Author: Strictly Fanatics

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Dance 2 – Faye and Gio – Argentine Tango

I had a whole post written for this and suddenly it went and I’m so sad because it was actually a pretty good analysis. I loved it and it was technically perfect from the precision to that series of gauchos to the atmosphere. However, i did just lack that emotion and passion between the two but it didnt stop it from being an epic dance.

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Dance 2 – Lauren and AJ – Samba

Poor thing, i could see that she put everything into this dance but it didn’t really go her way but i did see that she was trying to enjoy herself. There were a few mistakes with her foot placements and there were some timing issues throughout which really shouldn’t be happening in the final. However, she had a massive smile on her face and I just love seeing her and AJ together and it was great how when she made the mistakes, she got back on board and tried to continue the dance. She should really be proud of herself of how far shes come and i can see how much she has improved and how hard she’s trying

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Dance 2 – Joe and Dianne – Argentine Tango

With the concept, Joe could either rise or fall to the challenge but unfortunately this wasn’t a great dance for me. I dont know, he just looked like a boy doing a man’s dance and he definitely wasn’t leading it which is the main thing for this dance. When he did the first lift, it looked like he was running around trying to carry Dianne and it did seem a bit stompy and forced. I saw sparks of character and a connection between the two of them but it just didnt last and that’s the problem – there was no consistency. However, considering how young and innocent he is, i think he did his best.

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Dance 2 – Stacey and Kevin – Viennese Waltz

That was another dance that Stacey absolutely smashed out of the park. From the start, the atmosphere and the dress and the connection between the two of them was perfect for this dance. It was so nice as they both glide across the floor and i did see a great fleckle from the two of them. I didn’t really see what Craig meant by the American Smooth because i thought it was a really nice dance and I am normally quite a critic of the Viennese waltz because it is my favourite. I loved the character throughout and even when she started laughing because it just worked with the dance whether it was intentional or not. I didnt think it was technically perfect but it was so nice to watch.

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Dance 1 – Faye and Gio – Samba

I love Faye and I do like a good samba when it’s done well.

However, as good as it was for a samba, it wasn’t up to Faye’s usual standards. I mean the choreography was great with those samba rolls, the double bounce and that hip action worked so nice with the whole concept and song. I did see some moments where Faye actually looked quite tired and i didnt see the usual crispness that we see from her. It was clear that she hated this song and dance but it definitely was one of the better sambas that I’ve seen.

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Dance 1 – Lauren and AJ – Tango

After last week, i had such high hopes for Lauren but i just dont think this was her dance. I mean her characterisation is getting better and better but you could tell that she struggled. You could see her head going a bit floppy and her miss a few steps. The main thing for me was that you could see AJ guiding her through the moves or counting and that sort of got rid of the drama. However, apart from that, she attempted to drive throughout and I loved the choreography from AJ – it is crazy to see how much she has improved but it was definitely not her best but it wasn’t bad at all.

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Dance 1 – Ashley and Pasha – Pasha Doble

I know i am normally over critical of Ashley but i just wasn’t feeling this dance for her. It felt like it was just all smoke and mirrors with the song, the outfit and the music. I could see that she lost her balance at the start and, from then, she just didnt have control over the dance. She was great in the face and her arm shapes were nice but it didnt flow throughout the whole body and it just seemed like i was watching Pasha the entire way through which shouldn’t be the case when you’re in a dress like that. I think she’s lost her mojo but i know the judges are still going to mark it really high to make sure she gets through next week.

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I am so confused?!? That Viennese Waltz was so much better than his salsa last week and I’m shocked to say that Joe was majorly undermarked for once

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Dance 1 – Joe and Dianne – Viennese Waltz

Is the smoke trying to hide a multitude of sins? You know whatm i have been pretty critical of Joe the past few weeks but this dance has proved me wrong because it was actually a really sweet dance from the romance to the sensibility to the emotion. This time, i have to admit that it was actually a very nice dance from the footwork to the frame to the freckles. However, at some points it did seem a bit skippy and almost like an American Smooth. But, i am not as critical as i have been and it was a lot better than his salsa – i am surprised how critical the judges are especially how much better i thought it was than last week.

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Dance 1 – Stacey and Kevin – Charleston

This dance was absolutely perfect for Kevin and Stacey and it suited them to a tee because they’re both full of such joy and are just a bunch of goofs at heart. I was so impressed that they did a proper traditional charleston from the music to the outfits to the choreography. I was really impressed with her swivel, characterisation and it’s really nice to see her personality shine and that shes having a lot of fun. I always love the two of them dancing together and it was a great way to start the show – high pace, high energy and full of fun! Also, I really want her dress because it’s #awesome