Strictly Come Dancing- Week 13: Musical Special!
Week 13 of Strictly Come Dancing was the fantastic musical special where each dancing duo had to perform to an iconic musical number with the outfits and theme to match! As you can imagine with the creative backroom staff at Strictly, this fully lived up to expectations with fantastic music, amazing costumes and excellent dance routines on show. In fact, the dancing and overall performances were out of this world!
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What Did We Think?
Musical Week was another fantastic themed week for Strictly Come Dancing with some excellent musical numbers accompanying some brilliant dancing performances by the Strictly Stars. Saturday night was kick-started by an amazing group performance to tracks from the iconic ‘Hello Dolly!’, which even featured vocal singing from dancers Anton Du Beke and Kevin Clifton. Judges Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse also put on their dancing shoes and took part in the group performance, demonstrating their expertise in the field that they critique for a living and reminding us that they really do know what they’re talking about. It was a great group performance which certainly was a taster as to what we were about to be treated to for the rest of the night…
Chris Ramsey and Karen Hauer
Song: Consider Yourself- Oliver Twist.
This was a very lively performance as expected from this energetic duo and with a number like this, it was always going to be very exciting. It wasn’t their best performance in terms of technicality, however it was still a very strong performance that contained some very good footwork and fast moves, which on the whole was delivered well. The performance from an aesthetic point of view couldn’t have been any better with amazing costumes, themes and back up dancers which really provided a strong Oliver Twist feel to the dance. Overall it was a very theatrical performance which most definitely played to the strengths of both performers. Feedback was mainly positive with head judge Shirley Ballas saying “what a way to open the show”, however critical Craig said that it “lacked movement around the floor”. Motsi brought it back to a positive reminding us how much Chris has developed from being a novice dancer.
Alex Scott and Neil Jones
Dance: The Samba.
Song: Joyful Joyful- Sister Act.
This was a very colourful and certainly a ‘joyful’, performance from both Alex and Neil as they demonstrated why they deserved to be at this stage in the competition. Whilst it was by no means a poor performance, they have performed better and certainly scored higher. There was good footwork from the former footballer, however the dance itself could have flowed better between moves. There was mixed feedback from the judges with the overarching theme of feedback being that it didn’t really contain many stand out Samba features. Bruno said that the Samba “wasn’t quite right”, however critical Craig “really, really enjoyed it” and Motsi said it was “fabulous” so overall pretty pleasing comments for the duo despite a modest score for this stage in the competition.
Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse
Dance: American Smooth.
Song: Gaston- Beauty and the Beast.
This American Smooth featured both the beautiful Oti and the beasty Kelvin who together formed an amazing tribute to the Disney classic. Kelvin's ability to become Gaston in this performance was surreal and he really showed his acting ability has he turned this dance into a performance superbly. They both wore stunning outfits inspired directly from the Disney classic with amazing use of props too, including a piano! The choreography was as good as you’ll ever see on this show which helped facilitate a stunning performance which had the audience and three out of four judges on their feet (no prizes to guess which judge remained seated!). Craig also identified Kelvin’s acting skills, complimenting his “fantastic characterisation” with Motsi describing the performance as “beautiful” and “elegant”. Overall a spectacular performance with some excellent feedback going forward!
Emma Barton and Anton Du Beke
Dance: The Charleston.
Song: Thoroughly Modern Millie- Thoroughly Modern Millie.
In typical Charleston fashion, this dance featured phenomenal footwork with incredibly upbeat music and smiley faces which helped produce some very positive energy. Anton’s expertise is clearly rubbing off on Emma as she is getting more able to keep up with his fast-paced dancing and her own dancing is improving because of that! This was a very enjoyable and very strong performance which was choreographed perfectly and suited both dancers’ abilities and personalities. Head judge Shirley Ballas complimented the performance by saying Emma and Anton had “fast-tracked their way to the final” and Bruno rounded up the compliments saying it was “pitched perfectly”.
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The Final Two
The Final Two couples who received the lowest combined score from the judges’ vote and the public vote were Chris Ramsey and Karen Hauer and Alex Scott and Neil Jones. Whilst a shame that one of these two enjoyable couples had to leave, it was probably fair given the calibre of the remaining candidates in the competition. At this stage, there certainly isn’t a poor duo so any couple leaving is going to seem harsh.
Chris and Karen
Once again this was a strong performance by the energetic duo who did not seem phased at all about being in the dance-off for the first time. They could have delivered their moves more emphatically, but other than that there were no real flaws with their performance and they certainly put on a good show. Their effort and passion was clear as day which has never left them from day one and it really shows.
Alex and Neil
There was no real change from their performance from the night before as it still lacked Samba characteristics but was still a strong performance. We saw some fantastic footwork from the former footballer and some very good choreography, however it could have flown slightly better between moves. Overall it was a good performance, however not a routine which fully played to their strengths.
The couple leaving the competition were…
Alex and Neil. Motsi and Craig voted to keep them in the competition, however Bruno voted for Chris and Karen as did Shirley which given her role as head judge meant that it was Alex and Neil who left. It is a great shame as Alex and Neil have been great in recent weeks, however not quite up to the standard of the other candidates whose strength is really starting to show. They had some amazing performances, however it’s time to say goodbye to Alex and Neil from Strictly Come Dancing 2019!
See You Soon!
That’s it from us for week 13 of Strictly Come Dancing 2019. Be sure to check our site weekly for Weekly blogs on Strictly Come Dancing with regular updates on the live performances.
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