Strictly Come Dancing - Now we've seen them on the floor

Published October 12, 2011

Before Strictly Come Dancing began proper, I chose my picks for good times ahead. That was before we had seen anyone dance, of course, although I had been to the Beeb’s website and seen some of their “web exclusive” training diaries.

Well, we’re two shows in now. We’ve seen the contestants dance not once, but twice, and we’ve finally voted someone off. It may just be me, but it seems like forever since Strictly first returned, particularly as we had the whole partnering up extravaganza as well.

Nevertheless, the first thing I’ll do is examine how my picks are doing.

  1. Anita Dobson. There has been plenty of MayWatch which makes me very happy. The partnership between Robin and Anita is also a lot better than I thought it would be. I’m not sure her dancing so far ensures that we will see a lot of Brian in the future, but we may have a couple of weeks left yet. She seems so delicate, like she might break any moment, but at least looks like she’s having fun out there.
  2. Holly Valance. Ms Valance opened the very first show, which made Mr C very happy, as I’m sure you can imagine. She seems to be okay at the dancing but is one of those who needs to let go a bit. Very stiff, and quite mechanical. Certainly not enjoying herself yet.
  3. Harry McFly. He’s sort of the male version of Holly really. Has all the steps in place and looks like he could be really, really good, but I’m not sold on the partnership with Aliona. I miss Matt!
  4. Jason Donovan. Jason is having an absolute ball out there, it’s amazing! He doesn’t have the finesse yet, but there’s infectious enthusiasm and an underlying sense of rhythm that is what you need as a base to work from. He could move into place as my new favourite.
  5. Alex Jones. Not as good as I thought she would be but plenty of potential. Definitely more of a ballroom girl than a latin.

I was more impressed by Russell Grant than I was expecting. He’s not great, but we have definitely seen a lot, lot worse over the years. Mr C and I took bets on who would be the first to be voted out and I was sure it would be Nancy. He went for Edwina, and lo and behold… the man is more of an expert than he lets on. And more than he probably wants as well.

I know people vote for Anton because they like him, but surely we’re over that by now? Particularly as there doesn’t seem to be anything redeeming about his partner, she’s just not good at dancing. At least with Ann (shudder) there was that whole “entertainment value” argument.

Talking of which, I’m not a fan of the overuse of props and themes. What happened to the days when it was the dances that did the talking? Now it’s all mirrors and Broadway and feather boas. I liked it when what we had to look forward to was a brand new dance being introduced, or that they would finally be allowed to do lifts in the American Smooth. Slightly disappointed in the setup of the show so far, particularly as this weekend’s two shows were shambolic in terms of production. Add into that Tess and Brucie, and it really is time to start fastforwarding through everything but each 90 seconds of dancing.

I have, by the way, given in to the temptation of It Takes Two. I miss Claudia, but couldn’t really do without the silly training montages.

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