None of the judges learned who would replace Craig Revel Horwood on tonight’s Strictly after testing positive for Covid. They found out when it was announced with everyone. All of the dancers called the bosses “upstairs” while I was on Strictly. No one knows what’s going on in “the gods” – they love to be in control! But while Cynthia Erivo isn’t exactly a household name, she’s an award-winning musical star, so she should have a lot to say about Musical Week. Let’s see how she does it!
At this point in the competition, it will start to feel like a marathon for the remaining celebrities.
They’ll need great performances and half the battle is choosing a popular song.
Last week’s show was the best I’ve seen. Rhys Stephenson scored a perfect 40 and Rose Ayling-Ellis gave one of Strictly’s most memorable performances with her mind-blowing – and partially silent – choice of torque.
Tonight’s quickstep means a change of pace. She might be an audience favorite, but she needs a clean, quick routine.
The choice of Tilly Ramsay’s couple for Matilda’s Revolting Children requires musicality and imagination.
AJ Odudu’s paso doble put her at the bottom of the rankings, so she has to come back in force tonight with her waltz on Edelweiss from The Sound of Music.
Dan Walker’s Ballroom had a great floor job in his American Smooth, but lumpy elevators. He needs swivel feet for his Charleston.
Rhys Stephenson deserved top marks from last week, and this week’s jive should be another fabulous dance for him.
He needs a higher score on the leaderboards to avoid the dance as he is not the favorite of viewers.
John Whaite needs to improve his posture and open his diaphragm more for his Viennese waltz to Mary Poppins’ Chim Chim Cher-ee.
This week, Tom Fletcher has a couple choice for the touching On My Own by Les Mis. He should have the audience on their feet by the end.