So that’s IT for another week on planet Strictly! It felt like the first few weeks dragged on for years, but now this series is flying by. Before you know it we’ll be back from Blackpool and arguing about the difference between Movie Week and Musicals Week. Thanks for joining in with all your comments – next week’s pre-Blackpool warm up kicks off at 7pm, so join me then for another turn around the floor. Have a great week!
Ranj and Janette say lovely things about each other, and it’s getting a bit dusty in here. So much love in the room.
They take to the floor for their final dance to ‘If I Could Turn Back Time’ by Cher, with bonus shimmy.
Judging time! Craig saves Dr. Ranj and Janette (unexpected!), but Darcey saves Charles and Karen. Bruno also Charles and Karen, so Shirley has the deciding vote. She chooses Charles and Karen, which means DR. RANJ AND JANETTE are leaving the competition.
It’s a shame to see him go, but he’s given us plenty to smile about for the last seven weeks, and I’ve enjoyed seeing him and Janette signing little messages in Makaton as they come down the stairs at the beginning of each show (it was ‘fireworks’ yesterday).
Time for Charles and Karen – this Waltz is just lovely, and it definitely looks like he’s trying to flatten out the rise and fall and add a bit more glide. Gawjus.
Dance off time! Ranj and Janette’s dance off is still full of fireworks and sparklers, and George Michael is still spinning in his grave.
Rather unusually, this week’s dance off features two dances I really don’t mind watching again. Don’t really want to choose between these two, but Charles is definitely the better dancer and will probably stay unless he completely muffs it.
Ah that’s a shame – I know Dr. Ranj isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m a sucker for an underdog as long as they’re putting the effort in (Scott Mills, anyone?). That said, I’m pretty sure Ranj is running out of party dances, although I was quite looking forward to him and Janette busting some street dance moves for Couple’s Choice.
So who is joining Charles and Karen in the dance off? Ashley and Pasha are safe, along with Lauren and AJ, Graeme and Oti and Danny and Amy!
Which means DR. RANJ AND JANETTE are the second couple in the bottom two.
The absolute STATE of Darcey’s outfit. I think that’s a new Strictly low.
Time for a musical interlude, courtesy of gravel-voiced pop banger machine Jess Glynne, who is wearing a space blanket. She’s had more chart number ones than any other British female in history, by essentially taking the same song to the top of the charts six times. Good work, Jess Glynne.
Jess has also spurned her own backing dancers in favour of Nadiya and a shirtless Graziano, so I instantly like her more than Rita Ora.
So which couples are safely through to next week? Joe and Dianne are safe, along with Kate and Aljaz (well saved, people), Faye and Giovanni and Stacey and Kevin.
First couple in the bottom two: CHARLES AND KAREN.
Oh poor Charles, he really doesn’t deserve to be in the bottom two this week – his Viennese Waltz was one of my favourite dances last night.
Last night on Strictly: a top notch Foxtrot, a couple of nice Waltzes, an off-time Quickstep, an emo Jive and a bunch of other stuff that’s already left my heavily congested head.
I did watch Stacey and Kevin’s Couple’s Choice again today, and struggled a bit to get my head around it – it seemed to be a combination of contemporary, street AND theatre, which I don’t think was the brief. Beautifully danced, but I didn’t really get it – since it’s such a new style, did it really need a twist?
TESS AND CLAUDIA DRESS WATCH: Tess in a shredded wetsuit, Claudia in a halterneck binbag.
Out come the judges! Darcey and Shirley have ditched last night’s upholstery in favour of massive bows and ruffles. Darcey looks like a frill-necked lizard.
Who upset wardrobe last night?
Goodness, this is quite gymnastic. Nothing says R-E-S-P-E-C-T like flashing your knickers at the nation.
Tonight’s opening pro dance is a tribute to the magnificent Aretha Franklin. All our female pros are dressed as various Quality Streets, presumably because they were Aretha’s favourite. Clearly not a fan of the Toffee Deluxe, however.