Nina thanks Neil for being incredible, and he says lots of lovely things about her.
‘Literally, we’re like a married couple,’ says Neil. If he literally means literally, then Nina’s husband may want to have words.
Which means NINA AND NEIL are the first couple to leave the Strictly dancefloor. I’m gutted for Nina, she had SO much more to give, but I’m guessing she and Neil have spent today RUING the decision to Samba first and Tango second. SO much ruing.
Craig and Motsi both save Katie and Gorka, but Anton saves Nina and Neil as they upped their game the most. Which gives Shirley the deciding vote, and she saves Katie and Gorka.
Dance off time! Nina’s up first, and there are definitely fewer mistakes in this Tango compared to last night. But Neil should never have included all the Argentine bits, they make it look untidy.
Katie’s Jive outfit hasn’t approved overnight, and neither has this Jive, really. If anything the timing is more off – really not sure how this voting is going to go now.
Time for some more filler in the shape of a plug for Movie Week. Will spend the next week climbing the hill of ‘movies that were originally stage musicals don’t belong on Movie Week’ so I can die on it next Saturday.
I can’t stop laughing at Dan Walker in that dreadful outfit. I like to think wardrobe fought hard for him to just wear the Star Trek top and the pleather skirt, but he refused on religious grounds and ended up in slacks.
Well, this is arguably the first big shock of the season. Would any of us have put these two in the bottom two after their first dances last week? Katie delivered a very decent Tango and Nina’s Samba was incredible.
I can’t be sure about Katie, but I’m absolutely convinced that if Nina had performed her two dances the other way round, she probably wouldn’t be here. But likewise for Sara and Robert and Tilly – the order of their two dances has made ALL the difference.
So who is joining Nina and Neil in the dance off? Rhys and Nancy are safely through to Movie Week, along with Greg and Karen and Dan and Nadiya. Also, please can everyone stop doing Giovanni’s THANG YOU THANG YOU, we were all very over it some years ago.
Robert and Dianne are also safe, which means KATIE AND GORKA are in the dance off.
Time for a musical interlude, courtesy of singer/songwriter Griff performing her new single, One Night. You may remember Griff from Katie and Gorka’s Tango last week, which was another of her tracks – ‘Black Hole’. She’s dressed as a tin of custard.
So who else is safely through to next week? Sara and Aljaz are through, along with Ugo and Oti, Rose and Giovanni and Adam and Katya. See? Tight trousers and olympic guns for the win. We’ll find out who else is in the dance off later.
Claudia’s Chatterpillar is back, so we may have to wait another year for the Clauditorium Zoo to make a reappearance. Although actually I quite like the calm of this on a Sunday night.
Apparently John found a penny last week and has tucked it in his knickers for luck. I feel like this story is another way for John to remind us that he has a partner and is definitely not getting down and dirty with Johannes. We KNOW, John. But can you not let us dream?
So who is the first couple in tonight’s Dance Off? John and Johannes are safe, along with Judi and Graziano, AJ and Kai and Tilly and Nikita.
First couple in the dance off – NINA AND NEIL. Well, that’s a shame, but she has massive room for improvement in the dance-off.
Totally agree with everyone in the comment box saying Anton is a brilliant judge, by the way. I really enjoyed his commentary last night, he seems very much in his element.
Last night on Strictly – grinning from start to finish. Highlights included John and Johannes’ joyful Cha Cha, AJ and Kai’s dreamy Foxtrot and Judi and Graziano’s twerking Samba. And a few surprises too, like Tilly and Nikita’s Charleston and Sara and Aljaz’s Foxtrot. I think this is a really tough series to predict, because there’s a huge amount of Journey potential in that middle group, and no real ’17 years of dance training’ ringers or ‘legs on backwards’ duffers. If ever there was a series for shock evictions, I think it’s this one.
TESS AND CLAUDIA DRESS WATCH: Tess is dressed for an evening of judo, Claudia’s in a black suit with cropped trousers. Meanwhile Shirley’s wearing Motsi’s Kermit dress from last week.
And we’re off! Tonight’s opening pro dance has a wild west saloon theme, with vocals provided by Tom Grennan singing ‘Something Better’. If you’re carrying over last night’s bingo, there are many hats and very few shirt buttons.
I just looked Tom Grennan up and he’s the chap that did that song ‘A Little Bit Of Love’ from earlier this year. He’s basically George Ezra but cooler and *checks notes* from Bedford.
Just seen it’s a 55 minute show tonight. How can it possibly take 55 minutes to kick off one couple? Is it being broadcast in slo-mo? Are there four pro dances? Expect more filler than Simon Cowell’s forehead.
Evening all, and welcome back to the first Strictly Results Show! I’ve missed our autumn Sunday catch up, it’s good to be back even though Countryfile was on earlier and I missed Nick Miller doing the Casual Weather.
Tonight we’ll be waving goodbye to our first Strictly couple, and I genuinely have no idea who it’s going to be. Ugo, Greg, Katie, Adam and Nina are currently making up the bottom five, and I think we can reasonably eliminate Greg (Couple’s Choice free pass) and Adam (spray on trousers free pass) from those five. Which means Ugo, Katie and Nina could be in serious trouble unless the nation has stepped in to save them.
What’s also clear is that my Heidi’s Hunches from yesterday is already in ruins, because pretty much everyone in that bottom group stepped up and smashed it last night. I’ll definitely be reshuffling the cards next Saturday.
Kick off is at 7.15pm; in the meantime enjoy David Attenborough talking about biodiversity – Countryfile is back in its usual pre-Strictly slot next week. See you in a bit!
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