#AlmostStrictlyLiveBlogging Week 7: Halloween Results

Welcome back to the second installment of this weekend’s #AlmostStrictlyLiveBlogging – going under this reanimated title for one week only as the BBC’s hit celebrity ballroom series Strictly Come Dancing celebrates Halloween.

Whilst we bought you our review of last night’s dances earlier on today in lieu of not being able to live blog last night, tonight we are all systems to go to bring you our live blog of this week’s results.

We get going with our warm up at 6:45pm, looking ahead to tonight’s dance off, before we go live with the main BBC One show as always at 7:15pm. Don’t forget to swipe down or press F5 to refresh to ensure you get all the dance off news as it happens, and to leave your comments below or Tweet us using the hashtag #AlmostStrictlyLiveBlogging – here’s to a chillingly ghoul-d evening!

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6:45pm

Welcome one and all! So last night, Halloween week arrived on Strictly and with it, the eleven remaining couples taking to the floor for some frightful and thrilling routines. 

It was good news for Debbie and Giovanni – not only did Shirley queen the former the new ‘Queen of Latin’, but they came top of the leaderboard for the second week running after getting three 10s and an overall score 39 for their Charleston.

Aston and Janette were just behind them after getting their first two 10s and a total of 38 for their stompin’ Paso Doble, with Alexandra and Gorka’s zombified Tango completing the top 3 with 35 points.

Down at the bottom though, dance off survivors Simon and Karen found themselves in last place again with only 16 points for their American Smooth.

6:50pm

Tonight, the fifth dance off of the series will see eleven couples go down to ten as another Strictly dream becomes a Halloween nightmare.

Also on the show tonight, the professional dancers perform a psychological thriller of a group dance – something about haunting Brendan I believe? 

Plus, pop legends Steps are performing their smash hit single ‘Scared of the Dark’ live in the studio!

7pm

15 minutes to go! Let’s take a horrifying terror of a flashback to some classic Strictly Halloween routines from years past – starting with the cacklingly hilarious Nancy Dell’olio’s graveyard set Rumba with Anton du Beke in 2011: 

7:05pm

10 minutes to go! Our next Halloween flashback is Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton’s gravity defying Wicked inspired Tango from 2014: 

7:10pm

5 minutes to go! Our last flashback to Halloween weeks past is from 2010, with Scott Maslen and Natalie Lowe’s chillingly good Viennese Waltz… 

7:15pm

Here we ghoullll…!

7:20pm

Oooh. Well they weren’t wrong on the psychological thriller front were they? Poor Brendan. Just hope we don’t get any nightmares tonight! 

7:23pm

So…who do we think is heading for the dance off? I think it’ll be Simon again with possibly Jonnie in the dance off after their performances last night…leave your comments below!

7:27pm

Here comes the first lot of couples safely through to next weekend’s live show:

  • Davood and Nadiya!
  • Debbie and Giovanni!
  • Joe and Katya!
  • Alexandra and Gorka!

And the first couple in the dance off are…Mollie and AJ! I’m sorry but there’s no way they should be in here!

7:33pm

Time now for Steps performing their smash hit single ‘Scared of the Dark’ from their chart topping album ‘Tears on the Dancefloor’! We love this song *does dance routine*

7:38pm

Poor Claudia! She wasn’t slouching was she? 

7:40pm

Here’s the second lot of couples safely through to next week…

  • Aston and Janette!
  • Susan and Kevin!
  • Gemma and Aljaz!
  • Ruth and Anton!
  • Jonnie and Oti!

    Which means Simon and Karen are in the dance off again…and probably heading home (oops!)

    7:48pm

    Simon and Karen are dancing their American Smooth again. I don’t need to say anymore except they’re going home. Aren’t they?

    7:51pm

    Time now for Mollie and AJ to dance their Cha Cha Cha again. I mean I know they’re safe anyway because they’re against Simon but still. I am incredulous. This was one of their best dances to date and it’s still amazing!

    7:53pm

    Time now for the judges to vote for who they are saving from that dance off…

    • Craig is voting to save Mollie and AJ…
    • Darcey is also saving Mollie and AJ…
    • And Bruno is also saving Mollie and AJ…
    • And Shirley would have also saved Mollie and AJ…

    Which means that, not that we didn’t already know from that, that Simon and Karen are the fifth couple to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing 2017.

