Strictly Come Dancing is officially back in business, and we’re ready to get back into the world of the Glitterball. I’m not entirely sure whether we should be capitalising “Glitterball”, but it feels like an important word so we’re going to go with it. If you didn’t catch my post last week that rounded up all my predictions for the couples in the series, then you can check that out here.
As I said in that post, I am most definitely not a dance expert. Essentially I have zero knowledge about dance, but I’m a big fan of the show and I’m just enthusiastic.
Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer
Starting the show and the series, we had Jamie and Karen performing a Cha Cha Cha. I personally really did not like the song choice for this dance, it just seemed odd. As for the actual dancing, for week one it was a solid effort but it was nothing incredible. I’m still standing by my prediction of them reaching week five or six.
Caroline Quentin and Johannes Radebe
I take everything I said in my last post back because this American Smooth was way better that I expected. However I do still think that the scores they got were a bit too high for week one. The song perfect for the routine and I loved how it tied into the concept of the dance.
Max George and Dianne Buswell
This was a really good dance for week one, but I’m always disappointed when there is a tango in the first few weeks, especially for the dancers that have the most potential. I just feel that they should save them for week three or later because they’re always so much better then. However, considering how good this was for week one, I am super excited to see their Argentine Tango.
Clara Amfo and Aljaž Škorjanec
Another Cha Cha, and this partnership definitely has a lot of potential. I did feel that Clara was pretty awkward during the moments in the dance that she wasn’t dancing (does that even make sense?) but it is only week one. I’m really conflicted about the song choice, it’s a great song and I loved it for the dance, but I really did not like the cover. Eesh.
Jacqui Smith and Anton Du Beke
I stand by my prediction of these two not lasting more than two weeks. This dance was so awkward! Jacqui just seemed so uncomfortable and when she’s not in hold she just looks like she’s walking. Not a fan.
JJ Chalmers and Amy Dowden
I really need to talk about Amy’s dress because it’s just so pretty! This was a super chill waltz and it was good for week one. I never really know what to say about a waltz, but I’m excited to see how these two progress.
Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez
The Samba tends to be one of my least favourite dances, but I actually really enjoyed this. When you consider that we’re still in week one, this was absolutely insane. I’m so excited to see how Maisie progresses throughout the competition.
Jason Bell and Luba Mushtuk
I felt like this dance could have been straight out of a 90’s musical rom com, and I’m absolutely not complaining. It was very bouncy, I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing but it was definitely something that I noticed. Jason has an extremely happy face, so I’m interested to see how he’s going to manage the tango!
Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice
Like I said with tangos, I also always tend to be disappointed with first week Paso Dobles. This was okay but I do feel like Ranvir’s dancing was a bit awkward, but hopefully this will improve as she gets used to performing.
Nicola Adams and Katya Jones
I really enjoyed watching this dance! Also seeing a quickstep without a voluminous dress was interesting. After seeing this dance, I would change my predictions to say that Nicola and Katya will probably make it to the middle stages of the competition at the very least.
Snazzy suit: 7/10
Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse
I wasn’t aware that we had suddenly switched to a budget production of Mamma Mia… All I could think during this dance was that someone had run Stellan Skarsgård and Jeremy Corbyn through some sort of face morphing app. Not a good dance.
HRVY and Janette Manrara
If these two keep up this standard, I’d put money on them getting to the final. This jive was insane for week one, did you see the kicks and flicks?! I’m so excited to see what they do next week.
Before we officially conclude my round up of Strictly Come Dancing Week One, I want to give an honourable mention to Tess Daly’s absolutely stunning jumpsuit. She could stab me with a stiletto and I would still thank her.
I’m super excited to see what all the dancers have in store for next week, even though we’re going to be missing out on a Halloween special this year. Let me know in the comments who you think will be eliminated first!