First were Jessie Wallace and Darren Bennett, who did a salsa. Head judge, Len Goodman, said that he felt she was thinking about the routine and forgot to perform. Bruno said that she needed to let herself go and that salsa was about walking on the wild side. Arlene said that the dress and smile were working overtime but the hips, feet and rhythm weren’t.
The scores were 4, 4, 6, 6, with a total of 20.
Next were Christine Bleakley and Matthew Cutler, who did a foxtrot. Brucie’s comment was ‘That was beautiful, Christine.’ Overall comments from the judges were very positive. With Len saying that Christine’s dance was all grace and elegance.
The scores were 6, 6, 8, 7, with a total of 27.
Next up were Lisa Snowdon and Brendan Cole, who did a salsa. The performance had a lot of spinning around where Lisa kept spinning like a top. Arlene said that Lisa was an English rose and that she needed to get down and dirty. Len seemed to like the spins and said that they were fantastic.
The scores were 5, 5, 6, 6, with a total of 22.
Next up were Jodie Kidd and Ian Waite, who did a foxtrot. Arlene said that she was elegant but the footwork was a bit ropey. Len’s comments were that tall girls can dance and that it was light and elegant. Craig was talking about some punctuation in the routine and how it saved her and that there was a lot of body control.
The scores were 5, 6, 7, 7, with a total of 25.
Then we saw Heather Small and Brian Fortuna, do a salsa. Heather had the attitude to dance a salsa and in many ways I thought she was the best. Brucie seemed to have loved the choreography. Bruno called her a sassy mama and said that, that was what salsa was all about. Craig said that she had the right energy and attitude. But he did say that it was a bit ragdollish at the end. Head judge Len said that Heather was Queen of the salsa.
The scores were 5, 6, 8, 7, with a total of 26.
After that we saw Gillian Taylforth and Anton du Beke, do a foxtrot. Craig said that it wasn’t a complete disaster. Arlene said that there was a lot of the fox but less of the trot. Len commented on her footwork and said that it was beautiful but that she had to work on your upper body.
The scores were 4, 5, 7, 6, with a total of 22.
Then we saw Rachel Stevens and Vincent Simone do a salsa. Arlene said that she was absolutely enthralled by the opening. Len agreed with Arlene and said that it was fantastic. Craig said that even though it needed more rotation it was amazing.
The scores were 7, 8, 8, 8, with a total of 31.
The last dance was from Cherie Lunghi and James Jordan who did a foxtrot. Bruno said that she was a leading lady. Craig said that it was one class act and that it was fabulous. Len said that it was the best dance of the night.
The scores were 8, 8, 9, 8, with a total of 33.