This was Blackpool week. It was the week Craig Revel Horwood rode a guitar down from the ceiling onto the ballroom. And it was the week former-contestant Jeremy Vine gave him a 3 for his efforts.
But what else happened?
Jay’s dancing a sunny Samba. He’ll be attempting to smile his way through every step after the judges criticised his blank expression last week. He’s confident and pulling cheeky expressions. There are no mistakes (that I spied) and some fab-u-lous lifts. The audience are on their feet for the first dance of the night, but what will the judges have to say?
“There’s no end to your talent,” says Len. “You really got the party started. I’ve been waiting since week three’s Jive to see anything as good and you’ve shown it to me.”
Bruno is so excited he’s out of his seat and talking about fiery loins. “You blended with the professionals so well it was indistinguishable,” he says.
“I loved your hip action,” smiles Craig. “I absolutely adored the lift… and finally we are seeing some facial expression.”
“You were flirting,” concludes Darcey, praising his characterisation and “fantastic” performance.
The scores are in. It’s 9s across the board for 36. Jay’s happy.
Jamelia’s up next. She found herself in the dreaded dance off again last week, but was saved when the judges decided to send poor ol’ Jeremy home. Can she keep herself out of the bottom two this weekend?
Her quickstep is fun, flirty and confident. Definitely one of her best performances in the competition.
“That was a Quickstep of great content… I can see that you worked a lot on your footwork,” says Bruno.
Craig still thinks her dancing is “problematic” in places, but he’s feeling complementary too. “Your ballroom has come such a long way, you should be very, very proud.”
“There was not one mistake,” praises Darcey. “Your best ballroom.”
“You deserve 100% to be here in Blackpool,” concludes Len. “Great job. It was fabulous.”
The scores are in. Craig gives her a 7, Darcey an 8, Len an 8 and Bruno an 8. That’s a total of 31. Jamelia’s so pleased she sheds a little tear.
Anita Rani makes a dramatic entrance to her Paso, being carried in by a group of burly bare-chested dancers. Her performance is passionate, dramatic and FULL of pouting. The audience are back on their feet as the duo head over to Tess still in serious character mode.
“Total theatre… magnificent,” shouts Craig.
“You blew me away,” smiles Darcey. “It was beautifully classy”
“That was full of drama. You turned the ballroom until a bull ring… it had mood, it had passion, it was fantastic,” adds Len.
“I’ve never seen so much prime beef on such splendid display,” purrs Bruno, jumping of his feet once again. “Ole!”
The scores are in: 9 from Craig, 10 from Darcey, 9 from Len and a 9 from Bruno. It’s their first 10. (And I’m 99% sure it had nothing to do with those dancing six-packs…)
Katie and Anton are dancing an American Smooth next. Katie’s rather amazing dress is shedding feathers all over the floor as she moves from man to man. It’s all old-school glamour and class.
“That was exquisite,” says Darcey, praising her film star style. “Plenty of wow factor.”
“It was better than a kick in the head,” smirks Len. “You really came out and performed it… elegance, glamour and sophistication. Your best dance, no question.”
“What an amazing welcome to the temple of Ballroom. Blackpool brings the best out of people. Stylisitically it was impeccable,” purrs Bruno.
“It certainly had the elegance that we expect,” concludes Craig. “Absolutely gorgeous.”
The scores are in 8, 9, 9, 9. A total of 35. It’s Katie’s highest score. It’s Anton’s highest score. Du Beke is besides himself.
Peter Andre is up next, dancing a 60s-inspired Jive. He’s definitely taken the judges’ advice to heart when it comes to embracing new characters.
“Lights, camera and plenty of action,” says Len. “It wasn’t your finest… but all in all, action packed and full on.”
“Enthusiasm, energy, performance level, top of the pops,” adds Bruno, who thinks he lost the Jive elements in his enthusiasm.
“It was flat footed, it was heavy…” drawls Craig critically, adding: “Your commitment and your energy to dance is phenomenal.”
The scores? 6 from Craig, 7 from Darcey, 8 from Len, 8 from Bruno. 29. Far from his best, but he doesn’t look phased.
Last week’s scoreboard topper Georgia is up next. She’s dancing an American Smooth. In true Blackpool-style, Georgia makes her entrance balanced on a glittery moon. She also appears to be channelling Tangled (her fave Disney film, don’t you know) with that flower-studded hair do. It’s a romantic, confident dance. Georgia even looks at ease being lifted by new professional dancers, which must feel more than a little stressful.
“You heavenly creature,” smiles Bruno. “Pure ballroom bliss… it was fantastic, my dear.”
Craig, as ever, has some criticism, but plenty of compliments too: “You have come into your own. It was fantastic.”
“So graceful,” adds Darcey. “You are going to go far, darling.”
Len says she’s blown him away: “If she’s not top, she’s right up there. That was a brilliant, brilliant dance.”
The scores: 9 from Craig, 9 from Darcey, a 10 from Len and a 10 from Bruno. A total of 38. Not quite as high as last week, but it’s, you know, a pretty good score. “I think I’m going to cry,” squeaks Georgia.
Helen’s up next. She’s dancing a Charleston. It’s a saucy, seaside postcard. She even does the splits. There was a little slip up but the audience couldn’t care less and she recovers quickly.
“Too controlled, too placed,” frowns Craig, conceding: “You are a brilliant dancer.”
“For me, it was one classy Charleston,” says Darcey. “I loved it.”
“A tad too much side by side,” says Len. “As always a wonderful, polished performance.”
“It was like watching one of those show-stopping numbers on Broadway,” concludes Bruno. “You’ll go a long way. You are a brilliant, brilliant dancer.”
The scores are in: 8, 9, 8, 9. A total of 34.
For last dance of the night we’ve got Kellie and Kevin dancing a Quickstep to Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5. It’s a fast, clever routine and the pair are perfectly in time. Plus there’s a spectacular, seamless ending which leaves the audience on their feet.
“You made that look like one easy day at work, darling,” smiles Darcey.
“You can file that under B for brilliant,” adds Len.
“Another outstanding performance in a night of dancing delight,” says Bruno.
“Tight, clean. I loved it,” concluded Craig.
What a way to close the show, eh? They get three 9s and a 10 from Bruno. It’s their highest score and their first 10.
And that’s our lot for tonight’s Blackpool special. The leaderboard is looking interesting tonight. Georgia is top again, with Anita and Kellie in second place, while down at the bottom it’s Peter Andre. Jamelia is 2nd to last, with Helen hovering in the danger zone too.
We’ll be saying farewell to another celebrity during tomorrow’s Results Show, back in the Tower Ballroom at 7:15pm on BBC1.