I’m sure there are 15 very nervous celebs waiting in the wings for this evening’s Strictly to get underway – but will nerves get the better of them as they face – eeek! – the phone vote for the first time? They may be dreading it, but I can’t wait. So, let’s meet…the stars of our show!
Well, the first star is poor old Tess’s very sparkly shoe! Every time anyone descends the SCD stairs of doom I hold my breathe a little bit because I know, without a doubt, I would be hurtling down those bloody things face first if I went within a metre of them, so thank goodness she only lost her footing, not her dignity!
Thom & Iveta
I must be in a good mood this evening because Thom strikes me as endearing, rather than annoying (although it still tickled me when he droned “Tonight is the salsa, so I can really let loose” in a tone only slightly less loose than the vest he’s wearing for this evening’s performance). It’s sad he feels disappointed with his waltz from last week, I thought he was very debonair.
He throws himself into the salsa with some hip action that is a wonder to behold. However, he makes a bit of a boo boo with one of the tricky turns quite early on and from then on starts concentrating so hard that his face doesn’t really shout ‘party time’. Unless it was one of Gregg’s swingers parties, then your face would totally look like that. For a horrible second at the beginning of the lift it went a bit wobbly and I thought we might see poor Iveta hurtling to the ground, but he’s a strapping lad and it ended up very impressive.
I imagine it’s a tough call for a rugby lad to throw himself so wholeheartedly into a hip-shaking number like this, so kudos to him on that score. The judges don’t love it, but I think this pair will be safe this week.
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