From Villain To Hero?

Nov 1, 2019 by

From Villain To Hero?

A social media outcry followed Mike being saved over Catherine in last week’s dance-off, much like the one that followed Emma Weymouth being saved over Dev.

For those who invest money in these shows, such results matter but it beggars belief how emotionally invested many ordinary viewers are in a Saturday night light entertainment programme, and how het up they get expressing their opinions online.

After 2 consecutive dance-off saves, Mike has been handed the Charleston which looks a golden opportunity for him to rise up the leaderboard and win the audience over with a fun routine. His VT may well tackle the online abuse he has received following last Saturday which would, in itself, engender some sympathy votes.

Having been last on the judges’ leaderboard, Chris also has the chance for redemption dancing a Street/Commercial routine to a fun, uptempo track sung by two of Newcastle’s favourite sons. This has looked especially promising in training and it could be on the cards for either Mike or Chris to close tomorrow night’s show.

Charleston looks a golden opportunity for Mike to rise up the leaderboard and win the audience over with a fun routine

On paper, the 2 contestants who are facing the most difficult dances tomorrow night are Emma W with samba and Saffron with salsa. Neither has convinced in training and this might be the first week when a reality check is imposed on Saffron after 3 weeks of high praise and generous scoring.

Emma W has also had a bad week in terms of media coverage following the Longleat voting scandal, having already been in the bottom 2 in week 4.

Emma B has rumba which is another dance that can prove troublesome for many. She has endured particularly harsh scoring and comments at the hands of Craig in the last 2 weeks. Training has looked promising and it’s a lot about selling the romance of rumba which Emma B successfully achieved dancing VW to another Barbra Streisand track in week 4.

Ultimately, it all depends what is in the script but if the judges are particularly harsh again on her, and she finds herself loitering at the bottom of the judges’ leaderboard, this will likely be a strong motivator for her and Anton’s fans to rally behind them.

Michelle landed the top score for her Addams Family-inspired foxtrot in Halloween Week and has another chance to impress dancing a paso which looks an ideal fit with her fierce persona.

This might be the first week when a reality check is imposed on Saffron after 3 weeks of high praise and generous scoring

TPTB have been mixing things up at the top of the leaderboard, however, and tomorrow night it could be Karim’s turn to land the top score for his QS which has looked very good in training.

It seems when Kelvin receives the plaudits, like last week’s tango, Karim endures tough love, as he did for his paso. Tomorrow night it could well be an exact reversal with Karim eulogised and Kelvin taken down a peg or two for his VW.

Alex enjoyed the perfect storm last week. With Neil forced to sit out the show through injury, Kevin came in as a last minute replacement and Alex earned praise for managing to guide him through their Street/Commercial routine in the pimp slot. Not only that but she also had a powerful VT all about her tough upbringing in East London.

Tomorrow she dances American Smooth to an overcoming adversity track. It looks a plus she is the first among this year’s main contenders to be given an AS. An injury cloud still hangs over Neil who has appeared on crutches during this week’s training VTs.

Alex has also been busy presenting The One Show but you sense she will receive positive feedback again this week, with the pieces in place for her to go on an upward trajectory from this point.

The implication of Will’s premature departure is, we will see a 3-couple final this year, like 2016 after Will Young withdrew

It was sad to see Will have to pull out of this year’s show due to injury. For those who placed bets on Will, it will be up to the bookmaker in question whether they choose to refund stakes or not.

The implication of Will’s premature departure is, we will see a 3-couple final this year, like 2016 after Will Young withdrew. This is good news for those who have an e/w and Top 3 interest, with no complication over dead-heat rules being applied and impacting on potential winnings.

Halloween Week judges’ leaderboard:

Michelle and Giovanni – foxtrot – 9, 10, 10, 10 = 39
Kelvin and Oti – tango – 9, 9, 9, 9 = 36
Alex and Kevin – Street/Commercial – 7, 9, 9, 9 = 34
Saffron and AJ – jive – 8, 8, 8, 9 = 33
Emma and Aljaž – VW – Charleston – 6, 8, 8, 8 = 30
Karim and Amy – paso – 7, 7, 7, 8 = 29
Emma and Anton – tango – 5, 7, 8, 8 = 28
Mike and Katya – tango – 6, 6, 7, 7 = 26 – Bottom 2
Catherine and Johannes – CCC – 6, 6, 5, 7 = 24 – Eliminated
Chris and Karen – samba – 5, 6, 6, 6 = 23
Will and Janette – jive – bye

Week 7 songs and dances:

Alex and Neil: American Smooth to Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
Emma and Anton: Rumba to Woman In Love by Barbra Streisand
Emma and Aljaž: Samba to I Don’t Care by Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber
Michelle and Giovanni: Paso Doble to Another One Bites the Dust by Queen
Saffron and AJ: Salsa to Instruction by Jax Jones featuring Demi Lovato and Stefflon Don
Chris and Karen: Couple’s Choice: Street/Commercial to Let’s Get Ready to Rhumble by PJ and Duncan
Karim and Amy: Quickstep to Mr. Pinstripe Suit by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Kelvin and Oti: Viennese Waltz to Say Something by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera
Mike and Katya: Charleston to Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines by the Ron Goodwin Orchestra

1 Comment

  1. James

    Hi Rob

    We have seen five Street/Commercial routines to date and the judges have awarded scores of 36, 36, 35, 36 & 34. Hopefully Chris can maintain this record tonight!

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