Ahhhhhhhhhhhh! It’s good to be back home (Television Centre). It’s nice to go away but it’s always good to come home to your own bed (dancefloor?)

Our couples will want to feel right at home again as well. Some people were overwhelmed last week whilst others hit the Wembley dancefloor running – who will fly high tonight?

We’re backstage capturing all the last-minute goings on AND our duos first thoughts as they step off the floor. It’s going to be a bumpy one. Metaphorically anyway.  

"Oh Denise I was petrified I was going to drop you!" - James

"Four nines... I'm shocked, I really am" - Nicky

"Bruno knows clearly more about sexiness than I do" - Michael

"If we have to do that dance again I don't mind, as I LOVED it" - Robin

"I literally feel like I've been in a fight!" - Louis

"I tried my best but unfortunately in Strictly my best is bottom of the board" - Victoria

My Joan Collins pout? It just happens!" - Kimberley

"I felt like a tiny Beyonce" - Dani

Hair we go!

Robin and Vincent. Hello boys!

Louis does a bit of work experience

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  • Comment number 228. Posted by superiorwee-lassie

    on 26 Nov 2012 16:00

    Denise and James- I didn't like the song choice, maybe because I felt it was too understated for an American Smooth but apart from that, really enjoyed Denise and James routine, her whole body was smooth and beautiful to watch. I think she now knows how to showcase her body in the best way. In the beginning, she did struggle but now, it comes so naturally to her. It was a very emotive dance and I loved the lift at the end the best.

    Nicky and Karen- My god, Nicky completely blew me away. I loved the beginning of the routine, really reflected the mood and style of the dance. Great piece of music which really suited the Charleston. I liked his swivels in the legs, great tricks and stunts that Nicky coped really well with particularly the speed of the dance. I liked Denise's Charleston last week but I think Nicky's topped hers, it was his best dance and I'm glad that the Judges marked it accordingly.

    Michael and Natalie- I'm a bit half and half with this. On the one hand, thought Michael did really well, coped with the lifts and had attack, could have done with a bit more drive in certain places but he did a great performance but on the other hand, I can't help feeling the dance was showing Natalie off more than Michael but still not a bad dance.

    Dani and Vincent- One of the best Samba's in the competition, apart from Kimberly's. Dani coped really well with the change of rhythm and the bounce action. Great song choice. Great hip action. She really kept the energy up till the very end of the dance and enjoyed her running promenades (sorry if I spelt it wrong).

    Louis and Flavia- I liked the song choice, it suited the Paso very well. I loved his shaping. I felt he could have been a little bit more sharper in places but he coped really well with the choreography and I thought he did a good performance of the dance and I enjoyed watching it.

    Kimberly and Pasha- Kimberly looked sensational, her look this week was one of my favourites from all the other dances she has performed. I really liked the start at the Judges table, so fiery. The Judges were right, it really set the mood from the start. I thought she was very sharp, I thought her posture and footwork was good. Her performance had great attitude and attack, ending brilliant. One of the best Tango's and I can't wait to see their Argentine Tango.

    Lisa and Robin- I have to admit I was not looking forward to the dance because I thought it wouldn't suit Lisa and it didn't but it was better than I thought it was going to be and I could see the effort she was putting in to it. I thought she looked very beautiful with her hair, makeup and dress, it was my favourite look for her.

    Victoria and Brendan- Loved the song choice, I didn't think it would but it did suit the mood of the Salsa. I thought her Salsa was good, okay, her movement was a bit tight at times but the Judges didn't mention how well she coped with with the choreography except for Darcy. She coped well with the lifts and getting in and out of them. I think the problem with Victoria is she doesn't believe in herself, she can dance. It might have been a good idea to have brought her to a Salsa club to get into the mood of the dance but it isn't as bad as the score makes out.

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  • Comment number 227. Posted by Badger128

    on 26 Nov 2012 13:11

    225.MrsArcanum I like Dani and disagree about the no ball.
    The following is quoted verbatim form your post. 305 for Wembley Live Show.
    "Dani & Vincent. Sorry but Dani just doesn't do it for me."

