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Time’s up for Jo Wood on Strictly Come Dancing!

The couples faced either the Samba or the American Smooth, this Saturday. The first couple to dance was Jade Johnson and Ian Waite. They danced the Samba and scored 8 + 8 + 8 + 8 = 32.

Len said, “It is a really difficult dance, you’ve got all the travelling to do. I thought you came to grips with it marvelously well. Little bit flat footed so you lost balance.”

Craig said, “I thought it was absolutely great, it was full of attitude, confident. I would have loved one more revolution on that floor.”

The next couple to dance was Chris Hollins and Ola Jordan. They danced the American Smooth and scored 7 + 7 + 7 + 7 = 28.
Alisha said, “Well done for making it through the routine. Nice lifts.”
Bruno said, “It was much like Ealing than Hollywood. You have to balance and relax.”

The next couple to dance was Phil Tuffnell and partner Katya Virshillas, they danced the Samba to ‘Daddy Cool’ and scored 6 + 7 + 6 + 6 = 25.
Bruno said, “I have to agree all that pumpkin and grinding did nothing. It was speedy though.”
Len said, “What I like is your attitude. You don’t come out timid you come out full on. Your technique was quite good, you’re on the right track.”

The couple to dance next was Zoe Lucker and James Jordan. They danced the American Smooth and scored 8 + 8 + 9 + 8 = 33.
Craig said, “I thought it was a very well balanced routine. It was full of sophistication, a bit late on the end lift.”
Alisha said, “It was elegant, it was a classic American Smooth. That’s how you come back Zoe!”

The couple to dance next was Craig Kelly and Flavia Cacace. They danced the Samba and scored 3 + 6 + 4 + 5 = 18.
Alisha said, “I can see you’re trying but your body has got a mind of it’s own.”
Bruno said, “Chris you’re like the Royal Mail, quite many attempts but you cannot deliver.”

It was Ricky Groves and Erin Boag who danced next. They danced the American Smooth and scored 7 + 8 + 7 + 7 = 29.
Craig said, “I thought it was a most enjoyable routine. Your posture was in hold and a prestigious effort.”
Alisha said, “Good mix this week; the personality and the routine. You take on board what we say Ricky and you’re doing good.”

The next couple to dance was Ricky Whittle and partner Natalie Lowe. They danced the Samba and scored 8 + 8 + 8 + 8 = 32.
Craig said, “Well, I have to say, not perfect. Your timing went out, but what a Samba, it was electrifying.”
Len said, “You came out and attacked the dance. What a pity you went wrong on the promenades, but it was a good dance.”

It was Natalie Cassidy and Vincent Simone to dance next. They danced the American Smooth and scored 7 + 8 + 7 + 7 = 29.
Alisha said, “Something’s kicked into place, I think you’ve found your place.”
Len said, “How you feel about the dance comes out in the dance. You had a little smile on your face, well done!”

The next couple to dance was Jo Wood and Brendon Cole. They danced the Samba and scored 2 + 5 + 3 + 4 = 14.
Len said, “Brendon you should get an award, because what you’ve done with Jo is great. You’ve given up your talent to Jo, well done!”
Bruno said, “You dragged poor Brendon into Samba hill.”

It was Ali Bastian and Brian Fortuna’s turn to take to the dance floor. They danced the American Smooth and scored 9 + 9 + 9 + 10 = 37.
Bruno said, “Ali you had it, I’ve been waiting six weeks for this, it’s magic time!”
Craig said, “Stylish, classy absolutely stunning!”

The next couple to dance was Laila Rouass and Anton Du Beke. They danced the Samba and scored 7 + 7 + 7 + 7 = 28.
Craig said, “For me it had rhythm, it had bounce. Overall it lacked any wow factor, and it was largely to do with the content, too much disco.”
Alisha said, “It was a lot better than last week.”

There was a group Jive from the professional dancers. The professional dancers, included Aliona and Matthew, Ian and Natalie, Katya and Brendon, Kristina and Brendon, Lilia and Darren and Ola and Jordan. Next there was a special performance from the World Latin Champions; Michael and Joanna. There was also a performance from Harry Conny Jnr.

The couples left in the bottom two were Jade Johnson and Ian Waite and Jo Wood and Brendon Cole. All the judges agreed to save Jade Johnson and Ian Waite, which meant that Jo Wood and Brendon Cole were out of the competition.

-SCDi

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