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.