Strictly Come Dancing: week seven – live | Television

This week they’re dancing the Jive to ‘Tightrope’ by Janelle Monáe. I could have sworn Helen has already done a Jive, but apparently not.

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I absolutely LOVE this song, and it lends itself to a very cool funk/soul Jive that I’m already very excited about.

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This week they’re dancing the Quickstep to ‘Soda Pop’ by Robbie Williams featuring Michael Bublé. Regardless of how you feel about swing band Robbie (insert side eye emoji) it’s undeniable that this is a brilliant song for a Quickstep.

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Will could really do with a brilliant week to keep him in the running – feel like he’s been wafting around in the cursed middle for a few weeks now and that’s an increasingly dangerous place to be.

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This week they’re dancing an Argentine Tango to ‘Assassin’s Tango’ by John Powell. Risky doing an Argentine off the back of a Halloween Rumba, but it’s a good opportunity for Kym and Graz to show us a bit of sizzle, because last week left me a bit cold.

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This week they’re dancing the Viennese Waltz to ‘I’ve Been Loving You Too Long’ by Seal. I love a Viennese, and this song is gorgeous. If Tyler can keep his bum in, am fully expecting this to be 100% dreamy.

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This week they’re dancing the Charleston to ‘Too Darn Hot’ by Kiss Me Kate. I mean technically it’s by Cole Porter from the musical Kiss Me Kate, so clearly belongs in Musicals Week at the end of the month. But to be honest I’m too tired to die on this hill mid-season.

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Are we all drinking for the training room poppies? Pity the poor production assistant frantically pinning them on before the camera rolls.

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Their Week 7 dance is the Foxtrot to ‘You Make Me Happy’ by My Sun and Stars. I mean, watching a Foxtrot makes me happy. The lack of wigs and facepaint and mad props DEFINITELY makes me happy. Hopefully this will also make Ellie happy, because I suspect she’s crying quite hard right now.

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This week they’re dancing the Rumba to ‘Alone’ by Heart. I grew up in the era of 80s power ballads and this is one of my least favourite examples of a genre I can’t be doing with. I’m also not generally a fan of the Rumba, so overall this doesn’t bode well.

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That said, I’m a HUGE fan of both Johannes and Ellie, and I’m hoping they pull this off by going full 80s overblown camp. It’s their only hope.

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This week they’re dancing the Cha Cha Cha to ‘I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)’ by the Four Tops. We don’t get nearly enough Motown classics on Strictly, and I have every hope of Hamza making this joyful in every possible way.

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Tess dressed as a banana, Claudia as a magician who does kids parties. All time low.

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And we’re off! We’re halfway through the competition, which means time for another slo-mo VT. Nobody wants to go home, and it’s anyone’s game. THE TENSION.

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We’ve had a heavy couple of weeks, so I’m going to go easy on you this evening. Take a polite sip of tap water (room temperature, no ice) for any occurrence of the following:

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  • Flared trousers

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  • CGI floor graphics

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  • Anton 10s (like a Donny 10, but even more worthless)

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  • Firework metaphors

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  • Early sightings of training room poppies

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Only ten couples left, and we’re at an interesting point in the competition. I’m reasonably confident that Will, Tyler and Hamza will be in the Grand Final – they’re all good all-rounders with the holy trinity of talent, judge love and public support. But that fourth spot could go to any one of Molly, Ellie S, Helen, Kym or Fleur – there’s every chance that the dance-off battle in the coming weeks will be all about the ladies. I’m leaving Tony out of this for the time being, because how far his public support will take him is a big unknown – history suggests no further than Blackpool, but we’ll see.

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  • Fighting for the Final: Will and Nancy, Tyler and Dianne, Hamza and Jowita

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  • Driving for December: Molly and Carlos, Fleur and Vito, Ellie S and Nikita, Helen and Gorka, Kym and Graziano

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  • Dodging the dance-off: Tony and Katya, Ellie T and Johannes

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Just to let you know that there are some changes to the Strictly schedule in December to make way for some football thing, so please adjust your diaries accordingly.

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  1. The quarter-final will now be on FRIDAY 2ND DECEMBER, which means we get a Saturday night off. A Saturday! In December! What on earth am I going to do with it? Even the IDEA is making me giddy.

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  3. The semi-final will now be on SUNDAY 11TH DECEMBER, which presents the tantalising possibility that they might do the Results Show LIVE later that night. How good would that be? How knackered will I be at the end of it? Don’t care, let’s do it anyway.

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Evening all, and welcome to this week’s Strictly Come Dancing liveblog! We’ve passed the halfway point, so it’s all downhill from here, but hopefully in a good way. Inexplicably there are still ten couples left – how have we only sent home five so far? I suppose we’ve usually lost a couple by now due to Covid, injury or general meltdown, but this year’s bunch seem to be pretty hardy. Very much hoping this sentence doesn’t come back to haunt me.

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For this week and next there is NO THEME, so let joy be unconfined. Then we’re off to Blackpool, which is less of a theme and more of a circus with a sprung floor, but we’ll worry about that nearer the time. For now, let’s enjoy a week where the dancing takes centre stage – kick off is at 7pm, so please join me then!

