Too many tears and never sufficient approach however who’ll get to Blackpool?

Too many tears and never sufficient approach however who’ll get to Blackpool?


Strictly Come Dancing? Strictly Come Sobbing, extra like. This was essentially the most emotional episode of the BBC hoofing contest’s present collection, even perhaps longer. The Elstree ballroom was so awash with tears that its well-known glitterball was susceptible to rusting over. Go the twinkly tissues and a sequin-spangled mop. Blub-ew-lous, darling.
Because the competitors hot-footed previous the halfway mark, there was one factor on everybody’s minds: Blackpool. Pleasure is understandably excessive about heading north subsequent weekend to the fabled Tower Ballroom for the primary time since 2019 however the manufacturing wanted to beware peaking too quickly. The B-word was talked about at each flip. Maybe the salt water pouring from everybody’s eyes was an appetiser for the icy Irish Sea.
Kym Marsh devoted her silky American clean to Archie, the child she misplaced moments after he arrived 18 weeks early in 2009. Marsh stated she hoped that sharing her loss would possibly assist others open up concerning the ache of untimely start. Her skilled companion Graziano di Prima, with whom she’s fashioned a palpably shut bond, was as moved as she was.
Will Mellor slow-waltzed to “Three Occasions A Woman”, the music his late father Invoice used to croon to his mom Shirley earlier than he died out of the blue through the pandemic. Mellor was so wobbly-chinned, he may barely discuss. His skilled companion Nancy Xu spoke for him, explaining how their superbly classical, tail-coated routine was “for anybody who has misplaced family members and didn’t get an opportunity to say goodbye”. Head choose Ballas stated it made her miss her personal son, which appeared a stretch, contemplating he is a professional on the US version of the present. By no means heard of FaceTime, Shirl?
All this catharsis got here earlier than we received to the show-closing dance. Hamza Yassin’s spectacular Afro-fusion quantity paid tribute to his homeland and heritage, full with CGI wildlife and cameos from his family members within the Sudan. South African choose Motsi Mabuse stated she by no means dreamed of seeing such a dance on Strictly. Tongue firmly in cheek, she steered that Yassin’s companion Jowita Przystal ought to take a DNA take a look at to test for African blood.
The Couple’s Selection class is obscure, robust to mark and far maligned however this demonstrated its potential energy. Having risen from relative obscurity to sizzling favorite standing, Yassin more and more seems to be like this yr’s Invoice Bailey – the unlikely dancer who combines pure musicality and ease of motion with exhausting graft, progressing all the way in which to the glitterball trophy.
Some extent forward of him, nonetheless, was Fleur East, whose spicy samba blew the Elstree Studios roof off. Earlier panel criticism of East as “too highly effective” and “wild” has verged on the racially loaded. She has unjustly appeared in two dance-offs however took the suggestions on board to ship a managed, compact Rio carnival cracker, scoring a near-perfect 39.
This was very a lot a present of two haves. The opening routines – Ellie Taylor’s flat-footed Charleston and bare-chested Tyler West’s blocky paso doble – notched a modest 31. Helen Skelton scored only one level larger for a celebration salsa spoiled by nervous errors. Then got here fan favorite Tony Adams.
The 56-year-old with a steel knee had struggled all week with the high-energy jive. Tonight’s effort had kicks however no flicks and, in line with Craig Revel Horwood, was “a technical dis-ah-ster”. The previous footballer did appear like he was booting a ball into Row Z, reasonably than jitterbugging. It could be a disgrace if Adams wasn’t chosen for the away fixture at Blackpool however he’s now been backside of the scoreboard for six weeks out of eight. It might be time for an early tub.

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