Lake Superior

Oct 27, 2023 by

Lake Superior

Amanda’s withdrawal from this year’s competition is a blow to the series as much as it is for those who backed her as big as 40-1 pre-lives only to see her odds come plummeting down to as low as 6 on Betfair.

It is a reminder that trading tv betting events can be malicious at times and Amanda backers can consider themselves unlucky they will lose their stake on Betfair on a contestant who looked firmly in contention to make this year’s final.

The knock-on effect is, we will now only have a 3-couple final and that means TPTB have the scope to be even more cunning than usual come the semi-final. If they so choose they can ensure the pv topper ends up in the dance-off courtesy of clever leaderboard ordering.

The most eye-catching routine among tomorrow night’s Halloween Week offerings has to be Angela S’s paso to ‘BLACK swan SWAN lake’. This is an epic instrumental which has been showcased previously on Dancing With The Stars and looks like potential pimp slot material. Angela S backers have cause for hope this routine could announce her as a serious contender.

Amanda backers can consider themselves unlucky they will lose their stake on Betfair on a contestant who looked firmly in contention to make this year’s final

Bobby and Nigel both have the notoriously tricky CCC. it will be informative to see how these two routines are scored and who is able to demonstrate the stronger technique. Among the two of them Nigel should be on later in the running order based on last week’s r.o.s of Nigel 2, Bobby 8.

Ellie was awarded 37 for last week’s paso and now has to tackle salsa, dancing to a track that doesn’t come across as a ‘wow salsa’ type of track.

Week 5 judges’ leaderboard:

Layton and Nikita: Salsa – (7) – 9, 10, 10, 10 = 39
Ellie and Vito: Paso Doble – (6) – 9, 10, 9, 9 = 37
Angela R and Kai: Argentine Tango – (11) – 8, 9, 8, 9 = 34
Bobby and Dianne: Viennese Waltz – (8) – 7, 8, 8, 9 = 32
Adam and Luba: Couple’s Choice (Street) – (9) – 7, 8, 8, 9 = 32
Krishnan and Lauren: Quickstep – (4) – 6, 8, 8, 8 = 30
Nigel and Katya: Foxtrot – (2) – 7, 7, 7, 8 = 29
Angela S and Carlos: American Smooth – (5) – 6, 7, 7, 8 = 28
Zara and Graziano: American Smooth – (10) – 7, 7, 7, 7 = 28 – bottom 2
Annabel and Johannes: Charleston – (1) – 5, 7, 7, 8 = 27
Eddie and Karen: Samba – (3) – 5, 6, 6, 7 = 24 – eliminated

Her week 4 samba earned her 28 and it wouldn’t surprise if her score tomorrow night is somewhere in between, the point spread set here at 31.5-32.5. Would you be a buyer or a seller?

Layton top-scored last week with his salsa. Unfortunately for him it feels like a pro dance interlude each time he comes on to perform with Nikita and it is very hard for viewers to get emotionally involved in his progress given the exceptional standard he is producing.

Layton will perform one of two tangos tomorrow night and will likely find himself on earlier than Annabel. Tango should be ok for her and Annabel’s pv is probably enough for her to avoid the bottom 2.

Adam enjoyed a free pass CC last week and now has AS. He did produce an excellent, 32-scoring waltz in week 4 and looks a safer conveyance in hold but he might find himself dragged into the bottom 2 equation.

Krishnan has the chance to sell a dreamy VW set to the famous Seal track and he is probably charting higher on the pv compared to Adam. Which leaves the two Charlestons. Zara’s price of 4-7 to be the 5th elimination doesn’t make huge appeal pre-show as much as she is a worthy odds-on favourite. She has been sounding confident this week and has a good song to sell the routine with.

Keep an eye out for costumes and make-overs tomorrow night, along with stage design, because there is always scope for a full-on Halloween Week stitch up

If there is a ‘help save Zara’ script in play there could be room for her to be scored 8s. Angela R has burnt through a lot of favourable dances for her but the ‘Murder She Wrote’ theme doesn’t look an obvious triumph, and if she is to make it to Blackpool she is going to need to survive three more weeks and now has less protection after Amanda’s departure.

With Zara and Angela R performing at the end of last week’s show, it’s anyone’s guess which one will be on early and potentially end up in the crosshairs. The show certainly won’t want to lose any more contestants prematurely and given she’s 79 Angela R looks the most prone to injury and hence, perhaps, most susceptible to be shuffled off towards the exit door.

That said, Angela R did look like she’d got the swivel action down pat in last night’s VT whereas Zara’s training was less convincing. Keep an eye out for costumes and make-overs tomorrow night, along with stage design, because there is always scope for a full-on Halloween Week stitch up.

Please do let us know who got your Week 6 vote(s) when the exit poll opens during tomorrow night’s show.

