Strictly Come Dancing Show 1

So the first week and the first show out of two. We’ll see our first couples competing and will start to get a bit of a idea of where we stand. I have no favourites going into this series so we’ll see if it can keep my interest (it didn’t last year if you’ll remember.)

Caroline & Pasha
Cha-Cha-Cha : Can You Feel It – The Jacksons

So first impression? I didn’t like what they’d dressed her in but that isn’t that important. Her personality didn’t annoy me so I’m quite looking forward to seeing her dance. I think she’s one of the favourites for the show so I have high expectations.

To be honest it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. I didn’t feel something was right. The music was party enough, the clothes were alright even if I didn’t like it. Maybe the lighting played a part in it just not feeling “fun”. It was an alright dance but by no means something I really care about.

For me I gave her a 6.

Judges Score : 6 7 7 7 =27

Fair score. Pretty much in line with what I felt. I didn’t feel it deserved quite as high as a 7 maybe 6.5 but there you go.

Tim & Natalie
Cha-Cha-Cha : Shop Around – Captain & Tenille

I knew he was always going to be the “entertainment” and anyone who has been bored at home on a weekday has seen his shining personality on Bargain Hunt.

It therefore didn’t surprise me that I found him highly entertaining if not very good. I think a good two or three weeks and then if he hasn’t got better he’d be a goner. To be fair though I see room for much improvement. I don’t think he CAN’T dance but he needs to work hard. I enjoyed him though.

My score was 2. And I want to point out that is because I try to use 1-10 and not just score them all in the 5-10 mark so not to be mean.

Judges Score – 3 5 5 5 = 18

I think 5s were too much. 2-3 is fair I think. Sometimes I feel the judges don’t like to go lower then 5 just in case they get booed but it does as much good to the better dancers as it might seem harsh on the not so good dancers. Giving people 7s and 8s in week one and two won’t give them anywhere to go really. Fair score I guess in the scheme of things.

Jake and Janette
Tango : Toxic – Britney Spears

I wasn’t expecting to like him but actually I really enjoyed it. I think he is the dark horse for the series. He has so much potential to be good and I think Janette is good enough that she’ll get it out of him. He’s got the acting down well, for someone out of a soap.

I genuinely love his personality though. I think he’s going to be one of my favourites. I really think he needs to be given the time to develop and hope he doesn’t lose out because he’s just a normal contestant.

I gave him 4, again using the fullness of the scoring.

Judges Score : 7 7 7 7 =28

Again I think that’s fair. I would prefer it to be a little lower but it was good.

Judy & Anton
Waltz : Mull of Kintyre – Wings

Now Judy Murray I’m not sure I’d class her as a celebrity but I fell in love with her personality and her and Anton are going to be a treat and a half! They just have that chemistry right off the bat. I also think she’s very reserved and I can’t wait to see if she blooms. She will be the one to watch in ballroom I think.

Her Waltz wasn’t the best, it wasn’t the worst. You could see the nerves in her face but I don’t think it did much to deter from the dance. I really did love it, though I am also a sucker for bagpipes and having them played there was lovely. I really liked her and like Jake I hope she gets the chance she needs to really learn. I’m not sure about her in Latin though, that is mainly because of Anton though.

My Score was 4.

Judges Score : 3 4 6 5 = 18

I don’t think she deserved to be so low, I think she was on par with Jake not really Tim. Tim I thought was alright with his marking because of the entertainment but I think Judy was so elegant and beautiful that she deserved to be a little higher. I’m not sure how good it’ll be for Anton to be telling Craig to shut up so early, after all it might sound cruel but it WAS a list of things for her to improve.

Scott & Joanne
Cha-Cha-Cha : Rock DJ – Robbie Williams

I like Scott. I like him a lot. He has a lovely personality and he looks a lot of fun. I think he’s nice.

He can’t dance and I think he knows it. And when they do know it I don’t really like the judges rubbing it in.

I think he tried to put a lot of personality into it but he was nervous and he lost all the fun of the dance because he concentrated so hard on doing the dance. That also didn’t turn out to well because he was too busy placing his feet and hands that nothing looked natural.

I still like him though but he was the worst. So far at least.

I gave him a 2. Possibly should have been a 1.

Judges Score : 2 4 5 5 = 16

Over marked. No where near a 5. As long as he’s bottom of the score board (well I guess at least on the night) then it is alright but I think 5 is way too much. Nice guy though. I hope he improves because he can, he’s not a compete waste of space. I can see him doing really well if he can get over his nerves.

Pixie & Trent
Jive : Shake it Off – Taylor Swift

On the launch show I didn’t think I’d like her and I thought I’d dislike him. Their VT changed my mind and their dancing made them a favourite.

She’s got energy, she’s got the acting. The Jive really suited her and I’m a little disappointed that she got it so early, give her a few weeks and she would have had an amazing Jive. Trent is really a good dancer and the girls on the forum said he reminded them of Ian Waite, something I now completely agree with. He really was quite impressive.

My favourite dance of the night.

So what did I give them? 6.

Judges Score : 7 6 7 7 = 27

I think that is fair enough. Surprised that Darcey was lower then Craig! I think they were the most entertaining couple and the most memorable. Really liked them.


So that was Show 1 over and done with.

I went from being very “meh” about the cast to knowing there are at least 6 people that I love and the rest look like a lot of fun. I can’t wait to see tomorrow but today was something else. There wasn’t really a bad dance in there, there were bad dancers and Scott struggled but they were actually really entertaining and trying so hard.

My favourites of the night were Pixie and Trent though I really did like Caroline & Pasha, Jake and Janette and Judy & Anton.

I really think that Tim has a chance.

I’ll see you all tomorrow for Show 2.





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