Friday the 13th is considered to be an unlucky day, but Saturday the 14th must be a lucky one. Not only were we treated to a great night of dancing, but also five open topped hunks. Honestly, we’ve never been more transfixed when the couples run up the stairs to Claudia. But more on them later…
Last week, we were devastated when Rev. Richard Coles was eliminated, after failing to beat Simon Rimmer in the dance off. Usually, the “novelty / entertainment” act lasts a lot longer, so maybe this is a sign that things will be more difficult for those couples who find themselves at the bottom of the leaderboard.
And if we couldn’t love Susan’s Wonder Woman samba anymore, on Thursday’s Strictly: It Takes Two, costume designer Vicky Gill revealed that her boots were designed by the man who designed the original Wonder Woman boots. So, if you excuse us, we’re about to go raid Elstree Studios…
We were worried that this week couldn’t top the magic of Movie Week, and although the dances didn’t score as high, a lot of them were still stand out performances. Davood Ghadami and Ruth Langsford got their best scores, and Davood delivered a really beautiful Viennese waltz.
There were some disappointments though. Brian Conley didn’t suit the paso doble, and the use of a prop in the opening moments was horrible. And Charlotte still hasn’t seemed to have recovered from her terrible cha-cha-cha a couple weeks back.
But the highs more than outweighed the lows. Alexandra Burke’s jive left us breathless, and so did Mollie’s salsa, although that may have had more to do with AJ’s shirt. Claudia Winkleman delivered her best skit of the series, and Gok Wan was in the audience. Now call us hopeful, but celebs in the audience do have a habit of popping up as contestants in later series.
And, to top everything off, there were hunks galore! Giovanni, AJ, Aljaz, and Gorka – who coincidentally are some of our faves – did their routines with open tops, and during the terms and conditions section, Neil had a see-through top. So, thank you costume designers. Please keep this up for the rest of the series.
However, as much as we love Strictly’s hunks, we do need to focus on the dancing, and these were the three routines which had us on the edge of our seats.
Alexandra & Gorka – Jive
There’s something about doing the jive in Week 4. Last year, Ore Oduba delivered one that was breath-taking, and this year Alexandra did the exact same!
She moved like a natural, and every single little kick and flick looked perfect. And what’s more, the jumps that Gorka did over her could have ended very badly, but Alexandra was able to stay composed throughout, and so they worked perfectly.
Her speed as well. The jive is a very fast dance, and she was able to keep up with Gorka throughout. Speaking of Gorka, we hardly noticed his slightly open top, Alexandra was that good.
Although, in her VT she did mention that if she messed up one her moves she’d be “knocked out by Gorka’s bum,” and we’re fairly certain that happened to us in a dream once.
Oh, and for those of you on social media having a dig at her for crying, her mum died not long before the series started. Think how you’d feel achieving one of your mum’s dreams for you, but not having her there to see it.
Susan & Kevin – Quickstep
We’ll be honest, as much as we love Susan, we didn’t imagine that she’d really deliver. We thought she’d middle about near the bottom of the leaderboard before making an early exit. We were skeptical when we found out that she’d be closing the show, we thought that were far better choices. But after that dance, we’re just going to sit here and eat our humble pie.
Taking some inspiration from the legendary comedy duo Morecambe and Wise, her quickstep started delivering within the opening seconds. Susan managed to keep perfect synchronicity with Kevin throughout, and she moved across that dance floor with astonishing speed. And those jumps on the beat in the middle, sublime!
This song was the first dance at Susan’s wedding, and it’s safe to say that she did it proud. She certainly did Shirley proud, as the head judge flung her arms in the air following the mid-portion. Go Susan!
Gemma & Aljaz – Paso Doble
We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again. This series we love the paso doble! Gemma has been improving week on week, and this dance was her best, and one of the best on the night.
Maybe we just really like this song, or maybe it was the visible connection she had with Aljaz. They were moving like a proper dancing couple for the entire routine.
And that start. Who would’ve known that Gemma was that flexible? It was only ups from that moment, as she had beautiful flamenco hands, moved fluidly, and ended with a whole lot of confetti. You might not think that confetti suits the aggressive paso doble, but it certainly worked in our book.
And did we mention Aljaz’s open top? We didn’t? Well, let’s be honest, you probably rewatched that clip several times to see it. We did.
Strictly’s next live show is next Saturday at 6:35 pm on BBC One. And if you still need Strictly magic in your life, Strictly: It Takes Two will be on every weekday at 6:30 pm on BBC Two.