Strictly 2023 Exit Poll – Week 6

Week 6 (Halloween Week) dances & songs:

Adam and Luba: American Smooth to Magic Moments by Perry Como
Annabel and Johannes: Tango to Need U Tonight by INXS
Angela R and Kai: Charleston to Murder She Wrote (TV Theme)
Angela S and Carlos: Paso Doble to BLACK swan SWAN lake by District 78
Bobby and Dianne: Cha Cha to Come-On-A-My-House by Della Reese
Ellie and Vito: Salsa to Murder On The Dancefloor by Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Krishnan and Lauren: Viennese Waltz to Kiss From A Rose by Seal
Layton and Nikita: Tango to Vampire by Olivia Rodrigo
Nigel and Katya: Cha Cha to I Was Made For Lovin’ You by KISS
Zara and Graziano: Charleston to Jeepers Creepers by Al Donahue and his Orchestra


  1. Stoney

    Need to take my blinkers off for a sec and realize that Ellie is very popular at the moment. I see her and Angela battling it out for supremacy tonight.
    The things that go against her from my point of view is
    1 Polished from the start
    2. Age
    3. Employers

    Angela is definitely going to be let loose tonight though, her training footage along with the sound track has to be the show stopper/closer tonight.

  2. Lucy

    I agree regarding Ellies popularity which, is a worry for Angela S backers. I hope tonight is the start of an upward trajectory for her

  3. Stoney

    Journey narrative continues then

    • Lucy

      Thought she would have closed the show, not open it! Ellie and Bobby are most definitely getting preferential treatment and will get a lot more praise i imagine. They are more favoured with the public too so not sure how or when TPTB will start bringing them down, if they plan to

  4. Stoney

    Adam, comments miles better than Angela’s, yet finished a point below. My guess is they are continuing the journey narative for her to get her breathing right over the few weeks, but need her closer to the top rather than the bottom to keep her safe.

  5. Lucy

    Bobby take down starts here then I guess! Ellie to close and will top the leader board no doubt

  6. Stoney

    All in all this is still looking a reasonably decent night for Angela. Ellie will go into favourite. But still nowhere near out of site leading into the second half of the show.

  7. Stoney

    What you make of tonight Rob? If the final was tomorrow, the judges to could manipulate any one of the front runners into an easy victory. No one has an uncatchable lead in my opinion.
    I do feel as if the journey is for Angela to conquer these breathing problems they repeatedly mention. She is the one that has the perfect journey narrative, can’t really see anyone else being set up for this. As wide open as I can remember at this stage for some time.

    • Rob

      I think they’re really killing this series. Very flat again tonight & it’s all become far too stage managed with the very blatant elimination stitch ups. It does look like a concerted effort to keep Angela S under the radar atm. They have denied her the pimp with 2 pimp-able routines now – her Charleston & tonight’s paso. For whatever reason they are giving Ellie the plaudits atm but if it goes to form that may well not be the case further into the competition – those who shine early & are scored highly tend to tail off.

  8. Stoney

    Next week is make or break week for Angela, needs a break out dance or I sadly don’t see her making the final. You have to imagine the Rhumba that was mentioned a life time ago is the one that’s going to be her best dance, but when are they going to unleash this? I’m starting to lose hope in her getting the producer favour she needs to win now, the only thing that keeps me positive is the journey trajectory is still in full flow.

  9. Lucy

    Agree with you 100% Stoney.

  10. Lucy

    Angela S has the samba

  11. Stoney

    It’s at this point I am totally clueless at what they are playing at with regards to Angela. Get her in the bottom 2 then allow her to bounce back with a vengeance in the road to the glitter ball? God knows, but I’m losing hope rapidly.

    • Rob

      The way this series is going they’ll probably go and give Angela S the pimp slot. Have to say, it seems too slow a tempo song for a decent samba and doubt it will play to her strengths. Of course, they could still be plotting a tortoise and the hare scenario, & it’s a good one to get out the way presuming she survives the week.

      • Lucy

        She wasn’t moving too well I don’t think in that short clip. Lacked fluidity in her hips. Can see her ending up in bottom 2 with Adam

        • Stoney

          Still think she pills higher than a few of the others. Depends where she ends up on the leaderboard I guess.
          Also I reckon we are due a winner that’s been in the bottom 2. Ore the last I believe.

          • Lucy

            I don’t see how TPTB would be able to change the already established viewers favourite Ellie, to Angela. I can’t see it happening unfortunately.

  12. Stoney

    While she may be the viewers favorite at the moment, although I would question whether she is ahead of Nigel.
    What makes up the difference from this point onwards is who picks up the floating voters from the ones that go out each week. There is still a massive chunk of votes to play for. Ellie will need producer support to see this other the line, make no mistake about that. It certainly looks like continuing for at least another week.

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