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Strictly Come Dancing Semi Final: The final four are confirmed as Anita falls short

15th December 2015

Strictly Come Dancing Semi Final: The final four are confirmed as Anita falls short
In the most important week of Strictly to date, it was Anita Rani and her partner Gleb who fell at the final hurdle. With a place in the final on the line, it was the BBC presenter who came up short after defeat in the last dance-off of the series to her BBC colleague Katie Derham and her partner Anton Du Beke.

With only five couples left, each pairing had to perform two dances this week. Anita and her partner Gleb began with a Frank Sinatra inspired Foxtrot, which brought in a score of 32 points. The judges were impressed, but admitted the performance was not mistake free. “You understood the style, the extensions were lovely, but the top line got lost" said Darcy. Craig agreed; “the leg extensions let the line down, but it was a beautiful performance". The score of 64 left Anita in fourth place on the night.

They followed this up with a salsa to 'Feel This Moment' by Pitbull and received an identical score of 32 points from the judges. “It was athletic, full on, plenty of attack but you did lose the salsa rhythm" said Bruno, and Len agreed, “because of the speed, you had some shaky moments and lost the fluidity".

In last place on the night was Katie Derham, who was left with a lot to do after a very poor first dance. Charleston's have scored very highly all series, however the dance just didn't suit Katie's abilities and she struggled. She scored only 25 points, the lowest score in the series since Jeremy Vine left four weeks ago. “You looked hot, but the dance was not. It was a struggle, clumsy rather than slick" said Len. Craig was even more brutal, “It was awkward and stiff looking, you'd better hope your next dance is perfect, because I can't see that one getting you to the final". They were bottom of the leaderboard going into the second dances and needed one hell of a score to change that.

There second performance was a waltz, a dance much more suited to Katie's style. There were still mistakes in the performance, however Craig, who had been particularly cutting after the first dance thought she had “redeemed herself". She scored 31 points, the second lowest score on the night for a combined total of only 56 points on the night, 8 less than Anita in 4th.

Judging by the comments and the scores, the dance off should only ever have gone way, however to everyone's surprise, it was Anita and Gleb that were sent home. Outcries on social media claim the show was too caught up on getting Anton Du Beke into his first final and there have been claims throughout the series that the judges have been overly harsh when marking Anita. So claims of this being personal may not disappear too quickly.

Around the dancefloor

With a place in this week's final on the line, it was as much about getting through as it was filling themselves with confidence. Well Kellie Bright and Kevin Clifton will be full to the brim after topping the leaderboard on Semi-Finals week. The couple opened with a Rumba which left them with 34 points and joint top after the first dances. However it was their second dance that really set them apart. The pair closed with an American Smooth which raked in the joint highest score of the series so far - 39 points. Consequently, Len was tipping them for the final, while the three other judges were equally impressed. “Glamour, flair and heavenly Hollywood quality" was Darcey's assessment. Despite taking a knock midway through the series as they faced the dance-off, Kellie and Kevin have gathered some real momentum since then and go into the final next week with a real chance of winning.

In second place were Jay and Aliona. The long-running favourites in this year's competition will be just that going into next week's final. They opened the night with a 34 point haul for their Viennese Waltz. Craig was not a huge fan of the performance “it was simple and effective, but the top line could be more exaggerated and you didn't smile once!". Bruno and Darcey promptly disagreed. Their second performance of the night was even more impressive. As we mentioned earlier, Charleston's have scored very well this series and unsurprisingly, Jay continued the trend. They received 37 points for their Dr. Who themed number. Craig certainly changed his tune, naming Jay the “Timelord of Dance!".

The final competitors on the night were Georgia and her partner Giovani. Despite being ill all week, Georgia came through comfortably to book her place in the final. There first dance was a cha-cha to"I Will Survive", quite appropriate given her illness this week. The judges loved it, awarding them 33 points. “A sexy little disco diva, I had a great time!" was Bruno's verdict. They followed up their solid first performance with an even better second one. They were awarded 38 points for their Viennese Waltz to"Runaway" by The Corrs. “It was a breath of fresh air, exquisite, smooth and your frame didn't buckle" said Darcey. This left them in joint second with Jay at the end of the night.

Who's going to win?

Going into the final, it's realistically a three horse race. Katie and Anton have done well to get this far, but truthfully, they're not quite at the same level as the other three couples. The Charleston really exposed her weaknesses.

Jay has been the favourite for most of the series and remains the only celebrity to not face the dance-off. Only Georgia knocked the favourite tag off him for a couple weeks through the middle of the competition, however it's Kellie and Kevin that have momentum on their side going into the Final. However with it out of the judges hands, it's now down the voters at home and it could go any way.

To put our neck on the line, we're predicting that Jay and Aliona will take the glitterball next week!

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Source: Dance Near You