Jason and Luba take to the floor to ‘If I Could Turn Back Time’ by Cher. What a nice man.
And that’s it for Movie Week! Let’s pretend that never happened. Next week we’re back to business as usual, so please join me here on Saturday at 7.10pm. In the meantime you can find me on Twitter @heidistephens, so feel free to come and give me a wave. Thank you for joining in and have a fabulous week! Hx
Judging time! All the judges vote to save Nicola and Katya, which means JASON AND LUBA are leaving the Strictly dancefloor. It’s so sad that none of the couples can hug each other, I’d never really appreciated it before.
Jason says lovely things about Luba and we see his best bits. I’ll miss him, he’s been a beacon of sunshine and positivity and was clearly having the best time ever.
I’m fine to watch Jason and Luba’s Paso again, just to see if he can do it without smiling. He’s the world’s smiliest man, and bless him he’s really trying. Unfortunately he’s so busy thinking about his face he’s forgotten what his feet are supposed to be doing.
Honestly, who thought this would be good music for a Paso? It’s dreadful. Jason was doomed from the start.
Dance off time! Unless Nicola stuffs this up or Jason discovers a Spanish line he didn’t know he had, I think we’ll be waving Jason and Luba goodbye.
First up is Nicola and Katya’s Jive. This was a pretty ambitious routine and Nicola definitely has the stamina, but I wonder if Katya needs to let her shine in less complex routines rather than exposing her with the usual Katya madness. Very much looking forward to these two doing a Waltz or a Foxtrot, incidentally.
‘Go out and fight with every single morsel of your bone,’ says Shirley to Jason. Good grief.
So who is joining Nicola and Katya in the dance off? Clara and Aljaz are safe, along with JJ and Amy, Maisie and Gorka, HRVY and JNTT and Caroline and Johannes.
Sad as I am that Jason and Luba are in the dance-off, for a minute there I thought we were going to have to watch the Gnome Cha Cha again. Phew.
I’ve just seen on Twitter than when Claudia said that someone called Michael had suggested ‘the conversational conga’ for her chat segment, that was Michael Hogan who writes the Strictly liveblog for the Telegraph. I’m not going to lie, this is a serious blow to my fragile ego. TWELVE YEARS I’VE BEEN DOING THIS.
They’re piping in Bruno from LA again. What’s the point? The show is just fine without him.
Time for a musical interlude, courtesy of the Kanneh-Masons. They are an insanely talented classical musical family who were on Britain’s Got Talent in 2015, an are accompanied by Nadiya and Graziano doing some gorgeous wafting. That was lovely, more please.
Our suggestions for this Claudia chat feature were so much better – last week you guys suggested Pairs On The Stairs and Claudia’s Chatterpillar, both of which are epic.
So who is the first couple in tonight’s dance off? Jamie and Karen are safe (SO much screaming), along with Ranvir and Giovanni (honestly the thankyous are getting quite tiring now), Max and Dianne (thank god we don’t have to watch that again) and Bill and Oti!
First couple in the dance off: NICOLA AND KATYA! Eek. They could be in trouble in Jason and Luba aren’t in the bottom two with them.
Last night on Strictly: Movie Week Mayhem. Highlights included a pair of glorious Foxtrots from JJ and Amy and Ranvir and Giovanni, and a rather fabulous cowboy Paso from Bill and Oti. Lowlights included HRVY and JNTT’s creepy CH CH CH, which was a huge gNOme from me. Also Couples’ Choice, both the specific two from last night and the concept generally. Please fire it into the sun.
Out come the judges! Motsi has swapped the zebra carcass for one-shouldered bacofoil. I love her.
TESS AND CLAUDIA DRESS WATCH: Tess in glamorous black sparkles, Clauds in black trousers and a lovely black and white shirt. Genuinely my favourite weekend of T&C outfits ever.
And we’re off! Tonight’s opening pro dance is a Remembrance Day tribute, which always make me a bit wobbly. There is dancing outside a lighthouse to Vera Lynn singing ‘White Cliffs of Dover’. ‘We’ll Meet Again’ gets me every time.
Tonight’s Countryfile Casual Weatherperson is the splendid Chris Fawkes in a very sensible navy shirt. The splayed collar suggests than when Chris has finished doing the weather, he likes to get his groove on down the local disco. He also has unfeasibly large hands.
Which one of you promised me the Schaf? I’m loving his Lockdown Hairdo, he looks like Ronan Keating from 1997. Baby can I hold you tonight?
None of you bought me a Countryfile Calendar last year, not that I’d have anything to put in it.
After the fake harvest mouse revelation, I’m looking at every picture and thinking ‘I bet that stag is nailed down’.
