Strictly Come Dancing Blog Week Nine

Strictly Come Dancing Blog Week Nine

This week’s show could have been a bit flat post-Blackpool, but in fact – as Len mentioned – it was as dynamic and sparkling as ever.

The night started with Steve and Ola dancing an all-American jive. The presenter admitted to struggling with the bouncy dance in rehearsals, and sadly it did show in his performance a little bit. Len pointed out that the jive is ‘a tough dance for big chaps,’ and admitted he was pleasantly surprised by Steve’s performance. Craig wasn’t…scoring him a measly four points. Boooooo.

Secondly came Caroline, looking like a dream in a monochrome floor-sweeper for an American smooth. Pascha hadn’t held back with the choreography, giving it a sexy, modern twist with lots of spins. Bless her, Caroline came unstuck early on and nearly fell, but recovered beautifully. Even Craig was happy.

Pixie and Trent warmed up the floor with the sauciest, fastest Charleston we’ve ever seen! Craig was left ‘dumbfounded’ by her precision and detail, and the pair earned a whopping 37.

Mark and Karen were next with a mean and moody tango. The dance showed a different side to Mark, who had obviously been working on his serious ‘tango face’. Just as well – Darcey loved it. We thought it was very good, but we’re not sure if he’ll make it to the final. What do you think? Could it be another all-female finale?

We love the romance of a Viennese waltz, and it appears Frankie does too. She looked hot to trot in her red dress, and whirled around the dance floor with Kevin like a true pro. Bruno praised her ‘perfect hand placement’ and the judges were impressed by how easy she made it look, scoring her 38.

But Frankie was top of the leaderboard only briefly, as the second score of 38 went to Jake for his completely bonkers samba. It was a truly strange dance to  the Macarena involving hip shimmies, shoulder shakes, bum jiggling, and an ending that had us fearing for Janette’s safety. The crowd, and judges, went wild.

Sunetra was back where she belongs – in the ballroom. Her waltz was charming, as usual, and the judges still think she’s very comfortable in hold. The problem is, of course, her Latin – could she be going home next week?

Finally a sizzling salsa from Simon. Wow, this was full of energy and left us feeling breathless. Darcey said it was like watching a different man, and felt he needed to contain himself a bit. We love this new-found enthusiasm.

As for the dance off… sob… it saw Steve against Sunetra, with the Casualty actress living to dance another week. We’re really, really going to miss Steve’s sweet enthusiasm, not to mention his lovely arms… Are you sorry to see them go?


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