Lovely to see Katie enjoying her self so much, it showed that she had grown in confidence and was becoming more confident and less nervous. It really helped her personality come through and because of that she was really improving each week. In this dance it was unfortunate that her technique wasn’t that great, her foot work was not as sharps as the kicks and flicks as some of the other celebs have managed. It was wonderful to see Katie grow and have her own little journey.
Sadly we have to say goodbye to Katie & Gorka this week. Katie was lovely to watch as we saw her confidence grow and grow each week and with that her dancing improved more and more as well, and that is what Strictly is all about, seeing people get better and better each week.
She is so inspiring but as much as I hate to say it, like it’s just not as good as some of the others. Even though her acting and personality is shining, she’s just so flat footed and makes her steps look heavy. It also seems like she’s not really beating that music which means that she’s out of time on a lot of it. However, she is such a joy to watch and I love seeing her blossom.
Charles and Karen – Salsa
YAS! He definitely came back with a bang and I was shimmying the entire way through. He was full of so much energy and those hips really don’t lie – like I think I was entranced by his charisma and the fact that he just owned this dance! Also, the lifts were so magnificent and he even made sure he saved that lift which could’ve ended so badly for Karen. He can’t be in that bottom two again because it was fire 🔥
Lauren and AJ – Quickstep
Even with those mistakes in the footwork, Lauren did really well to get back Into the dance and it was overall so cute to watch and it did seem so elegant. She kept up with AJ across that floor and even if it was slightly skippy, she was full of energy and I felt like she put 100% into it and it’s so much better than some of her other dances and the only way is up. She’s like a changed woman and this dance really brought out her personality
Katie & Gorka – LA LA LAND – Foxtrot – (5, 5, 6, 6) 22
She is going up and up in her confidence and it really shows in her performance and in her face as well. The song and dance suited her perfectly and her and Gorka’s partnership is growing as well which will help her as well. I’m hoping that this improvement keeps going.
After my hatred for the judges comments last week, I can’t see how they couldnt love this! From the start he came down on the web, it was just full power and that didnt mean it lacked in technique! There was attempted swivel throughout, he was cheeky and that energy was 100% and I just loved watching them. Oti and Graemme work so nicely together and I just love watching them each week! The chemistry and trust between the two of them is pure perfection and it helped them in the lifts which blew my mind!
Ashley and Pasha – Salsa
I’m not going to lie: this dance was great! I dont know, I just never feel excited because I know her dance background and, even though people say they’re different, it always helps especially in Latin.
Katie and Gorka – Foxtrot
What a transformation from vixen to sweet and love struck character! You know what, it was such a sweet dance and they looked genuinely in love and it was so adorable! I can’t wait to see Katie improve week after week and she’s looking a lot more confident
Not Katie’s strongest dance unfortunately. Her confidence was so much better than last week and you couldn’t see her nerves as much, but the overall dance wasn’t the best. I think she was too stomps because like Craig said she was living her feet off the floor too much. However, there was some good attack and facial expressions from Katie and hopefully her confidence builds throughout the show.
I can definitely tell that this wasn’t Stacey’s dance! She did attempt some of that straight leg action and she did seem to be having a great time with the energy but it just didn’t connect with me. It seemed a bit messy at the start and I saw virtually no straight leg and then, as we got into the main bit, although they did the right steps, it did seem slightly messy and there were just times where she didn’t seem to know what to do, like the body rolls looked very hesitant. I also lacked the hip action that we saw in Dr Ranj’s dance and it just seemed all too safe and she just needed to let go and enjoy it!
Charles and Karen – Quickstep
After last week’s smooth and seductive dance, it’ll be nice to see how Charles does in a more controlled and disciplined dance. So, apart from a bit of gapping and some timing issues, I thought it was a quintessential quickstep with smoothness and a great attempt at this solid top line which meant that he glided across the floor with ease… and don’t make me mention those slips which was just something to behold! It’s a shame about the timing because I loved it!
Katie and Gorka – Paso Doble
I don’t know if it’s the choreography or the song but I just didn’t like this dance. I have to applaud Katie for her passion and commitment to the dance but apart from that and some nice attempts at shaping, it just all seemed a bit stompy and discombobulated. I didn’t think this was her dance but she looked like she enjoyed it and it was nice to see a different side to her!
Graemme and Oti – American Smooth
You know what, Graemme is becoming one of my favourites. You can definitely see that Oti has been working on his top line because, from what I could see, it was top notch man and he just looked like he was having a great time. Although the judges didn’t like the fusion and stuff, I liked this different kind of dance and with the song, it all fitted perfectly and I think the judges are just hating on Oti’s choreography. I don’t know why they didn’t like it, I loved it and could watch it all day! BOO YOU JUDGES 🙁
A very nice first dance, you could tell how nervous she was, which is normal hopefully she can control her nerves as she also has so much potential. I think ballroom dances will definitely suit her more but hopefully her Latin will also prove me wrong, I think her confidence will grow the further into the show she gets as well as her dancing ability