Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special: Rockin robins and molten tinsel

Jives to the left of us, American Smooths to the right, with a Salsa and Viennese Waltz chucked in the middle just for the fun of it!

JLS's JB Gill the winner of the night, partnering Ola in a bright and lively jive to Rockin Robin'. We won't harp on about it being grossly overmarked (a little flat footed, raggedy technique, a slip) because it was damn good fun, full of personality with magnificent timing and musicality. But the judges weren't holding back with the 10s, considering he was first out! 39 put them top of the judges board; support from the audience gave them the trophy.

Also dancing a jive were Blue Peter's action girl, Helen Skelton, with Arten Chigvintsev, to All I Want For Christmas is You. As you'd expect, there were well executed flips but also a few hiccups. However, these didn't detract from an overall great routine and 37 points gave them second on the board.

There were American Smooths from Bobby Ball and partner Katya Virshilas and Sheila Hancock with Ian Waite; Bobby and Katya's charming routine to a jaunty version of White Christmas (with his famous braces getting a starring role) while 79 year old - I can't believe that - Sheila brought us a gorgeous mini panto of The Ice Queen to Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, danced with a wonderful top line, very elegant and classy. 29 points and 36 points put them third and sixth respectively on the leader board.

An outing, finally, for my favourite Christmas song which sums up the Strictly season - The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, as Anton du Beke whirled Katy Brand around the floor beautifully for a delightful Viennese Waltz. Fluid, lovely extensions, great footwork, movement and timing - we knew she could dance anyway - but as Len put it: "Like Christmas snow: deep and crisp and even." Anton's jumper deserved a ten on its own and Katy said the whole experience was like "being dipped in molten tinsel". Only 33 points felt undermarked!

When Fabrice Muamba apparently rejected Dancing On Ice and said he'd rather dance a salsa on Strictly, we just knew he'd pitch up here somewhere! Recovering amazingly from a cardiac arrest, Fabrice partnered Aliona Vilani in a wonderfully groovy routine to Christmas Wrappin', showing the nifty footwork that had served him so well in his previous career. Brilliant natural rhythm; he had a ton of fun and so did we. Mid table respectability with 35 points!

Rod Stewart got the judges swaying with a finger snappin' toe tappin' rendition of Let It Snow, before there was no faffing about with eliminations and b-boom music, instead, it was straight out with the Moment of Truth naming JB and Ola as winners.

Another season gone then *sob* and the finale bringing not only the cast of this series and the judges out on the floor, but the Strictly All Stars revisiting their signature moves: Kelly and Brendan; Erin and Colin; Chelsee and Pasha; Chris and Ola; Rachel and Vincent; Tom and Natasha paired with Kristina and Ian.

Time to wrap up those glittery paddles and stick them back in the loft till next year, awaiting the the return of Strictly. But feel free to join me for Dancing on Ice, which begins on Sunday, January 6th. See you then :)

Monday, 24 December 2012

Strictly Come Dancing: Flouvia win!

Olympian Louis Smith and partner Flavia Cacace won the battle of the best on .Saturday, as Strictly Come Dancing Series 10 came to a nail biting, jaw dropping close.

Their magnificent charleston topped off a silky performance, with the salsa that previously split the judges wowing everyone this time around. "OMG that was incredible" is what I have written down here. It wasn't just slinky, it was marinaded in extra virgin olive oil. The big lift was perfect and there was plenty of salsa content and personality while still retaining the feel of the original film. The charleston stormed the floor, with a back somersault - standing start - added to the fizz. As for the show dance, you know I'm not a fan of the gymnastic non dancing freestylers but this was so much better. The emotive music helped, and possibly Louis being topless - but the control and artistry in his body, coupled with an Argentine Tango influenced rumba and that gravity defying lift (below) which, literally, made my jaw drop - meant I was transfixed. Awesome stuff.

Flouvia didn't have it all their own way, as Kisha also gained three votes from me, with their fierce, exciting tango, the romantic and beautifully danced Viennese Waltz - gorgeous transition from steps to floor, and my favourite show dance of the night to Crazy in Love, channelling Beyonce brilliantly. I remember more of their dances than anyone else; they will always be one of my favourite pairings. Had their Charleston and American Smooth been in the final, the outcome may have been different. Technically adept yet retaining a hint of rawness, with Kimberley able to 'let go' in every performance in a way the others never quite managed.

