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Strictly Come Dancing: Five talking points from movie week

Fourteen couples channelled Fame, The Greatest Showman and Dirty Dancing for a Hollywood special


Emma Bullimore
Saturday 06 October 2018 20:15
BBC Strictly Come Dancing opening dance

A Strictly themed week is always a thing of joy, but tonight the show’s trip to the movies was even more impressive than usual. We had sensational choreography, reliably amazing costumes and a Grease-inspired routine that Shirley called “one of the best quicksteps in Strictly history”.

This is what everyone is talking about…

Faye and Giovanni do Sandy and Danny

This couple have it all – talent, likeability and Giovanni’s consistently innovative choreography. In some ways Grease is a gift of a theme, as it’s so instantly recognisable. But You’re The One That I Want is not easy quickstep music. It was a rapid, effortless, accomplished performance, that Faye delivered with charm and flair. The only bad thing about it was Giovanni’s Travolta quiff and Danny Zucko cardigan. Special mention must also be given to Katya’s choreography once again, as she turned Seann Walsh into Neo for an incredible Matrix routine, with slow-mo moments and some never-before-seen-on-Strictly steps.

From minions to Spiderman: give costume and make-up all the awards

The themed weeks are so exciting because they’re a visual feast, and that’s down to hair, make-up and costume. We had Kate in a long red wig as Jessica Rabbit, Graeme dressed as Spiderman and Dr Ranj and Janette as Aladdin and Jasmine. All exceptional, but the best look of the night had to be Kevin and Stacey as the minions from Despicable Me. They will be washing the yellow paint off their faces well into next week, and Kevin may just have to dye his hair blonde.

Ashley’s incredible lift: but is she not a professional anyway?

Everyone loves that Dirty Dancing lift, and what a relief that Ashley and Pasha managed to get it up (cough). But the usual grumbles began on social media, saying Ashley was too good to be on the show and her previous dancing experience was unfair. I’ll tell you what was unfair – Oti doing a solo in her dance so that Graeme could have 20 seconds off during the routine. It’s not Ashley’s fault she got invited onto the show, and that salsa was a treat for every viewer who loves good dancing. Leave her alone.

Who will go?

After you catch your breath from tonight’s amazing performances, you immediately start to wonder who will be sent packing. Lee and Nadiya plummeted towards the bottom of the leaderboard this week with an uninspiring Back to the Future cha cha, and last week’s dance-off proved they were struggling to get votes. It will be quite the feat if they avoid the bottom two tomorrow night. As for who will be joining them, Lauren, Dr Ranj and Katie are all in a vulnerable spot, but they’re also popular couples. It is a tough one to call.

Craig and Bruno’s bantz

These two judges are genuinely friends behind the scenes, where Craig is warmer than his on-screen persona and Bruno is a little calmer. Rumour has it he even manages to stay seated for prolonged periods of time. Despite being at opposite ends of the table they started a round of pantomime play-fighting tonight that the viewers lapped up. It all started when Craig started telling one couple their legs were not straight enough.

"You don’t know anything about being straight!" cackled Bruno, before remarking that at least he has his own hips, unlike CRH who has had both replaced. Lolz.

Strictly Come Dancing airs every Saturday on BBC One. The results show will then be aired on BBC1 on 7.15pm on Sunday night


Hello, and welcome to our coverage of Strictly Come Dancing week THREE!

clarisse.loughrey5 October 2018 16:21

Catch up with the six biggest talking points from last week here. A mixed night for jives! Another wardrobe malfunction!

clarisse.loughrey5 October 2018 16:26

This Saturday is Movie Week, with tunes from La La Land, Fame, Dirty Dancing and The Matrix all in the mix. 

clarisse.loughrey5 October 2018 16:29

Here are the songs and dances for the couples in Week 3:

Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev will Salsa to "(I’ve Had) Time Of My Life" by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes 

clarisse.loughrey6 October 2018 09:46

Charles Venn and Karen Clifton will do the American Smooth to "Up Where We Belong" by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

clarisse.loughrey6 October 2018 10:30

Danny John-Jules and Amy Dowden will do the Paso Doble to "Greatest Showman" from The Greatest Showman soundtrack

clarisse.loughrey6 October 2018 11:30

Faye Tozer and Giovanni Pernice will do the Quickstep to "You’re The One That I Want" by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

clarisse.loughrey6 October 2018 12:30

Graeme Swann and Oti Mabuse will do the Charleston to the Spider-Man theme

clarisse.loughrey6 October 2018 13:30

Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell will do the American Smooth to "Breaking Free" from the High School Musical soundtrack

clarisse.loughrey6 October 2018 14:30

Kate Silverton and Aljaž Škorjanec will Foxtrot to "Why Don’t You Do Right" from Who Framed Roger Rabbit

clarisse.loughrey6 October 2018 15:30

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