I know I have some readers not from the UK, so bear with me here; Strictly come Dancing is a TV programme here in the UK where they take non-dancing “Stars” and pair them with a dance professional and then compete for the ultimate title of winner of Strictly Come Dancing. At least that is my take on it.
Now as I am out dancing most nights and even when I am in I watch little TV, I have so far managed to avoid every episode of this circus.
This weekend however I had to work Saturday and Sunday night, so Viv was home alone with just the television for company. She, like I, had been badgered to watch “you should see xx’s tango” is often the cry, so this Saturday she saw Patsy Kensit and Robin Windsor’s Tango, note I missed out the word Argentine. See for yourselves http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsSubO8qlCw
Every cliché is there; The Chair, The hat, the stiletto’s even the six o’clock shadow, but what is not there is a single thing that is real AT. There is no lead, no connection, no feel for the music and more importantly what about the music; “I’m sorry”, but OMG you should be, at the risk of repeating myself, ask any Argentine what tango means to them and to a man they will either talk about the great musicians, or they will say it is all about the touristas. You don’t get much more touristy rubbish than this. Is it beyond the ability of the great BBC to play some actual Argentine Music?
OK so now I was close to kicking the computer across the room (I watched t the next day on youtube) then Viv told me to watch Anne Widdecombe and Anton DuBeke doing a Rumba, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Goc36SOdKIA Now I am hooked and I am posting my colours to the mast “Anne Widdecombe to win Strictly”
So why? you may ask, well here goes. First of all, forget the “fact” that all these stars are novices, that is utter rubbish, although some are, most have been to some sort of fame academy in their youth. Although trained as something else, anyone who knows anything about these places will tell you that they always cover a wide range of stage skills, acting, singing and dancing. So the novice dancer argument is out of the window, except of course for one aging Parliamentarian.
So we have professional dancers, leading some one who has at least some basic skills except of course for poor old Anton DuBeke. Now I have been around the local dance scene for over fifteen years and have come across many Annes but few, if any Patsy’s. I would not dream of putting myself in Anton’s league, but can still understand his predicament. Anyone can look good with a good dancer on their arm but to lead someone like Anne takes real skill, so let me hear it for the most skillful man on there.
Now Anne has taken so much flack, from the judges, the audience and the public. How does she respond? with great good humour. She never takes herself too seriously and although you can see she really is trying, she smiles through it all.
Can I say here and now “Anne Widdecombe, I never liked you politics, but you are never the less a STAR, and if you win I for one will be cheering”
Strictly was never about the dancing, if it were then Come Dancing would still be on the TV. No it is a popularity contest. You choose who you would most like to win, wether or not they can actually dance. Ask yourselves, who gets the standing ovations from the audience and who alone has revived a program that was dyeing on its feet.
Now lets hear it “Anne Widdecombe to win Strictly”