Strictly Come Dancing | Movie week

Strictly Come Dancing | Movie week 10

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Chelsee Healey and Pasha Kovalev dance the Jive to I'm a Believer by Smash Mouth Photograph : BBC Pictures

Saturday night at the movies…. with the Strictly pros. Vincent hamming it up, Len serving the popcorn; perfect Saturday night entertainment.

Tess & Bruce have a red carpet, as the camera pans on the celebrities in the audience, including last year’s Champion Kara Tointon. As you can see from the photo above, Pasha has entered into the spirit of movie week wholeheartedly!  Can’t have been a comfortable afternoon between rehearsals with that paint and ears!


Opening group dance from the live show Photograph : BBC Pictures

Two weeks to the grand final in Blackpool… who will make it through this week ?

Robbie and Ola are first up with their Quickstep. Robbie has had a tough week with the sudden death of his friend Gary Speed, and he has a lot of public support. Earlier this week he said that he was dancing for Speedo this week. Reservoir Dogs is their theme, and it’s a curious start.  I’m not sure that so much black works on a show as colourful as Strictly, and Robbie is pretty skippy; a bit too girly. There’s too much walking about for Len, who said he’d made the best of what he’d got. “It wasn’t top notch.” Alesha thought Robbie “a smooth operator.”  “Somewhere between Kate Moss and Russell Brand” says Bruno. Craig wasn’t overly impressed “a little bit like a rabbit trotting around.”

They score : 30  Robbie doesn’t look that happy but I think he’s made the right move by not alluding too much to his “tough week.”

Holly Valance and Artem Chigvintsev dancing on Sitrctly

Holly Valance and Artem Chigvintsev dance the Paso Doble to The Train by James Horner Photograph : BBC Pictures

Harry & Aliona take Robin Hood as their movie theme. The Rhumba, though! It’s cleverly choreographed, and very well acted. Harry is strong and keeps his shape all the way through; he was in character right from the start.  Alesha enjoyed the romantic side to Harry. Bruno was very apprehensive but in the end he said that Harry turned tragic into magic. Craig noticed Harry’s hip action – he loved the simple, clean, basic routine but noticed the one slip up.  Len found the odd spiky hand.

They score : 36

Alex and James have chosen a pretty popular movie as their theme – Pretty Woman. Alex has the long red dress, not the thigh high pleather boots, for the American Smooth. It’s elegant, polished and graceful.  Alex looks as though she’s having a good time and all the lifts go well. Bruno enjoyed the understated routine despite the tiny incident which didn’t spoil the gorgeousness of the dance. Len loved the dance and the way that Alex sold the dance.

They score : 34

Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani dance the Rhumba to Everything I do, I do it for you by Bryan Adams Photograph : BBC Pictures

Holly and Artem take their inspiration from Zorro. Despite dancing consistently well Holly hasn’t connected with the public as much as some of the other celebrities and this could be a problem if she finds herself in the bottom two for the 3rd time. The Paso Doble should suit her personality and if anyone can drag what’s needed from Holly, it’s Artem.

En Garde!

Three sword marks slash an ‘H’ onto the screen. Fabulous flamenco steps to start.  Very hard. Fabulous hand shaping. Very sharp and fiery and the audience is going crazy by the end.  Hopefully the voters are too! Craig said “that, my darling, must be your personal best.”  But she does look at the floor all the time and she’s been doing that from the beginning. Len found it a strong routine. Alesha picked up Holly’s arms and hands and that she stepped it up a notch just when she needed to. Bruno picked up the Flamenco a capella sequence and that at times it would be fine for Holly to look at the floor to build up that section of the routine.

They score : 38

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Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani dance the Rhumba to Everything I Do, I Do It For You by Bryan Adams Photograph : BBC Pictures

Jason and Kristina are dancing to Singing in the rain. Quite a challenge for anyone, and Jason isn’t a natural dancer. Have they bitten off more than they can chew this week ? Jason can act through the beginnng, with the lamppost and umbrella, and he’s on his own for quite a while until Kristina arrives in buttery champagne and sequins.  Fabulous lifts which are difficult with multiple positions in one of them. Len says it’s such an iconic dance and expectations were enormous but he loved the Foxtrot and thought it was right on the money. Alesha loved the concept. Bruno picks up on the huge risk Jason took, and how cleverly set up it was with a perfect Foxtrot in the middle. Craig loved it.

They score : 37

Chelsee and Pasha almost literally take on Shrek. Jiving onto the floor dressed in green and gold with a tiara as the Princess to Pasha’s Ogre, with Donkey. It’s pitch perfect.  You can see what the judges have been waiting for with the 10’s. It’s funny and fast and incredible. Bruno says “the fairytale really has a happy ending” and Craig loved the routine. Len said “if you’re not back next week I’ll pickle my walnuts.”

They score : 39 – the top score of the night and their highest score


Holly Valance & Artem Chigvintsev Photograph @ BBC Pictures

Tonight’s music was :

Holly Valance and Artem Chigvintsev dance the Paso Doble to The Train by James Horner from the movie Zorro

Alex Jones and James Jordan dance the American Smooth to Pretty Woman by Rob Orbison

Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani dance the Rhumba to Everything I do, I do it for you by Bryan Adams from the movie Robin Hood : Prince of Thieves

Robbie Savage and Ola Jordan dance the Quickstep to Little Green Bag by George Baker

Jason Donovan and Kristina Rihanoff dance the American Smooth to Singing in the Rain by Gene Kelly

Chelsee Healey and Pasha Kovalev dance the Jive to I’m a Believer by Smash Mouth from the movie Shrek


Strictly catch up

Striclty newsThere’s no need to miss so much as a sequin on Strictly; if you didn’t catch any of the shows, you can catch up here!

The Strictly launch show

Strictly week’s 1, 2, Strictly’s Broadway night, week 4, Halloween week 5, Bonfire Night week 6, 7, 8, 9

Strictly Results show

Week 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9


In other Strictly News 

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall visits Strictly studio

Ex-Strictly professional dancers Darren Bennet & Lilia Kopylova

Strictly’s Artem to join Strictly Cinderella

Strict in the rehearsal room ? Interview with Artem Chigvintsev

Strictly Come Dancing on Swan Lake

Things you don’t know about Swan Lake

The Strictly Come Dancing Annual

The Strictly Judges

Guest Judge Jennifer Grey


All photographs © BBC Pictures.  No unauthorized reproduction.

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