Jamise's jive will go down as one of those Strictly classics, they were on fire and carried it through into the immense show dance with awesome lifts - James was actually overcome at Craig's 10 - before finishing on the brilliant, perfectly executed charleston. Vani, the fourth placed couple, were unable to perform their jive (why do the producers do that?) but the tango was more elegant this time, terrific, stylish and plenty of attack. Their show dance, to Dani's "favourite song of all time" ("Westlife!" interjected Nicky) opened as a rumba before taking shape as a paso but did have a few sticky transitions. Adorable as they were, I did feel it may not be enough for them.

The score board (just for guidance) read:

Jamise 39 + 40 + 40 = 119
Kisha 39 + 39 + 40 = 118
Flouvia 39 + 40 + 39 = 118
Vani 36 + 35 = 71 (eliminated at the beginning of the results show)

The show opened with an extreme Paso by the professionals, with lots of golden spangles on show, although "Tess's dress feels like a Brillo Pad" - Brucie.

The class of 2012 joined us, Nicky and Michael behaving like naughty schoolboys, while Artem and Aliona perfomed a dangerously seductive routine to Robbie Williams's new single Different.

In the immortal words of The Funkmasters: I can't believe it's over. For nine months at least - keep an eye on the website for details of series 11!

Or you could tune into the Christmas Special, 6.15pm, BBC1 on Christmas Day!

Photos: BBC.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two - last minute shimmies

All four finalists on the sofa tonight!

Denise with a dislocated rib and James with the missing salsa step in their show dance; Denise with a Del-boy impression of James. Family VT alert - they're gonna need a bigger box of tissues.

Louis was a lot more nervous at the Olympics; he hasn't trained 19 years for Strictly. And he has a bad back :( Even he's welling up at The Family VT. Dasher the meerkat chooses them to win.

Vani's jouney - they've barely sat down and Vincent's crying already. He's still going to choreograph for Dani on Sunday - and send her a video of himself doing it. Zoe and Dani both in bits at The Family VT.

Kisha's journey, from limp to perfection. "I've got to smout" - Kimberley, her Fusion face of smiling with a pout in their Chango. Her brother is pretty lush! #FamilyVT

The judges, with Darcey and Bruno in matching outfits. Craig's in panto: "Oh no he isn't". Darcey and Bruno compare leg extensions. Their highlights included the unveiling and matching up of the contestants (Len) and Halloween (Bruno).

Down in the studio, the cast have reunited for highlights and one big Strictly Shimmy, with Zoe in her "ridiculous" shoes.

I have to say I'm slightly disappointed in the music for the show dances - they've all been used before. What A Feeling will just remind me of Robert Webb. Crazy in Love, Alesha's cha cha; Rule The World (much as I love it) was Anton and Laila's rumba - so in fairness, it deserves another outing. And Bohemian Rhapsody I'm not sure has, actually, but picture the scene: At a party, the floor is rocking to Mambo No.5 and Livin' La Vida Local, everyone in a groovy Latin mood ... and then the DJ puts on BH. Never seen a floor empty so fast. Except for the few die hards who hung around just for *that* guitar bit a la Wayne's World. I just don't hear it as a dance song. So the routines will really need to blow me away.

But, 320 points up for grabs tomorrow and barring no mistakes, a real possibility. On paper, Flouvia is looking most likely to get three votes from me, with their charleston, salsa and tricky AT/rumba to Take That. Kisha's VW I loved - some concern though, as it's the one that landed them in the bottom two. But the romantic ballroom mixed with the feisty tango and a party Latin combo appeals. Jamise and Vani with terrific jives and multi stranded show dances will be split only by the charleston and tango.

Only *checks clock* twenty hours and five minutes to go!! If you really can't contain yourself, go visit the official website here and fill up on the previous ten weeks!

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two final week highlights

Louis was warned by Flav that His Crowning Glory would be subject to a VT - and so it came to pass!

Their dances are firm crowd favourites: Judges Pick - the Dirty Dancing Salsa, with added oil; their choice is the charleston and a show dance to Rule The World. Going to be tough to beat that combo!

Ramps on the red button this week!

Lisa in hair and make up said Robin is the bane of her life - they make up, then tan up and then don't match - he's the worst!

