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Strictly Saturdays: Week 6 Spooktacular

Good evening ghouls and witches and welcome to 2018’s Strictly Spooktacular. Straight up honesty here, I haven’t seen the full show because they don’t broadcast it in the USA, but I don’t want to miss out so I’ve watched the new live stream they add on YouTube and checked out everyone’s dances and costumes and it all looked stunning. It’s nice watching it that way, all of the filler is cut and you can condense the show down to 20mins, but it means I didn’t get to see the pro dance at the beginning and didn’t get to see the training footage that is always fun in Hallowe’en week. So yes, this week will be a lot shorter than usual, but I’m still here and reviewing, yay!

Last Week we said goodbye to Vick and Graziano, and the only reason I am gutted is that I think they would have done a pretty awesomely themed dance this week, but there we go. It took me longer than it should have done to remember it was them! And so the trend of bottom of the leaderboard continues, will it this week too? Who knows! This week is always full of amazing costumes and outfits, and the judges are the same, Craig is dressed as the usual panto villain, and I’m not sure what you could say Bruno’s is other than Count Dracula after dark chic? I like the bold red dress that Shirley went for, and I do like Darcey’s lacey leather numbers but I really wish that they would put her in a dress that she can walk down the stairs in! Anyways, let’s get on with the show!

Graeme Swann and Oti Mabuse Cha Cha to Thriller (watch here)

I think that was pretty good when they were doing the Michael Jackson music video bits, he was really into that and had it down, but the actual dancing around it was pretty rubbish, which was a shame.

Craig: 4 Darcey: 5 Shirley: 6 Bruno: 6 Total: 21

Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton Tango to Doctor Who Theme (watch here)

First things first, WOW Stacey looks incredible, I mean, absolutely incredible. That was also a pretty awesome Tango, I like the Tango at the best of times and Kevin always does a good one, but I really liked the concept of that one and thought it was really good.

Craig: 8 Darcey: 9 Shirley: 9 Bruno: 9 Total: 35

Dr. Ranj Singh and Janette Manrara Jive to Monster Mash (watch here)

OK that start took to long and was quite weird, and for me, there isn’t enough actual jive in this which is weird because the beat of this song is tailor made for a slow jive with kicks and flicks on the beat. I really didn’t love that!

Craig: 5 Darcey: 5 Shirley: 5 Bruno: 5 Total: 20 

Kate Silverton and Aljaz Skorjanec Rumba to Skin (watch here)

I just think this epitomises rumba, no offence Kate. It was boring and a little bit awkward and even though she looked stunning and all, it just didn’t float my boat. I didn’t even like the concept much, sorry guys!

Craig: 4 Darcey: 6 Shirley: 5 Bruno: 5 Total: 20

Danny John Jules and Amy Dowden American Smooth to Spirit In The Sky (watch here)

He is just so smooth in all the dance styles he’s taken on and this is no exception. It was pretty graceful and the lifts were smooth, although if I’m honest it was a tiny bit forgetful on a night of memorable dances.

Craig: 6 Darcey: 8 Shirley: 7 Bruno: 9 Total: 30

Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev Charleston to Witch Doctor (watch here)

This was incredible. It was big, it was bright, it had comedy and swivels and lifts and everything that a quality Charleston should have. I know I will end up watching it again and again, and it’s made me fully decide that I like them and don’t care if she is a dancer because she is awesome to watch.

Craig: 9 Darcey: 10 Shirley: 10 Bruno: 10 Total: 39

Seann Walsh and Katya Jones Viennese Waltz to I Put A Spell On You (watch here)

I am sure that the judges will hate on this, but I loved the concept and think it was actually quite well done. I do kinda wish it was done by someone a little better than Seann, but, I really liked it.

Craig: 3 Darcey: 5 Shirley: 6 Bruno: 6 Total: 20

Charles Venn and Karen Clifton Jive to Time Warp (watch here)

These two have suddenly come alive and this dance really suited him. They managed to mix the dance with the Time Warp theme well, and even though I could have done without the creepy hip thrust, I thought it was really quite good.

Craig: 6 Darcey: 6 Shirley: 6 Bruno: 7 Total: 25

Faye Tozer Smith and Giovanni Pernice ‘Couples Choice’ Theatre and Jazz to Fever (watch here)

I have no idea quite what I just watched at all but I think I really liked it. It was very slick and in sync and properly weird, but they looked incredible and it wasn’t like anything I’ve ever seen on Strictly before.

Craig: 9 Darcey: 10 Shirley: 10 Bruno: 10 Total: 39

Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell Foxtrot to Youngblood (watch here)

Again, this concept really suited them and it really worked with the dance. Dianne looked amazing and I like that Joe just about managed to stay in character for the whole dance. That was really good, his frame is seriously good.

Craig: 8 Darcey: 9 Shirley: 9 Bruno: 9 Total: 35

Lauren Steadman and AJ Pritchard Paso Doble to Poison (watch here)

She had a fierce Evil Queen Paso face going on right through that dance, and even though it was quite good and powerful, it took me a little while to work out what dance style it was supposed to be. I didn’t love or hate it.

Craig: 6 Darcey: 7 Shirley: 8 Bruno: 8 Total: 29

Leaderboard

1= Faye and Giovanni – 39
1= Ashley and Pasha – 39
3= Stacey and Kevin – 35
3= Joe and Dianne – 35
5. Danny and Amy – 30
6. Lauren and AJ – 29
7. Charles and Karen – 25
8. Graeme and Oti – 21
9= Seann and Katya – 20
9= Dr. Ranj and Janette – 20
9= Kate and Aljaz – 20

Overall

I have been on twitter and can see that the pro dance was all day of the dead themed and I am absolutely gutted that the opening number isn’t on YouTube to watch because I think I would have loved it. I’m going to have to keep my eye out for it. As for what I did see, well, it was a real mixed bag of spooktacular or devilishly awful routines, and as always was enjoyable. I am kinda gutted that I couldn’t watch the whole thing as it’s one of my favourite weeks, but it will be on record at home so I can go back and watch it again.

Let’s all take a minute to appreciate the incredible costumes and make up that have gone into this show. The folks at Strictly always do an incredible job for Hallowe’en but even so, it was a stellar year. I love the themes and the intricacy of it all and they really pull everything off so well!

The dances though, wow. I think it was reasonably obvious as to why Faye and Ashley both got all of those 10s. Their routines were absolutely amazing for completely different reasons, and even though I thought that Ashley’s was the more obvious 10 scoring dance, they are both dances I will rewatch over and over again. At the other end of the leaderboard I personally enjoyed Seann’s dance more than it was scored, and thought that Dr. Ranj and Kate should have been bottom on their own. I really hope Seann and Graeme aren’t in the dance off, but I fear the worst for at least one of them.

Until next time….

…..keep dancing!

3 thoughts on “Strictly Saturdays: Week 6 Spooktacular”

  1. I was so impressed with Joe this week! I thought he did incredible! Ashley and Faye are still miles ahead of the rest, I loved there dances. I’m thinking Graeme will go this week unfortunately.

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    1. Joe was so good, he corrected the frame so well and it was a really good dance, he’s been such a surprise package. Ashley and Faye are a lot better, it shows that’s they’re dance trained but that’s not their fault, they’re so good and I love watching them.
      I fear it will be Seann, people won’t vote for him anymore and he was joint bottom. I do worry a bit about Graeme though too!!
      Thanks for stopping by

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