Saturday Night Strictly: It was the Monster Mash
And it was a Graveyard Smash!
After a fun professional routine to Thriller which featured our celebrities getting involved in the action (and Craig of course), a rather off-colour story about Jerry Hall and some awful Gangnam Style dancing we were eventually into the competition.
In a fantastically funny opener Dani Harmer and Vincent Simone performed the Cha Cha to the Scooby Doo theme, complete with orange socks and Anton Du Beke in a ghoulish cameo. Bruno called it 'spirited fun' and Len alikened it to a sausage sandwich - but in a good way! They score 27.
A very different second dance as Richard Arnold and Erin Boag dance the Paso Doble to O Fortuna next. Full of drama, intensity and machismo the audience loved it but the judges had some technical concerns. Craig said he was 'disappointed' but Darcey admitted Richard had obviously worked very hard and held onto his character all the way through. But they only score 22 which is a shame because I felt this was a real departure for Richard tonight.
An energetic Charleston was next danced by Lisa Reilly and Robin Windsor. Heavy on the story with lots of props there seemed to be rather little dancing but it was fun. Craig felt it was 'acted well but danced poorly' which I have to say I agree with! Len and Bruno loved it which meant the judges were split over this pair. They score 26.
Sid Owen danced a rather tame Cha Cha with Ola Jordan next to the theme from Ghostbusters. Darcey wanted a bit more cheekiness from Sid and Len felt it was all to safe and urged him to 'go for it a bit more'. Craig simply described it as a 'Halloween Nightmare'. They only score 17 as Craig offers a very low 2!
Nicky Byrne was up next playing the mad scientist in a Tango routine to Weird Science with partner Karen Hauer. Not sure the theme really fitted a Tango but it was fun. Len and Bruno both liked it, Craig said that Nicky had to sort his posture out but he also liked it. Darcey felt it was 'all round entertaining' and they score 26.
Dancing the American Smooth next was Fern Britton with Artem Chigvintsev, it was rather slow and sedate and didn't really fit in with the theme of the night sadly. Bruno felt it lacked impact, Darcey wanted her to go for it a bit more. Len suggested that Artem push Fern a bit more as she 'had the how, but needed the wow'. They score 21.
Denise Van Outen had a great week last week, her and partner James Jordan attempted to recreate those good scores tonight dancing a Cha Cha as freaky circus performers. Craig said their timing, energy and spins were brilliant but had some technical advice. Len thought the leg work could have been 'crisper' but they still score 28.
Recovering from being in the bottom two last week Michael Vaughan was up next dancing a Quickstep with partner Natalie Lowe. And what a comeback it was! A fabulous, light routine that was very well received. Darcey felt he had a 'fabulous topline'. Bruno called it a 'miracle'. Len said was so glad he hadn't gone home! Craig just clapped them and they score 31.
Up next was Victoria Pendleton dancing a Tango as a gothic bride with Brendan Cole. Not having had a great Strictly experience so far she danced quite confidently tonight. Craig thought the routine was brilliant and Darcey was glad to see 'that fight' back in Victoria calling it the 'Tango of the night'. They score a generous 31.
Colin Salmon danced a Salsa next with Kristina Rihanoff to Stevie Wonder's Superstition. A fun, sexy routine which Darcey called 'saucy' and Len said he was very encouraged but did pick up on Colin's mistakes. Not up to their usual standard and very much a comedown after last weeks Hollywood 007 routine. They still score 24.
Penultimate dance of the night was Louis Smith dancing a graveyard Tango with Flavia Cacace. It was intense and full of great acting. Craig absolutely loved it (despite having an issue with Louis' thumb) and Darcey called it 'spookily good'. Len wanted to watch it again immediately and Bruno called it a 'Tango with bite' and the 'first killer Tango of the season'. They score the first '9' of the series (three of them) and score 35 overall. Amazing!
Finishing the show with a spirited Paso Doble was Kimberly Walsh and Pasha Kovalev dressed up as the Wolfman! Bruno felt their lines were excellent, and it was beautiful and very well danced. Craig agreed and felt it was punchy! They score a personal best with 31.
The night ends with Louis and Flavia at the top of the leaderboard with Sid and Ola at the bottom again! But who will be leaving the competition for good? Join us back here tomorrow night for the full results.
Thanks to everyone who took part in the live blog, you can read everything back here.
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