Beth Roberts

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No Strictly this year

Posted: 24/11/2015 at 14:59

Fair comment, taken on board.  

And yes, we do both agree that it was the worst dance of the entire weekend.

The only thing I will add is that dressage itself is more for the purpose of testing and showcasing the athletic ability of the horse, not necessarily the rider, although the rider has to provide the right aids (or instructions to the horse through the reins, use of leg, seat, balance etc) to encourage the horse to move in the way it should be doing, which I can confirm is quite difficult to learn!   

But anyway, back to the dancing!!!!  Do we think the judges (or indeed the show itself) will acknowledge the outrage of viewers regarding 'Dance-off Gate'?  And who do we think will be in the dance off this week - hopefully it'll be Peter Andre and Helen.  Think Helen got through by the skin of her teeth last week.

No Strictly this year

Posted: 24/11/2015 at 12:58

On this occasion Brooks, I'll have to disagree with you (politely of course), I didn't spot much jive content to be fair and I used to do jive so like to think I can identify the moves.  

Also, gymnastics and dressage (including any equestrian sport) are valid sports - the amount of work, training and sheer physical strength and fitness required to compete in these disciplines is immense.  People think that the horse does all the work, but if you have ever ridden a horse you would know that this is absolutely not the case. (they really struggle on the parallel bars..... )

Now, darts, snooker and pool on the other hand....................................they're games, not sport. 

No Strictly this year

Posted: 23/11/2015 at 13:18

A travesty, that's what it was!!!!!  Jamelia was way better in the dance off than Peter - his Jive didn't even resemble a jive, lazy and poor choreography there I think.  He was also heavy legged and flat footed - at one point he was just jumping on the spot, it was terrible!  

Feel sorry for Jamelia - no, she may not have got much further in the competition but she was better on the night than Peter, but he got the votes because he's 'the more popular celebrity' - shocking decision and judges should be ashamed of themselves.  What's more, they obviously knew they were screwing Jamelia over by the sheepish expressions they all had!  Disgraceful conduct!!

Right, as for the others, all brilliant with the exception of Helen - she just didn't 'get' the dance for me, like Craig said far too clean and precise, not enough slapstick and certainly not enough quirk.  Think she was lucky to avoid the dance off.

Back to Peter - I disagree that he's a good dancer.  I think he tries hard, but he's just not in the league of the remaining dancers and if he stays in beyond the next two weeks then I shall be making a formal complaint!!!!! 

Thought Anita and Gleb's paso was amazing - he's really bringing a breath of fresh air with his alternative choreography.  Can't wait to see their Rumba - I think (if he pitches it right) it'll be sensational.


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Posted: 19/11/2015 at 13:40

Exactly. Well said Franz.

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Posted: 18/11/2015 at 13:48

I think Corbyn's ideas on warfare would have worked well a couple of hundred years ago when people duelled with swords and fought in a gentlemanly manner!!  

And I'm not being vengeful, but frankly if he's in charge, we're all dead meat.  Shooting to kill is a safer option for innocent bystanders and also the armed forces. Unfortunately a 'gentle chat and slap on the wrist' of these nut jobs isn't going to do the trick.  For those terrorists that have already died, either at their own hands or the hands of the military/armed forces, I say thank goodness for less murdering psychopaths (because that's what they are) on the street!!   

Paris marathon insurance

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 13:13

To be fair Sid, I don't see him being the leader for very long, even his own party don't support his ideals! 

Paris marathon insurance

Posted: 18/11/2015 at 13:03

"The days of fighting wars by gentleman's rules in someone else's country has long gone."

Indeed it has, perhaps someone should enlighten our government, in particular the leader of the Labour party who is slowly showing himself to be a terrorist sympathiser!!! 

No Strictly this year

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 13:18

Lol - I watched all the dancing - it was just the other stuff I fast forwarded. 

No Strictly this year

Posted: 10/11/2015 at 14:05

Finally managed to watch the main show last night, on fast forward!! 

So, dance of the night for me was Jay and Aliona.  Yes, I agree he needs to be more expressive but I think he's concentrating that hard on what his body is doing that he forgets to include his face.  I can forgive him that though as technically it was fan-bloody-tastic.  Going to watch it again tonight!

Thought Jamelia did a great job - pleased for her that she wasn't in the dance off for a change.

Helen - still not convinced.  Thought the dance was good, but for some reason she just cannot bend her legs and get the hip movement - she's like a spindly legged little show pony - they don't bend their knees much either!! Problem is, she is a great dancer but I still just cannot warm to her.

Anita - good jive, but a bit off the boil for me.  The timing just didn't seem quite right and I agree with Brooks - the kicks could have been sharper.  Seemed a tad laboured at times.

Georgia - Lots of mistakes and waiting for Giovanni to lead her into the next bit.  For the first time I thought she looked very unsure of what she was supposed to be doing.  However, the bits she did remember to do were brilliant.  Shame as I really like Georgia and think she is a great dancer.

Kellie - nice waltz, but didn't blow me away.  That's all I have to say about that...

Peter - still not sure if I like him but can't take it away from him that this was a fantastic charleston.

Katie - I actually really enjoyed watching this, thought they did a great job.  Ok, she messed up some footwork, but definitely her best dance so far for me.

Carol - really bad.  It just looked half hearted and like she'd just given up.  And yes, I was surprised too re the arm placement on the last lift.......

Jeremy - so bad I couldn't bear to watch it.  I like Jeremy, think he's a lovely bloke, but it just made me cringe.


No Strictly this year

Posted: 30/10/2015 at 13:38

Re the comments on Helen - personally I just cannot warm to her, she's just a little bit too perfect and very insincere for me and maybe that's what others are seeing.  I think she'll struggle with the samba as she seems to be a little bit too stiff for the latin dances (I refer to her inability to 'bend her knees' - Darcy pointed this out a couple of weeks ago).  But we'll see how she goes.

I'd like to see Jamelia do well this week, if her charleston was anything to go by then she should be pretty good at this (as there can be cross over between the two dance styles), she just needs to make sure her kicks and flicks are sharp and clean and she keeps up on the timing.

Loving both Anita and Jay - they are just fabulous and really appear to have natural talent.  Gleb's choreography last week was just fantastic - it's really refreshing to see something new and a bit different.

Sad to say it but I reckon it'll be Jeremy and Carol in the dance off this week, which is a shame because I think they're both lovely, but then it is a dancing competition and not a popularity contest. 

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