Friday , April 16 2021

Strictly Come Dancing 2019: the quarter final – as it happened – The Guardian,

Thanks so much for joining in tonight and being hilarious down below as always – I’m off to eat pizza whilst reading your comments. We’re back here tomorrow night from 7. 20 pm for the Results Show, so please join me back here then! Hx * CURTAIN FALLS, HOUSE LIGHTS GO UP *

Goodness, the dancing’s over! That was quick. The lines are open, so get voting for your faves. Kelvin, Karim and Emma are very much center stage this week, whilst Alex and Chris are propping up the chorus. Surely those two have to be in the dance off tomorrow?

Time for a recap – my favorite performances this evening was definitely Kelvin and Oti, but it was a pretty epic show all round.

Scores: 9, 10, 10, 10 – a total of 39 for Emma and Anton. The tens have gone WILD this evening.

Shirley thought Emma fast-tracked her way to the final – it was fantastic. Bruno liked that it was a genuine 1920 ‘s Charleston, Emma was a perfect high-class flapper. Craig loved the swivel – it was classic, classy and fab-u-lous. Motsi thought Emma was the icing on the top of a fantastic evening.

Good to see the Flavia wig having an outing, it’s been in its tiny cage too long. Emma has great swivel and characterization in this dance, it could be strongly argued that she’s out-dancing Anton right now. I absolutely loathe this kind of musical number, but Emma is smashing it. Enjoyed that very much.

Emma and Anton
Emma and Anton Photograph: Guy Levy / BBC / PA


And finally tonight it’s EMMA AND ANTON! This week they’re dancing the Charleston to ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’, which is the only musical in this year’s clutch that I haven’t seen on either stage or screen. Having watched a bit on YouTube, it seems to be heavy Jazz Hands, which is definitely Emma and Anton’s happy place.

Scores: 10, 10, 10, 10 – a top score of 40 for Karim and Amy. DRINK.

Motsi hands Karim her ten paddle and gives him a hug. Shirley thought it was a flawless performance with high quality technique. Bruno has shivers going down his spine – it was a mind-blowing, bravura performance and the best Jive they’ve ever seen on Strictly. Craig is forced to give a standing ovation – tens all round?


Karim is rocking the Corny Collins white suit, whilst Amy has a kind of fringy chessboard thing going on, along with weird hair horns. Karim is very much in his element here, some nice kicks and flicks and lovely timing. Is is (as ever) all a bit frantic, but an extraordinary Jive by any standards.

I think my biggest issue with this couple is the lack of chemistry – Karim looks like he’s doing his own thing and Amy is just making up the numbers. Just me?

Karim and Amy
Karim and Amy Photograph: Guy Levy / BBC / PA


Next up it’s KARIM AND AMY! Their Musicals Week choice is a Jive to ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’ from Hairspray. How has Karim got this far without doing a Jive? This kind of technical detail dance is very Karim, so have high hopes for this after last week’s angsty Couple’s Choice.

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