Strictly Come Dancing: Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s “confident” Cha Cha has the judges split

by Nick Barnes

Strictly Come Dancing

This evening, the unstoppable Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Brendan Cold danced the Cha Cha Cha to Michael Jackson’s ‘PYT’ and after achieving her highest score on last week’s live show, Sophie has a lot to live up to this weekend.

In her VT, Sophie said that she was petrified of dancing last week, but when the music started, it kicked in. This week is the Cha Cha and it’s quite fast and now she has her speed up, bring on tonight’s performance.

Last week, Sophie’s Foxtrot was described as being “elegant” and “graceful” which led to her achieving her highest score to date of 35 putting her joint top of the leaderboard with Natalie and Abbey. Bruno told her she looked like a “Hollywood star” and Craig said her movement was “exquisite”

Closing the show tonight, Sophie gave another great, fierce performance complete with drapes on the stage.

Strictly Come Dancing

Judges Comments

  • Len Goodman: “For me, it was confident. I don’t think you got into that dance at all, it was all a tad staged”.
  • Bruno Tonioli: “I think it was a saucy dance, you don’t get it out immediately, you have to make him wait for it. It as a different approach. I thought it was very nice”.
  • Craig Revel Horwood: “Make sure you keep dancing when you’re walking and spot when you’re turning. I didn’t mind it, actually”.
  • Darcey Bussell: “A cha cha has to be lively, slick and full of attitude. You have a lot of those things but your knees go soft. So beautiful to the music”.


Both Sophie & Brendan received a combined score of 30 with a 7 from Craig Revel Horwood, an 8 from Darcey Bussell, a 7 from Len Goodman and an 8 from Bruno 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. XFF on October 27, 2013 at 1:56 am

    I love Sophie, but didn’t think her performance tonight was up to her usual standard, and I felt the judge’s scores were quite generous. She has a cool, laid-back vibe, which worked brilliantly for the Charleston, but I think she needs more attack and fire in the latin dances. Really hope she won’t be in trouble.

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