    7:55pm

    That’s it for another weekend and for our Halloween week specials! #StrictlyLiveBlogging returns in its normal live form next Saturday at 6:50pm and Sunday when all ten remaining couples will dance again…until then – don’t have Halloween nightmares and keeeep dancing!

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    #AlmostStrictlyLiveBlogging Week 7: Halloween Week Review

    As darkness fell across the UK last night, and the Halloween week edition of the BBC hit Strictly Come Dancing went on air, the first live blog of this weekend’s #StrictlyLiveBlogging made it’s way to WordPress – only to be chowed down en route by a zombie invasion, and only now, in broad daylight does it reanimate itself… *does evil laugh*

    Well, sort of. Basically, we were unable to live blog the Halloween week show last night due to family commitments, so instead, just for this week, we’re doing a review of last night’s frighteningly ghoul-d (and devilishly disastrous) dances from the eleven remaining couples today. 

    The live blog for the results show will be here as always tonight, with a slightly later warm up of 6:45pm, followed by the live blog starting at 7:15pm. So for now, grab a coffee and kick back, as we give our reviews and scores on each couple’s dance…

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    1. JONNIE AND OTI – CHA CHA CHA

    (MUSIC: ‘Troublemaker’ by Olly Murs and Flo Rida)

    Dressed as undead pirates (good call Jonnie, we did that last year for Halloween), it was obvious that this wasn’t his dance, especially coming so soon after last week’s awesome Quickstep. The truth is you need hip action here, which he didn’t have, and he seemed to struggle throughout. Bit of a disappointing effort overall, and one which I suspect could put him and Oti in danger.

    Our Score: 5

    Judge’s Scores:

    Craig – 4 / Darcey – 6 / Shirley – 5 / Bruno – 5 / Total: 20

    2. RUTH AND ANTON – QUICKSTEP

    (MUSIC: ‘Bewitched Theme’ by Steve Lawrence)

    Well, as with their Samba last week, what this dance lacked in technique it made up for with content and comedy. Ruth pulled off Elizabeth Montgomery’s role of Samantha from the popular 60s TV sitcom with charm and a divine nose twitch – and Anton made a dapper if hapless Darrin!

    Our Score: 6

    Judge’s Scores

    Craig – 4 / Darcey – 6 / Shirley – 6 / Bruno – 6 / Total: 22

    3. SIMON AND KAREN – AMERICAN SMOOTH

    (MUSIC: Tom Jones – ‘Delilah’)

    Now don’t get me wrong. Simon is a nice chap and we love him on Sunday Brunch, but let’s be brutally honest here. He was very lucky to find himself in the dance off with Brian last week, as I suspect he wouldn’t be here for Halloween week otherwise. God knows he tries but he cannot dance for love nor money, despite Karen’s good choreography here. Then again, Strictly seems to have a ‘cats with nine lives’ trajectory when it comes to celebrities whose dancing skills leave little to be desired…

    Our Score: 2

    Judge’s Scores:

    Craig – 2 / Darcey – 5 / Shirley – 5 / Bruno – 4 / Total: 16

    4. GEMMA AND ALJAZ – Jive

    (MUSIC: ‘Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’tve)’ – The Buzzcocks)

    What Craig said last week about Gemma being a front runner remains true this week. An edgy style of Jive here, plenty of kicks, flicks and sass, and we are especially loving the Buffy the Vampire Slayer theme that her and Aljaz went for with their dance this week! Long may they continue (so long as Aljaz doesn’t recieve exposure to sunlight, garlic or stakes through the heart)…

    Our Score: 9

    Judge’s Scores:

    Craig – 7 / Darcey – 8 / Shirley – 7 / Bruno – 8 / Total: 30

    5. JOE AND KATYA – Foxtrot

    (MUSIC: ‘Trouble’ – Coldplay)

    Hmmm. Bit of an odd one this. Laboured emphasis on the lyrics about spiderwebs that are in this particular Coldplay song they danced to at a level only rivalled by Pan’s People in the 70s, it wasn’t as great as their Paso Doble last week, but formidable enough. Joe’s hold and frame is getting much better with each week that passes as well.

