Strictly Come Dancing - Week 6
Following last week’s Movie Night, the bar was set very high for the dancing duos, however once again they performed excellently and in some cases even exceeded last week. As two pairs have already left the competition, with another pair set to go this week, the performances were most definitely showing that extra level of competitiveness. The judges’ feedback has clearly made an impact on certain performances, which certainly put a spanner in the works and let’s just say there was a major surprise with the departing duo this week…
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What did we think?
A wonderful, well-choreographed group performance from the professional dancers kick started the show, which certainly set very high standards for the evening ahead. Desperate to avoid the dance off by gaining high scores from the judges and securing votes from the public, the dancing duos needed to ensure they were at their very best and for a lot of them, they certainly were. In this blog we’ll tell you all about this week’s performances including which unlucky couple very surprisingly left the competition. If all this talk about dancing makes you want to get your dancing shoes on, feel free to take a look at our blog on Charleston Dancing for our favourite dance moves! Please dance responsibly.
This is our weekly round up of the live performances:
Chris Ramsey and Karen Hauer
Dance: The Jive. Score: 26.
Once again with Chris and Karen we are seeing major improvements as a partnership, with this week being another solid performance and a noticeable improvement on last week’s American Smooth. There was a great use of props and jazzy outfits which certainly suited the Elton John theme, helping to create a great character image. At times it felt like Chris slightly struggled to keep up with Karen’s technique, which did lead to one or two mistakes, however his flamboyant dance moves covered it well. They received mixed feedback from the judges as they acknowledged the flaws with Craig referring to the dance as “flat footed”. However, positives were also noticed with Motsi saying that they “gave their hearts out”. Fair feedback for another good performance!
Emma Barton and Anton Du Beke
Dance: Viennese Waltz. Score: 35.
An incredibly powerful performance would be the best way to describe Anton and Emma’s Waltz, with high levels of emotion on display from Emma. It was a slow performance, which did not have high levels of energy, but this was certainly replaced by amazing delivery and extremely powerful dancing, which was complimented brilliantly by the music and outfits on display. This was really playing to Anton’s expertise and utilising Emma’s newly discovered strengths, they certainly put on an amazing performance which the audience and the judges certainly recognised, with Bruno describing it as their “best dance yet”. This duo are certainly reaching and potentially exceeding their potential which will hopefully lead to great things in the competition.
Dev Griffin and Dianne Buswell
Dance: Cha-Cha-Cha. Score: 27.
This was a much calmer performance than we have seen previously from this pair which certainly doesn’t suit Dev’s lively and energetic personality and dancing ability. There were bright colours and the dance was well choreographed and clearly rehearsed to a high standard, however it was definitely not the pair’s strongest performance. They showed good footwork, but didn’t have the flow you’d expect from a naturally talented partnership. They still received a relatively good score, but they know that they could do a lot better.
Catherine Tydesley and Johannes Radebe
Dance: The Charleston. Score: 30.
This dance contained a very specific theme around colourful fingernails which coincided brilliantly with the iconic ‘Single Ladies’ dance that involves extra exposure of fingernails. The combination of props, outfits and music worked perfectly and made for an incredibly aesthetically pleasing performance, with very high levels of energy, complimented brilliantly with bright colours all over the dancefloor. The footwork was first class as both Catherine and Johannes alike showed amazing dancing ability which was certainly recognised by the judges and the audience also. They set their own bar very high with last week’s performance and they certainly matched it this week, once again receiving very positive feedback from the judges, which will give them great confidence going forward.
Alex Scott and Neil Jones
Dance: The Tango. Score: 23.
Once again, a solid yet modest performance from Alex and Neil. Nothing really went majorly wrong in their performance, however there was nothing to overly shout about. They both showed good technique, with fantastic footwork from the former footballer, as well as good energy and very synchronized dancing. Alex is certainly showing a lot more confidence in her dancing, however she is lacking that extra something special which the dancers at the top of the leaderboard have been showing regularly. The judges reflected this in their marks, demonstrating it wasn’t the best dance in the show but it certainly wasn’t a poor performance by any means.
David James and Nadiya Bychkova
Dance: The Quickstep. Score: 28.
Wow, what a recovery! The former England goalkeeper certainly pulled off an amazing save this week with a great performance, certainly the turnaround of the series. Having been in the dance off two weeks in a row, David and Nadiya were desperate to avoid it for a third week and they certainly put a lot of effort into this well choreographed routine which impressed the judges. They both showed improved footwork, with high levels of energy, making it a very enjoyable performance to watch that we hadn’t experienced previously. Once again we saw bright colourful outfits, rather reminiscent of David James’ football days with his colourful hairstyles and this colourful dancing performance certainly won a lot of people over.
Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse
Dance: Rumba. Score. 36.
Kelvin and Oti are once again showing us that they mean business in Strictly Come Dancing with another amazing performance. This was a very skilled spectacle with a high level of technicality and natural talent on show. They demonstrated their dancing ability which has had us impressed from their first dance and will continue to progress them through the competition. They received great feedback from the judges, complimenting Kelvin’s ability to deliver rather femine dance moves exceptionally well for a rather masculine figure. They achieved a very high score from the judges which is thoroughly deserved.
Emma Weymouth and Aljaz Skorjanec
Dance: The Jive. Score: 28.
Probably the best looking performance of the evening with regards to music, props and setting, as they wore American flag clothing and danced to ‘Kids in America’, making it an incredibly satisfying and synchronized dance from the duo. They also achieved fantastic lifts and had very good footwork, making it a very uplifting and enjoyable performance to watch. Their feedback and score may have been harsh given the levels of energy and delivery in the performance, however they still scored a good mark, which should give them confidence going forward.
Michelle Visage and Giovanni Pernice
Dance: Salsa. Score: 31.
Michelle and Giovanni continue to show us that as a performing couple they are absolutely gifted and will go far in this competition, potentially achieving great things. This Salsa performance was full of colour and had the energy and spark to match, truly making it a very strong performance as it utilised both the couple’s strengths. The routine contained excellent footwork and overall movement, in what was a fantastic performance from both Michelle and Giovanni. Bruno, who can often be a critical judge, described it as “excellent”, as this dancing duo once again showed us their natural ability, which looks like it will take them far in this competition.
Will Bayley and Janette Manara
Dance: Foxtrott. Score: 24.
This was another strong performance from the former paralympian, however it did lack the energy we have seen previously from this duo. There was a strong sense of character and elegance throughout the performance which according to Bruno, “cost [them] the flow” when dancing. This suggests that they may have sacrificed their usual energy and spark for a stern character image which, whilst it can often work, this time it was a sacrifice which cost them. They received constructive feedback with plenty of positives to maintain, as well as a few areas to work on and improve going forward.
Mike Bushwell and Katya Jones
Dance: The Quickstep. Score: 32.
Well this was certainly an interesting performance with a very dramatic ending! After last week’s slip, Katya and Mike were certainly keen to put that mistake behind them and move on. It was a very enjoyable performance to watch to the classic “Come on Eileen”, with great footwork and high levels of energy to match. The dance was synchronized with superb delivery and demonstrated clear talent and ability which could see this couple progress further in the competition. The dance finished with Katya collapsing on the floor, full of emotion and tears flooding down her face. This was a very emotional and passionate end to a great performance, which really is testament to the hard work and clear desire to do well in this competition from both her and Mike.
As per usual, the results show was introduced by another spectacular group performance from the professional dancers, with fantastic editing and on screen graphics to make it a very satisfying watch. A fantastic end to a phenomenal week of dancing!
The Final Two
When calculating a combination of points from both the judges and the public vote, the lowest scoring couples were very surprisingly Dev Griffin and Dianne Buswell and Emma Weymouth and Aljaz Skorjanec. This was a shock to nearly everyone in the studio, as it seemed that they were both very strong duos, however it required a dance off between the two pairs with one of them unfortunately leaving the competition…
Dev and Dianne
It seemed that the shock of being in the bottom two may have unfortunately affected their performance, as they did not improve from their performance the night previously. They added slightly more energy on the back of their feedback, however it was clear that they did not expect to be in the final two and this shock deflated them entirely and ultimately jeopardized their place in the competition. They still performed well and similar to the night previously, but it seemed that this routine was not suited to their bubbly personalities.
Emma and Aljaz
As a couple both Emma and Aljaz would have also been shocked to be in the final two. They had performed well thus far in the series and had always received positive feedback from the judges after consistently strong performances. Like the night previously, they once again performed well and unlike their dance off counterparts, did not seem to be deflated by this sudden shock. They seemed to enjoy themselves and performed very well, giving them a strong position as the judges voted as to whether they stayed in the competition.
The Dancing Duo who left the competition are…
Dev Griffin and Dianne Buswell. This was truly a shocking outcome which will have surprised a lot of people. Whilst this week’s performance was not their strongest, they certainly did not perform badly, however it does speak volumes of the high standard of dancing on show in this competition, which unfortunately can be so cruel.
That’s it from us!
That rounds up our weekly blog for week 6 of Strictly Come Dancing 2019! Please be sure to check Legs Eleven regularly for weekly updates throughout the series.
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