Week five and the Strictly cast are now in full flow. Well, except Brendan Cole. Thanks to a chest infection, Anastacia will be dancing with Tameka’s old partner Gorka Marquez tonight. Will the singer cope with the chemistry change?
But that’s not the main question of the week. No, of course we’re all wondering if Ore Oduba can capitalise on his jive that scored 39 points (!) last week. Can the BBC presenter turn his talents to the waltz tonight? Join us LIVE to find out (and marvel at Ed Balls’ American Smooth too).
20.14 And that’s goodbye from us too! We’ll leave you with the final leaderboard for tonight:
20.12 Not a great haul from the judges for Claudia:
-Bruno is blown away “you had so much packed into that!”, but says Claudia looked a bit rushed.
-Craig says she looked like a tornado around the dance floor
-Darcey also thinks that Claudia was moved around the floor a bit too much.
– Len says that she sacrificed a lot of technique for speed.
But she’s still picked up a fair few points. Final (final) score of the night: 32 (8,7,8,9)
20.05 Claudia Fragapane and AJ Pritchard are last up. They’re dancing the Samba to Young Hearts Run Free by Candi Staton – a dance Claudia’s been slipping up on in practice.
20.04 Len says it was “masculine performance” (whatever that means) and praises Danny as an “excellent dancer”, Bruno’s loving the life in Danny’s hips ,and Darcey says Danny was “very brave”. HOWEVER, Craig – the ever-happy man – says there was too much energy.
19.18 Anastacia gets high praise from Darcey: “this was one lovely kind of dance”. Len says the change of partner did Anastacia no harm – “it was your best dance yet!” Bruno: “lovely, very very nice.” And Craig, well, he’s not a happy bunny about that “gap”. But positive overall.
Score: 30 (7,7,8,8). She’s top of the board so far.
19.14 Biggest thing to note from Anastacia’s performance: the audience are clapping off-beat. Oh dear.
19.11 Tough news for Anastacia this week: Brendan’s too ill to dance and will be replaced by Gorka Marquez. Brendan will be returning next week and, despite some rumours, very much alive.
19.06 New Strictly drinking game: take a sip whenever Greg Rutherford looks at his own feet when dancing.
19.03 Third up: Greg Rutherford and Natalie Lowe dancing the Cha Cha to We Found Love by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris
19.00 So, what did the judges think of Lesley (and her missteps)?
Bruno says he loves the intensity, but says “you messed it up a bit, dear”. A very negative review from Craig ending with “I don’t think this dance is for you”. However, Darcey says “you almost achieved it all” – apparently Lesley just needs to relax her shoulders. Len agrees.
Overall a score of… DRUM ROLL… 24 (5, 6, 7, 6)
18.57 Next up: Lesley Joseph and Anton Du Beke dancing the Tango to the Gotan Project version of Whatever Lola Wants. And Lesley is dressed as a fortune teller. Erm, she does know the Halloween special is next week, right?
18.54 And now there’s a “Strictly super-fan” talking to camera. Who’s a puppet. Because..erm…whaaa?
Len says he’s “immensely impressed”, but wants more swivel. Bruno says Rinder needs more energy, but it’s positive feedback overall. Despite a few “wild kicks”, Darcey loved it. And Craig, well, he said it was “a little bit flat-footed”.
17.10 Bad news: Laura Whitmore will NOT be on the dance-floor tonight due to injury. A Strictly spokesperson said:
“Laura Whitmore will not perform on tonight’s Strictly Come Dancing due to an ankle injury sustained earlier in the week. She has been checked by a doctor and the medical team on site and they have advised that she rests her ankle and does not dance this weekend.
“As per the rules of Strictly Come Dancing – because Laura and Giovanni cannot dance on tonight’s show – they will receive a bye through to next week and the show will continue with a public vote as per usual. We wish Laura a very speedy recovery.”
16.00 Afternoon! Thomas here for another Strictly (and Ed Balls) extravaganza. Here’s hoping it meets the high bar set by last week – more precisely, the bar set by Ore and his 39-pointer jive. Let’s just revisit that again, shall we…
New dancers Chloe Hewitt and Neil Jones didn’t get paired with Strictly celebs this year, but don’t worry: they’ll still be performing in the group dances, running their eyes over the performances in Strictly’s It Takes Two – and acting as back-up just in case there are any unforeseen injuries… Meet the two new dancers here.