The award for best dance goes to Karim & Amy for the Quickstep in Week 7
This to me is the quickstep of all quicksteps that Strictly has ever produced, the way in which Karim & Amy danced this both times was just sublime. So traditional, clean and classy and yet with that touch of Karim charm that I grew to real,y really love. Everything came together for them which is why I think it was the best dance this year.
I know that others may have different views, these awards are decided by my own opinion
The first Strictly Award of 2019 goes to Karim Zeroual for Best Celebrity dancer
The reason I chose Karim as the best celebrity dancer was not just because he is an incredible dancer and from Week one he really caught my eye, but he also had a lot of ups and downs during the final from being the first to score 40 to being in the dance off twice. There were a lot of incredible celebrities this year and the were a few to pick from for this award, but I think Karim really stood out this seires for me.
I know that others may have different views, these awards are decided by my own opinion
What a fabulous showdance from Karim & Amy, so much emotion was brought in that dance. Everything came together the song, the costume, the set to make it one of Karim’s best dances of the series. He truly is a fantastic and talented dancer who I can see going on to do some great things after the show.
If i loved it the first time, I loved it even more this time without the backing dancers to distract me. It was full of energy, sass and just the right amount of campiness. There is nothing I can say now that hasn’t been said before. The choreography was so fast, so complicated and full of personality that it was everything I could ever want. If I shut my eyes and didnt know I was watching Strictly, I would think I had just turned on Hairspray because he not only epitomised the dance, but also the era and the song and everything Amy gives him. That dance is not easy and he made everything look so effortless from the kicks, flicks and those little nudges and nods that just made everything come together. I would happily watch this dance again and again and again.
Emma and Anton – Viennese Waltz
This was definitely miles better than the first time she did the dance and it really shows how much she has improved not only with her technique but with her confidence and personality. Like always, she had an amazing frame and glided across the floor with such elegance and poise. The only thing was that there may be too much swing and sway for this dance, but it did just seem to work with the whole story. I cant stop saying how good she is at acting these stories and forming a connection with Anton to make us not only watch, but live the performance.
Kelvin and Oti – Samba
Ending Kelvin’s Strictly journey with the dance that stayed it couldn’t have been a better way to finish the show. It was this dance when we realised that this substitute was really something special. Also, if possible, its got almost a hundred times better than the first time and it is one of the best sambas I have ever seen (not including Danny Mac’s which maybe proves that Samba is for Queen Oti). This dance had everything it should from the rhythm, fluidity and I cannot forget those IPS! It was Kelvin’s ability to let himself go and combine masculinity and femininity to create the perfect dance. I can also not to Sri how much this is all down to the partnership between the two – it is magical…
As expected, that was probably such a cute dance and a perfect way to showcase his Strictly journey. Even though it didnt have the usual mix of techniques, it showcased his talent to a tee and embodied who he is. He is technically beautiful with amazing lines, beautiful expressions of the body and just a natural flair and rhythm in his body. Combining this with the story telling and raw emotion he has whenever he dances, just made it perfect. I cant forget to mention Amy who has made a real dancer out of Karim and giving him choreography that shows him off in the best way possible. It was honest, pure and everything just came together perfectly from the dance, the outfits, the song and the set. It was so subtle and understated, but sometimes they are the best.
Emma and Anton
Hearing the music and the dance, it should have been an amazing dance and the choreography was amazing. However, I couldn’t not see the amount of times where they were literally: out of time. For most of it, it was really nice to watch and the way she looked and oozed personality really helped the dance. It combined everything that Anton and Emma represent from elegance, class and sophistication. It does upset me that she messed up quite a lot on the timing and syncopation and I cannot ignore that. It was good, but not what I expect from a final showdance.
