Strictly Come Dancing 2013 Live Shows: Tony Jacklin & Aliona Vilani’s Charleston is “Limp, Lifeless and Lackluster” (VIDEO)

by Nick Barnes


This evening Tony Jacklin and his professional partner Aliona Vilani took to the dance floor for the second time this series.

The pair danced the Charleston to Chantz’s It Don’t Mean A Thing (If ain’t got that swing). Last week, the pair scored quite a low score of 16 after their dance was a little bit on the stiff side. “It was littered with faults and mistakes. It was a disaster,” Craig told Tony.

This week, Tony said in his VT: “My performance last week wasn’t very good. During the dance I was very nervous and I wanted to get it right. The judges gave us 16 points which was harsh, I was gutted. Being at the bottom doesn’t do much for your confidence.

“The dance this week is the Charleston. At 69, it’s an extreme physical challenge, none of this is easy”.

Tony Jacklin

Judges’ Comments

Bruno Tonioli said: “The most excitng thing about that was the jumper. The timing was off, but there was no swivel in the feet. It wan’t a good Charleston”.

Darcey Bussell added: “I think the difference, the confidence, you hit each lift. You had a smile on your face, you enjoyed it and I did”.

Len Goodman continued: “You’re not a dancer, you’re a sportsman, but well done for getting out there and getting it done”.

Craig Revel Horwood grunted: “The Charleston should be lively and energetic. Yours was limp, lame and lackluster. There wasn’t an ounce of swivel in that. The timing, you was getting ahead of yourself.”.

Tony Jacklin


Both Tony & Aliona received a combined score of 13 from the judges. It as a 2 from Craig Revel Horwood, a 4 from Darcey Bussell, a 4 from Len Goodman and finally, a 3 from Bruno Tonioli.

Following his second dance, Tony said: “Maybe I missed steps, I don’t know? I was in my own world… I didn’t think I’d messed up too bad”.

Strictly Come Dancing continues tomorrow evening on BBC One at 7pm, in which one couple will be given the boot.

Nick Barnes

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1 Comment

  1. XFF on October 6, 2013 at 3:11 am

    It doesn’t help that, in addition to really struggling with the dancing, there doesn’t seem to be any chemistry between him and Aliona. I don’t even think it’s an age gap thing, as there are other couples in the competition with big age gaps who seem to have gelled well, but something seems to be missing from this partnership.

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