Strictly Come Dancing 2021: The 10 Best Dances of Movie Week, Ranked

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Come dance strictly returns this weekend with one of the biggest shows of the series: its special cinema.

First introduced in 2014, Strictly‘s Movie Week sees contestants perform a selection of dances inspired by Hollywood’s greatest blockbusters, with comedy, action, and kids’ films all given Strictly treatment over the years.

But what makes Movie Week such a great performance? Watching the role is obviously the key, and you can always expect this theme to bring out some of the best hair, makeup, and costumes that Strictly has to offer.

Ultimately, however, it’s the dancing that gets its mark, with the best performances managing to show off the celebrity’s skill – something they often haven’t quite found yet, with Movie Week coming up. usually around week three of the competition – while also featuring a choreography that captures the essence of the films they pay homage to.

Here are 10 of the greatest Strictly The dances of the Movie Week, classified …

10. Kellie Bright and Kevin Clifton – Star wars Charleston

With EastEnders actor Bright and Clifton disguised as Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker, this Star wars-The Charleston theme is one of the silliest dances on this list. But surprisingly enough, it works really, really well. The “Cantina Band” instrumental theme is perfect for a Charleston and allows the duo to perform fun, synchronized movements and impressive tricks. It also marks one of the rare occasions when a prop doesn’t just seem like a waste of time and the inspired use of lightsabers as canes manages to mix up an ultimately very traditional routine.

9. Seann Walsh and Katya Jones – The matrix Paso doble

Comedian Walsh might not have been the strongest dancer on the show – and his behind-the-scenes demeanor ended up eclipsing his performances – but when it comes to the Movie Week dances that encapsulate the spirit of the film. from which they are inspired, that Matrix number is one of the biggest. A swirl of varnish and leather, Walsh and Jones both look incredibly powerful as they dance, with clever choreography seeing Walsh pulling his partner by one leg, as well as recreating the iconic slow-motion recoil seen as a bullet passes overhead. Genius.

8. Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton – Sing in the rain American Smooth

Drawing inspiration from a movie that is already a musical has its pros and cons. Yes, the references are there for you, but that naturally leads to a direct comparison to the original. This beautiful dance, on the main song of Sing in the rain, manages to be the best of both worlds, paying homage to Gene Kelly without sinking into parody. Oduba is light-hearted and Clifton’s choreography, especially when the duo dance while holding an umbrella, is effortlessly charming.

7. Ed Balls and Katya Jones – The mask Samba

The “joke competitors” can go to Strictly with little expectation of them, but there are professional dancers who are always determined to get the slightest shot from their partners, regardless of their natural ability (or lack thereof). We saw it earlier this season with Bill Bailey’s spectacular quickstep courtesy of Oti Mabuse, but the queen of that method has to be Jones. Labor politician Balls had all the signs of being destined to adapt poorly to novelty tracks, but under Jones’ training he grew into a pretty impressive dancer. This “Cuban Pete” samba is one of his best; Balls is clearly being pushed to the limits of his abilities, but manages to bring both skillful movement and comedic good timing to this fun routine. It would be easy for Jones to just dance around him, but she doesn’t (as she didn’t in her legendary “Gangnam Style” routine either), which is a testament to her talent as a choreographer and teacher. .

6. Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez – My beautiful lady American Smooth

Everything about this routine to “Wouldn’t you be in love” with My beautiful lady is quite charming. With her red skirt and black hat, Burke looks every inch the lady like Eliza Doolittle and even in the first few weeks of the competition she clearly presents herself as a fantastic dancer, with a natural flair and a few small hops and jumps. very ballet. . Gor-juss, as Craig Revel Horwood would say.

5. Dev Griffin and Dianne Buswell – Aladdin Street / Commercial

Still a relatively new concept to Strictly, the Couple’s Choice routine allows contestants to choose their own dance genre from the Street / Commercial, Theater / Jazz or Contemporary categories. Unlike the more classical dances, these have fewer rules and therefore are a bit harder to judge, but Griffin and Buswell’s dance on “Friend Like Me” is one of the best. With Radio 1 presenter Griffin disguised as a Genie while Buswell is Abu the Monkey, the dance begins smoothly, albeit quite simply, but quickly turns into an impressive showcase of street dance moves and a few major lifts.

4. Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse – Zorro’s mask Paso doble

Mac was one of those contestants who struggled to shake off the narrative that he had “previous dance experience,” meaning that while he was arguably the best male celebrity to appear on Strictly (an opinion I will carry to my grave) he was never going to win his season. But that doesn’t stop her dances from being some of the most impressive performances you’ve ever seen. In the grand classification, this Zorro-The themed number probably wouldn’t even make its top five performances, but it’s still a traditional, fast-paced, dramatic Paso of the highest level.

3. Faye Tozer and Giovanni Pernice – Fat Quick step

If I told you that “You’re The One That I Want” was going to be danced on Strictly, you’d be just assuming it was the soundtrack of a fast-paced Jive or similar routine. Instead, these performances are one of the fastest Quicksteps you’ve ever seen, with Steps star Tozer and Pernice flying around the dance floor at lightning speed (greased). Dressed up as Sandy and Danny, they both look like the absolute part, and there are bonus points for Pernice’s dramatic cry of “Faye!” at the top, which is never funny.

2. Aston Merrygold and Janette Manrara – Trolls Cha cha cha

On a weaker dancer, dressing up as a blue-haired troll doll from a children’s movie might eclipse a performance, but that luckily wasn’t the case when it came to JLS star Merrygold. Cha-cha-cha-ing to “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake, Merrygold and Manrara are a blur of fun in bright colors. The routine cleverly mixes excellent Cha-cha basics with Merrygold’s natural skills for street dancing and is a reminder that Merrygold deserved much better than the 10th place he ended up placing. Seriously, how did Ruth Langsford and Anton du Beke beat that?

1. Jay McGuinness and Aliona Vilani – pulp Fiction Swing

It’s hard to imagine that when Strictly started in 2004, it would become a TV show deemed “cool”. But that status was firmly cemented by the film week of McGuinness, star of The Wanted, to a mix of “You Never Can Tell” and “Misirlou” from pulp Fiction. When it comes to costumes and makeup, the pair just look the part, but the way the routine quickly shifts from John Travolta’s nonchalant groove to some of the sharpest movies and kicks ever seen on Strictly is truly unique. From the back of the hair to the peace signs, every second carries an incredibly cool swagger that manages to make even the toughest moves seem effortless. It’s a performance that has made strict history, earning the couple 37 points (still the highest score from Week 3 in the show’s history) and arguably winning the entire series for them. Every jive since then has been compared to Jay’s, but no one, in my opinion, has ever managed to make it look so good.

Come dance strictly continues Saturday October 9 at 6:45 p.m. on BBC One


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