Kelvin and Oti
Except maybe one or two times when he nearly stumbled, this was what I love from a showdance – an amalgamation of all the dances he’s good at. We saw Tango, jive, charleston, Lindy and thats just to name a few. It just combined everything I love about Kelvin from the ability to dance at such a quick speed, the jam packed content and those hips. As always, Oti knows how to bring the best out of Kelvin and this choreography did that so well. I always love seeing how much people improve over the series and seeing all of these dances and how much he’s improved, it’s crazy for me to think that Kelvin wasn’t even meant to be in the competition to start with. Apart from the amazing dancing, he just has this personality and way about him that draws you in. It was so good!
A usual, and like before, this dance never ceases to amaze me – it scares me how hard it is to know who the pro and who the celebrity is. As always, this dance had perfect footwork, amazing frame and just looked effortless from start to the end. What makes this stand out is those little things he does that oozes his personality from a slight shoulder shrug to the little wink or look on his face. Karim is a natural charmer and it just makes this dance even more exciting to watch. That combined with how well he works with Amy just makes this the perfect dance for the perfect couple with an amazing song and concept. The two of them look like you could just pick them out of the 1920s in those bright red suits and puffy skirt. It was as enjoyable, if not more, than the last time they did it.
Emma and Anton – Charleston
I did enjoy watching this dance the first time and I enjoyed it again. It was definitely the strongest dance Emma has done and suits her personality to a tee. She had the swivel, the personality and charm that this dance needs and it was amazing choreography! Sometimes i didnt think her and Anton were in perfect sync with each other and something seemed to be missing. However, she epitomises what the dance is meant to be and she had this little charm that makes a Charleston what it is. Everything from the dance to the song to the outfit just works and it perfect for the final. The judges did a great service to Emma for picking this dance for her.
Kelvin and Oti – Rumba
I was a bit disappointed when the judges picked this dance, because Kelvins had so many amazing dances. However, out of every Rumba, this is one that I always enjoy watching and today was no exception. It’s one of the hardest dances for a male, but Kelvin seemed to do it so effortlessly. From the way he moves with Oti across the floor to the technical aspects: the finger placements, the steps, the hips and everything. Combining that’s with the emotion and storytelling he does in every dance, it just works perfectly. Oti and Kelvin have this partnership unlike any other and they work as one moving their bodies as if they’ve known each other their whole lives. It was subtle, masculine and just beautiful. Unlike any rumba I’ve ever seen.
Karim looked passionate and dramatic and was able to created an incredible atmosphere in the ballroom and also there was amazing chemistry between the two of them, I loved the acting and story line in this dance. The dance was packed with content but unfortunately the were a few issues with balance.
Karim & Amy – American Smooth – 9, 10, 9, 10 38
Such a beautiful dance, Karim has such great musicality and he executed this dance incredibly well. You could see he was enjoying this dance so much, technique was amazing as well. Most of the lifts they did, Karim was in control and strong apart from the on the shoulder lift.
uh oh. You know wha, that initial thing was mean. Technically, there wasn’t much power in the feet and I didnt see any hips (apart from Karen’s amazing hips). However, wow, this was actually a really beautifully performed dance from start to end. It was so emotional and the story telling just pulled me in from start to end. It’s so amazing to see how far he has come not only in the way he dances, but what he shows on his face. He is a comedian for goodness sake, and he is producing things like that. Things that could make me cry and want to watch a full on film based on it. The judges were harsh on the technique, even though it was definitely not the worst rumba I’ve ever seen, and I love Chris.
Karim and Amy – American Smooth
If that last dance was passion, this was pure adorable from start to end – it was literally the epitome of cute. I knew American Smooth would be great because, not only does it have a lot of technique, it has this flair and stylistic essence that Karim always does perfectly. Apart from that and the amazing musicality, it was technically perfect from the footwork to the frame throughout. Like Chris and Karen, I felt immersed in a little story of a couple in love. The two of them just work perfectly together and look like a proper little couple, even though I know thats not the case. The music, the set and the outfits all worked together like clockwork and with the amazing choreography from Amy, it just all worked and I would happily watch it again – just not in the dance off!