No they won't acknowledge it, well in fairness Tess might say after last week's controversial elimination or some such.. There was a bit of s stink when Pixie Lott when early last year but that was the judges getting rid of a good person early.
Anyway to this week
Anita and Gleb are dancing the Rumba to ‘Read All About It’ by Emelie Sande. -
UM so the dance of death but Anita and Gleb could possibly pull this off. A risk though because even 'good' Rumbas tend not to be much more than low 30s Very poor timing to get the dance this week.
Georgia and Giovanni will perform the Paso Doble to Europe’s epic soft rock anthem ‘The Final Countdown’.
Like the music for this and on current form should be good, If Georgia maintains the form of the last few weeks it should be good. She will have to go some to be better than Anita's Blackpool performance though
Helen and Alja?? perform the Viennese Waltz to the beautiful ‘At Last’ by Etta James.
I think this is probably right up Helen's street and the Viennese that Aliaz choreographed for Abi Clancy was outstanding so I think this will be good.
Jay and Aliona are performing the Tango to the Prince classic ‘When Doves Cry’.
OK well I think the music could just about work with this. He needs to take emotion out of the face so that could work as well. I think they should have a good dance here and perhaps Jay could get back on form a but after a few mid table performances
Katie and Anton will dance the Argentine Tango to Ástor Piazzolla’s ‘Libertango’.
Well I think Anton needs to put a lot of content in and challenge Katie but this is Latin and not a strength for either. It is also a dance with a lot of impact when done well so will show up if not. I think she could be dance off material this week.
Kellie and Kevin will Salsa to the poptastic ‘I Want You Back’ by The Jackon 5.
Their Samba was great and I see no reason why the Salsa wouldn't be either.
Peter and Janette are going to dance the American Smooth to the soulful ‘Sweetest Feeling’ by the great Jackie Wilson.
Could be quite good actually.
So I think Katie for the dance off and possibly either of the guys, especially Peter if people decide not to vote for him in protest.
However remember, because I only just did that there is a group quick step next week. This actually may well favour Katie. Jay had a bit of a mare when he did it first time. Also as everybody is on the floor at the same time then some ability to manoeuvre will be important and the man leads so the male celebs will struggle with this due to a lack of experience where the Male Pros have done this loads of times.
So again Jay and Peter may struggle here.
So not sure how this might go but as even 'good' Rumbas don't generally get more than low 30s I think Anita may be in trouble. I think if she does a good attempt at the Rumba I will vote for Anita this week because to get the Rumba at this stage is a huge disadvantage..
Fair enough Beth on the jive. To be fair we are probably disagreeing on detail as overall we both think it was the worst dance on the night and the Sunday night as well come to that.
The other topic is much more interesting and controversial. I definitely think dressage is skilful and indeed requires strength and fitness (you aren't just sat on the horse). Gymnastics even more so.
However if the result is subjective then it is art not sport. It is even called Artistic gymnastics and ice skating even gives artistic impression points.
In a sport the crowd know who has won without having to be told
Which of course means that I do consider darts, snooker and pool as sport
It does become a bit more interesting if you come to Bridge or chess. However I do consider these games because to be a sport it has to be primarily a physical activity for me. Darts is fundamentally about throwing something involving a skill even though supreme fitness is not required. Playing a card or moving a chess piece basic motor activity like eating your dinner.
I should also say that whilst sport if fundamentally a physical activity there is still a mental side to all sport especially at the elite level.
Actually noticed I said any equestrian sport above. Bit of brainstorm that because that is not true. Only dressage is judged. Show jumping, cross country and horse racing are of course sports because the crowd know who has won..
I think it depends a bit o nthe individual and also what stage you are in your running.
People who haven't been running for long love a medal. After that you just stick them in a drawer (apart from say a London Marathon medal).
Mugs are similar (although I donate quite a few to the club canteen. T-Shirts similar although actually I wear some of these to the start and then discard them.
Things I have and use are: a Towel from the Watford half is still used as my towel at work after a run. A couple of kit bags are still used to take kit into work and home again to wash. Other stuff such as trainers, shower gel, watch etc stay in a bag in the boot but the kit goes in the kit bag,
Well Dave it isn't sport so not really a competition as it is subjective. Note that applies to Gymnastics, dressage etc which aren't sports in my opinion. Also a bit like Sports Personality of the year.
However people who watch Strictly, certainly once it gets to the business end, do tend to vote for the best dancer.
Just like SPOTY Is usually more or less the right decision.
If you don't like Strictly that is fine just leave it to the people that do.
Beth, Yes agree. Feel the same about Peter actually. I think he will get found out soon. I think he is this far on merit, well apart from Saturday, he really should have gone but not much longer.
Also think you may be right on Gleb and Anita Rumba. I can't stand Rumba but just wonder if this may break the mould.
It is always interesting to try and work out how much is down to the choreography. I don't think Janette did that bad a job on Peter's Jive. HE just didn't deliver with kicks and flicks and was heavy legged.
Dave - it is light entertainment but these guys actually have to do something and get critiqued unlike most of these shows. More to the point some of these celebs won't be used to that! Not a fan of most talent shows or reality stuff but Strictly has something about it, which not everybody likes of course
By the way they seemed to bring in some guest professional dancers during Anastacia on Sunday -wasn't impressed.