There’s everything to play for in Strictly Come Dancing week 8, as the celebrities tap their toes for the contest’s second biggest prize – a chance to dance in the Tower Ballroom during Blackpool Week next Saturday!
Who’ll make it through? And whose feet will fail them at the final Blackpool hurdle?
Join us for a live Strictly party to find out…
20.20 Well, that’s it from us for another week – but we’ll be back tomorrow night to reveal who’s been kicked out of the competition, and who’ll make it all the way to the Tower Ballroom.
Surely there’s room for Ed Balls in Blackpool?!?
Only time – and votes – will tell.
Nice to blog with you, to blog with you…. NICE!
20.07 Here’s how the leaderboard is looking at the end of week 8.
Surely Ed and Katya will survive after THAT salsa?
20.03 Three 9s and a 10 send Louise and Kevin straight into second place with 37 points
20.01 “You looked the part, you danced the part” says Darcey, who adds that there were only moments in lifts where the finesse went.
“You had a couple of fans over there and you’ve got a big fan over here” says Len. “Big spender, big attitude, and I think you’re going to get a big score.”
“Vamp it up Louise” growls Bruno, who says there was a LOT to offer in the dance. “You’ve got it ALL baby, you’ve got it.
“My cork was well and truly popping darling” says Craig, who loved the musicality, the mix of jazz and ballroom, and the fact that Kevin showed Louise off.
19.57 Just last week’s leaders Louise and Kevin left to dance now. Can they topple Danny and Oti?
19.56 It’s a TEN from Len, and Bruno too. Plus two 9s from Craig and Darcey. That’s 38 for Danny and Oti.
19.53 Danny and Oti absolutely smashing up the dance floor right there with an Argentine Tango.
Craig thinks it was a little too aggressive but still FABULOUS.
Darcey’s in agreement – but still enjoyed it.
Len loved the fire and ice, pain and passion, and says he was just swept away. Could he give Danny a 10?
Danny’s on the boil, says Bruno, who clearly loved it. “It was a KILLER Argentine Tango” he says.
19.17 A 7 and three 8s give Greg a total of 31 points, equalling Daisy on the leaderboard
19.13 “You were leaping around like a triumphant stag conquering new territory” says Bruno, but he says it needs more artistry.
“Bruno is right” says Craig, who wasn’t as impressed and notes a few snags. He loved all the deep, strong lunges though. “Actually, it was a very powerful performance”, he says.
“You have the perfect stature” says Darcey, but she thinks Greg sometimes gives too much of it. “You have a real natural performance” she adds. “But you’re into it, and that’s what’s great”.
“Plenty of aggression, plenty of attack, it just lacked a little finesse in the technique” says Len, to keep it short but bittersweet.
19.11 Is this a Mumford & Sons Paso Doble from Greg and Natalie? Because it feels a bit Riverdance meets the Paso meets a Mumford & Sons concert.
19.08 A 7 and three 8s give Daisy a total of 31 points
19.05 What a dance from Daisy – that hair whipping was excellent.
Len says he was “twitching” through it and despite a little blunder, was thoroughly impressed with Daisy. He included a flower pun, just because.
Bruno’s all about the looks and legs and says Daisy would have Mary Berry’s approval for her recipe. He agrees that there was a bit of a blunder and some issues with balance, but overall thinks it was very very good.
“Continually disjointed” says Craig, who compliments the lifts but isn’t so kind about the transitions. However, he LOVES Daisy’s leg extension.
“For me you were hot and groovy” says Darcey, who suggests Daisy soften her knees.
19.02 Daisy and Aljaz are talking about the difficulty of their dance on the telly.
This dance has seriously “HEEEEEEEEEEEY, SEXY LAAAABOUR” potential. Let’s face it, I’m an Alastair Campbell waiting to happen here guys. Ed, give us a buzz when you want to run your next election campaign.
18.10 Competition is FIERCE this week. So fierce, in fact, that Ed’s going to be attempting THREE lifts. And he says they’re all harder than the one he did in the American Smooth. #pray4katya
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. Don’t forget the Strictly pros without celebrity partners…