Julien McDonald with the costume stats so far: over 400 metres of fringing; over 700 godets; over 15000 bugle beads - and over 250,000 crystals! Dani's American Smooth dress alone had 150metres of ruffles and 5000 crystals! "What have I got left?" asked Vicky in wardrobe "let's chuck it all on!"

Darcey wants a feisty woman in Vani's tango, the judges pick. "I'm taking care of that" - Vincent. Their choice is their jive, just so Vincent's wig can come out again.

Ian showing a nice line in Christmas jumpers.

In Karen's crib, sniffing candles and leaving ash on her nose. Funny lady!

Ian put a bet on someone - they went out, so he won't say who he wants to win.

Chris Hollins: "I'm glad I wasn't in it this year." He also enjoyed the week James forgot his routine, after the grief he was given when he did it.

Jill would be shocked if Jamise don't get 40 for their jive.

Spreading the Strictly Shimmy - Natalie gets the plum job of the rugby club.

The Kelp - the Kimberley Yelp precedes the Kimberlicious Lips, with a very funny slo-mo raspberry.


Vani to Bohemian Rhapsody, a complicated and powerful paso inspired mix of tango and rumba with wow lifts and Dani in a little black and white number which isn't quite finished yet.

Jamise to What a Feeling, a mix of their fave moments from various dances, with unbelievable lifts and a knee slide; Denise in black catsuit.

Kisha to Crazy in Love, a Latin combo with different, intricate lift work and her in a 5000 crystal covered colour block short flared skirt for booty shaking.

Flouvia to Rule The World rumba style with AT references and unusual dangerous lifts promising something different. Louis will be topless.

Note: All four professionals have been in the final before but never won!

Monday, 17 December 2012

Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two - Monday mourning

It's the final week, as in last and as in The Final - and I just discovered, there will be an interview with the winners on the It Takes Two blog next week, for those of us bereft of closure.

Robisa, on the sad sofa, I'm already tearing up. We have extended highlights because there were so many in this emotional, roller coaster of a journey - because if ever there was a time to use that well worn phrase, this is it. And they're off ... *passes tissues* ... we're all off. They stick up for Denise, and Lisa wants her double DD's to win - Denise and Dani.

Backstage pass - Louis spreading rumours about the competition - Kimberley's hairnet is to contain the nits, lol.

It's wonderful to have Bruno on the sofa, his critiques are so engaging, descriptive and poetic.

The secret to Jamise's relationship - brutal honesty, with plenty of insults! They tell us their dances for the Final: Judges' Pick - Jive; their choice - charleston.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Strictly Come Dancing: Semi Final!

It couldn't be closer: we know the weakest technically has strong public support so anything could happen, anyone could go!

Vani lead the way, with a flowing and romantic American Smooth, happy and charming with lovely lifts which scored them a respectable 34. Their Argentine Tango was always going to be their strongest and gave us a strength we hadn't seen before from Dani, which resulted in their first 10 from Len. My only teensy criticism is that both were maybe a little too placed, too precise. That sounds a bit daft, doesn't it?

Next up were Flouvia with a jive and what he lacked in technique, Louis made up for in personality and a genuinely fun routine, showing his natural rhythm. Their foxtrot had gorgeous choreography, very well danced, very smooth - while I like that song though, I couldn't marry it with the foxtrot so the overall effect left me a little flat.

Jamise went all on out frontal assault; luckily, it was a tango and the intent, attack, timing and drama was perfect in a paso inspired routine. I loved it. They followed with a tender rumba, beautifully choreographed, danced and acted. I think they'll make the final, deservedly - I can't see anyone else beating them in a dance off, if they find themselves there again.

Kisha were my favourites of the night - Nimble Kimble has, since their dance off appearance, given everything. Their American Smooth was sensual, sultry and spectacular all through. Loved the classy shimmy. And that dress. Following with something completely different, a fantastically themed charleston with brilliant tricks - those linked cartwheels were fabulous. Consistent and exciting.

People's favourite, possibly, Robisa, led off with a salsa, fun and funky but oh, dear - why did  they persist with the floor spin? Inelegant and stopped the flow of the routine dead, but Flippin' Hell, Robin - that was awesome! However, I do feel that Lisa's energy have dropped off as the contest has gone on and the Latin has begun to labour a bit. The American Smooth was better, classy and feel good, with their customary side by side sections full of joy.