SUNDAY NIGHT RESULTS SHOW UPDATE!
Evening all, and welcome back to this week’s Sunday night results show! I hope we’ve all recovered from the trauma of last night’s Movie Week extravaganza. I had another watch of the dances this morning, and aside from a few ‘less is more’ exceptions the whole thing was a hot mess. The song/movie choices were ridiculous, the scoring was unhinged and a lot of the quality was sacrificed on an altar of gimmicks and nonsense. Don’t even get me started on Couples’ Choice.
Anyway it’s all over now bar waving goodbye to another couple, which is almost certainly going to be Jason and Luba. The only thing that can save them is being out of the bottom two, and I can’t see that happening. Let’s find out, shall we?
Kick off is at 7.25pm so I’ll see you then!
And we’re done for another Saturday – thank you for joining in and making my evening considerably more joyous. I’ll be back tomorrow at 7.25pm for the Results Show, so please join me then to find out the next couple who’ll be leaving the Strictly dancefloor. Enjoy the rest of your Saturday!
So that’s it for the dancing, and the voting is open! Ranvir and Bill are at the top of the leader board, with Jason pretty much guaranteed a spot in the dance off. Hard to say who might join him, but I’m not sure it matters.
Time for a recap! A bizarre selection of songs and movie choices this year, can we just pretend the gnomes and the Simpsons never happened? My votes going to Ranvir, Bill and Clara, I think.
Scores: 8,9,9 - a total of 26 for Bill and Oti.
Motsi loved Bill’s arms and character, and he had great focus. Craig thinks we might see Bill in the final. Shirley thought it had everything - it was strong and had drama and stayed connected, and Bill is extraordinarily fantastic. Have the judges been on Bruno’s meds?
LOVE this. Fabulous Spanish line, great footwork, lovely drive, and very here for Bill’s Spanish guitar interlude.
And finally it’s BILL AND OTI! Their Movie Week dance is the Paso Doble to ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’ by Ennio Morricone from the film of the same name. I’ve never seen it, so DRINK, but I’m very much looking forward to Bill’s cowboy Paso.
Scores: 8,8,8 - a total of 24 for Max and Dianne. Sure, why not.
Shirley loved the timing and the performance, and Motsi loved how outgoing Max was in a very difficult routine. Craig thought it was risky, difficult and people are either going to love or hate it. He loved it. Me, not so much.
Is there no genres in Couples’ Choice any more? Or was mime with inflatables one of the options? I have no clue what I’ve just watched.
My boyfriend, who is watching Strictly with me for the first time in ten years, just said ‘well that was weird.’ He speaks for the nation.
Next up it’s MAX AND DIANNE! This week they’re dancing their Couples’ Choice to ‘The Simpsons Theme’ by Danny Elfman from The Simpsons Movie. I’ve never seen this film, but clearly this is the theme from a TV show and honestly were there no proper films available? Is it not enough that we have to sit through another Couple’s Choice?
Scores: 7,6,7 - a total of 20. How did that get LESS than Jamie? I’m outraged.
Craig though Clara’s frame has improved and he liked the mix of Tango and disco. Shirley wasn’t keen, however, and it lacked a bit of finesse. Motsi definitely saw some improvement and it had great energy, but it needed to be more controlled.
I think these might be two of the hottest outfits ever worn on Strictly, and my crush on both Clara and Aljaz knows no bounds. Once it gets into hold this is a decent Tango, albeit a bit gappy and not nearly staccato enough. WAY too much disco nonsense out of hold, but still all kinds of fabulous.
Next up it’s Clara and Aljaž! Their Movie Week choice is the Tango to ‘Lady Marmalade’ by Pink, Mya, Lil’ Kim and Christina Aguilera from Baz Luhrmann’s classic movie Moulin Rouge.
I love this film, and have every expectation that this is going to be the sassiest Tango we’ve seen in a while.
Scores: 7,8,8 - a total of 23 for Jamie and Karen. This show has descended into madness.
Motsi thought it was funny in a good way, but Craig thought it was a bit more Farrah Fawcett than Hercules (NICHE) even though it made him laugh. Shirley thought it was a massive improvement, from zero to hero.
I’m entirely distracted by Jamie wearing what looks like pants made out of leather neckties, partnered with the brown vest your dad wore in 1978. Meanwhile Karen looks like a Vegas showgirl.
Once you get past the relentless muscle flexing there is definitely some Charleston content in this dance, I’d just quite a like a bit more basic swivel and less running about. That said, it’s Jamie’s best dance by a country mile and the madness of that might save him.
Next up it’s JAMIE AND KAREN. This week they’re dancing the Charleston to ‘Zero To Hero’ from the film Hercules. I have not seen this film. DRINK.
