Although generally Alexandra Burke has given what to us look like near-faultless performances on the dance floor, the judges have kept critiquing her feet when she’s dancing with Gorka Marquez.
Although she seemed to bring everything together for Halloween Week, earning a grand total of 35 points from the judges, this could be tricky. The Cha Cha is a notoriously difficult dance for the celebrities to master, and although Alexandra has the potential to be fantastic, will she be able to master this tricky routine?
Unsurprisingly, Simon went home and Mollie lived to dance another day. Hopefully viewers will realise she’s perhaps not as safe as they’d maybe presumed she was. Either way, if she’s to be in with a real chance of staying out of the danger zone she’s going to have to improve her scores!
Holly City’s Joe McFadden and Katya Jones have been gradually getting better and better each week. They scored a solid row of 8s last week for their Foxtrot, while Joe became the second celebrity of the series behind Alexandra Burke to score a 10.
Charlestons usually manage to score well with both the judges and the viewers at home, and we’re in no doubt that Joe will do something completely amazing. We’re going to say it: we’re predicting more 10s.
Gemma Atkinson and Aljaž Škorjanec are another Strictly couple who have got better and better as the weeks have gone on. Although their Jive last week wasn’t their best performance, we still think Gemma is something of a dark horse with plenty more to give in her routines.
Susan Calman and Kevin Clifton had a bit of a rough ride with the judges last week, with Shirley Ballas saying to the pair: “You know how much I love you, but again for me it lacked grace, it lacked elegance…not your best dance for me, today.”
That prompted Kevin to pipe up with: “I love you too, Shirley, but for the Halloween Game of Thrones Foxtrot, grace wasn’t really what we were going for,” which thankfully caused Shirley to laugh and the audience to applaud. Luckily the whole thing was more Anton Du Beke and less Brendan Cole.
When Susan has performed best it’s been all about her personality and the fun she brings to the routine. That’s a good sign this week: after all, who doesn’t have fun with a Jive?
Way way back in the day, Aston Merrygold was on Stars In Their Eyes Kids singing as Michael Jackson.
And now, instead of showing off his vocals, this Saturday he will be dancing a Viennese Waltz to this Jackson 5 number. Seems rather fitting, really. Anyway, there are a few celebrities who could easily be the first to score that perfect 40, but with Janette Manrara‘s choreography always having so much praise heaped on it by the judges, will they be the first to do it this weekend?
Strictly Come Dancing airs Saturday 4th November on BBC1