Strictly Come Dancing 2020: week seven results – as it happened

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It’s musicals week, and our dancers were jiving to Little Shop of Horrors and tangoing to Phantom of the Opera. But whose performance was a showstopper – and who faced the music?

So that’s it for Musicals Week – thank you for joining in and keeping me company in the comment box, you are all excellent. It’s onwards and upwards to next week’s MASSIVE SEMI, which features TWO DANCES. Kick off is at 7pm next Saturday, so join me then! Have a great week, Hx

JJ has been a lovely contestant on this year’s Strictly, and has clearly had a ball. He and Amy say lovely things about each other, as is traditional. They both get a bit tearful and they seem to genuinely admire and adore each other. Bit dusty in here.

They take to the floor for their final dance, to ‘Thank You For The Music’ by Abba.

JJ and Amy
JJ and Amy Photograph: Guy Levy/BBC/PA

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Judging time! Craig saves Jamie and Karen, but in an EXCITING TWIST Motsi saves JJ and Amy. So Shirley has the deciding vote, and she picks Jamie and Karen.

Which means JJ AND AMY are leaving Strictly.

Next up it’s deskography with Jamie and Karen. I didn’t love this Jive last night, but you can’t fault Jamie’s energy and commitment. I suspect he’ll go home next week, and should be incredibly proud of himself for that.

Time for the dance off, and JJ and Amy are up first! He’s come a long way since the launch show, and this remains a fun and charming Charleston, but I think JJ has reached the end of his Strictly journey.

I didn’t catch whole conversation as my Sainsbury’s delivery has just arrived (which of course I’m not allowed to go anywhere near), but I think Bill just said he’s doing a Tango to ‘Enter Sandman’ by Metallica next week. Incredible.

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Time to find out who is joining Jamie and Karen in the bottom two. Bill and Oti are safe, along with Maisie and Gorka!

Which means JJ AND AMY are in the dance off. Well that’s the right decision, and I think it’s likely that JJ and Amy will leave.

Does Shirley get some kind of bonus scheme every time she mentions JJ’s military background?

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Time for a musical interlude, courtesy of musical theatre megastar Marisha Wallace, who is singing ‘Climb Every Mountain’ from The Sound Of Music.

Personally I question the wisdom of mountaineering whilst dressed as Dougal from The Magic Roundabout, but maybe I’m taking the whole business too literally.

Marisha is accompanied by Anton and Dianne wafting in a romantic fashion. This is all rather lovely.

Marisha Wallace
Marisha Wallace Photograph: Guy Levy/BBC/PA

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Next week HRVY and JNTT are dancing the first Rumba of the series. I’m torn between ‘yay, classic latin!’ and ‘urgh, Rumba’.

So who is safely through to next week’s massive semi, and who is in tonight’s bottom two? HRVY and JNTT are safe, along with Ranvir and Giovanni. All as it should be so far.

First couple in the bottom two: JAMIE AND KAREN. Up against JJ, surely?

Last night on Strictly – a musical mixed bag. The highlight was very much the Priscilla pro dance, can we see that again? Ranvir, HRVY and Maisie had a good night too, all three of them should absolutely be through to the semis.

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And we’re off. No opening pro dance, which is confusing me.

TESS AND CLAUDIA DRESS WATCH: Claudia in stylish metallics, Tess in a black off-the-shoulder blouson with massive mutton sleeves. It makes no sense on any level.

OK so no pro dance, but a performance from & Juliet instead. I’ve heard this is very good.

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Tonight’s Countryfile Casual Weatherperson is hirsute weather hunk Tomasz Schafernaker, who is wearing a very snug navy jumper and some nice grey jeans. The temperature is definitely rising, and there’s movement in the jet stream.

His lockdown hair has caused much debate on the socials, but I’m a big fan. Next stop Strictly please. Tomasz and Oti is the dream.

Actually as Paperview in the comment box has just pointed out, Tomasz and Johannes is the dream. Now I will accept nothing less.

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There’s a lot of Countryfile sheep tupping going on right now, courtesy of an extremely active Blue-faced Leicester. Adam Henson saying ‘length’ and ‘milkiness’ is bringing on a fever, but that might be the Covid.

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— Tomasz Schafernaker (@Schafernaker) December 6, 2020

SUNDAY NIGHT RESULTS SHOW UPDATE!

Evening all, and welcome back to this week’s Strictly Results Show. Last night was Musicals Week, and it’s a tough call on who the bottom two might be. I’m reasonably confident that Ranvir won’t be troubling the dance-off, but otherwise your guess is as good as mine. On the basis that sanity might prevail I’m going for JJ and Jamie, with JJ to go.

Kick-off is at 7.30pm, but we’ll have a gentle Countryfile ramble to get us warmed up. See you in a bit!

