Strictly Come Dancing: week four – as it happened | Come dance strictly

What a night! Thank you as ever for swinging by and adding a little sparkle to the comment box – please join me back here at 7.15pm tomorrow for the Results. Enjoy the rest of your Saturday, and I’ll see you then! Hx

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The dancing is done, and now it’s over to you. Hamza and Jowita are at the top of the leaderboard, with Matt and Nadiya and Will and Nancy currently occupying the dance-off danger zone. Did NOT predict that, feel like Will got a rough ride from the judges this evening.

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It’s time to vote – do NOT forget the couples in the Cursed Middle, we saw how that turned out last week. Fully expecting dance-off chaos tomorrow.

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It’s our first Couples’ Choice of the season! Now, my irritation with CC is well documented, but I’m also INCREDIBLY FICKLE because Tyler and Dianne are dancing to a UK Garage Megamix and that’s pretty much my idea of musical heaven. Next week somebody else will do wispy barefoot contempo-waft to some John Lewis sentimental guff and I’ll hate it again. Please address all complaints to [email protected]

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Tyler’s mum! Drink!

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This week they’re dancing the Viennese Waltz to ‘Boom Bang A Bang ‘by Lulu. ALWAYS happy to see more Eurovision boom-bang-a-bangers on Strictly – this won the contest in 1969, and has excellent oom-pah-pah Viennese qualities.

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Ellie T didn’t have a great week last week, but Johannes is a magician and she still has excellent journey potential.

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This week they’re dancing the Paso Doble to ‘Tamacun’ by Rodrigo y Gabriela. I don’t feel like we’ve seen Helen’s fiery side yet, so this is the perfect opportunity for her to unleash her inner paso diva. Can we keep this amazing dance streak going? I think we can.

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Nothing makes me happier than when a massive Ibiza dance classic pops up on Strictly. This week Hamza and Jowita are dancing the Salsa to ‘Ecuador’ by Sash! featuring Rodriguez, and honestly this gives me as much joy as ‘Rumba to the Jurassic Park theme tune’ gave me the horrors. It’s the ultimate Strictly redemption. Rave pants on and hands in the air, everyone.

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This week they’re dancing the American Smooth to ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ by Joe Cocker, which is essentially the Beatles classic but sung whilst gargling gravel.

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Tony definitely won the ‘good sport’ public vote last week, but can he go another week? The Strictly backlash can kick in at any time, but I reckon Katya can keep Tony upright and moving in the right direction for a while longer.

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This week they’re dancing the Samba to ‘Volare’ by Gipsy Kings. The original Domenico Modugno version of this came third in Eurovision for Italy in 1958, and went on to be one of the biggest breakout Eurovision hits in history. It’s an Italian anthem and I LOVE that Graziano will be giving it the full Samba treatment.

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This week they’re dancing the first Argentine Tango of the season, to ‘Paint it Black’ by Ciara. Fleur definitely has the focus and connection with Vito for a sexy Argentine, but does she have the footwork finesse? She’ll be feeling the pressure after last week’s dance-off, but I have high hopes for this warming up the studio.

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Just FYI, any time Vito wants to sit on my sofa and teach me about Argentine Tango, he’d be very welcome.

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This week they’re dancing the Quickstep to ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong’ by The Pretenders. You know how some songs just make you inexplicably furious? This, along with ‘Whole Of The Moon’ by The Waterboys and ‘Come On Eileen’ by Dexys Midnight Runners, is one of mine. I have no idea why I hate this song so much, but I might just mute the next two minutes and focus on the footwork.

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James’s family in the training room! Drink!

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This week they’re dancing the Cha Cha Cha to ‘Do What I Do’ by Lady Bri. I had to look this song up, and now I wondering why it hasn’t been part of my life before now. It lends itself to a properly sassy Cha Cha, but this is very much Carlos’s forte so hopefully Molly is going to bring the goods.

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This week they’re dancing the American Smooth to ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ by Bette Midler. Love this song, love this couple, very much need this to be all kinds of fabulous because this hasn’t been a stellar episode so far.

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This week they’re dancing the Jive to ‘All Shook Up’ by Paul McCartney. I had no idea Macca had done a cover of this so went off to have a look the other day, and discovered it has a definite ‘Status Quo doing Elvis’ energy.

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Matt and Nadiya escaped the bottom two last week – but does he have the footwork for a Jive? I fear a pigeon toe.

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This week they’re dancing the Rumba to ‘The Joker and The Queen’ by Ed Sheeran featuring Taylor Swift. This is a beautiful, heartfelt duet, which suggests Will and Nancy have opted for a romantic Rumba rather than pure filth. Don’t know about you, but I was hoping that last week’s American Smooth was just the amuse bouche.

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Although Will also has a cold and a cough, so not very sexy at all. Poor Will, and poor Nancy.

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This week they’re dancing the Salsa to ‘I Love Your Smile’ by Shanice. One of my favourite R&B songs ever, and realising that it was a hit 31 years ago has made me feel VERY old.

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Ellie did a really nice job of the Cha Cha Cha in Week 1, so we definitely know she can Latin. Really looking forward to this.

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No warthog costumes this evening, but I do have questions about Ellie T’s ghastly bonnet. Who has she upset in wardrobe this week?

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Tess in a scarlet suit inexplicably matched with a scarlet shirt in a slightly different shade of scarlet, Claudia in a black dress with an assymmetric hem and gold boots. Don’t hate either.

