It’s Saturday again! Time for Strictly and our weekly column from Keith Clifton, the proud father of professional dancers Kevin and Joanne Clifton, and father-in-law to be of Karen Hauer.
THE one thing that never ceases to amaze me about Strictly is that it never ceases to amaze me.
There are so many stories, issues and points of interest that it’s no wonder it holds more people’s interest than a simple singing competition on Saturday nights.
For instance, how can a couple in the middle of the leader board, having danced really well, getting three sevens and an eight be in the dance-off?
How can a couple at the bottom of the leader board live to dance another day?
The mechanics of the scoring system allows these anomalies to happen.
If it was just the couple with the lowest score from the judges is eliminated it would not be so fraught and not so interesting.
At the end of the day we still contribute three professionals out of the remaining 12.
Who knows what will happen this week?
Will Scott and Joanne’s Charleston be a blast?
Will Karen and Mark’s Samba be a showstopper?
Will Kevin and Frankie’s Foxtrot be as good as their waltz?
Hopefully they can all get through to Halloween Week, which is always a joyfully themed programme.
I’m continually asked if Kevin, Karen and Joanne enjoy it with all the trials, tribulations and knee-trembling moments.
Of course they do. They are all experienced choreographers and artistes and have taught at all levels and performed on the West End stages and in front of thousands.
They each have different agendas with their respective partners and they enjoy the challenges, the ovations, the pro dances, the guest singers and even the borderline pantomime jibes from the judges.
It’s all part of the tapestry of the “glitterbubble” that is Strictly Come Dancing, the nation’s favourite light entertainment programme, given massive accreditation last week by the appearance of the legend that is Tony Bennett and the brilliant Lady Gaga.
Do the celebrities enjoy it? Yes, but in a masochistic kind of way. It’s like achieving glory and emotional ecstasy through pain and suffering, like finishing a marathon.
Each celebrity has their own personal threshold of pain, level of need to get it right, physical capability, barrier to scathing criticism and starting point in their own personal learning curve.
They are all different in their own way. It’s a similar feeling of achievement, for say Scott, to improve his hold and Pixie to do a splits drag.
Pixie showed her enjoyment by crying, through being emotionally charged by her performance and rightly so.
Kevin and Joanne have similar memories when they danced competitions, achieving a combined level of technical excellence and creative storytelling and reacting in a similar way
Our kids want to win, so do the other professionals, so do the celebrities, but one thing is for sure, they all enjoy the ride and all are very appreciative of everyone who votes for them.
As for us, you can only begin to feel what we go through!!
ON THE WEB: Log onto http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk after the show tonight and the results show tomorrow for results and reaction.
Source: Grimsby Telegraph