Week Five of Strictly Come Dancing started with a few medical absences. Laura Whitmore suffered an ankle injury during her training this week and after seeing the Strictly doctor was ruled unfit to perform and according to the rules of the contest, she and partner Giovanni Pernice were granted a bye into the next round. Also Brendan Cole who appeared to be suffering last week from a cough turned out to have a lung infection and earlier in the week had voluntarily attended A & E. Due to this he had been unable to train with Anastacia and Gorka Marquez stepped in. Despite his health improving towards the end of the week he decided to rest and let Anastacia perform with Gorka in the live show.
Another pair of very strong performances from Danny Mac with his Rumba, which is apparently very difficult for a male dancer to perform, and also from Ore Oduba who slowed things down from last week’s amazing jive and performed a beautiful Waltz.
Greg Rutherford had a bad week with his Cha Cha Cha and Lesley Joseph’s Tango didn’t fare well with the judges although I quite liked it but not as much as her Charleston last week. Speaking of the Charleston, Daisy Lowe scored well with the judges for hers but I wasn’t a fan of it, maybe that’s just me. And way down at the bottom of the leaderboard once again was Ed Balls who performed the American Smooth. Now I thought at times he was actually making a decent effort but then he’d start stomping around and camping it up again and the moment as lost and his final lift was just plain scary, I imagine Katya Jones was in fear of serious injury as he almost dropped her. If there is any justice in this tournament, he will be on his way out this week.
So by the end of Saturday night, the leaderboard looked like this.
Ore Oduba & Joanne Clifton 36
Danny Mac & Oti Mabuse 35
Louise Reknapp & Kevin Clifton 33
Daisy Lowe & Aljaz Skorjanec 32
Claudia Fragapane & AJ Pritchard 32
Anastacia & Gorka Marquez 30
Judge Rinder & Oksana Platero 29
Lesley Joseph & Anton Du Beke 24
Greg Rutherford & Natalie Lowe 24
Ed Balls & Katya Jones 18
So I was disappointed for Greg Rutherford this week as I do like him, I hope he makes it through to next week but Strictly is full of surprises and we’ll see what Sunday brings.
So Sunday night brought a fabulous opening dance sequence from the professional dancers and a lovely song from Leanne Rimes. The results are in and Ed Balls has made it through yet again, presumably the public felt Katya Jones had been in fear of her life once already and didn’t want to risk her again. Into the dance off goes Lesley Joseph and Daisy Lowe. Now I did mention earlier that I wasn’t keen on Daisy’s Charleston but I felt she performed it better in the dance off. Unfortunately, Lesley Joseph didn’t perform as well and the judges chose to eliminate her. It’s a shame because she has had some lovely dances and it’s unfair she is having to leave.
So next week is Halloween special and the question has to be, how many more dancers must we lose for the sake of a Balls up?