Have not written about Strictly for a few weeks but after last week I feel time for a Random update. I simply love this show, it reminds me of the kind of TV that used to be on Saturday nights years ago when people sat down to watch a particular programme which was then discussed with your mates the next day or at work on Monday. Now of course we all get on Twitter with our reactions and chat and that can be just as much fun.
Big shock at the weekend was Pixie Lott and her partner Trent leaving. Now I am sure she is a lovely girl, she seems to be and by all accounts everyone loves her. I knew zilch about her before this programme and zilch now but no matter. From the very first week I have found the combination of her and Trent slightly unnerving, both blonde and blue eyed and almost identical. My initial reaction was that they looked like refugees from the Village of the Damned, others called them the Midwich Cuckoos and thoughts of Thunderbirds are Go also crossed my mind. The live blog in the Guardian which is a hoot and well worth reading, named her Trixietron 300 because of the robotic appearance of she and her partner. All in good humour I might add and after their outfits on Saturday, Barbie and Ken.
Now to seasoned watchers of Strictly, and I am one, there is a recurring pattern to the show. You will get those Slebs who are lousy and awful and unlovable and we cannot wait to see the back of them. Gregg Wallace fell into this category from day one, gurning and mucking about and trying to be funny - he was the first one out. Then we have the likeable but forgettable ones who go pretty quick; then the fun ones who the audience and public love and who they keep in for weeks much to the judges fury while better dancers perish in the dance off. We all love this BUT the Fun Sleb always loses before we reach the hard core of the competition and by the quarter finals we are down to the real contenders.
And in this bunch there is always, and I mean always, a pair who appear to be perfect and this year it was Pixie and Trent. Pixie has had dance training and it is no good Craig Revel-Horwood appearing on It Takes Two and saying that has nothing to do with it, ballroom dancing is different etc etc, because it DOES have something to do with it. The Sleb has the mental discipline to channel that previous experience into their current role. There were two routines when Pixie used ballet moves which would have been beyond anybody else and she was rewarded with high scores because of this. So there is no argument that dance training does help.
And then the judges have their favourites. They say they don't but they do. It has been clear for weeks that they thought Pixie should be in the final and she could have fallen on her butt in the middle of a routine and it would not have mattered. As soon as they start doing this the pair are doomed. There was a series a few years ago which featured an American dancer, Brian, and his partner Ali. They were good, really good but mistakes and errors which appeared were mostly glossed over by the judges who grossly overmarked them. This was spotted by the viewers very early on and their displeasure was marked. At the quarter final stage the waltzathon or whatever it was called took place and Brian and Ali were placed top even though they had bashed into another couple. Result, they were voted out as soon as the public could manage it. Cue indignation from the judges.
So we had the same situation last week when Pixie and Trent turned in a less than stellar performance of their cha cha cha but were then chosen for first place in the waltzathon. I knew they were in trouble as soon as that was done and so it was.
Craig and Bruno picked Pixie and Trent to go through talking about their general overall dance ability, Darcy picked Simon and Kristina and then Len chose Simon and Kristina as well based not on their past or future ability, but on the dance off alone which should always be the case and so bye bye to the Golden Duo. Collapse of Simon on floor in a state of shock.
It was a dead give away that before the dance off SImon was thanking Kristina for all her hard work and saying he had had the best time, as it was clear he assumed the judges would choose Pixie and Trent. And please don't tell me it was because he thought they were better dancers, though technically they were, but because he thought the judges would never choose them over the other two.
My only worry about this is that Simon will suffer as the Twitter backlash etc has been HUGE and people may not vote for him now. I know it sounds crazy but that is how it works. A lot of people get very involved in Strictly. I know I do but not to such an extent as some.
So it is now very interesting indeed and throughout all this hooh hah the fact that Mark has made it through has fallen below the radar. I find him very endearing and his face when his name was called was a picture.
Best of all next Saturday my darling Kathryn will be here and she emailed me to say that we were going to sit down and watch Strictly just as we used to do and that is something I am sooooooooo looking forward to.