This has a motor racing theme, because Kelvin is an actual racing car driver. But never mind that, look at Kelvin’s HIPS. They’re more fluid than my nan’s custard, and quite hypnotic to watch. He also has nice bounce, but between Kelvin’s hip action and Oti’s splits it’s quite hard to take it all in. A bit scrappy in places, but I definitely want an invitation to Kelvin’s lovin’ one man show.
And finally tonight it’s KELVIN AND OTI! This week they’re dancing the Salsa to ‘Let’s Hear It For the Boy’ by Deniece Williams, one of my absolute favourite songs of the 1980s. However I can strongly recommend not attempting to sing it at karaoke; it’s surprisingly high and just gets higher, until only dogs can hear you.
Scores: 9,10,10,10 – a total of 39 for Saffron and AJ. So much screaming.
Craig calls AJ a clever cherub – that was absolutely gawjus. Motsi thought it was the best dance she’s seen on her first Strictly. Shirley thought they made it look easy, whilst Bruno was swept away – it was a dance of the highest quality. Four tens, anyone?
Saffron appears to have embraced the poppy theme with gusto, although on a flesh-coloured dress it looks a bit like a nasty rash. This is however, rather a charming Waltz, with nice flow and lovely rise and fall from Saffron. Her frame goes a bit awry towards the end, but generally quite lovely – easily my favourite dance of theirs.
Who’s next? It’s SAFFRON AND AJ! This week they’re dancing the Waltz to another insipid cover – this time Ellie Goulding’s John Lewis version of Elton John’s ‘Your Song’.
I really want to love this partnership more, but I find myself unmoved. I’m sure they’re both lovely people, but there’s no chemistry for me – it’s like watching two plastic dolls bumping into one another. I need more of a connection and a bit more fire.
Scores: 8,9,8,8 – a total of 33 for Emma and Anton.
Bruno loved all the Fosse references, Emma was in her element although there were a couple of occasions when they weren’t mirrored. Craig thought it was understated and stylised – very much Emma’s dance. Motsi loved it too, and Shirley loved the use of music and the details – one of Emma’s better dances.
Is there some law that states all Jazz dances have to be done in a bowler hat? A few balance issues at the beginning, but some nice footwork from Emma and some good hat action. I don’t really get this type of dancing, not really my cup of tea – also why does this song sound like the theme to the Flintstones?
Next up it’s EMMA AND ANTON! It’s Couple’s Choice week for them, and they’ve chosen a Theatre/Jazz routine to ‘Right Now’ by The Pussycat Dolls. Since Faye and Giovanni’s Theatre/Jazz CC was one of the most memorable dances of last year, this is hugely risky. But if we consider the alternative of Anton doing street dance or interpretive contempo-waft, it’s probably for the best.
Scores: 9,9,9,9 – a total of 36 for Michelle and Giovanni.
Shirley thought it was sophisticated and sassy – naughty and nice from Michelle. Bruno loved the flawless storytelling, and he loved the little touches Michelle gave to the character. Craig thought Michelle was the mistress of detail, he loved it. Motsi always buys what Michelle is selling – they use technique in the right way so she can really feel the dancing.
So Michelle is a housewife trying to please her man, but Giovannis having none of it. Changing that ghastly dress might be a good start. I love the storytelling of this American Smooth, Michelle is an absolute queen. LOVED that.
It’s time for MICHELLE AND GIOVANNI! This week they’re dancing the American Smooth to ‘I Just Want To Make Love To You’ by Etta James. Alison Hammond and Aljaz danced the Foxtrot to this back in 2014, but I’m very much hoping that Michelle will turn the sass dial up to 11 and Giovanni will give us full Diet Coke Break realness.
Scores: 5,7,7,7 – a total of 26 for Chris and Karen.
Motsi loved serious Chris, but the footwork could have been cleaner. Shirley enjoyed the focus and how he led the dance, and the footwork was fairly decent. Bruno appreciated the purpose, the intent and the content, but he looked like he was walking it in places. Craig thinks Chris seriously needs to up his game to stay in the competition, it was technically lacking.