Every week I’m surprised at how much the contestants are improving, and this week was no different. Unfortunately Nicola and Katya had to pull out of the competition after Katya tested positive for COVID, but if you didn’t already know that they you’ve probably been living under a rock. Another change to the line up this week was Anton du Beke standing in for Motsi Mabuse on the judging panel. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about Anton being a judge, but I actually thought he did a good job and he reminded me of Len!
As I’ve said in my previous Strictly posts, 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.
HRVY and Janette Manrara
Starting this weeks show we had HRVY and Janette with a Salsa. There were so many crazy lifts in this routine and I have no idea how Janette spun like that and then just started dancing again. I wouldn’t have managed to remain upright, let alone dance! This was fun to watch, but I feel like the judges scores were maybe a little high considering it is still only the fourth week.
Ranvir Singh and Giovanni Pernice
I loved the stage design for this routine, however I did feel like Ranvir was a bit awkward in terms of embodying the character she was supposed to play in the dance. It was good, but I think that Ranvir is stronger in the ballroom routines.
Max George and Dianne Buswell
I loved the old Hollywood vibes that this American Smooth had, it was so elegant. Dianne’s dress was absolutely stunning and honestly I was looking at that more than the actual dancing.
JJ Chalmers and Amy Dowden
I really wanted to score this higher than I have, but it just wasn’t as good as it could have been. His kicks and flicks weren’t sharp enough, and the dance as a whole didn’t have enough of that bounce and energy that I love seeing in a jive.
Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez
Even though they were supposed to be dolls, I felt like the dancing in this Cha Cha was really quite stiff at times. I liked it, but didn’t love it.
Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse
This week was Bill and Oti’s turn to do a Couple Choice routine, and they chose to do a street dance inspired one. Personally, I really dislike street dance as a whole, but I appreciated this for what it was.
Caroline Quentin and Johannes Radebe
This was a nice Waltz, elegant and chill, but I wouldn’t necessarily want to watch it again. It was good, but nothing special. I also feel like their costumes didn’t match in terms of the colours.
Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer
These definitely weren’t your typical Samba costumes, but they kind of worked! I enjoyed watching this dance and they seemed pretty in sync (which from watching the VT, I’m guessing that’s important) and it was just a generally good dance. Nothing out of the ordinary though.
Clara Amfo and Aljaž Škorjanec
Move over everyone, our queen has arrived. When I first saw that Clara was going to be a part of this year’s Strictly, I had such high hopes for her. Over the last few weeks she’s been good but not great. Last night, though, she absolutely slayed. This Charleston was amazing. I loved it. Crossing my fingers that she keeps this standard up for the rest of the competition!
Dance Off Predictions
This is a difficult one because I’m so impressed with all of the couples and their progress. However someone has to go. I’m going to be indecisive and say that JJ, Max, Ranvir, and Caroline are all in danger of being in the bottom two this week.
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