Sunday, 11 January 2009

Running Commentary: Dancing on Ice, Week One

An explosion of sound and movement to open the show, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps merging into Standing in the Way Of Control. Chris is missing, an injured shoulder gives Jayne the chance to skate away with Daniel and Matt. But I don’t hate her. Jeremy and Darya have hit it off: “Ding Dong!” said Jeremy and she’s gone all bashful! As he said “No-one wants to look at a minger!” He’s made me laugh out loud twice already. They perform a lovely dance to ‘True’. A little wobble but nice lines, musical opening. Oops, steady on the steps. Score: 15. Donal and Florentine: A nervous Mr Undercover Tough Guy, He‘d be alright if the judges had knives! He’s still working and has so far skated badly in Prague, Paris, Cape Town, Ukraine, Dublin, Mexico and Slough. Poor Florentine - someone shot a poison dart in her eye, Donal really should leave her somewhere safe while he’s working. ‘Rock Star’ the song, gives it some attitude, not too shoddy at all! Needs to work on presentation but a good effort. Score: 13.5. Jason said: “I was overall impressed - got deflated in the lifts, fix postural problems …something else positive”. This is known as a s**t sandwich and is how constructive criticism is given. Which made his comments to Todd all the more hysterical. Suzy initially showed some frustration with Todd but by the time they took to the ice they’d worked through it and there was a warmth between them for ‘Everything I do, I do it for You’. As he stretched out his arms to glide to her side I thought: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Yes - it’s Big Bird, doing an impression of a plane! Aw, bless. It was very shaky but he enjoyed himself. Score: 7.5 Can’t really argue but Jason’s “You looked like you‘ve crapped yourself” will see him safely through to the next round. I just had to stop typing because I can’t stop laughing. But that's shocked hysterical laughter, by the way - not a fan of that kind of vulgarity early in the evening! There’s a quickie interview with the ladies and I'm staring at Zoe’s hair, it’s … it’s …well, it looks like she been on a boat and they’ve been practising knots. Jessica can’t wait - Coleen so can, in fact, she’d rather make the tea. And oh look - there’s a rivalry being built between the soap queens. *Yawns*

We’re back from the break - Jason looks like he’s been told off! Not surprised, there’s a bunch of kids in the audience all harassing their mums asking: ‘What’s crapped yourself mean , mummy?” Ellery and Frankie are ‘Born To Run’.
I’m likin’ the attitude already but how funny - he doesn’t know his left from right! Shame they ran out of material in wardrobe for Frankie. They could have raided the canteen for silver foil, surely? Ellery is solid, most competent performance so far and hints of a show man! Score: 17.5. Ray and Maria brings shades of Maria and Gareth to the ice, performance full of musicality to 'Mm Bop'. Ray has the confidence and balance borne of roller blading, bit like an excitable puppy though. Brilliant performance, nifty footwork. Score 23.5. Doubt it’ll be beaten tonight. Graham and Kristina go for a swingy ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’ but the jacket is a pain, he’s Mr. No-Neck. Nasty fall affected his confidence. Nicely done though, some good lines. Score: 14.5. Michael and Melanie back together again! Hope he’s not too angsty about the ankle, he's a fun guy and my favourite last year for the two weeks he was in it. ‘Have I Told You Lately That I Love You’ brings out a lovely performance, a couple of mistakes but he’ll be safe. Score: 15.

Who would I vote for if I voted? Hard to say - they’ve all got likable qualities and potential, some were technically far superior but we all know it’s not just about that don’t we? Nicky said as much - Todd sums up the spirit - it’s the taking part, not the winning. Todd should go but he won’t, I can see the bottom two being Donal and Graham, possibly Jeremy at risk too. The Skate-Off: Safe - Michael - Ray - Jeremy - Ellery - and what a surprise (not) TODD! Donal and Graham it is then, only one point between them before so all to play for. Donal stronger this time round. Graham lost the jacket and was also better than before but I think Donal shaded it. The judges agree unanimously. So Todd’s the one with the JS factor! Judges, eh? They never learn.

9 comments:

foxtrotfairy said...

Hi Scatty...oh dear I don't think you'll like me - I voted for Todd on sunday! :o/ Voted for Michael too though! :o)

For me it's always 50/50 with skating and personality. Because this is soooo different to SCD in that there are really no rules to follow, the contestants can come out and do what they want each week effectively, you have to impress me with both and I thought Todd's attitude was fantatsic! He was smiling through the whole performance, upbeat, positive...loved it! Plus in terms of progress he's made loads - he couldn't even move foward on the ice before training and now he can skate backwards and turn, that's impressive! I liked Ray and Michael, but they do have an advantage over Todd in that they are already competent skaters and Todd is learning from literally the beginning. Bless him :o)

Scatty said...

'Course I still like you Foxy! And Todd too :) you know I'm all for entertainment over technique any time! I knew he'd be safe, the crowd loved him. And he can only keep improving, definitely going on a journey - the 'JS' factor was a compliment!
I know what you mean about being so different to SCD - I don't find this nearly so stressful!

foxtrotfairy said...

I do sort of agree with you there Scatty...though I always thought it was just because I've never been quite as into DOI as SCD. I like DOI, but SCD is a major obsession! ;o)

I didn't really take to Jeremy or Donal because they both seemed a bit too serious/miserable. At least Todd looked like he loved being on the ice. I think I only saw Jeremy smile once during his routine! Coleen is already annoying me - hope she cheers up a bit! :o) I figure Todd won't last that long because he won't be able to do the big tricks and lifts, but at least he's trying his best, bless him, he looked so sweet wobbling about on sunday :o)

scatty said...

I think Todd will be there longer than both Donal and Jeremy, he's fun - I was a big Grange Hill fan during his era, so I want to him do well! I'll be watching through my fingers though! Agree re Coleen, already with the negative talk. I was impressed with Jessica's attitude though, but then, I'm a big fan of Kevin P, so probably biased! :)

foxtrotfairy said...

Kevin P? Is that the cricket player? Didn't know she was seeing him, so doesn't influence me, but I agree she looks like she's going to have the whole package - ability and personality. Like Roxanne Palette (sp?) too, but then Dan is one of my favourite pros on the show, so it figures ;o)

foxtrotfairy said...

Incidently, if you're wondering about the quick reply, I'm very bored and nearing the end of my patience with my work, so surfing the net and happened to notice you'd just replied to my message last night...shhh don't tell anyone I'm here he he :o)

Scatty said...

Your secret is safe with me :)

Kevin and Jessica are married now! That's when I thought I'd better stop fantasizing over him - it was the Ashes century did it for me ;0 And I love Dan, he's a sweetie. I got quite a crush on Matt last year too - looks like Zoe will be doing the headbanger *yikes* I can't watch it, makes my toes curl up!

foxtrotfairy said...

I know - everytime I see practice footage of the 'headbanger' I can feel my teeth going on edge, Yikes! :o) Shows that I'm not exactly up with celeb gossip - had no idea they were even a couple :o) Well, you learn something new and all....

Booked tickets yesterday for the tour as a present for my mums birthday - really good seats too! Second row on the floor right in the middle :o) Looking foward to it already, but first Strictly tour...COME ON TOM!! :o)

Jaye said...

I'm taking my mum to the Strictly tour, it's gonna be fab - I just hope each couple is doing one of my favourites. I'm torn between seeing Tom do his foxtrot or quickstep and Gethin his jive or waltz though! :)