Strictly fans may be wondering how it’s nearly the final of Strictly Come Dancing 2019. Here’s the low-down of what happened on Saturday night’s semi-final.
Starting the evening with a bang, soap star Emma Barton danced a cha cha to Jess Glynne’s Hold My Hand. Although a bit shaky in some places, Emma and her partner Anton du Beke performed the dance with ease and the pair achieved a total score of 31
Latecomer Kelvin Fletcher has practically sailed through to the semi-finals, outperforming his fellow celebrities most weeks. An audience favourite, Kelvin and his partner Oti Mabuse didn’t disappoint with his quickstep on Saturday night to The Lady Is a Tramp, achieving a maximum score of 40. Even Craig Revel Horwood (the grumpiest of the judges) said to an exhausted Kelvin that he had “nothing to complain about”.
Comedian Chris Ramsey and Karen Hauer were next to show off their skills on the dance floor performing a Viennese waltz. In a contrast to Kelvin’s quickstep, Chris’ Viennese waltz was clumsy and had several mistakes which were noted by the judges. Despite only achieving a score of 26, it’s clear the Geordie has improved massively from the beginning and deserves to be in the semi-final.
It was then up to Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden to attempt to improve on their jive from last week, which judge Bruno Tonioli named as “the best jive ever seen on Strictly”. Dancing a dramatic and intense Argentine tango, Karim impressed with his intricate leg work and received a total score of 36, including a 10 from new judge Motsi Mabuse.
After a quick costume change, Emma and Anton returned with a beautiful and elegant waltz which had the whole studio on their feet in applause. The dance, which host Tess Daly called “mesmerising”, showcased Emma’s improvement throughout the series and achieved a score of 36.
Throwing some strong shapes on the Strictly floor, Kelvin’s second dance of a paso doble had Motsi and head judge Shirley Ballas on their feet, whilst Craig described parts of it as “disappointing”.
Opting to do a friendly rumba instead of the usual sensual version, Chris and Karen then delivered an emotional performance to Jorja Smith’s Don’t Watch Me Cry which had the comedian in tears by the end. Even though the judges critiqued the technicality of the dance, their unique rumba certainly managed to move the audience.
Karim and Amy graced our screens with the final dance of Saturday night with their American smooth to the karaoke classic Sweet Caroline. The children’s television presenter, who has been described as a young Gene Kelly on the show, received a near perfect score of 38.
On Sunday night’s results show, Chris and Karen became the 12th couple to hang up their dancing shoes leaving only three couples remaining.