Strictly Come Dancing Halloween Week: Sophie Ellis-Bextor underwhelms judges with her untimely Jive!

by Nick Barnes

Strictly Come Dancing

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Brendan Cole have the Jive this week to ‘Maneater’ by Hall and Oates.  Earlier this week, the star admitted that she prefers the criticism from the judges, but she also admitted that she’s struggling with her confidence.

This week Sophie admitted she is finding learning the Jive, as well as getting into character, a bit of a struggle.  To help her overcome this she invited Brendan to a Halloween party with her girlfriends who helped her prepare for the part.

Last week, Sophie and Anton received a brilliant score of 30, but her Cha Cha had the judges split. Len said it was too staggered, whilst Bruno claimed it was “saucy”.

Dancing to Maneater, and after a long intro, the pair bounced into Jive action which, apart from a few minor timing issues, seemed to go really well.  Add in a cart-wheel and some judge interaction things were going OK, but it did seem very obvious to us that Sophie was holding back a little, afraid to let herself get lost in the spooky spirit of the dance.

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Judges Comments

  • Len Goodman: “You are a very competent dancer,  The thing is you need to come out with more confidence, more impact you need to come out and really perform.  it was better than last week but there is so much more in you that could come out on this dance floor.”
  • Bruno Tonioli: “I think you had too much blood, you became a bit heady and leggy.  You have a wonderful sense of style, great performance value but at this stage now there are certain requirements needed with much more precision.  Your kicks have to be in the beat, you have to be sharp and really pull your feet.  And your timing tonight wasn’t as good as it always is.”
  • Darcey Bussell: “The Jive is full of energy with an immense amount of bounce and sharp kicks but the only problem is with your knees, which all the way through are bent which is a real shame because they are beautiful when they work, but you didn’t get into any strong sharp kicks.  You still had the most fabulous entertainment value and the style and energy was there.”


Both Sophie and Anton received a combined score of 28 with a 6 from Craig Revel Horwood, a 7 from Darcey Bussell, a 8 from Len Goodlam and a 7 from Bruno Tonioli.

Strictly Come Dancing continues tomorrow evening at 7:20pm in which another couple will be given the boot.

Nick Barnes

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