Posted on September 12, 2011
Dum-da-dum-dum-dum-da-da… Oh yes! It’s time! After a long, cold, sequin-less eight months, “Strictly Come Dancing” is finally back on our screens, and other than Brucie becoming “Sir”, it was business as usual in Saturday’s launch show. Bruno made salacious suggestions, “dahling” Craig prepared his putdowns, Len opened up his box of Carry On metaphors and Alesha… stated the obvious. And had great hair.
The high (and low) lights included:
But of course, the main event was the pairings – and there were a lorra lorra surprises in the “Blind Date” segment. Anyone else think not putting Nancy Dell’Olio and Vincent together was a wasted opportunity for a subtitled Italian diva-off? How hilarious was Artem’s mega-relieved reaction when he escaped Edwina Currie? (Note: poker is not your game.) And just why were Lulu and Brendan so horrified to get one another? I can’t wait to find out. Here’s a quick rundown of this year’s “Strictly” couples, from best to worst.
WHO’S HOT (“Strictly sensational” on the sequinometer)
Chelsee Healey and Pasha
He’s new and fit. She’s single and ready to mingle. Wow, I wonder where the “Strictly” romance story is coming from this year?
Holly Valance and Artem
Rivalling them is another hot-hot combo – it’s a “Strictly” sex-appeal face-off! Take that, “X Factor”. (Kara – keep an iron grip on your man. Holly’s after that FHM No 1 sexy lady spot…)
Jason Donovan and Kristina
He may be a lovable 1980s entertainer (according to the VT), but he has a steely glint in his eye that says: “I will fight to the death for this.” Kristina will approve
Lulu and Brendan
Two words: expect fireworks
WHO’S TEPID (“Simply so so” on the sequinometer)
Russell Grant and Flavia
First impression: Oh, poor Flavia. The girl cannot catch a break. But Russell was the astonishing star of the celeb group “dance”, with bags of audience-pleasing potential. Who wants to see him make an airborne Widdy entrance? I know I do! (Sidenote: is astrology something we actually take seriously now?)
Audley Harrison and Natalie
Could go either way with the sporting giant – Darren Gough or Joe Calzaghe. His first Latin dance will reveal all…
Alex Jones and James
Can she best Matt Baker in their “friendly” “rivalry”? My gymnastics checklist is at the ready
Robbie Savage and Ola
Ken and Barbie look SO PRETTY together, but may be more dumb blonde than blonde bombshell
Nancy Dell’Olio and Anton
Wow. Anton’s golf games with the BBC controller are really paying off. Or perhaps not. If he lets her down, Nancy will likely kill him with her shoe
WHO’S NOT (“Struggles to sparkle” on the sequinometer)
Rory Bremner and Erin
Can Rory do an impression of a dancer? Hey! That’s hilarious! Because he DOES IMPRESSIONS. Is that the last impressions pun we’ll hear? Sadly not
Anita Dobson and Robin
Robin seemed genuinely thrilled with his partner, so the soap queen may have some tricks up her sequinned sleeve (other than full access to the Queen back catalogue)
Dan Lobb and Katya
Will he break the Garraway curse? Our survey says: hmmm
Edwina Currie and Vincent
Obvious cannon fodder. Ah, poor Vincenzo. Is someone out to get the Argentine tango dancers?
Who are your hot picks for this year? And who are you most excited about seeing in action? Share your views below. Join me again to dissect the first competitive dances of Series 9 after the Week 1 “Strictly” fest on September 30 and October 1. In the meantime…keep dancing!