Strictly Come Dancing 2013 Love Week: Julien Macdonald & Janette Manrara (VIDEO)

by Nick Barnes


This evening, Julien Macdonald and his professional partner Janette Manrara took to the dance floor for love week. Julien tells us before his routine this week that he’s glad to have left the tango behind! After being in the Strictly Come Dancing bottom two last week, we bet he is. This week, Julien has spent more time teaching his dog to dance than practising his routine for the week. Luckily, Janette brought in some trampolines to put a spring in his step. To which we ask: does that actually work?

The pair danced the Jive to the Blues Brothers’ Everybody Needs Somebody To Love. And the timing is out right from the start. If Sophie Ellis-Bextor has phenomenal musical timing, Julien hasn’t got a musical bone in his body. Later in the routine, they pull things together nicely, and there’s no denying that the pair bring a fun factor to make up for the sub-par dancing. It’s nice to see somebody going out with a massive smile on their face.

Big improvement this week, folks? Or not so much?

Last week, Julien and Janette scored a total of 18 points. Julien’s Tango didn’t go down too well with the judges, with Craig telling him his posture was “ghastly” and it was like watching “the leaning tower of Pisa”.

Julien Macdonald

Judges Comments

  • Len Goodman: “I just admire that devil may care attitude. That’s your best dance to date.”
  • Bruno Tonioli: “Full of whacky attitude. If you stay in the competition, you really have to focus on time. If that isn’t there, everything else falls apart.”
  • Craig Revel Horwood: “It was a bit like a three year old at a dance recital after a full bag of sweets.”
  • Darcey Bussell: “You’ve certainly brought the energy into your jive. Nice energy. Well done.”


Both Julien and Janette received a combined score of 22 with a 4 from Craig Revel Horwood, a 5 from Darcey Bussell, a 7 from Len Goodman and a 6 from Bunro Tonioli.

Strictly Come Dancing continues tomorrow evening at 7:20pm on BBC One.

Nick Barnes

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