Strictly Come Dancing – Blackpool week recap: five must-watch moments

From Simon Webbe's arresting Argentine Tango to Len's sweary slip...

Didn’t watch Strictly Come Dancing? Or simply want to enjoy the highlights again? Never fear, is here to recap this weekend’s glitter-coated action on the Strictly dance-floor…


Blackpool week factfile 

Talking point? Len letting the f-word slip after Simon Webbe’s impressive Argentine Tango. 

Top of the leaderboard? Simon and Kristina and Pixie and Trent – with 38 points each  

Bottom of the leaderboard? Judy and Anton with 24 points

Dance Off? Judy Murray and Sunetra Sarker 

Who left? Judy Murray 

Five must-watch dances

Simon Webbe

Simon Webbe’s super-slick Argentine Tango had the entire crowd on their feet and earned three 10s and an 8 from the judges. 

Bruno called it “spectacular”, Craig called it “absolutely incredible” and Darcey couldn’t stop talking about how much she loved it. “I can’t shut up. It was amazing,” she said, before head judge Len had his go… 

“Winner, winner, chicken dinner,” he yelled before it all got too much for him and a whispered f-word slipped out from between his lips… Oops. 

Caroline Flack

Caroline’s upbeat British-themed number was my favourite of the night – and not because of her Spice Girls-inspired Union Jack dress. Promise. 

She was in the dance-off last week but was back with a vengeance in Blackpool. “You can’t half flick, Flack,” said Len. “That was fast, class and you’re built to last.” 

“Caroline flies the flag for Strictly,” yelled Bruno, wiggling his eyebrows and pouting his lips, which I think means he liked it too… 

Frankie Bridge

Frankie Bridge is the bookies’ favourite and she’s never far from the top of the leaderboard. She didn’t disappoint this week, kicking off the show with a rock ‘n’ roll quickstep, which earned another standing ovation from the Blackpool Tower Ballroom. 

“That was fast. You got three points for speeding straight away,” joked Len, adding that he thought it was Frankie’s best dance to date. He judged it accordingly, handing the Saturdays star his first 10 of the series. 

Jake Wood

Mr Max Branning was back on form this week after a couple of wobbly reactions from the judges in recent weeks. His slick American Smooth received only praise from Len, Bruno, Darcey and Craig.

“Bass-ass and sassy. The original smooth criminal,” purred Bruno. 

“You are back on top,” said Darcey. 

Judy Murray

Judy performed a sweet Viennese Waltz to Let’s Fly a Kite from Mary Poppins. Ironically, what turned out to be her final dance won the best responses from the judges and her highest ever score. 

“If they can put a spaceship on a comet, Anton can teach Judy to dance and that was your best so far. Well done!” said Len. 

“It was actually recognisable as Viennese Waltz!” said Bruno adding, “There is hope!” 


Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 7:00pm on BBC1