Strictly Come Dancing: Mark Benton’s Rumba was more like a “fish finger” and Goldfinger

by Nick Barnes


Mark Benton and Iveta Lukosuite Rumba’d their way across the dance floor this evening to Shirley Bassey’s ‘Goldfinger’.

When it gets to Saturday, everyone knows the dance, but it’s actually doing it that is the hard thing, he said in his VT. Each week, he says he goes out and does his very best and to get slated by the judges isn’t a good feeling. He assured us this week, the dance won’t be “stumpy”.

Last week, the pair scored a total of 25 points, with Len telling them their performance fell short of technique. Craig also added that it was maybe a little too stompy.

Channeling in his inner Bond, Mark looked very scary with no hair this week. Iveta on the other hand was looking amazing in her sparkly, gold cat-suit.

Strictly Come Dancing

Judges Comments

  • Craig Revel Horwood: “I hope he does! I think that’s largely due to the audience at home, but my point is your arms. On the end of your arms are hands – you hands need shaping. Unfortunately, there’s no shaping, they’re sort of like wet spatulas at the moment”.
  • Darcey Bussell: “You tried goldfinger, but it ended up a fish finger. I agree with Len totally, I always enjoy what you do. The Rumba is a dance of perpetual motion, it never stops. The movement didn’t flow, there wan’t much movement there”.
  • Len Goodman: “You’ve got gold in your finger but a bit of led in your bum! The rumba is a difficult dance for men as you either become too soft and floppy or you become too hard. Every dance you play a part and you come out with the character and you work hard – well done”.
  • Bruno Tonioli: “Well… the Rumba is a dance of love, it should be sensual and earthy with seamless moves. Maybe if you strokes the floor the same way as you stokes your white pussycat, maybe it would have been better. But, it was too bitty for me”.


Both Mark & Iveta received a combined score of 23 with a 5 from Craig Revel Horwood, a 6 from Darcey Bussell, a 7 from Len Goodman and a 5 from Bruno Tonioli.

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

Nick Barnes

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