the exact opposite!
The East Germans were doping then and that is a fact from the Stasi files that have come out since. Not sure why the women were particularly so but they were. The Soviets as well but the GDR were doing it on an industrial scale.
The Chinese blip was probably dodgy because it came and went rather than a sustained improvement in that country.
As for club level, yes there are a lot more recreational runners down bringing the avergae down BUT the fact is the better club runners are slower.
I think the mileage then was higher. I think people trained harder but also did one sport.
In Britain in particular there is all this talk about the Africans having lots of natural advantages BUT if Coe, Ovett, Cram were running now they would be competitive with all of them. If somebody broke theBritish record at a middle distance or long distance event at the Olympics they would be on the podium. Ok the long distance goes without saying now that Mo has the records. I don't really know why but it is the case.