Strictly Come Dancing Love Week: Sophie Ellis-Bextor dances her wedding samba with Brendan Cole (VIDEO)

by Nick Barnes


This evening, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and her professional partner Brendan Cole took to the dance floor for love week. That is, after we get a terrible Murder On The Dancefloor joke from Brucie. Oh dear. At least we weren’t the last ones to the party after making the same joke on Twitter last week!

Tonight on Strictly Come Dancing pair danced the Samba to Lionel Richie’s All Night Long. Sophie tells us that this is a special song for her, because All Night Long was the first song at her wedding. She says “It’s definitely a different dynamic, doing your wedding dance with another man.” Yikes.

Sophie has been styled tonight from the BBC’s unique “Garish Costume Department”, but that shouldn’t distract from the effortless work she’s doing on the dancefloor. Seriously, she and Brendan Cole compliment each other beautifully. Their samba is visually brilliant, fun to watch and just so entertaining. There’s a little bit of a wobble toward the end, and we heard Sophie apologising to Brendan as they wrapped it up, but we think the judges will be forgiving.

Last week, Sophie and Brendan scored a total of 36 points. Sophie danced an amazing Charleston that was highly praised by the judges. Darcey said it was the best performance of the nigh and Craig added that she was “fit” but Brendan was “rubbish”


Judges Comments

  • Darcey Bussell: “You still have it. You overextend your arms…just bring it in. You have such natural timing and musicality. You’re going to go so far because of that.”
  • Len Goodman: “It lacked a little toning on occassions. Natural roll, so full of all my greatest hits. Well done.”
  • Bruno Tonioli: “What you did was a sophisticated samba. You looked good at it.”
  • Craig Revel Horwood: “I really loved it. Cleaner finish would have been great, but well done.”


Speaking to Tess following her dance, Sophie said: “That was amazing. I was so nervous before that.” She said the Strictly dance was more worrying than her wedding dance.

Both Sophie and Brendan received a combined score of 31 with a 7 from Craig Revel Horwood, a 8 from Darcey Bussell, a 8 from Len Goodman and a 8 from Bunro Tonioli.

Strictly Come Dancing continues tomorrow evening at 7:20pm 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. Mike, Leeds on October 12, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Cole always, on every season, does choreography which always highlights himself rather than his partner. Please someone tell him not to always place himself so that he is in camerashot. His head us do big and he is so annoying you always feel sorry for his partner. Hope that him and Vanesas partner go soon. Painful

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