Is there anything to the idea that you’ll do better dancing a samba to a samba track and a waltz to a waltz track? We’ve looked at every track from Strictly Week 3 and given it our very own paddle score. means it’s the best it can be and means “why oh why are they dancing to this track??” Eyes down, best tracks first:
Judges score 35. Aston & Janette danced a Cha Cha to Can’t Stop The Feeling! from the Trolls movie – great choice! The original tempo for this track is 113bpm, but the band took it up to the perfect cha cha cha tempo of 120bpm on the night. It’s been cha cha cha’d in TV dance shows in France, Germany and Poland.
Judges score 32. Joe & Katya danced the Viennese Waltz to Somewhere My Love from Dr Zhivago. A nominal Viennese waltz is 180bpm but that’s often much too fast for beginners, so it’s really sensible that they took it down to 149bpm on the night.
Judges score 33. Alexandra & Gorka danced the American Smooth to Wouldn’t It Be Lovely from My Fair Lady. It’s a great Foxtrot and so suited to the American Smooth. At a tempo of 115bpm on the night perhaps a teeny bit slow, but very enjoyable
Judges score 15. Ruth & Anton danced the Rumba to Diamonds Are Forever from the James Bond movie; it’s a great rumba and on the night the band played it at 97bpm, keeping the tempo of the original track.
Judges score 29. Debbie & Giovanni danced a Quickstep to Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off by Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers from Shall We Dance; this has a good quickstep feel but at 176bpm it’s slow. On the night the band played it at 198bpm, close to the perfect quickstep tempo. Interesting to note that some people credit the track to Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong, but that version is a foxtrot at a tempo of 126bpm!
Judges score 31. Gemma & Aljaž danced a Charleston to the Jungle Book’s Bare Necessities. At 206bpm, this is more of a quickstep, but the band played it at 232bpm which made for a great Charleston.
Judges score 30. Mollie & AJ danced the American Smooth to Climb Every Mountain from The Sound Of Music. They took the tempo down low from the original’s 104 to 87bpm. Perhaps to give Mollie time for the complicated lifts?
Judges score 25. Davood & Nadiya danced a Samba to Stayin’ Alive from Saturday Night Fever. Surprised that on the night the tempo went up to 110 from the original’s 104bpm – a much better tempo for the samba.
Judges score 22. Brian & Amy danced the American Smooth to If I Only Had A Brain from The Wizard Of Oz; in the original only some sections are a good foxtrot, so wisely that’s what they kept to in this dance. They lowered the original’s tempo and it was great for Brian to dance to.
Judges score 14. Rev Richard & Dianne danced the Paso Doble to Flash from the movie; surprised that the tempo was kept at the 106bpm of the original, rather than heading towards 120bpm of the nominal paso doble. Had a slow static feel about it for a paso doble.
Judges score 26. Jonnie & Oti danced the Paso Doble to The Raiders’ March from Raiders Of The Lost Ark; very dramatic and at 138bpm on the night they’ve taken the tempo well away from the 120bpm nominal.
Judges score 19. Simon & Karen Clifton danced the Quickstep to You’ve Got A Friend In Me from Toy Story. This track’s normally a foxtrot at 115bpm. Here the band had re-arranged it and sped it up to 192bpm. The vocalists could hardly fit the lyrics in at this tempo. Dancing With The Stars USA did the same thing a few seasons ago – perhaps it’s catching!
Judges score 20. Susan & Kevin danced a Samba to the Wonder Woman Theme. It’s a cha cha really and at 117bpm isn’t a good samba tempo. So Susan did incredibly well to hear the samba rhythm in her mind’s eye as well as dealing with the fast track.
Judges score 17. Charlotte & Brendan danced the Tango to Danger Zone from Top Gun; the original track has a tempo of 157 and would be a jive. So choosing it as a tango – normally at 132bpm and only taking the tempo down to 144 for the show is strange. Charlotte did well as it hasn’t got a good tango feel.