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What the judges said: 'Strictly' week seven

By
Strictly Come Dancing judge, Len Goodman

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Keep reading to find out the judges' verdicts on the final ten Strictly celebs' performances from last night's show.






Strictly Come Dancing 2010 - Pamela Stephenson
Pamela Stephenson and James Jordan - Cha cha cha

Len: (8) "It was a very exciting start and Pamela, you are an excellent dancer. I thought it was a tad on the careful side, here and there. You could have gone a little bit more full on. But overall - lovely performance."
Bruno: (8) "Just surfing the net - all the clothes come off! You are always a very precise dancer. You finish your moves brilliantly. I agree with Len, everything was very well done, but you promise so much that we expect a little bit more oomph. A little bit more hanky panky."
Craig: (8) "I didn't know if it was harassment or therapy at the beginning darling. I didn't know what road you were going down. You need to straighten your legs in the New Yorks. I would like to see a little bit more prominent hip action - it lacked any dynamic and you were very late getting into that last lift. However, great spins, great finishes and fantastic timing. Brilliant."
Alesha: (8) "Good use of basic steps, nice and controlled. It was a precise and clean cha cha cha; so we executed. I think James did very well because he choreographed it to suit your dancing style, which I love - well done."

Total: 32


Strictly Come Dancing 2010 - Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams and Brendan Cole - Paso Doble

Len: (7) "It started off really well. It started off the correct aggression. The same aggression you were showing in the practice room. But then as it went on a bit, it went a bit filleted and soft. First half good, second half not so good."
Bruno: (6) "You know what I'm going to say. You started really well, you were like, 'I hate this dress, get it off me'. But you lost energy so many times. The paso doble is about that aggression, but all the lines and arms were not flowing all the way through. You lost balance."
Craig: (4) "It was all very gnarled, knotty... nodulistic in fact. I think you are mistaking attack in the dance with pounding and pulverising the floor. You don't have to hit the floor as hard as you are doing. And you are also not bringing your feet together and you need to do it. It was very stiff and aggressive."
Alesha: (7) "I liked the routine, especially the beginning. You had such determination in your face. You managed to keep the character of the dance throughout. And you overall shaping was great. You did lose your balance occasionally, but I really loved it Michelle."

Total: 24


Strictly Come Dancing 2010 - Patsy Kensit
Patsy Kensit and Robin Windsor - Viennese waltz

Len: (9) "You haven't exactly challenged for the top spot so far - you have always been bubbling under. But tonight, like champagne, the bubbles have come to the top!"
Bruno: (8) "What we are seeing is a renaissance of Patsy in the ballroom. You started really badly at the beginning of the series, but what I'm seeing now is someone with ease of movement, more musicality. I knew that you could do sexy - now you can do sophistication and elegance. Just polish up a bit more on the footwork. But you are blossoming, darling!"
Craig: (7) "Classy, confident, very well done in that virtuoso section at the beginning, which was very long. You do need to smooth the bumps out in it and extend through your backline a little bit more, but I'm loving those waltzing passing steps into hold again. I thought that was delicious and gorgeous."
Alesha: (8) "There is a vulnerability to your performances Patsy that I really love. You are an actress, but there is nothing fake about you. What you see is what you get. I know it's not perfect, but it's improving and I love the connection between you two. You may not be the Queen of Technique, but you dance from your heart. And that counts for a lot."

Total: 32


Strictly Come Dancing 2010 - Gavin Henson
Gavin Henson and Katya Virshilas - Quick-step

Len: (8) "Everyone wants to go through to Blackpool next week and on that performance Gavin, I'll see you there."
Bruno: (9) "Am I dreaming? I want to do it all over again and check that it was real. You can dance Gavin - you can dance. It was a strong performance and your personality came out and it was totally engaging. There were a few little mistakes, but I take the blame for that - let's do it again!"
Craig: (7) "Finally, some personality. I think the structure of the routine helped and I think you did a fantastic job, Katya, I really do. You played to his strengths throughout the routine. It was a little bit of a shambles technically. But I have to say, a monumental breakthrough."
Alesha: (9) "Slight timing issues aside, I loved it. And that's what I love about this show: week-on-week you are improving. It is so nice to see the dancer coming out and the personality is emerging. And you've made Bruno speechless! I think the quick-step suits you; by far your best dance."