That went quickly, my fingers are barely warmed up. Thank you for joining in and being brilliant, please come back for tomorrow’s Results Show at 7.30pm. Enjoy the rest of your Saturday, and I’ll see you then!

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And that’s it for the dancing! JJ and Jamie at the bottom of the leaderboard this evening, but it’s possible that Bill might be in danger of ending up in the dance-off. I loved Ranvir and Maisie this evening, although I’d also fling Bill a vote as I’d love to see him in the final. HRVY doesn’t need my imaginary support, he’s got the kids and the nans.

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Scores: 8,8,8 - a total of 24 for Jamie and Karen.

Craig wanted more technique in the Jive sections, but Jamie is an powerhouse of energy. Shirley loved the musicality and Jamie was quite light on his feet, although there was a misstep in the middle. Motsi loved the use of the props and Jamie needs to keep on working on the technique.

There are only two weeks to go, Motsi, he’s got two dances next week. I feel that ship has sailed.

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For some reason, both Jamie and Karen are dressed like they work in a Peugeot dealership. I’m not entirely clear on the plot of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, but I’m guessing his job flogging mid-range French cars is not why everybody’s talking about him.

The bits where Jamie moves furniture are great, but the actual Jive is a bit heavy. Also Karen stands in front of him for a chunk of it, so I can’t see what his feet are doing. It’s got a frantic energy which I rather love, but as a Jive it’s a bit lacking and Jamie is visibly flagging by the end.

Jamie and Karen
Jamie and Karen Photograph: Guy Levy/BBC/PA

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And finally tonight it’s JAMIE AND KAREN! This week they’re dancing the Jive to ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ from Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, even though literally the only person talking about Jamie is Jamie. Last week’s Tango put them in the bottom two, saved only by Clara’s Jive issues. Interested to see what they’ve got up their sleeve tonight, they’re wrapping up the show so it’s clearly not going to be a duffer.

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Scores: 9,10,10 - a total of 29 for HRVY and JNTT.

Motsi loved how challenging the choreography, and if he’d missed one step it would have crumbled. OK well he did actually, but Motsi thought it was the dance of the decade. Craig thought HRVY slightly missed the timing in a couple of places, but otherwise it’s like looking in the mirror. Shirley thought Janette did her student proud, and HRVY carried on despite the mishap with his hat.

Sparkly Hats! Drink! Despite having a little wobble at the bottom of the stairs, HRVY is looking very comfortable with this dance. He also looks like he’s been dipped in glitter. Great work, tens all round?

HRVY and JNTT
HRVY and JNTT Photograph: Guy Levy/BBC/PA

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It’s time for HRVY AND JNTT! Their Musicals Week dance is the American Smooth to ‘One (Singular Sensation)’ from A Chorus Line. It’s quite a bouncy number for a Smooth, but I’m not going to turn my nose up at a bit of traditional ballroom, god knows there’s been little enough of that this year.

Scores: 8,8,8 - a total of 24 for Bill and Oti.

Shirley enjoyed how Bill lead the dance, even though he lost his balance at the end and it’s A DIFFICULT DANCE FOR A MAN. Motsi thought Bill pulled it off, and she loved the details and Bill’s posture and timing. Craig though there was a sticky moment but Bill had complete control and command and it was phantasmagorical.

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Very much enjoying Bill Bailey does Meat Loaf. Mostly this involves Oti’s legs, but Bill is doing a nice job of providing a pole for her to dance round. Nice shaping and lots of drama, but a bit wobbly at the end.

Bill and Oti
Bill and Oti Photograph: Guy Levy/BBC/PA

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Next up it’s BILL AND OTI! This week they’re dancing the Argentine Tango to ‘Phantom of the Opera’ from Phantom of the Opera. Davood and Nadiya danced an Argentine to his in Musicals Week in 2017, and promptly got eliminated. This kind of doom-laden history makes me very uncomfortable, but if anyone can re-write Strictly history, it’s Bill.

Scores: 9, 10, 9 - a total of 28 for Maisie and Gorka. They actually look a bit disappointed.

Craig loved the energy and musicality in a complex routine, they absolutely smashed it. Shirley was impressed by Maisie’s timing and her foot position. Motsi loved how Maisie interpreted the music and she adored it.

Maisie is wearing a different wig from Karen’s wig, but it’s equally wiggy and ridiculous, so DRINK. I’m very here for Geeky Gorka though. Maisie is absolutely smashing this really quite complex Jive, although I’d love more Jive basic and less running about. OOH, CGI MONSTER PLANT.

Maisie and Gorka
Maisie and Gorka Photograph: Guy Levy/BBC/PA

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It’s time for MAISIE AND GORKA! This week they’re dancing the Jive to ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ from Little Shop of Horrors. This was originally a film, so DRINK . Mark Wright and Karen Hauer did a Jive to this in 2014, which I watched earlier. Karen had a really weird wig on, but I don’t remember much about Mark’s Jive. I’d kind of forgotten Mark, if I’m honest.

