Yes, the Blackpool special turned out to be very special indeed, with a piano-playing Ed Balls lowered in from the ceiling before wowing viewers up and down the land with his lively jive. But that wasn’t all: Danny Mac scored a perfect 40-points from the judges – the first this series!
Here’s how the action unfolded on the night…
20.18 Right, that’s it for me tonight. But I’ll see you 7.15pm tomorrow for the results (well, not actually you. You could be one of those weird people who watch TV in the wrong aspect ratio, for all I know).
20.10 And the final scores (the last numbers I’ll throw at you tonight, promise):
20.07 The verdict is in for the Judge: Craig says it was “hip-tastic” and wants to rename Rinder “Judge Grinder” (yeah, somebody needs to talk to Craig about that), and Darcey and Bruno also give Rinder a good review.
And Rinder scores a 33 (8,9,8,8). That’s his joint best score of the series (his Quickstep Foxtrot also scored 33, as if you need reminding)
19.40 Now THAT is dancing (I think. Seriously, I’ve no idea. I can do the YMCA and that’s about it. Oh, and the cha cha slide).
Anyway, Darcey says it was “unbelievable”, Len says it was “fantastic”, Bruno says it was “Broadway standard” and Craig says it was …WAIT FOR IT… “fab-u-lous”.
His score: FOURTY POINTS (10,10,10,10 – Obviously)
And, of course, that’s the highest scoring Charleston of the series, beating Claudia Fragapane’s 36 of week three.
19.34 Danny and Oti are on the floor next where they’ll attempting the Charleston to ‘Puttin’ On The Ritz’ by Gregory Porter.
Stats reminder: not only has this couple achieved the highest score of the series (39), but they’ve also got the best average score of the class of 2016 with 34.5 (Louise & Kevin are second with 33.9).
19.30 It’s a good review for Louise (EVEN FROM CRAIG). It’s “dynamic and strong” says Darcey, “I was blown away” says Len, “luscious” says Bruno.
Her apparently ‘Game of Thrones-themed’ Paso Doble (seriously, she literally just had a throne and a big dress thrown in) scores a 38 (9, 9, 10, 10)
Louise now has the record for the best Paso Doble of the series, beating Danny Mac’s 36-pointer from week three.
18.42 Still don’t understand the hype about tonight’s show? Just try and think of Blackpool as the Ron Burgundy of dancing: it’s a big deal and smells of mahogany. Seriously, the 120ft by 102ft dance floor you can see tonight is made up of 30,602 blocks of mahogany, oak and walnut. #EveryDaysASchoolDay
18.40 Obligatory Ed Balls reminder: the ex-Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer will be performing the Jive to this tonight…
Fun fact: the 1957 classic was originally written with Ed Balls’ Strictly performance in mind.
18.37 Want to know why Blackpool’s so special to Strictly? There’s an article for that…