We’re into the competition proper now with twelve celebrities left in Strictly. The girls are definitely in the driving seat but a lot can still happen between now and the final.
Natalie and Abbey maintained their form of last week with scores of 35 but Sophie had a poor dance for her with a score of 30. At the bottom it was Dave and Rachel.
Craig was back on form after his recent hip operation. We have had a few visits to the hospital with Natalie last week and Patrick had been in the wars this week.
The full scores for week 5 were:
- 35 – Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvinstev
- 35 – Abbey Clancy and Aljaz Skorjanec
- 32 – Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton
- 31 – Ashley Taylor Dawson and Ola Jordan
- 30 – Fiona Fullerton and Anton DuBeke
- 30 – Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Brendan Cole
- 28 – Patrick Robinson and Anya Garnis
- 28 – Mark Benton and Iveta Lukosiute
- 27 – Ben Cohen And Kristina Rihanoff
- 27 – Deborah Meaden and Robin Windsor
- 22 – Rachel Riley And Pasha Kovalev
- 17 – Dave Myers And Karen Hauer
Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvinstev opened the show dancing the Samba to the Gypsy King’s ‘Bomboleo’. It was a polished routine and Natalie looks to have recovered from the ill-effects of her injury last week. I wasn’t so keen on her outfit this week but the dance was spot on.
Len: That was terrific. I loved the choreography and you danced it really well. It could have done with a tad more bounce but it was great.
Bruno: You extend your lines to the limit. I love seeing this. This is what makes watching you exciting.
Craig: You need to heighten your double bounce action and your elbows on the free arm were too close to your body. Timing was brilliant. Amazing.
Darcey: Thank you for that great opening performance.
A score of 35 will no doubt be one of the best scores of the night.
Abbey Clancy and Aljaz Skorjanec performed the Foxtrot to Olly Murs’ ‘Dear Darlin’. It was a classy controlled display from Abbey.
Bruno: What a beauty. That was like a love letter set to music. That was almost picture perfect,
Craig: I loved the story that continued through the dance. You need to extend your top line on occasions but minuscule comments.
Darcey: You are really thinking about who you are playing. You create a perfect line in your upper body. Now you can indulge in your lower body. Beautiful.
Len: You are consistent. Whatever dance you have done it is to a high level.
A score of 35 equals Natalie’s and also equals Abbey’s best score.
Dave Myers And Karen Hauer Salsa’d to ‘Cuban Pete’ from the theme song to the film The Mask sung by Jim Carrey. Dave does his best but he really is not dancer material. He smiles and looks enthusiastic and there has been an improvement in his dancing but he is never going to be a serious contender. We do love the way he cooks though.
Craig: Perhaps you should have remained on the fruit trolley.
Darcey: It’s the beginning. You didn’t have fun with the maracas. You were pout of synch all the way through. It’s never a boring performance.
Len: You never let your left leg know what your right leg is doing. It’s not top quality dancing. It’s top quality dancing.
Bruno: Crackers with Maracas 2. No one had ever managed to be off time all the way through. It’s some sort of record.
A score of 17 should put Dave at the bottom of the judges leaderboard for most if not all of the night.
Deborah Meaden and Robin Windsor performed the Viennese Waltz to James Brown’s soulful ‘It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World’. Deborah needed to bounce back from a poor performance last week and pulled out all the stops using a board room table as a prop. Deborah has certainly been putting the work in and has started to look a little slimmer. She looked good in her purple outfit.
Darcey: I liked it. An interesting twist. A controlled elegance. Think of wearing a jewelled necklace to help you hold your top line.
Len: In hold I saw a touch of romance and Mills and Boone. The start was more like meals on wheels.
Bruno: Get off the table and get moving. Once you did that it was better. Much more confident and more fluid.
Craig: The table showed you could push a table in waltz time. Your top line was a disaster.
A score of 27 should take Deborah well away from the bottom two.
Patrick Robinson and Anya Garnis Salsa’d to ‘Wings’ by Little Mix. Patrick had a mishap with his hand during the week and had a cast on his hand during the performance which limited his movement. In particular he couldn’t use his right hand to hold anything. An acceptable rather than a sparkling performance but probably enough to get him through to next week.
Len: I thought you did a wonderful job in choreography to allow Patrick to use one hand only. Good job under terrible circumstances,
Bruno: I thought that you had been electrocuted. You got all stiff at moment. It felt slightly unfinished.
Craig: Very stoppy and starty. The isolation in the last shimmy has to be isolated with the shoulders. You have great rhythm.
Darcey: Be conscious of mirroring the arms with Anya but given the changes very impressive.
A score of 28 will mean Patrick may need some viewer support to keep him out of the bottom two.