Scores: 9,9,9 - a total of 27 for Ranvir and Giovanni.

Motsi feels Ranvir has finally come into herself and it was magical. Craig loved the storytelling and it was totally real and believable, although the run away was a bit messy. Shirley was captivated by the whole performance, it was like poetry in motion. Lovely fleckerl too, the best she’s seen on Strictly.

Well this is actually quite captivating, and Ranvir has the most gorgeous ballroom frame. Lovely spinning and storytelling, and my first goosebumps dance of the series. All rather moving and beautiful. Loved that.

Ranvir and Giovanni
Ranvir and Giovanni Photograph: Guy Levy/BBC/PA

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Next up it’s RANVIR AND GIOVANNI! Their Musicals Week turn is the Viennese Waltz to ‘She Used To Be Mine’ from Waitress The Musical. Ranvir and Giovanni have decided to capitalise on the romance factor, but after last week’s pretty safe American Smooth they might need to up their game, particularly as this isn’t a well-known song. Risky.

Scores: 6,7,7 - a total of 20 for JJ and Amy.

Shirley was impressed with how long JJ’s legs were, and he executed the simple choregraphy spectacularly. Motsi enjoyed JJ’s smile and acting skills, but he needs to work on the stopping moments. Craig thought it was too stop and start for him and the basic Charleston needed more kick, but the jumps had great height.

Very disappointed that JJ has embraced his inner Dick Van Dyke rather than The Child Catcher, but here we are. More sick-making CGI, but JJ is actually doing a not-bad job of this. It’s not the most complex of Charlestons and JJ’s timing and transitions are a bit iffy in places, but his footwork is good and he’s giving the characterisation his best shot. Lovely posture too, and nice to see another side to JJ.

JJ and Amy
JJ and Amy Photograph: Guy Levy/BBC/PA

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First up tonight is JJ AND AMY! This week they’re dancing the Charleston to ‘Chitty Bang Bang’ from the musical of the same name, even though it was clearly a movie first (DRINK).

Their campaign of Latin Avoidance continues; we may make it all the way to the Grand Final without us ever finding out if JJ has any kind of hip action. This feels not entirely in the spirit of Strictly, if you ask me – at least do a Cha Cha and let Shirley bang on about how hard it is for a man.

TESS AND CLAUDIA DRESS WATCH: Tess in a black tube with a weird neck collar thing, Claudia in a fabulous sparkly white tux.

Out come the judges! Motsi is wearing a bouncy castle.

Tess Daly
Tess Daly Photograph: Guy Levy/BBC/PA

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As tonight is a feem week, so we get a bonus pro dance. Perhaps inspired by Craig’s Hello Dolly drag turn last year, it’s a Priscilla, Queen of the Desert special. Muscle vest Giovanni is quite...something.

I could live a thousand years and I don’t think anything will make me happier than seeing Johannes, Gorka and Giovanni in drag. We thought we’d seen Peak Johannes with the catwalk routine last year, but it turns out he was just getting warmed up. Forget tonight’s show, just hook this up to my veins for an hour.

So much lavish headgear. Drink everything. Mix a cocktail. Pop a cork.

Tonight’s show starts with Andrew Lloyd-Webber talking about how badly the theatre industry has been hammered by Covid. Tonight’s show is a tribute to the people who are waiting in the wings to get back on stage. Also presumably AL-W needs a new bungalow.

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Happy birthday to Ethan in the comment box, he’s 17 today. May your year be full of sparkle and joy.

Tonight’s Strictly Come Bingo – a swig of something mulled for any occurrence of the following:

  • Musicals that were movies first and thus belong in Movie Week (still dying on this hill)
  • Lavish headgear
  • Three tens
  • Mentions of feet
  • Early references to TWO DANCES

I was also going to include a drink for any musicals I’ve never seen on stage, but I’ve looked at the list and I haven’t seen any of them. Feel free to drink anyway, it’s been that kind of week.

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Evening all, and welcome to this week’s Strictly Come Dancing liveblog! It’s MUSICALS WEEK, which usually means a hot mess of giant props and superfluous backing dancers, but this year we may be spared both. In 2020 we count our tiny blessings.

After Clara and Aljaz’s exit last week, we’re down to six couples, with two more to ditch before the Grand Final on 19th December. By rights it should be JJ and Jamie, but it’s been a strange year, anything could happen.

Curtain up is at 7.25pm, so settle in in for a socially distanced trip to the West End. Tonight’s show is barely an hour long, which is a gift to the Covid-stricken liveblogger. See you in a bit!

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