Special guest Bette Midler (looking very trim) opens the show with T&D in understated mood, to a song that could be the American Eurovision entry. The transitions betweens T&D’s lifts are just so effortless, just like the chat between Bette and Phil, much less awkward than the scripted exchange between Bette and Brucie. Holly’s ready for bed (I jest, that’s the nicest dress I’ve seen her in so far.) The required element: One footed change of edge, I think they said. My telly can’t cope with the orange and pink combos, I wish they’d stop it. And Melinda will never stay in that dress and I want trousers like Maria’s (without the see-through bits). And oh, God - Roxiel are doing the Headbanger! A warning first please, don’t just surprise us! Karen reminds me of my sister-in-law. Ruthie gets boos!
Pavica are doing a Fred and Ginge - Cheek to Cheek. A few nerves crept in there but a proper ballroom dance on ice, accompanied by Ella. Works for me. Score: 22 Floral are counting music and dancing to Black and Gold - now where’ve I heard that recently? Skated very well I thought, loved the Olympic hydroplane, plenty of skating. Score: 17 Roxiel - toe curling buttock clenching time - it’s Hallelujah. Lovely routine, their Headbanger not so scary, beautiful lifts - it’s the footwork transitions on the ice that are sometimes a bit sticky (like I’d know). Score: 16.5 Jason’s set the audience off again. PS. Re the Headbanger, it became a float due to a slightly clumsy entry, which is why it wasn‘t so scary.
Frankery “Don’t mention the lift!” are enjoying themselves to Boogie Wonderland, needs more speed and hasn’t improved as much as I thought he would. Fun though. Score: 15 Zomatt bringing out some tricky lifts - but she’s not crying so that’s an improvement. Gorgeous routine to one of the first songs I ever bought - ‘Lovin You’ by Minnie Ripperton who was married to Richard Rudolph who produced the ‘Lady T’ album by Teena Marie, my favourite singer. What’s that, this isn’t 6 degrees from …ok Score: 22 Todzie have ‘Smile’ aw, bless - perfect. Looking much more confident in training. Come on Todd! Is it me or has anyone else noticed they all looking a bit trimmer tonight? Heartwarming and sweet; looked like he did more skating in training though?! Score: 8.5
Frelinda dancing to ‘Up’ by the Saturdays. I’d never heard of them before ‘Issues’ which bugged me for ages before I found out who it was. Such a shame about the stumble, although well recovered it was looking like a routine full of attitude until then. She’s gutted - but may get the chance again. Score: 16.5. Colart - oh dear - you know how I feel about the crying/I can’t do it brigade. Can’t fight the moonlight or the tears! There now - what was she worried about? Really nice routine, only one little titchy barely there trip. LOL at the horse impression. Score: 15.5 Maray being challenged all the way with the choreography - wish they’d challenge him to lose that hair band! This is brilliant - absolutely my favourite of the night, the musicality, the rhythm, the fun, the dancing - Canned Heat by Jamiroquai a terrific choice for them. Score: 26.5 Well deserved, just the slight wobble on the knees at the end.
After the shock last week we know no-one is safe, so I’ve thrown a vote in for Pavica, Floral, Roxiel and Maray. Didn’t foresee Michanie last week, so not tempting fate again tonight! Jason was asked who’s out-stayed their welcome and answers “Apart from me?” The Skate Off - Safe and skating next week: Roxiel -yay - Maray - yay - Frelinda - Pavica - yay - Floral - yay and WooHoo! Zomatt; So who’ve the fans deserted - Todzie or Colart or both? Just noticed the glitter on Phil’s suit - ugh. Colart safe! Unless Ellery really stuffs up, he’ll be safe - the nerves took hold though and Ruthie went for the improved performance of Todd but it’s 4-1. I feel quite choked actually. Until they said those magic words: It’s 80’s week next week!!!! What do we reckon? Never Gonna Give You Up - Tainted Love - I Feel For You - Don’t You Want Me - True - The Only Way is Up - Vienna - When I Think of You - OMG, there are so many … over to you, Foxy! :D