Here is my next Blog instalment of SCD 2012. You can read the first one here. I’m writing this as the show runs, so I will be adding my comments as the action happens on screen!
The obvious thing, is that they appear to be trying to add even more glitz and glamour from last year. Now, to a cynical professional dancer like me, it’s too much – I want to see great dancing, weekly improvements and good old hard work, blood, sweat and tears. Joe public though, love the spice and sparkle of it all so I do understand what the BBC are trying to do.
It was quite a good opening, segueing from the red carpet celebrity announcement, to the professionals dancing into BBC TV centre and then onto the dance floor – nice. Perhaps Pasha should have waited until after tonight’s show to get his hair cut to have made the cut more believable.
It’s the usual Brucie and Tess. Incidentally, if you ever get the chance to go up and see the show you’ll notice that Bruce Forsyth genuinely is very funny and engaging. I would really love to know who writes his script for the show – he’s so much better not on the teleprompter. Kelly’s only comment so far is ‘Oooo, I like Tess’ s dress!’.
And now, onto the announcement of each pairing! Ladies first.
Fern Britton – Artem. Correct!
Dani Harmer – Vincent. Wrong!
Victoria Pendleton – Brendan. Wrong!
When the first pairing came out, I did get quite excited! Could I get them ALL right? No… When I was deciding who was going to be with who, I did think that it was a toss-up between Lisa Riley and Dani Harmer for Vincent, so I was close. I was way off the mark with Brendan & Victoria. Who else is tall enough for Jerry Hall?
And here’s the next group….
Sid Owen – Ola Jordan. Wrong!
Nicky Byrne – Karen Hauer. Wrong!
Johnny Ball – Aliona. Wrong!
Well, I got all of those wrong. I forgot that Ola is quite a shorty too so perhaps it’s not unexpected that she got Sid. I perhaps overlooked the fact that it was inevitable that they put Karen Hauer with Nicky from Westlife – put her with a popular celeb to increase HER popularity! Finally, Johnny Ball. I think it was really funny watching the camera pan down the lady professionals waiting on the stairs – and their faces were screaming “NOT ME NOT ME – PLEASE NOT ME!” Aliona’s face was a picture!
Oooo! Now we’re in for a treat!
Ian Waite & Darcey Bussell dancing the American Smooth. I’m confused. I honestly thought that American Smooth was based on Foxtrot and Quickstep in the main? Surely what they did was just a show dance? It was quite nice, albeit just a mix of poses and lines, but obviously it was just a way to prove that the new judge isn’t only a ballet dancer. I think she probably just is.
The last 4 ladies….
Kimberley Walsh – Pasha. Wrong!
Jerry Hall – Anton. Wrong!
Lisa Riley – Robin. Wrong!
Denise Van Outen – James. Wrong!
It all started so well! Not another prediction correct at all. Kimberley with Pasha is probably quite a good choice. She’s pretty feisty and I get the feeling she’ll want to be the boss, which will work quite well because Pasha is a little bit like a wet weekend at Pontins. Another good pairing is Lisa and Robin. She’ll need looking after and Robin really is such a lovely guy so she’s in good hands. It’s irrelevant I suppose that he’s the only one that seems strong enough to lift her. I’m disappointed for Anton. Again he’s been stuffed up with a dud; I just can’t see Jerry Hall being any good. He really is going to need to stand up properly! Finally, Denise & James. I think that partnership will suit the both of them, although you may well see some fireworks!
And the final 4 fellas….
Micheal Vaughan – Natalie. Wrong!
Louis Smith – Flavia. Wrong!
Richard Arnold – Erin. Wrong!
Colin Salmon – Kristina. Wrong!
Michael and Colin are both very tall so I guess it had to be Natalie Lowe for either of them – and I plumped for the wrong one! I’ve no doubt that Louis Smith and Flavia will be excellent. I feel sorry for Erin, she’s got a dud as well – it’ll be her or Natalie Lowe out in the first week. Colin & Kristina look a little mismatched to me, she looks tiny next to him! Wait and see what she can conjure up though. It might actually be pretty good.
So, that’s it until the 5th of October. By the looks of the group dance, I think some of the professionals might need until the 5th of October NEXT year to get anything decent out of their celebrities. My predictions started so well with Fern and Artem, but quickly deteriorated, 1 out of 14 is pretty poor. Just goes to show what I know!
For now I’ll leave the predictions until after the first week of dancing, but all I will say is that it looks good for Louis Smith, Sid Owen and Denise Van Outen and curtains for Jerry Hall, Michael Vaughan and Richard Arnold!
That’s all for now…
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