Strictly Come Dancing 2016 – Week 8 Discussion/Poll

It’s week 8 and Blackpool is in sight. But before the 8 remaining couples can head off to the bright lights of Blackpool they have to survive one more week.

Who deserves a pass to the tower? And who shouldn’t bother packing their bucket and spade? You can let me know your thoughts on that or anything else to do with this week’s Strictly right here in the comments section or by heading on over to Facebook or Twitter (please remember to tag @davejthorp and include #StrictlySpoiler on Twitter)

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Week 8: Who's your favourite? (choose up to 3)

  • Danny and Oti (20%, 3,153 Votes)
  • Louise and Kevin (18%, 2,850 Votes)
  • Ed and Katya (15%, 2,312 Votes)
  • Claudia and AJ (14%, 2,164 Votes)
  • Robert and Oksana (11%, 1,770 Votes)
  • Ore and Joanne (9%, 1,481 Votes)
  • Greg and Natalie (8%, 1,283 Votes)
  • Daisy and Aljaž (4%, 659 Votes)

Total Voters: 6,849

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  • Anna Pickett

    Really loved Danny this week.

    And Ed’s I couldn’t not watch however much I tried! BIZARRE!!!

  • Jackie Drew

    Loved the sentiments expressed by the Judge, he really is a nice chap!

    • Jennie M

      Totally agree Jackie

    • Martin

      I don’t know what it is bit I really don’t like him

    • Linda A

      I agree with you Jackie – he has a lovely partnership with Oksana and is what the competition is all about.

    • Jane McGrath

      I love his passion and happiness in his dancing. Go Robert

      • LT

        Another under marked obviously not a judges favourite

  • Vhari

    Have to agree with the comments Craig made re: Daisy. At least I seemed to be watching the same dance as him. Think Greg tried too hard and thought him attempting to swirl the scarf like a cape ended up looking slightly comedic.

    As for Ed….well he’s certainly different lol. Oh and I think we can blame him for the Mariachi band (think he brought them over from when he was on Channel 4 on Wednesday night).

    P.S. Did anyone else catch the Mary Berry drinking game that seemed to taking place tonight? Seemed she and things related to her were mentioned a few time

  • Aidan Tagg

    Go Ed… to Blackpool. What about those lifts! Wow.

    • Linda A

      I agree – but the judges as usual chose to ignore the good bits of his dance!

      • Pamela

        There werent ang good bits thats why they didnt mention them

        • Missus Bee

          There was a lot to praise – timing, lifts etc and it was fun!

    • Jane McGrath

      Katya was pretty brave after the AS but he did really well

    • spudchik

      Terrible music and cringeworthy precedents (dance moves) from original video. Hope he survives this week to dance with Katya at Blackpool, as he mentioned last week.

  • EcoGrandma

    I hope Ed gets to Blackpool …in recognition of how hard he has worked & has improved week by week….after that he will probably not be able to compete with the others.
    I would like to see Greg in the final….also Danny…

    • Martin

      Really that would mean someone who can actualy dance would gave to go

  • Martin

    Seriously Ed is getting embarrassing now. He really needs to go. Everyone else is a better dancer.

    • Beth Killen

      Yes, he’s pushing much better dancers out of the competition!

      • Missus Bee

        But it’s down to the public – it always becomes a personality test at this point in the competition. I’m hoping he’ll get to B’pool and will then go – good luck to him tho’ he’s brilliant fun and great entertainment

      • Cathy

        I pay my licence fee to be entertained and Ed has made it worthwhile for another year

        • Graham G Pearson

          If you’re not entertained by the real dancers on the show then surely you must be watching the wrong show for you 🙁

      • Anna Pickett

        Most of them will have been kicked out later if he wasn’t there

    • Cathy

      not embarrassing at all, the audience were on their feet, you have to be there to truly appreciate

      • Graham G Pearson

        It is not a show for the studio audience – it is a show for the TV audience and therefore views of audience members are likely to be different from those of TV viewers and, consequently, of less significance

      • Martin

        And you’re there?

      • Martin

        Just look at the judges scores. He is about the only person they score accurately. Most of the others have some dance ability. He doesn’t period! It makes a mockery of the whole show he’s got this far. It’s the same every year. The publics craving for seeing the deluded make idiots of themselves keep such people in that it makes a mockery of the show. It’s a dance competition. Vote off the people who can’t dance!

  • Suzi Dawson

    Ed is on shaky ground now, he’s clearly the worst dancer left. I really hope he goes soon as it’s just cringeworthy now.

    • Cathy

      sorry I don’t agree, by far the most entertaining dance this series, amazing lifts for a novice, no stage school etc

      • Suzi Dawson

        Greg hasn’t been to stage school either. Ed is this year’s novelty act but for me the novelty wore off long ago.

  • Louise Jane Bell

    Is it only me that thinks Ore is overmarked almost every week?

    • Jennie M

      I agree, the judges seem to favour him regardless

    • Gina

      He’s partnered with a Clifton.

      • Linda A

        And works for the BBC!

        • Graham G Pearson

          Although so did Naga and it didn’t do her any good!

    • Mandiow

      And Danny under marked….Jay all over again!

