Wow… WOW… WOW!!!!! I’m still marvelling at what happened last weekend!!!… In fact I think you could say I’m still Gaga over our tremendous Tango!
Huge congratulations to Katie who surpassed all my hopes and dreams last Saturday night in delivering simply the most wonderful Tango live to the nation. What a performance!!
Set to an atmospheric instrumental of Lady Gaga’s ‘Telephone’, with the evocative sound of the Bandoneon drifting across the dancefloor from Dave Arch’s band, the stage was set…
Upon finishing my mysterious telephone call at the bar, I spy my lady reclined on the chaise longue. She grabs my attention, I take her hand, and we begin our Tango in truly dramatic style with a 90° drop and return executed to a tee – no mean feat!
.@thekatiederham and @TheAntonDuBeke: WOW! What a dramatic Tango! #Strictly pic.twitter.com/k3D33mzMdf
— BBC Strictly (@bbcstrictly) October 3, 2015
Katie stole the show for me thereon in. Perfect staccato timing; fantastic control and posture; beautiful circles scribed by her long legs; pin-sharp kicks; the style, the attitude… we were perfectly in sync, dancing as one. Particular mention for her facial expressions too – not only a technically great performance, but with all the storytelling and characterisation to boot! I do believe we have the makings here of a wonderful ballroom dancer!
Our second standing ovation of the series was joyously received, as too were the judges comments and scores… “A mango of a tango… sweet and delicious” from Len, “so alluring” from Bruno, Craig “loved the drama” and Darcey said it was “beautiful”. We’ll take that! Granted, there’s some work to be done on Katie’s core, but that of course comes with practise.
And the scores?… 7s across the board, giving a resounding 28 – 2 more than last week… We’re on the up!! (Tell me, am I dreaming?!!)
Placed 6th on the overall leaderboard from the first two weeks’ scores, we still needed the public votes to keep us safe – you never know what can happen in this competition… but thankfully the Results Show saw us safely through to next week. Hurrah!!!
Calm down @TheAntonDuBeke we know you’re happy with @thekatiederham, but this is only week 2 of #Strictly pic.twitter.com/yQAheqFHP2
— BBC Strictly (@bbcstrictly) October 4, 2015
Of course, now that the competition has started properly, we see one couple leave each week. It’s always sad to say goodbye, especially so early on when new friendships get cut short. This series, it was our sprint champ Iwan and his partner Ola who fell at the first hurdle, voted off after their Cha Cha Cha in the dance-off with Jamelia and Tristan – huge commiserations.
And so we’re now hard at work preparing for this coming weekend’s show… It’s ‘Movie Week’, and we’ve got a Cha Cha… Tune in! Here’s hoping we’ll deliver a blockbuster performance, not one for the cutting room floor!
Until then, my loves,