Categories Series 13 Strictly Come Dancing

Week 11: Rumba

Aliona and Jay performed a beautiful rumba to Falling Slowly from the musical Once.




Craig: this character suited you naturally and that came across story wise, you presented Aliona so well it was absolutely wonderful, the control you had was brilliant, the hip action I couldn’t not complain about – 9

Darcey: you both brought tears to my eyes, that story you created, that intimacy, it was so real, they way you are able to emote, technically, you stroke the floor, the rotation, the continuity, the fluidity – it was fabulous – 10

Len: I tell you this, you won’t be dancing twice, thats in the semi final, I have been critical of rumbas, this is such a hard dance, especially for men, you got it right, it was fantastic – Jay, I’ve not been convinced totally by your dancing, tonight you have convinced me, you are a terrific dancer – 10

Bruno: that was a pitch perfect interpretation of a theme on both levels, as a performer and as a dancer, it was irrisistably romantic, touching, emotionally involving, you use your feet like hands, it caresses and envelopes you, you have done an amazing job with an extremely difficult dance – 10

TOTAL = 39/40

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    Week 10: Tango

    Aliona and Jay perform a sharp, sexy, sophisticated tango to ‘When The Doves Cry’ by Prince




    Craig – you hear the music and that is what I adore about you, it was clean shape, staccato, I absolutely adored it – 9

    Darcey – oh my, there was just something, you were working as one, superb, the delivery of the steps, the precision, the intensity was all there, that was my favourite dance – 10

    Len – you were like a chess master, you plotted your way around that floor, every move carefully placed, that was a mango of a tango – 9

    Bruno – its Jay, the macho on a mission, so strong, so compelling, so focused, it thrills me to see the way you dance – 10

    TOTAL = 38/40

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    Week 9: Salsa

    After a fantastic Downton-esque group dance, Jay and Aliona opened Blackpool week with a sizzling Salsa to Cuba by The Gibson Brothers.






    Craig: I loved your hip action, I absolutely adored the lift… and finally we are seeing some facial expression 9
    Darcey: You warmed up the ballroom but you also warmed me up! You were flirting with Aliona from the beginning and kept it to the end. You have natural hip action – it was a fantastic performance.9
    Len: There’s no end to your talent, you really got the party started. I’ve been waiting since week three’s Jive to see anything as good and you’ve shown it to me.9
    Bruno: You blended with the professionals so well it was indistinguishable 9

    TOTAL = 36/40

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    Week 8: Foxtrot

    This week Jay and Aliona danced an romantic and passionate Foxtrot to Lay Me Down by Sam Smith.





    Craig: I found the whole thing a little bland. As soon as you begin to dance properly… the face goes dead. You’ve got to do something about that. 6
    Darcey: This was a beautiful poignant foxtrot. Up until that trip you owned the night. 8
    Len: There is purpose with your moves, your technique is outstanding. Think about why you are doing movements. A silly hiccup but otherwise brilliant. 8
    Bruno: You are always so endearing. Exquisitely lyrical. It was fantastic …. But there was that little but … 8

    TOTAL = 30/40

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    Week 7: Argentine Tango

    Aliona and Jay perform an exquisite, passionate Argentine Tango to Diferente by The Gotan Project.





    Craig: It was great but it was desperately lacking gauchos, it did leave me wanting more. 8
    Darcey: you execute it to perfection, those lines … so crisp! I want to see this fire come out, this desire, its only missing that. 9
    Len: It was a polished performance, sleek, it was slick. It had a nice intensity about it … the lifts were good but sometimes you need to see a little bit of emotion come out on your face 8
    Bruno: the precision was incredible, I was transported to upper class Boenos Aires! 9

    TOTAL = 30/40

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