After weeks of languishing at the bottom of the judges’ leaderboard and yet NEVER ending up in the Dreaded Dance Off, Judy Murray FINALLY got the boot from ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.
The ironic thing is that it was actually a SHOCK to see Andy Murray’s mum in the bottom two, given that the voting public have ignored the judges’ view and voted in droves to keep her in.
So what did Judy do differently this week for public support to desert her? The tennis coach made her biggest mistake yet, and that was to DANCE REASONABLY WELL. Woops.
Judy scored a personal best of 24 points from the judges, which included her first ever sevens. To put this into context, the 10 paddles were being whipped out left right and centre at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom on Saturday night. But for Judy, this was a HUGE improvement.
The British public love an underdog, and never is this more evident than on ‘Strictly’. Think Dave Myers from 2013 and John Sergeant before him. And what should an underdog never do? Improve.
Now we could be charitable and assume that the voters were pleased to see Judy reach her peak in Blackpool and want her to leave on a high. Or we could be cynical and assume that the public were only interested in keeping Judy in the competition while she was agonisingly bad.
Whatever reason for ending their support, the public got serious this Blackpool weekend and this gave us one of the very few dance offs that actually made sense this series.
For once, the public agreed with Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli, and the dance off was between the leaderboard bottom two; Judy and Sunetra Sarker.
Unsurprisingly it was a unanimous decision to say goodbye to Judy, given that Craig explicitly said he wanted her off the show in an interview with Now this week (his exact words were: “We’re all hoping that it’s going to be Judy who leaves at the weekend” – don’t sugar-coat it Craig).
There’s been week after week of shock dance offs, with Thom Evans and Simon Webbe’s battle making everyone’s jaw drops, Mark Wright’s emosh bottom two placing after being mid-table, and Caroline Flack giving us an OMG moment when she had to dance off against Alison Hammond.
But now we can all breathe a sigh of relief that the competition proper has begun. With Judy’s exit, and Scott Mills’ in Halloween week, the tide has now turned on ‘Strictly’ and we can get down to the serious business of predicting who’ll make the final and who’ll lift the glitterball.
With Pixie Lott, Frankie Bridge and Caroline Flack all impressing the judges, we’re hoping it’ll be another case of the female contestants coming out on top, on the wave of last year’s all-female final.
Jake Wood started really strong, Simon Webbe is peaking at just the right time, and Mark Wright is maintaining steady progress, so really it could be any of them lifting the trophy this year.
The only celebs we’re pretty sure will miss out on the final are Steve Backshall and Sunetra Sarker (soz guys). But as for the rest of them, it’s anyone’s to win. And that makes ‘SCD’ VERY interesting.