Scores: 9,9,9 - a total of 27 for Ranvir and Giovanni.
Shirley loved Ranvir’s frame and it was breathtaking. Motsi wants to declare today National Foxtrot Day - it had incredible quality (ooh la la). Craig thought it was FAB-U-LUSS. Agree, I loved that.
Large drink for that bouffant wig, but bonus points to Ranvir for the fabulous blue dress. She’s absolutely smashing this Foxtrot with outstanding footwork and a nice top line. I think these two are going to do very well this year and are definitely shaping up to be one of my favourite couples.
Next up it’s RANVIR AND GIOVANNI! Their Movie Week choice is the Foxtrot to ‘Love You I Do’ by Jennifer Hudson from Dreamgirls, which is another film I haven’t seen, sorry drinkers. Incidentally this was a Broadway musical first and has no business in Movie Week. DID I MENTION I WILL DIE ON THIS HILL.
Apparently the Cha Cha is famously difficult, despite it previously being the dance that everyone did in Week One because it was considered entry-level Latin. How times change, eh?
Scores: 6,7,8 - a total of 21 for HRVY and JNTT.
Craig wanted one basic Cha Cha Cha and there wasn’t one, and it all looked a bit awkward on HRVY but he loved the story. Shirley loved the concept but she agreed there wasn’t enough content. Motsi loved how HRVY and JNTT are challenging themselves but it all needs more coordination.
That’s quite the CGI garden (DRINK), and I’m sorry but I can’t take HRVY’s sexy latin hips seriously when he’s DRESSED AS A GNOME. Everything about this is wrong, please make it stop.
It’s time for HRVY and JNTT! Their Movie Week choice is the Cha Cha to ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ by Elton John and Kiki Dee from Gnomeo and Juliet.
Not only have I not SEEN this film, I’ve never heard of it and I’m not convinced it’s actually a thing. It sounds a BIT like somebody tried to remake a Shakespearean tragedy WITH GNOMES, which is the kind of idea you have at 3am after accidentally taking too much cough medicine.
Scores: 8,8,8 - a total of 24 for JJ and Amy. Wait, are we giving points for understated now? I thought Movie Week was all about throwing the entire prop and wig box at everything? I’M SO CONFUSED.
Motsi loved how JJ used the floor with softness and gentleness, a huge improvement. Craig thought the timing at the end was a little out but it was quiet and understated and gorgeous. Shirley loved the footwork, it had quality not quantity and she applauds him.
For some reason there’s a manger on the set, it looks like the nativity. This is a charming Foxtrot and JJ is doing a really nice job. Good transitions and nice characterisation. Really liked that.
Next up it’s JJ AND AMY! This week they’re dancing the Foxtrot to ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’ by B.J. Thomas from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Obviously I’ve never seen this film, and I’m still not quite sure how a song this twee fits into a Western. But I’m reliably informed it was a song written specifically for the film so I’ll grudgingly go with it.
Scores: 3,4,5 - a total of 12 for Jason and Luba.
Shirley liked the knee walks but she couldn’t find the character of the Paso Doble in it, although Jason gave it a good try. Motsi wants Jason to take time to understand the intention of the dance, but he’s leaving his heart on the dancefloor. Craig thought it was dancing by numbers without any Spanish line or actual Paso, and the smiling really killed it.
This begins with a lot of leaping about with light sabres and lacks any kind of power or drive from Jason at all. His timing is fine but the force definitely isn’t with him, and there’s no Spanish line at all. I loved that for all the wrong reasons, it was dreadful.
It’s time for JASON AND LUBA! Their Movie Week choice is the Paso Doble to the Star Wars Theme by John Williams from Star Wars. Obviously I’ve seen Star Wars and there is absolutely no need for you to drink unless you want to pull me up on the technicality that it was about ten minutes of the one with the annoying bug-eyed lizard thing.
Anyway we’ve only seen Jason do happy happy joy joy on Strictly so far, so I’m keen to see if he can bring drama and power to a Paso. It also prompted me to go and watch Kevin and Kelly’s Star Wars Charleston from 2015, which was both brilliant and ludicrous.
Scores: 6,7,8 - a total of 21 for Caroline and Johannes.
Craig thought it was a fabulous performance but it was too polite and needed to be more desperate. Shirley thought it was an improvement on last week, which is all she can ask for. Motsi loved the power in Caroline’s voice, she needs to translate that into the dance.
Zoom daughter! Drink!
Why is Caroline dressed as Hyacinth Bouquet in green curtains? Was that a Gypsy plot line? Caroline is an incredible performer but on what criteria do you judge this from a dance perspective?
‘That really was a celebration of theatre’, says Tess. IT’S MOVIE WEEK THOUGH.