Fiona Fullerton and Anton DuBeke danced the Quickstep to ‘If My Friends Could See Me Now’ by Sammy Davis Junior. Fiona has always got nervous during routines and lost concentration but this week she seemed to have raised her game and performed the routine fluidly.
Bruno: Finally putting on the Ritz. You moved better. There were a couple pf mistakes but you covered it and we didn’t notice.
Craig: I noticed the mistake in the section over there. But you flew around the floor and you were definitely back in the room.
Darcey: Finally fabulous Fiona. Keep that focus. Your best dance yet.
Len: More focus plus more confidence plus more content equals more points.
A score of 30 is Fiona’s best of the series.
Rachel Riley And Pasha Kovalev performed the Paso Doble to ‘Maneater’ by Nelly Furtado. After last week’s visit to the dance-off Rachel has realised that she has to raise her level of performance. The Paso was a dance that didn’t suit Rachel as she looked awkward on the kicks and wobbled a little. Scowling didn’t suit her either.
Craig: There was so much tension in that. It was too stiff. I didn’t find it very compelling, Arch your back and finish off the kicks. A bit of a disaster.
Darcey: I can see you’ve worked so hard. It can be hard to have that conviction. It has to be sharper.
Len: I know you’ve worked hard and you are trying hard. This was not a dance that suited your personality. You are smiley Riley and you had to show aggression.
Bruno: You had all the content there but it was the vegetarian version of a maneater. Fight for your place on Strictly.
A score of 22 looks like dance-off territory unless people get on the phones and vote for Rachel.
Mark Benton and Iveta Lukosiute performed the Waltz to ‘Apologize’ by OneRepublic . Mark is quite light on his feet for such a big bloke. This was a calm serious performance rather than a fun one. Let’s see if the judges like it.
Darcey: Your top line is so much better. I liked it.
Len: You have a naturalness about your dancing. You lost your posture a bit.
Bruno: It was so deeply felt. You put your spin and we believe it. The posture and topline needs work.
Craig: So much nicer than that ghastly dance from last week. You danced it well with emotion.
A score of 28 is Mark’s best of the series.
Ashley Taylor Dawson and Ola Jordan danced the Jive to the rock ‘n’ roll classic ‘Johnny B Goode’ by Chuck Berry. It was a good overall performance which got the studio audience on their feet.
Len: It had speed and energy. You lost your technique here and there but a terrific effort.
Bruno: Be careful kicks and flicks need to be sharper.
Craig: The feet need pointing but I loved it.
Darcey: That wasn’t safe or placed it was brilliant. But the feet need to point.
A score of 31 should keep Ashley towards the top of the judges leaderboard.
Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton (from Grimsby) performed the American Smooth to Tony Bennett’s ‘Sunny Side of The Street’. Susanna is there or there abouts with each performance but needs to keep up the improvement to stay in touch with Sophie, Natalie and Abbey.
Bruno: You exude happiness and positive energy. Nice in hold and good lifts. Great performance.
Craig: One word. Gorgeous.
Darcey: The focus you give to each dance is bang on. Lovely.
Len: This week it’s smooth suave and sophisticated.
A score of 32 will certainly do.
Ben Cohen And Kristina Rihanoff were Quickstepping to Friends theme tune ‘I’ll Be There For You’ by The Rembrandts. The routine had a little bit too much messing about on the stairs (well the friends sofa actually) so Len may not be happy. The rest of the routine was competent without really catching on fire.
Craig: A little out of your comfort zone. I didn’t feel you were leading. I loved your face.
Darcey: I need you next week to up the difficulty.
Len: There’s been a lot of couples messing about. How better to wastes time by throwing popcorn about on a sofa. What you did you did well.
Bruno: I agree with Len. If it gone on any longer I would have joined in with a pizza. You’ve been teasing us with your ability. We want the full whack.
A score of 27 leaves Ben a bit too close to the bottom of the leaderboard to be safe without the viewer vote. That will teach him to mess about on the sofa with Kristina.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Brendan Cole closed the show with a Cha Cha Cha to Michael Jackson’s ‘PYT’. It was another polished performance from one of the best dancers in the competition.
Darcey: So beautifully musical.
Len: I don’t think you got into the dance. It wasn’t cheeky and raunchy.
Bruno: There was a bit of a saucy vixen out there. It had a stylish feel. It’s hard for tall people to stretch the back of the leg.
Craig: Make sure you keep dancing when you are walking. I didn’t mind it.
A score of 30 is a poor one for Sophie but it should be enough to get her into next week’s show.
So we have Dave and Rachel in the bottom two of the judges leaderboard. Rachel looks like she will need a surge of viewer support to avoid the dance-off. Who will be there with her? We will find out on Sunday night.
For details on scoring see Strictly Come Dancing Judges Scores