Strictly Come Dancing 2013 Live Shows: Mark’s MC Hammer-esque Cha Cha goes down a storm with the audience but slated by Craig

by Nick Barnes

Strictly Come Dancing

Mark Benton still seems to be tottering along in the competition as he danced the Cha Cha to MC Hammer’s U Can’t Touch This on tonight’s show.

He thought his performance went well last week and he picked up on the fact that the judges said he was good at creating a story. However, he said when the nerves get to you on the dance floor, it’s impossible to remember everything. There’s a few ‘streety’ bits and ‘cool’ bits during tonight’s dance, but Mark is struggling with being well… ‘cool’. The accessories during rehearsals didn’t help either…

Last week, Mark and Iveta received a score of 26. Darcey told Mark that she missed the glamour this week and Craig praised him for being a “fantastic storyteller”.

This evening’s attire wasn’t very flattering as Mark was wearing a golden shirt with a big plastic chain around his neck… and the MC Hammer baggy trousers didn’t look too good either. Still, the horrible dad dancing has seemingly stuck around and Craig will have a hell of a time judging this one…


Judges Comments

  • Len Goodman: “You’re full of talent, I won’t tell you what Craig is full of. You had so many basic steps in there. Mark… do it again!”
  • Bruno Tonioli: “MC Mark is going for gold… or was it brass? It was unique, different, memorable and funny”.
  • Craig Revel Horwood: “I have to say I can’t believe the audience. False sense of security, darling. It was all very flat footed and stompy. You danced very badly”.
  • Darcey Bussell: “I didn’t know you had it in you. It was great and you’ve worked hard on the details. Just brilliant”.


Both Mark & Iveta received a combined score of 26 with a 3 from Craig Revel Horwood, an 8 from Darcey Bussell, an 8 from Len Goodman and a 7 from Bruno Tonioli.

Strictly Come Dancing continues tomorrow evening at 7:15pm on BBC One.

Nick Barnes

Nick is the Assistant Editor at Unreality TV, along with being a full-time Beyoncé obsessor! Email him at or catch him on Twitter @ImNickBarnes

1 Comment

  1. XFF on October 20, 2013 at 2:29 am

    I was with Craig! Couldn’t believe Darcey and Len gave it an 8, and it made a farce of some of their subsequent scores, ie Darcey’s 8 for Patrick and Len’s 8 for Natalie!

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