I didn’t bother blogging on Strictly last week, because it was all fairly pedestrian. But bloody hell did that change last night. Twistier than a drunken conga it was (not sure there has ever been a sober one), it began with Brucie’s absence due to ‘flu.
And so the surreal events began. It was like the ghost of Saturday Night past. Or half of it (not a size joke-I mean one half of a famous pair). Ronnie Corbett came down the stairs. A man who has not changed his style of eye-wear in forty years. And why should he? Flanked by two (apparently) very tall women, Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, who was also drafted in to fit Brucie’s shoes. And she wears fabulous shoes, does Claudia. Anyway, it was a odd sensation looking at one of the two Ronnies, like the 70s had never gone away. I could feel hysterical laughter welling up inside me.
Then when the couples came down the stairs, I spotted a bandage around the lower leg and ankle of Laila Rouass and wondered what that was about. Then the next bombshell. News that, gorgeous and normally fit as a freakishly fit fiddle, Jade Johnson, my favourite celebrity dancer, paired with my favourite professional dancer, Ian Waite, had knackered her knee in dress rehearsals. It upset me that, instead of rushing her to hospital in her lovely orange and black dress, she had to endure an interview about what had happened. As I understand it, if she is fit enough to dance next week, she will not be kicked off the show (the rules state that, if you can’t dance under medical advice, you can skip a week only).
But that wasn’t the end of the drama. When Laila and Anton came out to dance, we hear that she sprained her ankle, and her face looks rigid with pain. Dancing in heels on a sprained ankle? Really, it’s bloody madness and not surprisingly, she can’t make it to the end of the dance. Anton carries her over the judges, and Craig Revel Horwood gives her a score of 3. I felt sorry for the judges actually, what on earth are you supposed to do under those circumstances? She should not have been made/allowed to dance, but the reason she did was that, however painful (and stupid, some might say) dancing on a sprain does not apparently increase the damage, according to medical advice.
After the nightmare week of Ali Bastian being made to perform in the dance-off with a broken/bruised toe, the voting public kept Leila and Anton out of the bottom two. This left Ricky Groves (in specs for the first time, which I rather liked, being a specs wearer myself -you don’t see them on TV that much) and Phil Tufnell. Ricky got more votes (although it was a close run thing-Len Goodman had the deciding vote), so Tuffers is out. He damaged his knee a few weeks ago, which required an op, and the knee had been playing up in rehearsals this week. I couldn’t help but wonder if Len went for the man less likely to be stretchered off in the last few weeks of the show.
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