Around the dancefloor
Heading for the exit
As always, not everyone can make it through to next week, so someone had to go. The competition was tougher than ever due to the fact Laura Whitmore did not receive medical clearance to dance from Strictly doctors, meaning she receives a bye through to next week.
The bottom of the leaderboard was a bit more varied than recent weeks, with Greg Rutherford and Natalie Lowe dropping into the bottom three along with Lesley and Anton.
It was Lesley and Anton that made up half of the dance-off. Last week, they crept into the top half of the leaderboard, but this Saturday they struggled with the Tango. They only managed 24 points from the judges who felt their were too many little mistakes and it ruined the fluidity of the routine.
Facing them in the dance-off was the shock pairing of Aljaz and Daisy Lowe! Daisy has consistently been in the top half of the leaderboard each week and was again, but the public clearly didn't view the dance as positively as the judges did. “You've got happy feet, i'm happy and I thought you did a wonderful Charleston”, said Len. The pair received a clean sweep of 8's from the judges, leaving them in fourth place.
The dance off result was of no real surprise, with Lesley and Anton being sent home by the judges. Based on performance, Daisy should've been nowhere near the bottom two and herself and Aljaz were clearly the stronger pairing.
The biggest sigh of relief reverberating around the dance hall will be coming from Ed Balls. Ed's performance was his worst so far, scoring just 16 points, including a sultry 2 from Craig. “That was the antithesis of smooth. Plodding and pedestrian. It felt like you were fighting each other all the way through”. Ed and Katya attempted a lift during their performance and it didn't go to plan, instead looking clumsy and awkward, leaving them adrift at the bottom on the leaderboard.
Also struggling this week was Greg Rutherford and Natalie Lowe. The pair performed the cha cha, but only scored 24 points. “This dance exposed all the stuff you really can't do” said Craig. Darcy added; “There is always one dance that isn't yours and i'm afraid this just wasn't your dance”. The paid had been quietly improving in recent weeks, but Saturday will be a big set back. With the competition really stepping up, the pair will really need to improve next week.
Going for the Glitterball
Once again the table toppers were Ore and Joanne. Ore brought the house down with his jive last week and was back to try and conquer the waltz. And conquer he did, with a 36 point haul and the judges were delighted again. “You are just incredible” exclaimed Craig, while Len described the performance as “quiet, calm and sophisticated.”
Unsurprisingly, running him close was Danny Mac and partner Oti Mabuse. They've been consistently strong since week one and were again as they scored 35 for their Rumba. You'd expect that barring a real shock, Danny and Ore will make up two thirds of the final.
Best of the rest
Also having another impressive week just behind was Louise Thompson and Kevin Clifton. Louise has also been consistent throughout, but the judges were particularly impressed this week. “It was one classy Rumba”, said Darcy. “You have all the ability to be at the top of the leaderboard”.
Also improving this week was Claudia Fragapane with her partner AJ. Craig described her as a “tornado” across the dancefloor. The pair performed the samba and Claudia's natural flexibility really came to the fore as she twisted and turned her way around the dancefloor.
Find a dance class
Next week is Halloween week on Strictly and that means there are some scarily great deals on dance classes around the UK! With plenty of dance events happening next weekend, now is a great time to get booked into one.
To find a dance class near you, simply visit the Dance Near You homepage and search using your postcode to find the nearest dance instructors and dance studios.
Once you have found one that suits you, you can either book yourself a place or enquire to find out more with the instructor.