All-a-dreaming of what might be ...oops, mind the steps, Katya; Nat gets dress honours.
Jamela paso first - loved it - movement, lots of oopmh, wasn't sure about the GaGa song but thought it was an exciting dance, really enjoyed the choreography, attitude, one slight wobble. Len: captured the spirit, could almost see the blood swelling in your bosom; Alesha: start to finish, dramatic, feisty, determined; Bruno: Pamela, ohh la la, the red menace, disdainful look - don't mess with me; Craig: strong lines, major attitude and conviction, some parts a little laboured, three wobbles, apart from that, terrific. Score: 35
Artara VW - gorgeous opening, beautiful routine, her arms and her sway are loveliness personified - and buckets of charisma too. Endearing, says Alesha of Kara, I agree. Mirror each other perfectly, simply beautiful; Bruno: Beautiful lines, quality of movement, expression of musical phrasing; Craig: phrasing spectacular, foot came off the floor (Alesha and Bruno "No, it didn't" Me: Who cares?) Len calls him Fanlight Fanny. If I'm dreaming, don't wake me up, in all the years of Strictly I've seen two fantastic VWs - your and yours (K&A). Score: 39
Gavya samba, a few tricks, not great technique, walks dodgy but at least he went for it, not afraid to use the hips now, is he! Bruno: You look the part, performance has improved, not yet quite connected to the music; Craig: lacking rhythm and flow, sloppy arms, hip rotation was well worth the training time; Len: You got the most technically challenging dance for a guy. Got the guns, not the ammunition; Alesha: Worked your bottom brilliantly, the most improved. Score: 27
Scattalie AT - nice solo spot, intense all the way, ambitious lifts, understated, not so much with the fancy footwork, was expecting a little more. Craig: loved it, very good but need more swivel on the closes, man should lead; Len: Clean, precise, captured the mood, not convinced you were the hot guy looking for totty; Alesha: slick opening section, seductive and intense, more strength needed but very good; Bruno: I got it, Ssssscott. Played like a film noir, lover or stalker? Intense, focused, effective. Score: 33
Mattiona salsa and I thought WOW - fab fab groovy fab, even without armography, rhythm coming atcha. Loved it. *Confused face at judges* I thought he really connected with the music and dance. Len pulls faces, didn't like it, disappointed; Alesha: brave opening lift, lots of basic salsa, didn't like the grinding section, relax; Bruno: salsa is smooth an flirtatious, overworked it; Craig: balance off, timing out, too much isolation. Score: 28 poor bloke is shell shocked. Well, I loved it and I'm sure plenty of the audience did too.
The Swingathon, a hint of jive, morsel of lindyhop, spoonful of jitterbug. Loving Gav's tactics board. War on the floor, dancing by comparison is harder. Gavya out first, no surprise; Scattalie next; Jamela gone, flagging a little; Mattiona putting up a good fight for 2nd, Artara the winners. They're gonna sleep well tonight! Craig says stamina won it; Alesha says Gavya first out, timing and content, lack of. Artara seemed mainly all tricks, Mattiona, for me, I saw lots of actual dancing, thought they might have nabbed it. But then, the camera was flying around, couldn't see anyone properly!
So the leaderboard: Artara 44; Jamela 38; Scattalie 35; Mattiona 32; Gavya 28.
On tonight's dances, my three for the final: Artara; Jamela; Mattiona. But that could all change tomorrow! See you then, 6pm!