So we’re up to Week 6 of Strictly Come Dancing and of course this week is the Halloween Special. Much like Movie Week, Halloween is a fun week with a great shout out to the make-up and wardrobe department. All the contestants and their partners looked fantastic and the sets were also amazing.
The professional dancers performed a brilliant opening dance to You Spin Me Right Round (Like A Record) by Dead or Alive, a wonderful tribute to Pete Burns who sadly passed away earlier this week.
And so to the dances and in typical Halloween fashion there were some spooky surprises in the performances. The two strongest contenders so far have been Ore Oduba and Danny Mac but both of them had bad performances tonight. Danny Mac totally messed up his Foxtrot and Ore’s Charleston looked a bit messy and out of time. Both guys ended up mid table which is an unusual place for them to be. Another poor performance came from Anastacia who went from last week’s brilliant Quickstep to a very poor Jive this week, not the best comeback for Brendan Cole, back following his illness last week.
Being in the dance off last week seems to have affected poor Daisy Lowe’s confidence judging by her training this week. She was down and quite tearful at times, however her Paso Doble was very strong and dramatic and impressed the judges. Greg Rutherford had a bad week as well last week and on Sunday looked genuinely astounded he wasn’t in the dance-off. His Rumba this week was an improvement from last week’s Cha Cha Cha but it didn’t impress the judges. However I did find him strangely sexy in his ghostly makeup.
Speaking of the Cha Cha Cha, in another Halloween shocker Ed Balls had his best dance yet. Now I don’t think he should have lasted this long but he actually performed moderately well tonight, not spectacular but not as bad as the last couple of weeks.
However there were some great performances of the evening from Laura Whitmore, who came back from injury with a stunning tango, Louise Redknapp danced a brilliant Charleston and her and Kevin Clifton easily had my favourite outfits of the night as Harley Quinn and The Joker. Judge Rinder was brilliant moody and dramatic in his Paso Doble and joint top of the leaderboard with Laura was the adorable Claudia Fragapane who impressed the judges with her American Smooth (danced to one of my favourite songs Black Magic by Little Mix).
So by the end of Saturday night the leaderboard looked like this
Claudia Fragapane & AJ Pritchard 36
Laura Whitmore & Giovanni Pernice 36
Louise Redknapp & Kevin Clifton 35
Daisy Lowe & Aljaz Skorjanec 33
Judge Rinder & Oksana Platero 32
Ore Oduba & Joanne Clifton 32
Danny Mac & Oti Mabuse 30
Greg Rutherford & Natalie Lowe 26
Ed Balls & Katya Jones 26
Anastacia & Brendan Cole 25
So what frights will Sunday night bring with the results show?
Sunday night and yet more tricks and treats. A hauntingly beautiful opening number from the professional dancers, Kevin Clifton and his wife Karen along with Brendan Cole taking centre stage to Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight, a favourite song of mine anyway.
And to the dance off. What on earth is Daisy Lowe doing in the bottom two again? Her Paso was really good and it’s very disappointing to see her in the dance off again. No surprises to see Anastacia in there again as her jive was dreadful. The dance off however is only based on the final dance on the night regardless of prior performance on the Saturday but there was no change. Daisy was strong once more and Anastacia was poor. The judges agreed and voted four to nil for Daisy and it’s farewell Anastacia. I wish I could say I was sorry but I’m not disappointed to see her leave.