It was all concerning the lifts on this eventful quarter-final. 4 routines featured our celebrities lifting or being lifted, although it did not fairly go to plan for some. John Whaite and AJ Odudu’s in any other case robust salsas had been marred by botched ultimate lifts, whereas Rhys Stephenson and Rose Ayling-Ellis completed joint high of the leaderboard after their spectacular methods hit. Nonetheless, you must take dangers at this stage. Dan Walker’s tango, which was respectable however flawed, was the exception – however will his fanbase come to the rescue once more? Be a part of us for the outcomes present at 7:20pm on Sunday evening on BBC One to seek out out.
John Whaite has a crash touchdown
Dancing the primary of the evening’s two salsas, Whaite and Johannes Radebe undoubtedly obtained the social gathering began. Carrying sparkly shirts and backed by pyrotechnics, their disco-styled quantity to Sister Sledge’s We Are Household was sharp, rhythmic and luggage of enjoyable. Whaite has undoubtedly overcome his preliminary shyness about expressing himself. Sadly, the final of their bold lifts got here unstuck: Rabebe gave his accomplice the mistaken hand going into it, which means Whaite needed to snatch at him to get the carry within the air – after which dropped him on the finish of it like a sack of bricks. Whoops.
The judges had been pretty form, praising the majority of the dance. Shirley Ballas favored that Whaite had taken their observe about including totally different content material and located it entertaining, whereas Anton Du Beke liked the disco framing – although, weirdly, appeared to suppose it was a brand new idea quite than what we now see with practically each Latin routine on Strictly. Craig Revel Horwood praised Whaite’s hip motion, although needed extra dynamics, whereas Motsi Mabuse mentioned they wanted to take dangers like that to succeed in the following stage. The danger didn’t fairly repay on this event, with a combined lot of scores from 7 to 9.