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However Motsi’s pink leopard print dress is a TRIUMPH.

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Close your eyes and grab something random from the drink cupboard, then take a sip for any occurrence of the following:

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  • Random family members

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  • Shirley’s 8 paddle

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  • Celebs in the audience

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  • Props festooned with fairy lights

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  • Fringing

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A few tweaks to the Hunches this week – I feel like Tony Adams has the support to see him through to Halloween, particularly if Katya plays the Couple’s Choice Joker. I think we’re definitely starting to see the best four couples emerge now, but there are still plenty in that middle group who we haven’t seen the best of yet, so who knows? Still early days.

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  • Driving for December: Will and Nancy, Helen and Gorka, Tyler and Dianne, Molly and Carlos

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  • Battling for Blackpool: Ellie S and Nikita, Fleur and Vito, Kym and Graziano

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  • Happy to see Halloween: Jayde and Karen, Hamza and Jowita, Tony and Katya

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  • Dodging the dance-off: James and Amy, Matt and Nadiya, Ellie T and Johannes

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Evening all, and welcome to this week’s Strictly Come Dancing liveblog! After all the Movie Week mayhem last week, we have a brief holiday from theme weeks before *checks notes* the BBC Centenary Special next weekend, followed by Halloween Spooktacular the weekend after. Make the most of it, is all I’m saying.

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Kick-off is at 6.30pm, and tonight we finally go sub-2 hours. HOORAY. Gather snacks, drinks and loved ones, and I’ll see you in a bit!

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See you here tomorrow…

What a night! Thanks as always for dropping by and adding some sparkle to the comment box – join me here at 7:15pm tomorrow for the results. Enjoy the rest of your Saturday, and I’ll see you then! Hx

Have you already forgotten most of the dances? Yeah me too. But don’t worry – here’s a really long recap.

I’m definitely going to see Molly and Carlos again, because I feel like I didn’t really connect with that dance. And also Fleur and Vito, because HOT, and Hamza and Jowita because ECUADORRRR.

Voting is open!

The dance is over, and now it’s your turn. Hamza and Jowita top the leaderboard, with Matt and Nadiya and Will and Nancy currently occupying the dance danger zone. I did NOT predict this, I feel like Will got roughed up by the judges tonight.

It’s time to vote – don’t forget the cursed middle couples, we saw how it went last week. I fully expect dance mayhem tomorrow.

Scores: 8,9,10,10 – a total of 37 for Tyler and Dianne.

Shirley doesn’t know “Megamix in the Garage”, but she loved his moves. Anton thought it was spectacular. Craig wanted the arms to be a little tighter, but he loved it. Motsi thought they were the icing on the cake.

It kinda reminds me of the time Michelle Visage did Madonna’s Vogue and nobody really got it.

I’m more and more convinced that Tyler can dance anything, he has incredible moves. I have no idea how you judge this by any remotely useful criteria, but I would never object to hearing Dave Arch play UK Garage and Tommy Blaize sing Craig David on Strictly. Have a little sofa bop, I’m not going to lie.

And finally, it’s Tyler and Dianne!

This is our top pick of couples of the season! Now my irritation with CC is well documented, but I’m also INCREDIBLY WILLING because Tyler and Dianne are dancing to a UK Garage Megamix and that’s pretty much my idea of ​​musical heaven. Next week someone else will do a vaporous barefoot contempo to a sentimental whiff of John Lewis and I’ll still hate it. Please direct all complaints to [email protected]

Tyler’s mom! Beverage!

Scores: 7,8,7,8 – a total of 30 for Ellie T and Johannes.

Motsi loved the personality and everyone this week upped their game. Shirley liked that Ellie’s frame didn’t vibrate, but her neck needs a lift. Anton loved Ellie’s fleckerl and tough elements, and Craig agrees that Ellie is much more confident in the outfit – well done.

So Ellie dances to 1960s Lulu in a farm-themed Viennese waltz while dressed as an IKEA wing chair. The gingham ruffles are HIDEOUS and totally distract from what is actually a very useful Viennese waltz. You’re better than that, Ellie.

Ellie T and Johannes!

This week they are dancing the Viennese Waltz to Lulu’s ‘Boom Bang A Bang’. ALWAYS happy to see more Eurovision boom-bang-a-bangers on Strictly – this won the contest in 1969 and has excellent Viennese oom-pah-pah qualities.

Ellie T didn’t have a great week last week, but Johannes is a magician and she still has great travel potential.

Scores: 6,8,7,8 – a total of 29 for Helen and Gorka.

Craig enjoyed it, but he thought it was a little polished on power and passion (OK, not just me). Motsi thought Helen looked easy but she wanted more fire. Shirley thought he lacked self-confidence – Helen is better than she thinks. Anton loved how clean and stylish it was, but agreed with the rest of the judges.

Helen is a flamenco goddess and Gorka put on Michael Flatley’s batwing sleeves. Nice footwork from Helen, but it lacks passion for me – I want a fiercer attitude. Gorka gives her BARRELS, but I don’t quite feel it from Helen. Probably just me.

Then it’s Helen and Gorka!

This week they are dancing the Paso Doble to ‘Tamacun’ by Rodrigo y Gabriela. I don’t feel like I’ve seen Helen’s fiery side yet, so this is the perfect opportunity for her to unleash her inner diva paso. Can we continue this amazing dance sequence? I think we can.

Scores: 9,10,10,10 – a total of 39 for Hamza and Jowita. The best score of the series!

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