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Strictly Come Dancing: week six – live

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Strictly Come Dancing: week six – live

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Scores: 6,7,7,7 – a total of 27 for James and Amy. I fear we may have to watch that again tomorrow.

Motsi loved how James’s personality shined through, but he needs to focus on what happens between the dance steps. Shirley thought it was an improvement but he needs to work on his changes of energy. Anton liked the lifts but it was a bit throwaway – it needed more finish. Craig wanted more swivel out of James’s right foot, but the Charleston moves were great.

So James is a beekeeper, as Amy descends from the ceiling dressed as a bee. It’s all quite trippy, frankly, and not nearly sharp enough to overcome the random theming. I’m TRANSFIXED by Amy’s yellow bee frills – who did she upset in wardrobe this week?

Next up it’s James and Amy!

This week they’re dancing the Charleston to ‘Bumble Bee’ by LaVern Baker. It’s a great song for a Charleston, but I’m struggling to make any connection whatsoever to Halloween. Other than bees dying out in their millions due to pesticides, habitat destruction and climate change, which is quite bleak and terrifying. HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE.

Score: 8,8,9,9 – a total of 34 for Kym and Graziano.

Craig wanted a bit more reach but Kym did a fabulous job. Motsi thought there was beautiful movement and Kym has undergone a transformation. Shirley thought it was a ‘beautiful visual expression of horizontal desire’ and Kym was fantastic. I missed what Anton said because I dropped a stuffed olive down the side of the sofa and had to retrieve it before the dog ate it.

OH I SEE – Graz has literally been frozen, like Otzi the Ice Man. Kym has a lovely Rumba hip action and there’s some great shaping – I think my biggest issue is the lack of chemistry between these two. It’s technically fabulous but there’s no sizzle. Just my opinion.

Kym and Graziano
Kym and Graziano Photograph: Guy Levy/BBC/PA

It’s time for Kym and Graziano!

This week they’re dancing the Rumba to ‘Frozen’ by Madonna. I’ve thought about this for DAYS and I can’t make the connection to Halloween, other than the lyric ‘Let all the hurt inside of you die,’ which is tenuous at best. But it’s something to think about that isn’t the Rumba, so every cloud.

Scores: 8,8,8,8 – a total of 32 for Will and Nancy.

Anton thought it was absolutely wonderful, Will had his energy under control. Craig loved the stylisation and the choreo was fantastic. Motsi agreed – she loved the concept and Will’s movement and isolation was great. Shirley loved it too – very very entertaining.

Will emerges from his coffin looking like he’s been papier-mâchéd by a toddler high on pink wafers. It’s a brilliant routine from Nancy, but it’s quite hard to do fluid Latin moves in when you’ve literally got rigor mortis. Loved it, but I’d argue not identifiably a Cha Cha Cha.

Will and Nancy
Will and Nancy Photograph: Guy Levy/BBC/PA

Next up it’s Will and Nancy!

Their Halloween choice is the Cha Cha Cha to ‘Mama Told Me Not To Come’ by Tom Jones and Stereophonics. There is nothing spooky or Halloween-adjacent about this song, so presumably they’re going to sing ‘mummy told me not to come’ or just hope we make this very tenuous connection.

Scores: 7,8,8,8 – a total of 31 for Tony and Katya. Great way to open tonight’s show.

Shirley is in shock, and thought the footwork was lovely. Anton thought Tony was unrecognisable and he’s a proper dancer, not the weakest dancer in the competition. I mean I wouldn’t go THAT far. Welcome to the ballroom, says Craig – it had style and technique. Motsi thought it was a real surprise, and he totally deserves great scores.

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