Next up it’s CAROLINE AND JOHANNES! This week they’re dancing their Couples’ Choice to ‘Everything’s Coming Up Roses’ by Ethel Merman from the film Gypsy.
Firstly I’ve never seen it, so DRINK. But also Gypsy was a Broadway musical before it was a film, therefore it has ABSOLUTELY NO BUSINESS being in Movie Week.
Deep cleansing breaths, Heidi.
Scores: 8,7,9, - a total of 24 for Maisie and Gorka.
Motsi loved it and it was a step up for Maisie. Craig wanted cleaner footwork but the lifts were superb. Shirley loved the upper half of Maisie’s body, but she needs to spend extra time on the bottom half.
I can’t look at Motsi’s dress without thinking of the carcass of a mauled zebra on an Attenborough documentary.
Maisie’s parents on Zoom! DRINK!
Maisie is clearly dressed as Elsa in a Mozart wig (drink), but I’m not clear who Gorka is supposed to be. Olaf in a dinner lady tabard? This is an outstanding American Smooth, as you would expect from Maisie. For this reason I can’t get excited about it.
CGI castles! DRINK.
It’s time for MAISIE AND GORKA! This week they’re dancing the American Smooth to ‘Into The Unknown’ by Idina Menzel from Frozen II. In happy news, I have seen this film. Two out of two so far, it’s a good start.
Maisie’s mum in training! DRINK.
This week’s Terms & Conditions area read by John Cleese in a manner that renders them entirely pointless.
Scores: 6,7,6 - a total of 19 for Nicola and Katya.
Shirley loved the transition in the middle and Nicola executed it well. Motsi really enjoyed it, but it got a bit tight in the middle. Craig though Nicola’s free arm lacked energy and the kicks and flicks weren’t as precise as they could be but she embodied the character.
I feel like we’re really starting to see Nicola’s personality emerge through this show – this isn’t the sharpest Jive we’ve ever seen and Nicola’s footwork could be better, but she’s giving it both barrels and I love the attitude. Enjoyed that.
First up tonight it’s NICOLA AND KATYA! This week they’re dancing the Jive to ‘Greased Lightnin’ by John Travolta from Grease. I’ve seen this film more times than I can count, so don’t start drinking yet.
It’s one of three movies choices this evening that were stage musicals first, and I will vent my fury for each of them.
Out come the judges! Shirley has gone full parma violet, there has to be a least half a dozen toilet rolls under that dress.
Out come the stars! I have no words for Max’s yellow head, HRVY’s beard or what Jamie is wearing, which appears to involve some kind of leather gladiator skirt. If you’re not watching I’ll post a picture later.
There are wigs. DRINK. Dianne’s Marge Simpson wig qualifies for two bottles.
TESS AND CLAUDIA DRESS WATCH: Tess in a scarlet gown-cum-scarf, Claudia in one-shouldered sequins. They both look FABULOUS.
Tonight kicks off with a bonus pro dance because it’s a Feem Week, and this year we’re celebrating James Bond movies. Seems rather appropriate in the week that the legendary Sean Connery died, although of course they couldn’t possibly know that. Wait, this is a conspiracy theory in the making, isn’t it?
Aljaz is on the Millennium Bridge looking moody, Gorka’s coming out of the sea in Daniel Craig pants and Giovanni is on a rooftop staring into the abyss. Sorry, can we go back to Gorka?
The studio bit is all a bit fraught and the CGI is making me seasick, but loving gold Luba writhing around on satin bedsheets.
And we’re off! PREVIOUSLY ON STRICTLY: some great dancing, but Jacqui and Anton lost the election and now Oti Mabuse is Prime Minister. Tonight it’s MOVIE WEEK!
This week’s Strictly Come Bingo – a slug of something celebratory for every occurrence of the following:
- Songs from movies I have never seen. Please note this has gone very badly in previous years so pace yourselves.
- Random celebrities on Zoom
- Bonkers CGI effects
- The word ‘potential’
Evening all, and welcome to this week’s Strictly Come Dancing liveblog! It’s MOVIE WEEK, which means a mishmash of 1) random films that weren’t very good but they feature a good song, 2) movies that were actually stage musicals first and thus belong in Musicals Week (I will die on this hill) and 3) kid’s movies that feature fun characters in daft costumes that will distract from the actual dancing.
BUT all that nonsense aside, let this also go down in history as the week the people voted out both Donald Trump AND Anton Du Beke, so clearly democracy is not entirely in tatters.
Kick off is at 7.25pm, so stock up on popcorn and booze for a bumper bingo. It’s the closest we’ll all get to a night out right now, so might as well make the most of it. See you in a bit!