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Next up it’s Helen & Gorka!

This week they’re dancing the Jive to ‘Tightrope’ by Janelle Monáe. I could have sworn Helen has already done a Jive, but apparently not.

I absolutely LOVE this song, and it lends itself to a very cool funk/soul Jive that I’m already very excited about.

Scores: 8,8,8,9 – a total of 33 for Will and Nancy.

Craig thought it was a bit heavy in the footwork, but it had great rhythm and was really entertaining. Motsi thought it was a bit hesitant in the transitions, but Will has great musicality. Shirley agrees on the transitions, and she has a TINY SHOE to demonstrate how Will needed to stay on his toes more. Anton loved the speed and floor coverage, and Will’s top line is coming on wonderfully – a great performance.

Will is such an effortless performer, and this kind of dance is very much his happy place. Lots of Charleston elements in this Quickstep, and Will is absolutely selling it. Liked that a lot.

Will and Nancy Photograph: Guy Levy/BBC/PA

Who’s next? It’s Will & Nancy!

This week they’re dancing the Quickstep to ‘Soda Pop’ by Robbie Williams featuring Michael Bublé. Regardless of how you feel about swing band Robbie (insert side eye emoji) it’s undeniable that this is a brilliant song for a Quickstep.

Will could really do with a brilliant week to keep him in the running – feel like he’s been wafting around in the cursed middle for a few weeks now and that’s an increasingly dangerous place to be.

Scores: 9,9,9,10 – a total of 37 for Kym and Graziano. DRINK.

Anton loved it – it was unrecognizable compared to Kym’s Quickstep a couple of weeks ago. Craig thought Kym had raised shoulders, but was otherwise perfect. Motsi loved the understatement and quality, and Shirley doesn’t think Kym knows how good that was. OK, clearly I need to watch that again.

What is going on with the strapping on Kym’s dress? It’s making my left boob hurt on her behalf.

As you expect from Kym, this is technically a brilliant Argentine – she has core of steel and a lovely fluidity to her dancing. But the first half feels too balletic, and the second half has no heat. I REALLY wanted to love that, but I didn’t. Boo.

Kym and Graziano
Kym and Graziano Photograph: Guy Levy/BBC/PA

It’s time for Kym & Graziano!

This week they’re dancing an Argentine Tango to ‘Assassin’s Tango’ by John Powell. Risky doing an Argentine off the back of a Halloween Rumba, but it’s a good opportunity for Kym and Graz to show us a bit of sizzle, because last week left me a bit cold.

Scores: 7,7,7,8 – a total of 29 for Tyler and Dianne.

Shirley loved the quality of the expression, but it wasn’t the most comfortable dance for Tyler – too many incorrect steps and his frame collapsed. Anton agrees – Tyler was falling over his feet a bit and his topline was n’t right. Craig thought it was a bit pedestrian, and Tyler was dancing too much into the ground and his bum dele was sticking out. Motsi wants to see the next level – Tyler needs to listen to the judges and take it on board.

Is that our first park bench of the season? Have a bonus drink.

This is gorgeous, obviously, but Tyler definitely has some postural issues and his balance is on the wonk, with some scrappy footwork and his bum is out. Not my favorite Tyler dance, but I could watch a Viennese with Tommy on vocals all night long.

Tyler and Dianne
Tyler and Dianne Photograph: Guy Levy/BBC/PA

Next up – Tyler & Dianne!

This week they’re dancing the Viennese Waltz to ‘I’ve Been Loving You Too Long’ by Seal. I love a Viennese, and this song is gorgeous. If Tyler can keep his bum in, am fully expecting this to be 100% dreamy.

Scores: 7,9,8,9 – a total of 33 for Ellie and Nikita.

Motsi thought it was a whole new level – Ellie put her heart on the dancefloor. Shirley loved the strength and it had the wow factor. Anton thought the incredible reaction was absolutely justified – Ellie was just gorgeous. Craig wanted more detail in the Charleston elements and there was a bit of a stumble, but the last lift was incredible.

Loving sass queen Ellie being flung around by Nikita. There are definitely some timing issues and I’d have liked more Charleston between the 74 lifts, but Ellie is giving this both barrels and I’m here for the sheer joy of it.

Ellie Simmonds
Ellie Simmonds Photograph: Guy Levy/BBC/PA

Next week it’s Ellie S and Nikita!

This week they’re dancing the Charleston to ‘Too Darn Hot’ by Kiss Me Kate. I mean technically it’s by Cole Porter from the musical Kiss Me Kate, so clearly belongs in Musicals Week at the end of the month. But to be honest I’m too tired to die on this hill mid-season.

Are we all drinking for the training room poppies? Pity the poor production assistant frantically pinning them on before the camera rolls.

Scores: 8,9,9,9 – a total of 35 for Molly and Carlos.

Craig thought it was absolutely GAWJUS, and Motsi was transported away into the dance – they danced it perfectly. Shirley thought it was the epitome of style and sophistication, and Anton thought it was super-duper. I mean, it was all of those things, but just a bit saccharine for a raddled old cynic like me.

Shirley’s outfit is DREADFUL. She looks like a butcher’s curtain.

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