Sunday, 23 October 2016

Strictly Come Dancing Week 5 (spoiler alert)

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.

It certainly paid off and Anastacia performed her best routine yet and was one of my favourite performances this week, her Quickstep was lively and well performed, as was Claudia Fragapane’s Samba.  Judge Rinder’s jive showed much improvement from last week’s waltz and Louise Redknapp’s Rumba was beautiful and very romantic.
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?


  1. You really make me care about the dancers even though I don't actually know who any of them are because I am assuming they are all UK celebs?

    1. Apart from Anastacia, yes they are all British celebs. I should really have done a post introducing them all but because I missed the first two shows, I jumped right in to the tournament. I'll try and list them now for you. Lesley Joseph is an actress, best known for comedy show Birds of a Feather, Ed Balls is an ex Labour politician, Anastacia is an American singer, Claudia Fragapane is an Olympic gymnast and Greg Rutherford is an Olympic long jumper. Ore Oduba is a sports reporter, Daisy Lowe is a model, Danny Mac is an actor in soap Hollyoaks. Laura Whitmore is a DJ, Louise Redknapp is a singer who was in the group Eternal and Judge Rinder is an actual judge who has a reality show kind of like Judge Judy does. The ones who have left were Naga Munchetty who is a breakfast tv presenter, Tameka Empson is an actress who is in Eastenders and Melvin Odoom is a radio presenter.

    2. OOoh thank you sweetie. The two Olympians did sound familiar but I couldn't figure out why hehe.