Louise and Kevin will be dancing the Quickstep to ‘The Deadwood Stage’ from Calamity Jane
Ore and Joanne will be dancing the Foxtrot to ‘Pure Imagination’ from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Actually no obvious real challenges (i.e. no male Rumbas) and the music seems OK to me. Not totally sure about Lion KIng music for Salsa BUT I thought the music for Danny's Samba last week was a challenge and yet Oti absolutely nailed the choreography so let's see what AJ can do.
Personally I can't see past Judge Rinder going at this stage but let's see what they all do on the night. Certainly with Rinder out the remaining four would be my top four and have been for a little while.
Ok so Danny and Oti was very good and actually let me take a moment to pay tribute to Oti. She came in last year and I wasn't that impressed but this year she has settled and choreography is good. This Samba to that music seemed a bit of a stretch to me but she choreographed it perfectly to suit. Really impressed.
Louise again was good for me and Waltz is not necessarily dance you can impress with.
Ore I thought was a very good Paso and thought the marking was a bit mean and similar for Claudia with the Argentine Tango although I did think it was a 9. Some of the lifts etc were spectacular but there is something not quite there yet and can't quite put my finger on it.
However the judges, well Craig at least, was trying to differentiate the dancers. In short he was looking to give them an order rather than scoring everybody the same.
These are the top four though.
Judge Rinder- OK I don't like Rumba and this did nothing to persuade me otherwise. Flet sorry for him getting this dance now (Same comment Len made actually) but didn't like it at all. He was rightly in the dance off.
Ed- well it was more of a serious dance and so his entertainment element wasn't going to play as strong. He is not the strongest dancer BUT Katya has put steps in and he has done them. He is far better than Widdecombe or Sergeant ever were.
I actually wouldn't have minded if he got another week and Judge Rinder had gone. However he had to go soon and noted before that the week after Blackpool is often when the weaker, but entertaining, dancers bow out and so it proved.
I don't want to pre-judge next week but can't see past Judge Rinder going unless one of the big four has a major issue. Will be interesting to see who might be in the dance off with him though.
Then to use a sporting analogy the top four will hear the bell for the last lap. In a way it is a shame that only three will go to the final rather than all four but that is how it is and if the semi is the bell then the final will see them enter the home straight for the sprint to the line
I think it will be interesting then to see how the public vote amongst the four.
Oh and almost forgot, the Cha cha challenge. Like all of those challenges, I find it difficult to really judge on TV. IT did change things a bit by moving Louise level with Danny and splitting Ore and Claudia
Louise and Kevin will be dancing the Waltz to ‘At This Moment’ by Michael Buble
Ore and Joanne will be dancing the Paso Doble to ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ by Lorde
Claudia - not sure about cry me a river for Argie Tango but depends on choreography I guess
Danny - Should be fine with Samba and music
Ed -Tango but to Satisfaction by the Stones. Gives some scope but this is a serious dance so less scope for entertainment apart from getting the attitude right. So will need to show some of the footwork he had in the quick step.
Rinder - Ah - Rumba. This could be a problem, not a good week to get Rumba when everybody is better than you apart from say Ed. Obviously let's see what he does but this could be a challenge.
Louise - will do well and good music. Actually the only challenge with the Waltz can be to make it look really good. So a lot will depend on Kevin's choreography again.
Ore- Paso and rule the world should be OK but the dance is a bit different to some of the others and it will be interesting to see if he gets the characterisation but no reason why not.
Not sure about predictions this week. On the face of it I would assume that Rinder and Ed will be bottom the judges board. Don't know how voting will go though and again being in fourth place may be a risky place to be!
Also I have forgotten about the Cha Cha challenge, although suspect that will only reinforce Ed and Rinder in the bottom two with the judges but may give Ed some entertainment opportunity with the voters.
OK so thought I had predicted somewhere that middle of the leaderboard was going to be fatal and so it proved with Claudia in 4th in the dance off.
Ed got votes. Personally I thought Rinder (Symes - it feels stupid calling him Judge, actually I think his name is Robert so could use that but they keep calling him Judge Rinder (which actually doesn't help him, I think it would help him if they called him Robert) and I am not calling him Judge!) should have been in the dance-off and gone.
Also I actually think Greg's dance, especially the Dance off version was a lot closer to Claudia than the judges were giving it credit for.
However have so say I still don't think we have lost a potential winner (as well as I thought Greg did). Personally I would like to see Judge Rinder go next, then Ed and then I think the winner should come from the other four).
I should point out that I don't dislike Judge Rinder particularly but do find him slightly annoying and really didn't like his Salsa on Saturday but as I said above it crystallised for me why Ed deserves to be in. Robert danced his better than Ed in terms of footwork but Ed's was far better to watch.