    Yes I did write that...my fault but a typo...it should have read "Sorry but Dani just didn't do it for me" I will make sure that I read properly before posting in future. When she does a good dance I will recognise it!!!!

    I too quote verbatim: This blog 220 “I don't have favourites, I pick what I think is the best dance each week, after all it is a Dance competition”

    I still feel that you shouldn't express what you think other posters think.

    223.gorscot Yes I believe Denise did have dance lessons when she was young. Tap and Modern...Not Ballroom and Latin. I can't comment on what she did in theatre as I haven't seen a show with her in it. When did you go? Was it good?

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  • Comment number 226. Posted by PennyJ494

    on 26 Nov 2012 00:39

    Felt compelled to post my first blog as I am becoming so angry at the constant negative comments Louis and Flavia are receiving. It's really spoiling this series for me and I think its disgraceful. I actually had to walk out the room last night. Louis may not have the acting skills that some of the other contestants have, but is technically better than any other male celebrity I have seen from any series even in the early stages of the competition. The judges have hardly given him any positive feedback in the last three weeks: no wonder he is becoming more downcast. He is still young and has ADHD to cope with: constant negativity would undermine anyones confidence. I am surprised that the judges are getting away with the obviously unfair comments and undermarking. Louis is a wonderful dancer to watch. The public obviously think so too.

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  • Comment number 225. Posted by MrsArcanum

    on 25 Nov 2012 21:23

    @ Badger128 post 220.

    I like Dani and disagree about the no ball.
    Last week you clearly stated you didn't rate her and nothing has changed in your opinion for this week, so it would seem you are not a fan. Each to their own. ;¬)

    The following is quoted verbatim form your post. 305 for Wembley Live Show.
    "Dani & Vincent. Sorry but Dani just doesn't do it for me."

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  • Comment number 224. Posted by gorscot

    on 25 Nov 2012 20:18

    Met through a niece who works in theatreland who actually was very complimentary about her! Saying that doesn't count is like me saying I have no training in ecoomics because I've not used my degree in my working life. Compare that with Louis or Victoria or Michael who are true amateurs!! And don't insult us by defending the indefensible!

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  • Comment number 223. Posted by gorscot

    on 25 Nov 2012 20:02

    Badger. Get your facts right! Denise had dance training bothin her childhood/early teens, including armography, footwork, posture, shaping etc. She later had Professional one to !o one training in relation to stage roles; it was one of those professionals who I

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  • Comment number 222. Posted by MissBeverley

    on 25 Nov 2012 19:47

    What happened to the class acts that are normally on the results show????

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  • Comment number 221. Posted by pasopeter

    on 25 Nov 2012 19:42

    Hi cassiemondo. In answer to your question SCD is predominantly a dancing competition but there are a few danced where you have to portray different characteristics e.g passion in the Tango and the Paso Doble, Love and Romance in the Rumba and the Argentine Tango

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  • Comment number 220. Posted by Badger128

    on 25 Nov 2012 17:26

    218.MrsArcanum Dani (I know you don't rate her but many do)

    If you was playing cricket, you have just bowled a No Ball!

    I've nothing against Dani so please don't make comments on what I think..I don't have favourites, I pick what I think is the best dance each week, after all it is a Dance competiton....But last night I thought her dance was stompy and jerkey...no flow. Which followed by being overmaked.

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  • Comment number 219. Posted by patmil

    on 25 Nov 2012 15:30

    Have read all the above comments. Can't agree with those who think that Louis was under-marked - the chosen music did not allow a proper Paso. Think that Darcy is a breath of fresh air and an excellent judge. Like Dani and Vincent and often think that they are undermarked in comparison to Denise. Denise and James admitted to making mistakes but they still received a 10 - arguably favourtism which will not endear her to much of the public. Michael is my favourite but agree that the dance did not suit him. AT is more suitable for shorter people e.g. Flavia and Vincent, and for a couple of a similar height. Not happy with dance-off. Hope they will dispense with this once there are, say, six couples left. It can get to a stage where the viewers' favourite is still in the dance-off and eliminated by the judges.

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