1. Monday · Strictly Spectacular 2013

Strictly Spectacular Week 7


(remember the opinions are mine as a viewer I have no actually knowledge in terms of the technical side of the dancing)

Strictly-Come-Dancing-2014-2271673  Celebrity; Ashley Taylor Dawson, soap actor

  Professional; Ola Jordan

  Dance; Quickstep

  Judges Marks; 35

  What I thought; I want to say I liked it and most of it I did but there is something about him that puts me off and I think I know what it is.  There is a surface layer of his Hollyoaks characters arrogance that for me he can’t shift but also there are a couple of little things that bug me such as the lack of pointy toes, this would not seem a big thing if he could not dance but he can so there is no excuse for not correcting such a little thing, I am also tired of hearing what a busy week he has had he knew what commitments he had when he signed up everyone else is just as busy so shut up and dance.

Mark-Benton-and-Iveta-Lukosiute-2274047  Celebrity; Mark Benton, Actor (starred in Doctor Who)

  Professional; Iveta Lukosiute

  Dance; Rumba

  Judges Marks; 23

What I thought; I love Marks performances but I fear this week he could be in trouble, the Rumba is supposed to be a passionate, sensual dance and I understand that as a larger guy that is not easy to pull off.  So choosing to play a character makes sense, choosing a Bond theme makes sense until you realise he chose to be Blofeld rather than Bond.  While the bald head might appeal to a few people I doubt many will see this particular villain and think sexy, if Mark finds himself in the dance off depending on his competition it may be home time.

Kevin-Clifton-and-Susanna-Reid-2274044  Celebrity; Susanna Reid

  Professional; Kevin Clifton

  Dance; Waltz

  Judges Marks; 36

  What I thought;  They looked elegant, the perfect waltz dress (loved the feathers at the bottom) and the dance was divine.  She looked like she was enjoying it and like this was something she does every day.  Close contender for dance of the week and costume of the week, the competition really is getting that close already that you cannot assume any one is safe but it would be terrible if she were not in Blackpool next week.

Strictly-Come-Dancing-2014-2271676  Celebrity;  Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Singer

  Professional; Brendon Cole

  Dance; Argentinian Tango

  Judges Marks; 32

  What I thought; My favourite dance of all the Latin dances so I have high expectations and I confess I was a little disapointed  Sophie created some fabulous lines and shapes, she looked gorgeous but she was just a little too fluid.  Where there should have been sharp staccato she flowed from one move to the next, she needed to be sharper, more passionate but it just didn’t quite get there which was a real shame, I really enjoy watching Sophie dance and I know she gives everything but I am beginning to get the feeling she will never really be able to excel at Latin.

Strictly-Come-Dancing-2014-2271675  Celebrity; Natalie Gumede, Actress, ex-dancer

  Professional; Artem Chigvintsev

  Dance; Jive

  Judges Marks; N/A

  What I thought; Sadly this week Natalie collapsed in rehearsals and was unable to dance, she does get a bye this week which does mean should she recover she will be in Blackpool next week.  I may not have agreed with her being chosen as a competitor but it would be horrible to see her have to leave through illness so I hope she will make it back, she is a beautiful dancer and of course should she go out we would see less of Artem which would really be tragic when he has so many chest baring dances remaining.

Kristina-Rihanoff-Ben-Cohen-2274060  Celebrity;  Ben Cohen, ex rugby-player

  Professional; Kristina Rihanoff

  Dance; Jive

  Judges Marks; 26

  What I thought; Before he even took to the dance floor I knew this would not be Ben’s best dance, the jive is bouncy and lightening paced which is almost impossible for someone of his size to keep up.  However despite not being the best Jive it was fun and his back flip at the beginning was very impressive.  Outfit wise I can’t decide Kristina looke gorgeous as always but not sure about the Sailor theme.

Anton-Du-Beke-and-Fiona-Fullerton-2274048  Celebrity; Fiona Fullerton, Actress and Bond Girl

  Professional; Anton Du Beke

  Dance; Pasa Doble

  Judges Marks; 26

  What I thought; Technically she is not the best dancer, and she does not get the best outfits due in part to her age but also I think the does not have much of a waist which in some style does show, but and this is a big but I really loved the story telling in tonight’s dance, I loved her steely determination and while she might not get her best score I hope she will get through another week, saying that last week proved no one is safe and you cannot judge who the public will save or condemn to the dance off

Strictly-Come-Dancing-2014-2271679  Celebrity; Dave Myers, Hairy Biker Celebrity Chef

  Professional; Karen Hauer

  Dance; Tango

  Judges Marks; 20

  What I thought; Where do I start… I guess first with the whole theme a Scottish Tango, I would never have thought of using the Proclaimers song ‘500 miles’ for any dance let alone a Tango but somehow it worked, technically possibly the worst dance of the night but you know what I don’t care I loved it, it made me smile, it had everyone on their feet and if this were judged on entertainment value Dave would win hands down sadly as it is a dance competition his days should be numbered.

Strictly-Come-Dancing-2014-2271677  Celebrity; Patrick Robinson, Actor

  Professional; Anya Garnis

  Dance; American Smooth

  Judges Marks; 37

  What I thought; Great music choice and they looked great,

Strictly-Come-Dancing-2014-2271680  Celebrity; Abbey Clancy, Model and Footballers Wife

  Professional; Aljaz Skorjanec

  Dance; Charleston

  Judges Marks; 36

  What I thought;  First I have to say I really did not like the wig they put on her this week, I get the bob is more suited to the dance but I wish they had just made it a straight bob and it would have been less distracting,  However the distraction was soon blown away by the dancing wow maybe not quite as good as Sophie’s Charleston but it is very close and definitely the best of the fast dances for Abbey so far.

My Dance Of The Week

Costume of the Week


Classic elegant and flowing the perfect ball gown.

Frocky Horror Picture Show


I am sorry but Blofeld is just not sexy no matter what Iveta wears in response.

The Dance Off

Waiting for the dance off show to start no idea who will be in it, realistically it should probably be Dave and Mark but I doubt it will be, this has to be the most difficult series of Strictly to call.

First up to face the dance off are…Dave and Karen and I have to say that unless the people they face fall flat on their faces I think they will be going home.  The second couple is Mark and Iveta, I think they will be safe, and unless they really mess up we will say goodbye to Dave and Karen so let the dance off commence…

both couples up their performances but as I expected Dave goes home and misses out on next weeks Blackpool extravaganza.



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