Strictly Come Dancing: Ashley Taylor Dawson dances a “beautiful” and “terrific” Waltz, but his head drives Craig nuts

by Nick Barnes

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This evening, Ashley Taylor Dawson and his professional partner took to the dance floor as they performed the Waltz to Claudia Streza’s I Will Always Love You.

In his VT this evening, Ashley said that performing at Blackpool was “something very special”. He had a great score but his next ambition is to break the 10s. This week, it’s the Waltz and he has to be “gliding across the floor,” according to Ola. In a bid to make him glide and be a bit more light-footed, Ola took tim to swim with some sharks and the pair danced their waltz under water.

Last week, Ashley scored a huge 35 points with all but Craig giving him a 9 – Craig scored him an 8. The comments were favorable for his dance but his costume turned a few heads – a cowboy with a cape… it didn’t work.

This week was yet another romantic dance for Ashley, which he always performs week with. It was a beautiful, heart-felt dance with an amazing song choice. Great footwork from Ashley this week… but is it enough ti get him the 10s he wants?

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Judges Comments

  • Craig Revel Horwood: “I thought you coped well, your expression was very, very good. However, your head is driving me absolutely mad as it keeps inclining to the right… you’ve got to sort that out”.
  • Darcey Bussell: “The control… you really rose to the occasion. You glided effortlessly across that floor, well done. Craig is right, when you tense up on a turn you do a slight tilt… just relax”.
  • Len Goodman: “You’re like your initials – ATD: Attention To Detail. It had light and shade, you sped in, as the music built you went into it. The Waltz isn’t an easy dance, it’s a big dance. The head thing is a little thing you have to work on but overall, that was terrific”.
  • Bruno Tonioli: “Beautifully handled. I’m so impressed as the music and the timing in that song was very hard, but you glided through it with elegance. You set the mood so well”.


Ashley & Ola received a combined score of 35 with an 8 from Craig, a 9 from Darcey, a 9 from Len and a 9 from Bruno.

Strictly Come Dancing continues tomorrow evening at 7:20pm with the all important results show.

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