Saturday 24 February 2018

Strictly stunts slammed

Len Goodman rails against props used in routines

Anita Dobson after dancing the Cha Cha Cha to Uptown Girl by Billy Joel
Anita Dobson after dancing the Cha Cha Cha to Uptown Girl by Billy Joel

Donna Bowater

IT has already attracted more headlines for its increasingly risqué outfits and routines than its dancing, but Strictly Come Dancing's stunts even appear to be testing the temper of head judge Len Goodman.

The ballroom traditionalist was exercised on Saturday night over the performances of pop singer Holly Valance, actress Chelsee Healey and former footballer Robbie Savage.

It comes as fans of the show have catalogued a total of 56 props, including a Venus fly trap, a giant shell and a petrol pump, used during the performances.

Last night, former EastEnders actress Anita Dobson became the latest celebrity to leave the competition after performing a cha cha cha with Brendan Cole while her regular partner Robin Windsor recovered from a foot infection.

She received 30 out of 40 for her routine, which was criticised by Craig Revel Horwood for its "lack of sharpness".

But it was Savage who was given short shrift for his finale in which he pulled off his dancing trousers to reveal a pair of blue football shorts and socks after performing to Hot Chocolate's You Sexy Thing.

A clearly despairing Goodman told the pundit: "There was a lot of good content – you did well. Then you somehow get possessed and you have to reveal yourself. It turns into Match of the Day all of a sudden."

Calling for fewer gimmicks in his routine, he added: "You do it good and then you stick all that stuff in."

The 67-year-old was also underwhelmed by Valance's unconventional foxtrot with her partner Artem Chingvintsev.

"The bit of foxtrot you did was good but when you watch dancing, your eyes focus on one thing and your ears are taking in something else and for me, it disturbed me a little bit," he said.

"I'm a Timex watch in a digital age. I would have much preferred for it to have been a traditional foxtrot."

Raising his voice while commenting on Healey's Argentine Tango, Goodman decried the pair's lack of passion.

"You're an actress, you just have to act the dance. You don't have to elope with the guy. Just act the dance," he said.

Strictly fans picked up on Goodman's bad-tempered remarks, which came a week after he attracted hundreds of complaints for calling fellow judge Craig Revel Horwood a "silly little sod".

Twitter user John Holland said: "time 4 len goodman to go. he's getting boring crabby and plain rude."

Carolyn Cairns also wrote: "Len goodman definitely got out the wrong side of bed this morning. Rude," while Tanya Peasgood tweeted: "Len Goodman really doesn't understand the Argentine Tango does he ..."

Viewers have also highlighted the growing number of props used during the showy routines.

A forum member, using the name StigOfTheKrump, listed the 56 items used by the celebrities and their professional partners in the series so far.

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