“Quite literally kicking off the show,” says Tess. Bouncing back from last week’s bottom-scoring samba, they’re doing an upbeat jive to a feelgood anthem. Tina Turner celebrated her 81st birthday this week, so they’ll be hoping to mark it with a return to form. She trips right at the start of the routine, sadly, but recovers well. Could be lighter on her feet, up on the balls, as this looks a little flat and lumpy. A bit messy, a few mistakes, but loads of energy.
Music: River Deep, Mountain High by Tina Turner.
Judges’ comments: Shirley says: “Hit and miss, some of it was outstanding, there were mistakes and you lost your way but you picked it up like a pro.” Motsi says: “I had goosebumps, right amount of energy, you brought it back.” Craig says: “Lost balance at the beginning and it set you off on a wobbly, need to be higher in toes, lost footing, forgot routine but a lot better than last week. This was your dance, it just went horribly wrong.”
Judges’ scores: 6, 6, 7 for a total of 19 points. Adrenaline got to me, says Clara. Dance-off danger.