The leader board (which also happens to be my order too)
Kisha 38 + 40 = 78 = 5 pts
Jamise 39 + 38 = 77 = 4 pts
Vani 34 + 38 = 72 = 3 pts
Flouvia 31 + 38 = 69 = 2 pts
Robisa 31 + 32 = 63 = 1 pt

Now, I'm no mathematician, as you know ... but, assuming, going by last week, that Denise is the least popular, she'll be on 5 points overall. Lisa, if the most popular, would be on 6 points overall, which means that the least Kimberley could have would be 7 pts - and which would make her safe.  But who knows, support grows and wavers, Flouvia and Vani have strong public support - we could end up with a reversed leader board - which would give us a Kisha v Jamise dance off. Good luck with that one, judges!

We'll find out in ooh, 5 ish hours time! While away the time by enjoying your favourite routines again on the official BBC website. See you then :)

One last, little note - a lot of people knock Tess, but how good was she when the pros were getting out of hand behind her? Carries on with the script, references hem but straight back on it without a single duff word or loss of concentration.

So, I'm back -- after the extended break for the Sports Personality of the Year Award, the toughest in British sporting history (I ended up voting for five different living legends and Bradley Wiggins was one of them).

Opening the results show, a beautiful ballroom from Anton & Erin; Natalie & Brendan and Artem & Ola, before we have it confirmed that Kisha are safe and that Robisa will be in the Dance Off.  Katherine Jenkins sings Santa Baby for us - and with Gethin in the audience, what do we think? Back on? Robin and Kristina accompany before we switch to Len's Lens: Kisha's charleston; Jamise's attack; finger wagging at Craig for no ten; Vincent flipping a coin into the fountain and wishing to make the final, aw. Bruce, drinking at said fountain "of youth" - Bruno. And the general party atmosphere that's pervaded the judges' desk this season :)

Back to the Moment of Truth and Flouvia are called safe; Jamise are in the dance off and Vincent sinks to his knees in relief.

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas reprise their jive from Kath's brilliant stint on Dancing With the Stars, before the judges, as expected, save Jamise over Robisa, with regret. Then it all gets very emotional, especially with Lisa's tribute to Robin - and I swear I saw Darcey wiping her eyes.

Phew! So, an unprecedented four couple final this year - apparently, it should have been a double elimination this week, so either a) someone wanted to ensure Jamise made it through or b) someone wanted us all to enjoy all the top couples for as long as possible because there's very little to choose between them. As a positive kind of person, I'm going with the second option - because life's just too short.

Next week, they'll all dance a Judges' Pick; a Show Dance and the top three then dance their favourite. Get that bubbly on ice and plenty of chocolatey nibbles in!

Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two

On the sofa this week ...

It's raining 10s, Hallelujah!

"Look at all those mirrir balls; I think I'm in heaven!" - Robin

Adrenalin overdrive backstage, also Louis's dishy stagehand double, Liam.

Craig needs a hug (Karen) or a slap (Nicky) who won't be going to see him in panto.

Richard on Karen's slwo, gentle and controlled kick ball changes in the pro dance challenge: "It's a world record attempt but why rush."

Louis, being the last man standing, is getting ganged up on by the girls in the make up room.

Vincent on his challenge: "I should be fast , the only problem was I was rubbish." It was an Italian take on Irish dancing, as Zoe said. Flavia stormed it with blurry feet, to win it for the girls.

Vincent said even though he was bottle fed, he still manages to do what he does. It took Dani a minute to realise what he meant! Very pleased with their "ultimate ovulation"! AT going well, except Dani keeps kicking herself.!

Strictly Global - it's now in over 40 countries and the biggest show on the box in some.

Pasha treats us to a solo dance to fever in training - he's free for private viewings after the show on Saturdays.

JLS are big fans and clued up on all the techy talk - they were the Friday panel.

This week's dances:
Robisa: Salsa to Best Years of our Lives; American Smooth to All That Jazz
Jamise: Tango to Roxanne; Rumba to First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Flouvia: Jive to Why Do Fools Fall in Love; Foxtrot to Somebody That I Used to Know
Vani: American Smooth to Just Haven't Met You Yet; Argentine Tango to Libertango
Kisha: American Smooth to Fever; Charleston to Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines.

