It’s Musicals Week! Strictly Gives Us The Razzle Dazzle

Credit: BBC
Credit: BBC

Wow, oh wow. What a show! We went into last night’s Strictly knowing two things. One, the competition was going to be fierce and two, musicals week is always a winner. It seems we had seriously underestimated exactly how great it would be though, because the whole evening was incredible from beginning to end. Let’s take a look:

Georgia and Giovanni: A Foxtrot to “Beauty and the Beast,” complete with Georgia in full on Belle ball gown and Giovanni in a beautiful bright blue suit. It was absolutely sublime. Filled with magic, elegance and grace, and it was rewarded with a great score. Score: 36

Anita and Gleb: Their Argentine Tango to “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago was hot, intense, and steamy. Gleb was a cop. Wow. Unfortunately, despite the still-great score, Anita’s dancing was not as strong as the other contestants last night, leaving her at the bottom of the leader board. Score: 31

Kellie and Kevin: A Viennese Waltz to “Oom-Pah-Pah” from Oliver. Earlier in the week, we stated we were unsure if it would work. The judges also admitted they had reservations. We were all happily proven wrong. This was absolutely bloody brilliant. Kellie embraced the whole thing from beginning to end and it really looked like a scene from a West End show. Brilliantly clever choreography, expertly danced. Score: 36

Jay and Aliona: Jay had a Rumba. We wondered if he would pull it off, because you never know with Jay, do you? Well, he did. Big time. This dance was beautiful. It was moving, intense, romantic, loving… We simply don’t have enough words for the wonderous sight of seeing him lead Aliona around that floor. Incredible. Score: 39

Katie and Anton: Katie got lucky and landed the Foxtrot, a dance which we knew would suit her. Even so, who knew she could pull off this Cabaret inspired number with such panache? Stunning. Anton looked so proud of her, as well he might. Score: 35

Helen and Aljaz: For us, apart from the chance for a really good sing-along, a Paso Doble to Les Mis‘ “At the End of the Day” was never going to work. Helen doesn’t have the strength needed to pull this off, which was evidenced by the fact that she nearly fell over a few times. She’s made to be arm candy or a beautiful ballerina, not a fierce matador. Score: 34

So who’s for the dance-off tonight? We wouldn’t like to guess. Though Anita was bottom, she has the advantage of being paired with Gleb. Kellie has been in two dance-offs, but she scored high… For every reason why someone might be down there, there’s another reason why they might not be. This surely has to be the closest Strictly series yet?!

Becky Fuller

Lover of all things theatrical, literature related, musical and Gleeful. Writer, actress, wife and mother.
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