The first of our celebrities start their journey tonight (the rest tomorrow) let the glitter begin!
Kellie & Kevin
Dancing the TANGO to “You Really Got Me” by The Kinks
Judges Score : 6 / 7 / 7 / 7
My Score : 4
I didn’t like it. The music was completely wrong for the Tango and not only that Bruno might have been going on about the staccato movements but there was no sharpness about it whatsoever. I thought her footwork was OK and the basics were OK but I think the story was terrible and it didn’t feel at all like a Tango.
Not shocked the judges loved it though. I feel this couple will just wind me the hell up though I’m sure the judges want Kevin to win this year. After a few years of people telling us how great Kevin is and not having him win I feel he will win this year.
My biggest problem was probably that it just didn’t feel like a Tango to me and I didn’t think it was that sharp or dramatic at all.
Anthony & Oti
Dancing the JIVE to “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham
Judges Score : 4 / 5 / 6 / 6
My Score : 4
I felt it was all a bit stiff, the kicks and flicks weren’t that good but he had the character down perfectly and carried on. There were a few mistakes and he did rip his trousers which possibly threw him a little bit but I honestly think it was a good job.
Oti’s choreography was extremely good and I can’t wait to see what else she’s got up her sleeve. It’ll be his shoulder injury that will throw them off in the end. Its a shame though, I felt there could’ve been a bit more energy in there if he hadn’t been trying to stabilize his shoulder the whole time.
I think the judges underscored him up against Kellie, he had the energy and the feel of the Jive in a way her Tango didn’t have the passion or drama. Its a shame he got injured because I feel we won’t see the very best of him.
Helen & Aljaz
Dancing the WALTZ to “With You I’m Born Again” by Billy Preston & Syreeta Wright
Judges Score : 7 / 7 / 7 / 8
My Score : 4
I like Helen I really do. I enjoyed the Waltz so much, it was really nice and it looked like they were floating around the dance floor. There were a few moments that looked like mistakes but I couldn’t tell if it was a mistake or choreographed into the dance because there were a few moments that just jarred but none of the judges mentioned it.
Aljaz surprised me a little with the choreography and I think he did his best to make her look good.
What I didn’t like is the judges on happy pills. As I said I couldn’t tell if moments in the dance were mistakes or just strange choreography because they just wanted to talk about how lovely she was. She wasn’t that good.
Carol & Pasha
Dancing the CHACHA to “Thunder In My Heart” by Leo Sayer
Judges Score : 2 / 5 / 5 / 4
My Score : 1
Very unimpressed with Pasha if I’m honest. I hated the stupid gimmicky beginning, him coming down on a thunderbolt? Really? Is Carol that bad he needs to be doing stupid stunts? It felt like Pasha hadn’t taught her a single step because she wasn’t doing anything that looked like dancing she was just randomly placing her feet.
Shame because I like Carol and I wanted her to do well but she just walked/stamped around the place. Nothing like a ChaCha should be in my opinion and I was really disappointed in it.
Please just teach a proper dance to celebs and not mess about.
Daniel & Kristina
Dancing the WALTZ to “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” by Bing Crosby
Judges Score : 4 / 6 / 7 / 7
My Score : 2(.5)
You see this is what I mean. Carol didn’t do anything that remotely looked like a ChaCha, Daniel did a whole Waltz. It wasn’t great, it wasn’t terrible and obviously he’s going to be starting off at the same level as the younger people. His footwork was nice, the story was beautiful, the singer was amazing but the framework needs work.
I don’t get what Craig was talking about I think the Waltz was perfect for Daniel because his face is frozen in a constant smile so it just looked lovely.
I give them bonus marks because Carol sucked so badly.
Anita & Gleb
Dancing the CHACHA to “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit
Judges Score : 6 / 7 / 7 / 7
My Score : 3
OK great so a good dancer had to waste a good half of the dance by walking down the stairs?! She didn’t even dance down the damn stairs and when she did get down there I have to say there was way too much posing.
She was good though and Gleb’s choreography when it gets going looks good but there was not even half enough dancing in that. What she did do was good, she has a lot of energy too and really went out there and performed. She made mistakes and could be better but when she was dancing I enjoyed it a lot.
I’ve said a few times she’s my dark horse and I look forward to seeing her do more. I’m impressed by Gleb’s choreography I just get angry when good dancers spend so much time doing stupid things.
Helen & Aljaz : 29
Anita & Gleb : 27
Kellie & Kevin : 27
Daniel & Kristina : 24
Anthony & Otlile : 21
Carol & Pasha : 16
My Thoughts :
Lots of ego stroking by the judges. Sometimes I feel if you aren’t going to judge something in fear of upsetting people at home then just don’t have judges. I don’t like the softly softly touch, of course I don’t want them to be complete meanies either (I can’t believe I used the word meanies) but for some reason Len wouldn’t even comment on Anthony’s Jive (which wasn’t even bad.)
Very early on I think the judges have “favourites” but it didn’t really bother me as much as it usually does.
I think, as you can probably tell, I think most of these 6s are pretty equally matched. I think most of these are the “best” ones but I think they have their hands full with Jamelia, Kirsty and Katie tomorrow night. Of course also Peter Andre.
It was a great first show though and lots of good dancing. I liked all of their dances bar Carol and only got annoyed about the stairs in Anita’s because I’ve been waiting for a proper dance and didn’t enjoy seeing her walk down the stairs again.
Some weird decisions but I’ve never liked Kevin’s choreography so it didn’t surprise me I didn’t like him and Kellie much.
I am very happy to see Strictly back. I might not be so on the ball with reviews all the time because doing this meant I couldn’t chat with the others as much as I’d like to because the show actually goes very fast.
Tomorrow looking forward to Jamelia, Iwan, Ainsley and Katie.