So farewell Lesley. It has been great having you but unless you were up against Ed in the dance off, I am afraid you were always going to go. Daisy and Aljaz - well no way were the judges going to vote them off and really I wondered why they bothered having the Dance off at all quite frankly.
Mixed show this week. Seems to have hit the mid season plateau, always happens. Excitement over, we know the Good, the Bad and the Ugly and then the hard work has to kick in. And boy do we know it is Hard Work as it is said dozens of times each week either by Tess (an neauseam) as per and all the Slebs as well and then we get it on It Takes Two when the pros tell us earnestly that their partners are Working SO Hard. I look forward to the day when one Pro says well actually they are bone bloody idle, totally useless and we will be chucked out this week.
First thing to say is that Ed is through. Now much as I love him he really should have gone this week as he was awful. But but but, I think the BBC are deliberately arranging for him to have awful dances and songs to enhance the Awfulness factor and I wish they would pack it in. He is doing the cha cha cha next week and really he will be a goner. I would like to see him do a slow Foxtrot or the Viennese Waltz.
Kevin Clifton and Louise Thingy - blimey he is irritating. His hair now looks really odd and all of us on the Strictly blog think he has had a hair weave or something - he spent most of this week wearing a hat so it was obviously bedding in. He and Louise were doing a rumba and for some reason this necessitated a visit to Paris where they danced under the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. WHY and WHO paid for it? I did that is who along with every license fee holder. I have better things to do with my money than pay for him to ponce off. Craig made a very acerbic comment about it which the audience loved. Really beige couple.
Ore and Joanna Clifton (yes the sister of the Kevin) - waltz this week which was lovely and of course highly marked. The Judges have them on their list of Who we Want to See in the Final unless the GBP do not Scupper it First.
Danny Mac and Oti - did a rumba. I am quite smitten with him. He looks gorgeous and seems a nice bloke. Yes we know he has had dance experience so highly unlikely to get to the Final but love watching him. His fiance is always in the audience supporting him though as she was engaged before to Ricky Whittle who got too close to his partner when HE was in Strictly, she is obviously making sure it does not happen to her again...
Natalie and Greg - great pair. Her legs go up to her ears and she is gorgeous though this week she had obviously been too long in the tanning booth as she was the colour of a ronseal fence. They were obviously expecting to be in bottom two and stunned when they were not.
The Hobbits are through. Yuk.
Daisy and Aljaz did a rather sweet if underwhelming Charleston and ended up in the dance off. I think she is a lovely girl, rather warm to her and of course Aljaz is well....mmmmmm. She may also find herself on the receiving end of a backlash by the GBP as the Judges have her lined up for the Final as well if they can manage it.
Judge Rinder though must remember to call him Robert - he is a real sweetie and think he will last another week or two.
Anastasia did a lovely quickstep WITHOUT Brendon who is ill and danced with the Divine Gorka instead and Len said it was her best dance yet. She seemed much happier without Brendon, hardly surprising really
The Irish TV presenter whose name I keep forgetting, as do most of those watching, has hurt her ankle so was given a bye. We had an endless VT of her suffering badly and biting a quivering lip while Joe Varney (Giovanni) stood by trying to pretend he was really caring and empathizing with her when really he was thinking Dio Mio I may be off the show!!! She will be back next week I gather.
Please note that in the absence of Jo Varney his bottle of olive oil was used by AJ on his hair this week. Surprised his fellow Hobbit did not shoot off him every time they went into hold. Oh and note to AJ on seeing him in training all week - The only man who can get away with wearing an Alice band is David Beckham, not you.
So unless there is anybody who is not aware of it by now, next week is Halloween which I always find rather fun and the costume and make up department really come into their own. Claudia will come in her usual get up as she always looks as if it is Halloween each week in her hair and slap and we hope that Tess will be given something to wear that will jolt her out of her blandness though I fear this is a vain hope. She continues to be unfunny, wooden and the kiss of death to any joke punch line. Why she still has a job baffles us all on the Strictly Blog.
Judges were as ever. Bruno wildly over marking, Len complaining that there was too much Mucking Abaht, Darcy saying Yah with the upward inflection at the end of every sentence and Craig, though a pain in the derriere, continues to be the judge who makes the most sense.
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