It's that time of the week again. #Strictly thread, just in time. I've just spent ten minutes searching for the zapper.
Claudia doing the table cloth this week, and Motsi taking my eyes out with those shoulder pads and the acid yellow/green.
Tilly & Nikita to kick us off. I think she's one of the celebrities increasingly at risk. She does have ability and charm, so this will be about polish, I think.
Footwork looks scruffy at the start. But that was as charming as we know she can be. I liked it, and given her confidence knock, it was well done. Still in danger, imo. Lovely shoes. Threw in some of the charleston which seemed desperate, tbh.
Crikey, I'm going to have to put shades on when Motsi comments. I've still got her outfit imprinted on my retinas.
Miranda doing t&cs! 💜💜💜💜
Crikey, Miranda's curtains are *hideous*.
Not saying crikey again tonight. I promise.
AJ & Kai. Paso. Every week my eldest texts me to say she fancies Kai.
Love the outfit. Very dramatic stuff. I didn't like the song at all, but that was intense. Mistake, I think, which obviously marks down. I don't think that was the strongest routine.
Dan & Nadiya. I've seen a cane. I expect much here. Polish needed, again, or he's in trouble, imo.
Proper Fred n Ginge. Nice. Little bit hesitant, but it suited him well. Needed a bit more punch and style. Precarious, I think. If he's in the dance off, he might struggle.
Harsh, Craig. Thought he might do that after Dan's snarky comment tho.
Rhys & Nancy. Daughter's comment. "God, is he still in it?"
Ok, fine. He was never going to cock up a Charleston. "I've got nothing left." he says. No, don't think you do. It was a good dance, and he was born to do that. He's not going out on the strength of that. But that's his pinnacle. He can try and prove me wrong.
Sara & Aljaz. Argentine Tango. My fave dance. I think she might do well here wrt performance. The technicalities and energy might clobber her...
Why would you put dry ice all over the floor when Argentine tango is so much below the knees?? Too much distance between them in hold I thought. Lifts looked awkward. The footwork did look reasonable. It was ok. But I think she's a bit dull, tbh. I didn't get the connection.
John & Johannes. Samba. Party dance, through and through. Felt it was much more polished than the dance they did a few weeks ago that Craig said looked like just a dance in a club. They do have fab chemistry and always look like they're having fun.
Tess is so blimmin' awkward. I can't imagine her relaxed.
Tom & Amy. Viennese Waltz. Singer out of tune. Ouch. Love Tom's shoes. Lovely work. Very pretty dance, and I enjoyed his arms in that. Don't think he's going anywhere yet.
Same as Dan, Tom needs to punch it much, much harder. It's like Rhys is ALL punch, and those two hold back too much.
Rose & Giovanni. I really, really want them to excel here, and I think they will. It's been somewhat lacklustre and disappointing this week.
If Rose and Giovanni don't win this series on the strength of that, I will cry. I am crying now. That was stunning. Absolutely breath-taking. I am in awe. Goose bumps. Joyful. Beyond brilliant.
Well, I'm entirely undone. Very,very much #TeamRose now. It'll be surprising if AJ & John don't make it with Rose to the end. Everyone else is mid table mediocrity. But the whole series was worth it for Rose & Giovanni's couple's choice.
Keeeep dancing. And pass me a tissue.

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