Check out all the rest of the gossip on the official BBC It Takes Two site.

Apologies again for the late postings this week, I'll be back on course after the results show tonight!

Friday, 14 December 2012

Strictly Come Dancing: Kisha's perfect dancemotion

After the plethora of 34s, Dance Fusion week saw Kisha smash through that barrier to score a perfect 40 and top the leader board.

Fantastic attitude and energy, sublime transitions in a skilfully crafted routine, all backed up by an outstanding performance - Kimberley switching from attacking pout to abandoned laughter effortlessly. And a standation from Len! Come on! I love that she hugs everyone. And then cries - a tale of two emotions, just like the dance!

Vani's Happy Feet Charlstep routine was just adorable, so them, and earned them their first 10s, while Flouvia's dynamic tamba incorporated a free flowing rumba with lovely arms. Strong tango element and a stunning lift hit right on the high light and ... isn't he bendy? A 10 for them too.

Robisa suffered a mishap in the slightly sloppy cha cha section of their Tancha - and I agreed with Darcey, I thought the tango element was far stronger for her. I'm still smiling all through - and the band were fab, I almost forgot it wasn't actually Abba!

Kicky were unfortunate with the draw - an American Smooth/Samba was always going to be tough to marry. I really enjoyed it though, a very groovy Americamba but you kind of knew it wouldn't be enough.

A wardrobe malfunction for Jamise meant they slid to fourth on the leader board and into the dance off. Personally, I thought it was a stunning Jivestep routine - so she's a performer; they all are, apart from Louis. To Chris Evans et al - why don't you just belt up and enjoy these terrific routines? I remember, back in the day, during Series 5 - when the same accusations were levelled at all the other "performers" - some of us jokingly said that Gethin had an unfair advantage: his violin playing gave him such good posture. Yep, they ran with it ...

Leader Board:
Kisha 40 = 6; Vani 38 = 5; Flouvia 37 = 4; Jamise 35 = 3; Robisa 30 = 2; Kicky 27 = 1.

Sadly, we knew that Kicky wouldn't be saved, not up against Jamise without a wardrobe malfunction, although there were a couple of tiny mistakes. I'm going to miss that lovely Irish lilt and cheeky grin.

Also on the results show, a beautiful quirkiness to the opening pro number, very different to anything we've seen before. Seeing the mutual respect between guest performer, The Buble, and Anton and Erin. Len's Lens: Darcey's reaction to Craig's 10 and the mini party at the judges table; Louis's arms, tender and long and we saw that exquisite birdwing shadow moment.

Sorry about the lateness of this week's reports; just a bit of ITT to sort and then we're back tomorrow for the semi-final: One dance floor, two dances each, three safe from the dreaded dance off, four places, five couples. Read all about it on the official BBC website.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two

From behind the sofa ...

Michael, bless him: "I think it was the right time for me to go" but he would have loved to do the Viennese Waltz. They clocked 325 hours of training and it's been Nat's favourite so far - huge compliment to Michael, considering she made the final in her first, with Ricky Whittle. She's doing a Gwyneth ...

Michael Buble was on the sofa! *calm down Foxy* The band have covered his songs over twenty times. So, when a certain radio DJ says to you, after you've answered the first easy peasy SCD question: "Q2, it's not strictly a Strictly question" thereby implying there's at least a tenuous link, and gives you a choice between The Buble and Bryan Adams, who're ya gonna go for? Hm? Jamie bloody Theakston, yes, talking to you! I've never listened to you since, except when I have no choice. So the woman after me gets that one right, obviously, struggles with the final one which was so damn easy she couldn't have been a real fan if she didn't know it immediately and stole my prize of a photo shoot with Brendan in a spangly frock*. I hate you, Theakston. Get me up at 6am and leave me hanging on the phone for half an hour just to ruin my day. Git. *Brendan wouldn't have been wearing frock; that would've been me.

Anyway, moving on ... Craig was still taking the mickey out of James ... it's a running theme.

Karen Hauer has the Latin American footballing skill, now all Nicky has to do is master the samba with a spot of American Smooth, which he's confident he will. "Fighting talk," says Zoe. "Make Tee-shirts and go on a rally!"

The other Karen, in Choreography Corner says they were under marked in their Argentine Tango "there was a lot going on downstairs" Ooh er missus.

