Strictly Come Dancing: Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s first Argentine Tango receives mixed reviews

by Nick Barnes


The amazing Sophie Ellis-Bextor and her professional partner Brendan Cole took to the dance floor this evening to dance the Argentine Tango to Tanghetto’s ‘Sweet Dreams’.

Sophie said she loved her performance last week, but she lost her routine last week. This week is the Argentine Tango, which audiences love according to Brendan. “It’s definitely challenging… week on week, I’m normally not aware of the judges but I can see them in the corner of my eye,” she said.

Last week, Sophie and Brendan danced the Jive and scored a respectable 28 points. Bruno said that there was too much blood, but she has a good sense of style. Darcey added that the Jive is full of energy but the only problem was her knee action.

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Judges Comments

  • Craig Revel Horwood: “There were a few unstable moments. At the beginning you lost your balance a little bit. When you did that wonderful hook spin lift, getting up from that you looked a little precarious. You were holding yourself so solid it looked like you were going to fall over, but I absolutely loved the routine”.
  • Darcey Bussell: “Each lift you got into, you had beautiful lines. It was so clean and it was very difficult to do [the spin lift]. The boys are right, if you did what you do with your body, with the shapes, then we’d have such a rounded performance”.
  • Len Goodman: “The ballroom Tango is far more formal, you get into the hold and you stay in it…  with the Argentine Tango you can do lifts and you can change the dynamic. Brendan, fantastic choreography! It was so interesting to watch, all the ingredients were there. I’d like a little more passion though”.
  • Bruno Tonioli: “You always have an incredibly stylish eye… the shapes, the choreography, the lines – wonderful. There’s a gutsy feeling with the Argentine Tango, sometimes it’s good a bit of dirt and we have to see that”.


Both Sophie & Brendan received a combined score of 32 with an 8 from Craig Revel Horwood, an 8 from Darcey Bussell, an 8 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. Shirley on November 9, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    The woman looks stylish but clearly relys on her partner to put her into the correct shapes or am I completely blind

  2. XFF on November 10, 2013 at 1:31 am

    Sophie was my favourite to win, but I’m starting to lose faith in her a bit. The steps were all there, but – as the judges said – there was no performance, no fire and attack. The chemistry between them was also missing. Her personality is very cool and understated, but she needs to learn how to emote and exaggerate everything so that it translates into a proper performance. Louis had the same problem last year, and he benefitted from seeing an acting coach, so perhaps Sophie should try that?

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