Friday, 11 October 2013

Awesome Artalie, Bravo Brenphie, Amazing Asha - and Ta-ra Toniona

Firstly, wishing Brucie all the best for a speedy recovery. I'd say I want to see him back but the thing is, Clauds and Tess together are brilliant. If and when Brucie does go, there's no need to look any further.

So, from the best dresses awards (Kristina and Vanessa) to could-Julien-wear-any-more-crystals-is-it-possible, we move onto the top three of the night.

I adored Artalie's waltz and take back my earlier comments about chemistry, her musicality and the headography were gorgeous, a sumptuous performance - I love the song, which always helps - and everyone clearly moved. Beautiful routine.

"Dance is a performing art: Every move is like a word for an actor" - Bruno Tonioli

Brenphie's Charleston, in Week 2?! Astounding, brilliantly executed. Maybe a few more silly faces and/or smiles but no, I'm really not complaining. Love them.

And Asha, proving the girls aren't going to have it all their own way. A groovy American Smooth, lots of swing and sway - he was so relaxed, loved the effortless leap down the steps. Lots of panache. What a week for him - congrats on the new bub :)

Good follow ups on last week from Kevanna (Tango, great attitude, fast and sharp) Kave (American Smooth, loving the chest bump; they're so lovely together) Patya (Tango, looked like he was holding his breath all through) Robrah (Cha Cha, you can't teach zuzz, she enjoyed, so did we) Pashel (Salsa, basic salsa steps a bit suspect, hips too forced but she's so sweet) Janessa (Waltz, Run To Me gets me every time, lovely emotion. A moment here to congratulate the singer (Andrea?) for this and Artalie's waltz, wonderfully done). Antiona (Cha Cha, going so well until near the end) Marketa (Salsa, although not so much with the salsa step, the character and rhythm is all there) Bentina (Waltz, Kristina's dress has more fluidity but still improving - smile please!) Abjaz (Cha Cha, occasional lapses in focus but not a bad effort. Although I had to watch Ramps cha cha to Let's Get Loud straight after). Ok, so now I'm back after watching it again. And the Argentine Tango and samba .. Ahem

And so it was a dance off between Juliette and Toniona, neither of whom got to grips with the nature of each dance; Tony too relaxed, Julien down to orange smarties but still has potential, he gave it some attitude but I thought I was watching a Paso attempt. The judges were unanimous as Tony failed to engage both them and the public.

Paso of the results night was of course the urban street Paso by the pro dancers to Crazy in Love! Crazy, but it worked. Len's Lens is back talking Susanna's Viennese Crosses, Natalie's swan neck and deep back, Bruno's counting and Mark's many faces.

Strictly Love Week next - the songs and dances are all released, the teasers ... see you then.


  1. Bit of a weird night for me Scatty - there were a few occasions where I thought the judges were being either overly generous or overly harsh.

    On the harsh side, I did feel a bit sorry for Julien. I didn't think his Tango was that bad. The characterisation was excellent! Thought they were a little mean to Deborah as well to be honest.

    Generous with Patrick in my opinion. As much as I like him and don't want to see him booted out yet, his dance was boring and his posture looked strange throughout. Generous with Abbey too. She had a mental blank bless her and it was a bit of a mess in places.

    Completely agree re Sophie - my favourite of the night! Have watched it back at least half a dozen times. Completely and totally loved it! :o) Loving Mark as well it has to be said - great energy! :o)

    Can't wait to see what love week gives us. Fingers crossed for lovely Waltz from Susannah as she's also becoming a favourite of mine :o)

  2. Spot on, I too think there is something strange with Patrick's posture but can't quite place it. Time will tell x