Total: 33


Strictly Come Dancing 2010 - Ann Widdecombe
Ann Widdecombe and Anton Du Beke - Foxtrot

Len: (6) "I'm not going to analyse what you do. I'm just going to sit back and enjoy it. And you'll be on the show as long as the public want to see you. And why not?"
Bruno: (5) "It was quite funny actually! It wasn't light enough, but I can see that you tried. You tried to put a lot of content in there. But it's still very, very laboured. You keep looking down to see where your feet are going, but it should be in your mind. Look at Anton's face, it [will] inspire you."
Craig: (3) "Don't let your central force get the better of you, because especially on those pivots it does send you off-centre. Also, you look very disorientated and off course every time you do a step turn step."
Alesha: (6) "I think you need to get your posture sorted out because of the height difference between you and Anton. But the comedy stuff had gone this week and it was actually very nice to see you doing a proper dance."

Total: 20



Strictly Come Dancing 2010 - Kara Tointon
Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev - Argentine Tango

Len: (9) -
Bruno: (10) "Fantastic choreography, fantastic dancing, fantastic tango!"
Craig: (9) "One word: A-MA-ZING!"
Alesha: (10) "I love watching you dance, Kara. Your footwork is always on the money. Your lines are superb. That was full of passion. You are the Queen of Technique."

Total: 38


Strictly Come Dancing 2010 - Felicity Kendal
Felicity Kendal and Vincent Simone - Salsa

Len: (7) "Some of the parts were very good, especially at the start. But it looked like you were going backwards in certain parts. It all got a bit mangled up. I liked the arms, but it was all a little bit swooshy."
Bruno: (7) "Oh Felicity, you got yourself into a bit of a tangle at times. Some bits were very good actually, but I think what happened was that the arm choreography was so difficult that it lost flow. You got a bit tangled like a spider's web. The salsa has to flow all the time. You can't afford to lose rhythm and flow, and you lost it a little bit."
Craig: (5) "I couldn't agree more with Bruno. I don't think you danced it very well at all. It got very stuck and very jammed - there were problems with armography. It was a minor disaster."
Alesha: (7) -

Total: 26


Strictly Come Dancing 2010 - Matt Baker
Matt Baker and Aliona Vilani - Rumba

Len: (9) "Beautiful lines. You dance very masculine. You dance with authority, which is great. Trying to get that hip action, you lost a bit of the musicality and it was a tad jerky. But don't sweat about it - you are a great dancer."
Bruno: (9) "You really switched on the raunch factor. I could tell from the lady sitting next to me: they are all just panting. You did it very well. You danced a very difficult dance beautifully."
Craig: (8) "I felt slightly uncomfortable in places during that. It was bit too placed between the four and the one. You weren't actually dancing in those moments, sadly. I can see you endeavouring to nail it technically and I can see you working very hard on that. You threw yourself into that. That made the story stumble slightly, but manful and on it."
Alesha: (9) "I think you've done exceptionally well with a very difficult dance. The chemistry between you is believable and I was drawn into the romance and storytelling. I loved it."

Total: 35


Strictly Come Dancing 2010 - Scott Maslen
Scott Maslen and Natalie Lowe - Jive

Len: (10) "This is becoming the battle of the ballroom. What I love about dancing is when you dance right on the edge. When you dance on the edge, you can go wrong, it's not safe, it's full-on and flat-out. And that's what you did! I loved it."
Bruno: (10) "Scott! On fire! Ready to take on Blackpool and the world. I'm telling you, I haven't seen something so sharp and so on it."
Craig: (9) "Fingerlickin' good!"
Alesha: (10) "You picked yourself up from last week and you are back in business, Scott. Those kicks and flicks and timing were perfect. Full of energy, full of personality - an excellent jive."

Total: 39

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