Strictly Week 8

Strictly Week 8 - This week it's live from Blackpool Tower for the nine remaining couples.

Live from London - courtesy of the BBC.

First couple up this week were Ricky Whittle and Natalie Lowe dancing the Tango.

What a fantastic start to the evening.

The judges said - as consistent as ever. Good body contact. Strong, dramatic and powerful, however there were a couple of mistakes.

The couple scored a total of 35 points.

Second on the floor were Natalie Cassidy and Vincent Simone dancing the Quickstep.

It was a fast performance, a good effort.

The judges said plenty of high's and a few low's. One said he would have liked it to be a little lighter, but it had plenty of energy.

The couple scored a total of 31 points.

Third up were Jade Johnson and Ian Waite dancing the Jive.

I think this was one of her best dances yet.

The judges said it was wonderful to watch - lots of kicks and flicks. One said, cute and quirky with good balance and the timing was good.

The couple scored a total of 33 points.

Fourth to dance were Ali Bastian and Brian Fortuna dancing the Vienese Waltz.

I thought it was an elegant performance.

One judge said it was emotional and beautifully danced. Another said he couldn't find anything wrong with it.

The couple scored a total of 40 points - top marks.

Fifth couple were Ricky Groves and Erin Boag dancing the Salsa.

Again I thought entertaining all the way.

The judge however, said - crowd pleaser-yes, Salsa Boy-no. His hips were not good enough. He needs to 'polish up'.

The couple scored a total of 25 points.

Sixth to dance were Laila Rouass and Anton Du Beke dancing the Paso Doble.

A dramatic performance from this couple this week.

The judges said 'not bad at all'. Confident and placed but it lacked connection. They did a lift and it lost them a point from one of the judges. One said a confident attempt.

The couple scored a total of 30 points.

Seventh on the floor were Phil Tufnell and Katya Virshilas dancing the Rumba.

A good try.

One judge said lovely lines - his best latin to date. Nice, soft approach with good pivots, simple and effective. One said he didn't think it was his dance.

The couple scored a total of 28 points.

Eigth couple were Chris Hollins and Ola Jordan - dancing the Foxtrot.

I thought they looked really good - a great performance.

The judges said a cute couple - good pivots and turns. His 'smoothest' dance to date. Another also said his best to date.

The couple scored a total of 34 points.

Ninth and last couple were Craig Kelly and Flavia Cacace dancing the Cha Cha Cha.

A good effort.

One judge said it wasn't good - he was flat footed. Another said his was a weak performance. They didn't really have anything good to say about it.

The couple scored a total of 17 points.

Votes were finally counted and the 2 couples with the lowest scores in the dance-off were - Craig Kelly and Flavia Cacace against Ricky Groves and Erin Boag.

The couple the judges decided should leave were - Craig and Flavia.

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Which ends the summary of Strictly Week 8 ----

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