    Our Score: 7

    Judge’s Scores:

    Craig – 8 / Darcey – 8 / Shirley – 8 / Bruno – 8 / Total: 32

    6. MOLLIE AND AJ – CHA CHA CHA

    (MUSIC: ‘Better the Devil You Know’ – Kylie Minogue)

    Watching the Friday edition of It Takes Two, Ed Balls (last year’s partner for Katya, who was on the Friday panel) made the insightful comment that whilst Mollie and AJ are brilliant, they’re in need of a ‘moment’ dance to take them to the next level as your Astons and Debbies. I’m inclined to believe looking at this that their Cha Cha Cha was rather close to being that ‘moment’ indeed. They looked fabulous in their red devil outfits, Mollie was fun, cheeky, flirty and had great hip action and New Yorkers throughout as well, great choreography by AJ as well. A very good effort indeed!

    Our Score: 9

    Judge’s Scores:

    Craig – 6 / Darcey – 7 / Shirley – 7 / Bruno – 7 / Total: 27

    7. ALEXANDRA AND GORKA – TANGO

    (MUSIC: ‘Maneater’ – Nelly Furtado)

    A zombie themed Tango here, greatly done by the make up and costume team. But – and I suspect I will be unpopular for saying this – for some reason, I just couldn’t quite get into this one. Alexandra, for me, is suffering a tad from ‘How do you follow that?’ Syndrome since doing her Jive two weeks ago (I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. It was good, just not enough to warrant three 10s in my view). It was fine, very polished, had the attitude a Tango needs but…that’s all there was for me.

    Our Score: 7

    Judge’s Scores:

    Craig – 9 / Darcey – 9 / Shirley – 9 / Bruno – 8 / Total: 35

    8. DAVOOD AND NADIYA – RUMBA

    (MUSIC: ‘Wicked Game’ by Chris Isaak)

    Well. Well. Well! We’d just got over the brilliance of Debbie and Giovanni’s Rumba last week, and then Davood goes and pulls this out the bag! So romantic, but with the right amount of haunting chill to it (and to one of my favourite songs too, it has to be said), I felt it was believable, good line extension, very graceful and yet sensual at the same time. His. Best. Dance. To Date!

    Our Score: 10

    Judge’s Scores:

    Craig – 5 / Darcey – 7 / Shirley – 6 / Bruno – 7 / Total: 25

    9. SUSAN AND KEVIN – FOXTROT

    (MUSIC: ‘Killer Queen’ – Queen)

    I do love Susan and Kevin, and think they are an adorable partnership with some of the best dances on this series so far – but this wasn’t one of them sadly. Did love her Game of Thrones style dragon she ascended to the dance floor on, but a lot of the time it was a bit stilted and laboured. But I do love them all the same!

    Our Score: 6

    Judge’s Scores:

    Craig – 3 / Darcey – 5 / Shirley – 5 / Bruno – 5 / Total: 17

    10. DEBBIE AND GIOVANNI – CHARLESTON

    (MUSIC: ‘Frankie’ – Sister Sledge)

    Or the ‘Char Les Ston’ as Giovanni has now taken to calling it on It Takes Two. Well. Remember last year when the judges said Jill Halfpenny, Jay McGuinness and Ore Oduba had formed the holy trinity of world class Jives on Strictly? Well, step forward Debbie, because along with Caroline Flack and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, you have just formed the holy trinity of great Charlestons. UH. MAY. ZING!

    Our Score: 10

    Judge’s Scores:

    Craig – 9 / Darcey – 10 / Shirley – 10 / Bruno – 10 / Total: 39

    11. ASTON AND JANETTE – PASO DOBLE

    (MUSIC: ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ – Nirvana)

    Where do you even start with this? The bullfighter in the graveyard via a 90s grunger anthem? Who’d thunk it? Fantastic choreography, with Janette just giving Aston enough to work with, and executing the simplest of moves – the feet stamping in particular – with the conviction of a leading matador. Quite simply the dance of last night!

    Our Score: 10

    Judge’s Scores:

    Craig – 9 / Darcey – 10 / Shirley – 9 / Bruno – 10 / Total: 38

    So what were your thoughts on last night’s dances? Leave your comments below, or you can Tweet us, for one week only, with the hashtag #AlmostStrictlyLiveBlogging – and we’ll see you back here a bit later on for the live blog of the results show!