However, that could all flip on its head this weekend with Strictly’s second live show of 2017! After the celebrities have performed again, their scores from week one and week two will be combined, and the viewers at home will have their first chance to vote for their favourite couple. Then this Sunday October 1, one celebrity and their professional partner will be leaving.
You see what they did there? After Mollie King danced to Good Golly Miss Molly in show one, now Susan Calman is performing to If You Knew Susie alongside Kevin Clifton. Geddit? This has top bants written all over it!
Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins will be hoping that along with partner Brendan Cole they can put in a sweet performance to Sugar by Maroon 5. Charlotte won praise from the judges for her elegance in week one, but will she be as good at Latin as she is Ballroom?
Never mind Last Nite – what about Last Weekend? On Saturday, EastEnders actor Davood Ghadami put in a steamy Cha Cha with newbie Nadiya Bychkova, and the judges had heaps of praise for their chemistry. Now we’ve seen that Davood is bit of a mover, will he also prove to be ultra quick and light on his feet?
The Strictly pun machine has had a rest this week, and instead of handing Rev. Richard Coles Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi they’ve instead given him this altogether more sombre number. Both the Rev and new pro Dianne Buswell certainly bought the laughs last week, but will they be able to take Ballroom more seriously than Latin or will the giggles get the better of them?
Is this song not a bit ‘hip’ for Strictly? If you haven’t already heard it incessantly All. Summer. Long, you’re in luck! The former JLS singer and backflipper Aston Merrygold and Janette Manrara came top of the leaderboard in week one with a whopping 31 points, and they’ll be hoping to get an equally impressive top score for their second performance. Somehow, we think that’s pretty much a given…
We can see the gurning from here! Comedian and TV presenter Brian Conley came joint bottom of the leaderboard in week one, with the judges left somewhat underwhelmed by his stompy Tango. Perhaps he and new pro Amy Dowden will have better luck with this Cha Cha? Or perhaps…not. We’re hoping he’s going to emerge as a dark horse of series 15, anyway!
Paralympian Jonnie Peacock and Oti Mabuse were praised for their Waltz last week, but ended up towards the bottom end of the leaderboard with 20 points. However if this doesn’t up his score, literally nothing will. Everyone loves a Jive, and everyone loves Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry. We predict an absolute corker of a performance…
Grace and elegance were the watchwords of former X Factor winner Alexandra Burke‘s debut performance in week one. But can she do Latin as well as she can do Ballroom? Somehow, we think she’s going to be even better at a Paso Doble than a Waltz, and we already can’t wait to see this performance. This has ‘top of the leaderboard’ potential written all over it…
Poor Ruth Langsford ended up at the bottom of the leaderboard after her Waltz with Anton Du Beke, as the judges pulled her up for incorrect footwork and she ended up in the danger zone with only 16 points. She looked a little stiff to us, but nothing will loosen a celeb up quite like a Charleston. But never mind Ruth – we’re just wondering if poor old Anton is still up to this! (Only joking – we love you, Anton!)
Holby City star Chizzy Akudolu previously revealed that she won a disco dancing competition when she was 13 years old, but that probably won’t help her much when it comes to a Foxtrot. Never mind, if one pro is up to the job it’s Pasha Kovalev, who undoubtedly will bring out the very best gracefulness and poise in the actress.
There are no two ways about it. Debbie McGee and Giovanni Bernice blew absolutely everyone away with their Paso Doble last weekend. Absolutely no-one saw those legs coming, but she truly pulled it out of the bag and landed herself 30 points. In the time it took Debbie to plant a big kiss on Giovanni’s chops, she went from outsider to dark horse finalist. Now the question is can she maintain such high standards for this week’s Ballroom?
After coming out to perform first for the Strictly judges, former Emmerdale star Gemma Atkinson took a bit of a tough marking in our opinion. She landed a score of 20 for her Cha Cha, but we know she can do better than that! She seems to have a great partnership with Aljaž Škorjanec, and being an actress we’re sure that she will be able to tease plenty of emotion out of this touching song.
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC1 on Saturday 30th September
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