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It’s that time of the week…

Sadly this week we have to say goodbye to Saffron & AJ

Another couple who have left the competition way to early, Saffron is an amazing dancer and had so much more to give I was convinced that she would be in the final. It has been incredible to watch her improve week on week and both her and AJ have given us some of the most memorable dances of the series.

Saffron & AJ – Samba – 5, 7, 7, 7 26

Saffron had a lot of confidence and the beginning which was great to see, AJ put in lots of content that saffron executed well as it did look quite difficult. However i found it to be a bit slow and it felt a bit lacklustre towards the end, but this was an improvement in her latin.

Saffron & AJ – Quickstep – 8, 9, 9, 9 35

Saffron is really coming into her own with the ballroom dances and she great characterisation which has been improving week on week. The sections out of hold were amazing, in sync not just with AJ but all the extra dancers as well. The split and lift was amazing, it was such a shame that she made the few tiny errors.

Blackpool Dances – Part 2

Kelvin and Oti – jive

Wait, which person is the celebrity and which are the professionals. I mean seriously, this was such an amazing dance and Queen Oti has once again given us a legendary dance. From the concept to the music to the technique, I couldn’t really fault it in any way. The bounce from the dancefloor definitely helped give Kelvin this real light essence throughout the dance and it was almost as if he was dancing on air. His kicks and flicks were precise, his characterisation was on point and the energy was off the chart from start to end. I dont even think I can praise this boy enough and, with Oti, he is really creating magic and some memorable dances.

Saffron and AJ – Quickstep

They always seem to get the best dance, the best music and the best outfits – its like they destined her to shine at Blackpool. Like always, AJ choreographs some amazing dances and she flew across the room. I think sometimes that speed and complexity meant that she made mistakes and sometimes it looked a bit messy. They really put on a massive show and it was a dance set for Blackpool.

What am amazingly musical way to start Blackpool with all of the pros and celebrities together 😀

It’s Blackpool Time for Strictly

This weeks dance of the week goes to Saffron & AJ’s Waltz

She topped the leaderboard this week and she absolutely deserved to! A beautiful dance executed to perfection. She is growing so much in this competition, most notably in her acting and overall performance skills, the storytelling in this dance was amazing.

Saffron & AJ – Waltz – 9, 10, 10, 10 39

Saffron’s performance and acting skills have come such a long way, the emotion and feeling she put into this dance was excellent and really told a story. This was such an improvement in her ballroom, beautiful in hold, and technically very good. The drag towards the end of the dance was fantastic as well.

Strictly Dances – Part 2

Michelle and Giovanni – American Smooth Foxtrot

Once again, Michelle and Giovanni have knocked it out of the park. It was just the perfect dance from start to finish. From the way it started with the story of Michelle trying to get Gio’s attention to the dance itself from Michelle being cheeky and trying to lead on Gio. There was sass, swing and sway plus some absolutely amazing footwork and technical dancing. It had the traditional moves you want in a Foxtrot, with a bit of sexiness and temptation. For me, every week, I can watch these two and not have to worry about anything because they epitomise consistency and quality. It feels like I’m a broken record because I can only ever say positive things about these two. It was so good and I just can’t say anything bad!

Emma and Anton – Couple’s Choice

I dont know who loved this dance more: Anton or Emma? I mean Anton was in his camp element and I was living for it. You know what, this was a really good dance for Emma. I’m normally reluctant to praise these couples choice dances because it’s not Strictly, but it gives the celebs a chance to show us that they can dance. It was cheeky, saucy and combined everything that we love from musicals: the fossy, sassy and almost understated style. We saw Emma’s personality shine in this dance and I was Uber impressed. More couple’s should do musicals because its an underrated art form.

Saffron and AJ – Waltz

This was worlds away from last weeks dance and absolutely amazing. It was soft, technical and full of emotion. It was almost beautiful in an understated way from the set to the outfit to the music. Sometimes, an amazing song really makes advance really special. I’m normally a critic of Saffron because the judges do sometimes favour them. However, they deserved this and you can see that she’s working hard and taking on all the comments the judges have.

Kelvin and Oti – Salsa

Holy cannoli, what a dance. I mean I knew Kelvin had hips to die for, but by god I think he upped his game. Down to Oti’s choreography, this really showed the best of Kelvin in every single way and it had everything but the kitchen sink in it. There were amazing lifts, amazing hips and armography to die for. Sometimes, I just forget that kelvin isn’t a Latin sensation because he takes to it so naturally. He also works perfectly in harmony with Oti and together they really create magic. Kelvin is so natural and everything he does seems effortless. I always love watching Kelvin and this dance was no exception.