The Script

Nov 5, 2021 by

The Script

After three highly predictable Strictly eliminations in the last three weeks, things look about to get more interesting. Shirley made an appearance on ITT last week and the message she wanted to convey was, this is an unpredictable year, things are changing dramatically from week to week, and prepare for shocks.

One of the most memorable shocks in recent years was Aston Merrygold’s exit from the show, coincidentally in week 7, back in 2017, after a 38-scoring paso from the pimp slot the week before. It was a dramatic reversal in fortune.

We have just seen Rose score the earliest ever 40 in the history of Strictly. She now has samba… Cue the topsy-turvy nature of the series kicking in, with Rose potentially finding herself lurking towards the bottom of the judges’ leaderboard tomorrow night.

Rose could find herself on early and subject to harsh appraisals and scoring, but even if she finds herself in the bottom 3, it is hard to envisage an Aston scenario with her, as her public vote will jettison her out of the danger zone.

One of the most memorable shocks in recent years was Aston Merrygold’s exit from the show, coincidentally in week 7, back in 2017

With samba out the way, things will actually be looking rosy for Rose. She could avoid rumba altogether and still has a plethora of potentially audience-pleasing, showcase dances to call upon in the more critical weeks to come including Couple’s Choice, American Smooth and Charleston.

Adam is the strong 6th elimination favourite but there looks room for him to enjoy a strong bounce courtesy of jive which has looked promising in training clips this week. Last Saturday, it looked like Rose and AJ took the lion’s share of the public vote and Adam was probably unlucky to find himself in the dance-off, with tiny margins between a number of contestants lower in the vote, as hinted at by our exit poll:

Strictly 2021 Exit Poll – Week 6

Sara has had a couple of tough weeks but now gets the chance to return to ballroom where she has previously excelled and been scored highly. A QS to ‘9 to 5’ looks a potentially ideal, feel-good show opener, and the show opener tends not to be the target for a takedown, with Rhys’s QS possibly booked for the later slot.

Rhys’s paso was a little hit and miss, and where he ended up on last week’s leaderboard did make him look vulnerable of a second consecutive dance-off appearance:

Week 6 (Halloween Week) judges’ leaderboard:
Rose and Giovanni: Tango – (6) – 10, 10, 10, 10 = 40
AJ and Kai: Viennese Waltz – (2) – 9, 10, 9, 9 = 37
Tilly and Nikita: Cha Cha Cha – (7) – 8, 9, 9, 9 = 35
John and Johannes: Quickstep – (1) – 8, 8, 9, 8 = 33
Rhys and Nancy: Paso Doble – (4) – 7, 9, 9, 8 = 33
Adam and Katya: Viennese Waltz – (8) – 6, 8, 8, 7 = 29 – bottom 2
Tom and Amy: Tango – (10) – 7, 8, 7, 7 = 29
Dan and Nadiya: Jive – (3) – 5, 8, 7, 7 = 27
Judi and Graziano: Cha Cha Cha – (9) – 4, 7, 7, 7 = 25 – eliminated
Sara and Aljaž: Couple’s Choice – (5) – 4, 7, 6, 6 = 23

He managed to dodge that bullet and the Jonas Brothers’ ‘What A Man Gotta Do’ looks a good song choice for a potentially high impact QS tomorrow night. Rhys has been putting in a huge shift in the training room and after Ugo and Judi exited the show in the last two weeks, we may see some Rhys protection come into play, even if that only equates to him being saved in the dance-off.

Tilly, despite pv concerns, is on the up and up as a dancer and did a great job with CCC in Halloween Week. A tango to ‘Kings & Queens’ by Ava Max looks another solid number in the making for her. That said, Tilly didn’t sound overly confident earlier in the week and it is going to have a chess theme, which will need to be closely monitored regarding staging.

Dan looks the obvious ‘weakest dancer remaining in the competition’ and therefore most at risk for elimination. But he has been handed ‘Couple’s Choice’ to his and Nadiya’s favourite training room warm-up song, ‘Classic’ by MKYO.

Rhys has been putting in a huge shift in the training room and after Ugo and Judi exited the show in the last two weeks, we may see some Rhys protection come into play

It’s an uptempo pop track that lends itself to a fun, feel-good routine, which Dan has been promising in training VTs. After running order slots of 1 and 3 in the last two weeks it looks set up for a late r.o. position and might even see Dan’s first pimp slot of the series. We have seen the last three pimp performances thoroughly deramped but that doesn’t look the likely script in play with this. It seems more likely Dan will be lauded and he could even enjoy his highest score of the series.

So the survival claims for everyone mentioned so far leaves us running out of elimination options. John has rumba which has earned a reputation, along with CCC, as the dance of death. John and Johannes are not going to shy away from the sensuous, romantic nature of the dance set to Sting’s ’Shape Of My Heart’.

Optics-wise for Conservative middle England it could make uncomfortable viewing but you can already envisage a standing ovation from Motsi and Shirley, a script talking about breaking down barriers, glowing eulogies, tears, and a high score to follow, possibly even 10s. If, on the other hand, Craig leads the way and is unimpressed, prepare for the biggest of shocks.

AJ looks teed up for a starring role on the night performing Charleston and her first chance to top the leaderboard since her week 1 jive. AJ has produced some great dances since then but has kept being eclipsed by others. This could be her time to shine once more although she was struggling with the routine in the early training footage shown on ITT.

Which leaves Tom, again. Tom, you sense, isn’t just an after thought here but with a fair chunk of the wider Strictly audience. Tom, a contestant who has been coasting along in a holding pattern of routines which have consistently been landing him qualified praise and mid-table scores.

Highlighting how open this 6th elimination is, backers have been queueing up to back 7 of the 9 contestants on Betfair with only AJ and Rose considered safe by Strictly traders

He has also just endured a thorough deflation from the pimp slot, he is due an early r.o. position, and paso was the dance he was dreading the most. It’s the sort of thing which, on the night, could easily underwhelm and be forgotten, and if earning middling to low scores will potentially put Tom in trouble.

Highlighting how open this 6th elimination is, backers have been queueing up to back 7 of the 9 contestants on Betfair with only AJ and Rose considered safe by Strictly traders. It could go many different ways and we will only learn more seeing how the script unravels tomorrow night.

Please do keep registering your votes on our week 7 exit poll which will open during tomorrow night’s show and can be found here:

Strictly 2021 Exit Poll – Week 7

Week 7 dances and songs:
AJ and Kai: Charleston to Don’t Bring Lulu by Dorothy Provine, Pinky and The Girls
Rose and Giovanni: Samba to Cinema Italiano by Kate Hudson
Sara and Aljaž: Quickstep to 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton
Tilly and Nikita: Tango to Kings & Queens by Ava Max
Adam and Katya: Jive to Little Bitty Pretty One by Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
Dan and Nadiya: Couple’s Choice to Classic by MKTO
John and Johannes: Rumba to Shape of My Heart by Sting
Rhys and Nancy: Quickstep to What A Man Gotta Do by Jonas Brothers
Tom and Amy: Paso Doble to Amparito Roca by Jamie Texidor

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