You never forget your first nine from Craig.

The coati picked Robisa.

Power Panel Friday: Matthew Morrison; Katherine Jenkins; Mark Ballas. There'll be no hiding from this lot!

The Pro Dance challenge (Kick Ball Changes) Erin topping to board with 71; Brendan into second place with 65, leaving Robin in third on 62.

The dances this week:

Quickstep/Charleston (Charlestep): Vani, to Happy Feet. On the VW, Dani says she managed to take her eyes off him. "How did you do that? Other women need to know." - Vincent.

Jive/Quickstep (Jivestep): Jamise to Reet Petite. It looks awesome. Completely awesome.

Rumba/Tango (Tamba): Flouvia to With or Without You. Interesting.

Cha Cha/Tango (Chango): Kisha to It's Raining Men. Kimberley's got herself a fan - Mark Ballas clearly knocked out!

American Smooth/Samba (Americamba): Kicky to Troublemaker

Tango/Cha Cha (Tancha): Robisa to Voulez Vous

I'm exhausted just writing them down. Catch up with the gossip and clips on the official ITT website if you can't control yourself till tomorrow :)

Monday, 3 December 2012

Strictly Come Dancing: Stumped!

Michalie succumbed to a figurative one finger from the third umpire (ie, our judges) and samba'd their way out of the competition this week.

Up against his BFF, Nicky, in the dance off, Michael did perform his best Latin of the series but sadly, the overall standard and general likeability of everybody meant that bottom of the board would always be tough to break out of.

Natalie worked the wonders we knew she would with a partner willing to work hard. Michael totally captured the spirit of the show, I've loved watching them every week and am sad to see them go. I smiled throughout their samba and if the hips were wonky it didn't stop his great fluid movement around the floor with both musicality and the bounce there. I thought Craig was unduly harsh on him - how many male celeb's sambas are that watchable? Bruno got a bit carried away, with the whole "need to swing both ways" (hips) The phrase you're looking for is "batting for the other side" Bruno, if you want to be even more blunt/saucy/topical.

Kicky made it a unanimous vote in their favour when their already intense and atmospheric Argentine Tango to Skyfall was softened to be more sensual as demanded by the judges.

Overall, the couples left are all fab and we're at the point now where I can sit back and enjoy everyone, with no particular favourites. Kisha's jive was lively (understatement!) and how Kimberley kept up I'll never know; amazing. Vani produced a gorgeous VW, courtesy of Dani's delightful dancing and Vincent's extraordinary and beautiful choreography.

Robisa brought back memories of Christmas Past, with their fun quickstep to Eric and Ernie's Bring Me Sunshine, and yes, they did the ending - although the roly poly onto the sofa at the end went a bit awry, somehow, with Lisa, it doesn't matter - up she gets, smiling away. Jamise had a rare issue when James went blank! I thought it was just a sticky transition into a big lift, but he admitted he'd blanked and they had to improvise with more shimmying! As Craig said: "We do have to blame you, darling. This is marvellous!" Still a great routine as ever, although not as fluid as it could have been.

Surprise of the night for me - a happy surprise - was Flouvia's charleston. Brilliant routine and I was mesmerised by Louis, he danced with every single sinew in his body - and I loved the nod to MJ, he's been dying to get that in somewhere. That acting coach worked miracles, we've seen it before (Gethin) and finally, we saw Louis enjoying himself and letting go. "Shut up close the door and call me Mary" exclaimed Len. Which just about summed it up! There were acrobatics but they slotted in perfectly in the routine and maintained the flow. Wonderful.

Flouvia 37 = 7; Kisha/Vani 34 = 6; Jamise 32 = 5; Robisa 31 = 4; Kicky 30 = 3; Michalie 24 = 2

On the results show we were treated to a sleazy 20s jazz club routine by the pro dancers and Len's Lens showed Len's happy face through Robisa's routine and Bruno's fascination with Nat's feathery head dress. Vincent confided that "people in the street shout at us cos they think we're far away, cos we're so little!"

And next week - Dance Fusion! One piece of music, two styles of dance for the couples to master. And possibly a double elimination? I think they should drop the dance off when they get to that point, because those at the bottom board have no hope of escaping it. They may save that for the semi - no doubt it will all be revealed on the official BBC site - stay in touch.