Post-Blackpool week is traditionally a Strictly slump, and there was malaise in the form of Frankie enduring Viennese, Steve wincing through jive and Mark visibly relieved to survive tango. However, we also had the majestic return of Jake’s hips, Pixie’s jazz hands and Simon’s prospects.
A less-welcome return? Ballroom-lite numbers and accompanying hyperbolic scoring. Like the rest of the nation, I Macarena-ed at home while whooping for Jake, but that was not – repeat NOT – a perfect samba. Steve’s illegal lifts went unremarked upon, and Caroline’s decided lack of foxtrot only got the briefest mention by the judges.