      • Louise Jane Bell

        Agree jay was my hero last year but always undermarked

        • Mandiow

          Absolutely!
          I frequently watch his dances again and whilst Ore as Danny are FAB… they’re not Jay!
          Legend!

    • LT

      Definitely over marked! Also greg under mared again

  • Martin

    Not being funny but what are the people going for Ed watching. It’s a dance competition and he is a joke.

    • Linda A

      Think it is a bit nasty to call someone a joke – it is an open competition and the public are free to vote how they like. He is no worse than Jeremy Vine and he got to Blackpool last year.

      • Jane McGrath

        Agree

        • Pamela

          Thats why he keeps getting through because hes a joke … well people are laughing anyway. Hes a hopeless dancer

          • Linda A

            Yeah and in the top half of the Spoiler poll every week!

          • Pamela

            Well thats the great british public for ya.. theyre voting for fun when you are supposed to vote for talent

          • Linda A

            Personally I cannot dislike any of them – they are all going out on live TV every week giving it all they have got. I couldn’t do it.

          • Pamela

            Its a great mix of charactors thats for sure and its what makes SCD great !!

          • Tamjo

            I vote for who makes the effort, who has improved, not someone who has been trained before the programme. But I didn’t know BBC issued rules on how to vote!

          • Pamela

            They dont but it is a competition… and as such i always vote for those who performed best and thats not always the same ones every week. It would be interesting to know just who had ballroom and latin training before the show started as far as im aware they all started as beginners in that field at least. Anything else they did in the past means nothing the only advantage is that they have a sense of rhythm and musicality and others have that naturally

          • Missus Bee

            Calling someone who is really trying, who is working hard and improving a joke is really very unkind – I’d like to see you do it!

          • Pamela

            I agree that he tries very hard but even with all the effort and small improvements hes still terrible on the plus side he is a genuinely nice guy who its nice to get to know. Its just that all the others are much much better

          • Cathy

            he is not a hopeless dancer, watch more carefully, he has learned so much. He has not been to stage school, like so many others on this show

          • Pamela

            I do watch trust me …
            I see fun …yes
            I see entertainment …yes
            I see effort…. yes
            But technique…no
            Content…. no
            Sad but true

      • Missus Bee

        Agree – he is what SCD is all about – someone who can’t dance, learning, improving and loving every moment. Watching him is so much more satisfying than watching some one who is brilliant from day one. Ed gives us all hope!

      • Cathy

        far more talented than Jeremy

      • Anna Pickett

        I can laugh at him and enjoy his dances but can’t vote for him. I would much rather give my votes to Danny and Claudia

  • Martin

    My final 3. Claudia, Louise, Danny. Easily the best 3 dancers.

  • Pamela

    God… i certainly hope Ed doesnt get to blackpool!!!! I mean really!!!.
    My best ones daisy ore and louise. Hope they all get thru not really bothered about the others. Ore isnt overmarked hes a great dancer and louise and daisy are just growing week by week
    Fab week ……. loved it

    • Cathy

      Ore was boring this week. Ed most entertaining, thank you. Go Ed!

      • Linda A

        Totally! I think Ore peaked early and he looked really nervous tonight.

  • Pamela

    On a lovely note werent judge rinders grandparents adorable Awwww so lovely

    • Missus Bee

      They were – and his comments were lovely!

      • Pamela

        I agree… and hes inproved a lot i really love the banter between him and craig as well lol

  • Emily Astbury

    Is it just me who completely agreed with Craig and Darcey about Danny’s AT? Argentine Tango’s aren’t supposed to have that much attack, and it was far too busy for my tastes. AND he needs to stop leading from his arms, that’s something very rookie for somebody of Danny’s quality.

  • Beth Killen

    Did no one else notice Danny pushing Oti away when she tried to hug him? Wonder what was going on there…

    • Cathy

      yes. saw that, a problem there?

    • Pamela

      Yeah did notice that there was some friction in the clauditorium… not sure why

    • Angie Bishop Barletta

      I missed it!

    • Jacqui Blake

      Oti is coming across as possessive and clingy and I think Danny is trying his best to distance himself from her actions – very good call as I don’t think his girlfriend/wife should have to put up with Oti’s behaviour, she’s been inappropriate since week one

    • John

      Surely it was not about Oti. He had just mentioned to Claudia that he had had a tough week, which showed in his face throughout the interview and the scoring. Clearly a moment of mixed emotions, which must have gotten stronger by the surprisingly negative comments from the first 2 judges.

  • Linda.newark

    i noticed danny did not look very happy at all with oti he did push her away, loved judge rinder really hope he gets to finals because he has improved so much, but what really peeved me off was the girls shouting undermarked behind kevin that was very unprofessional

    • Alison

      He did say that Oti had been holding his hand all week as he had had a tough week and dedicated the dance to his Dad. This was said whilst Claudia was talking over him so was not too clear to hear.

  • Linda.newark

    my final 3 are claudia, judge rob and danny

    • LT

      Mine too!

      • Linda A

        Good 3 choices. Nice mix of experience and good partnerships.

  • Angie Bishop Barletta

    Thought Louise was fantastic. I love Ed, his lifts were great this week. I’d like to see him get to Blackpool.
    Im just not getting Daisy. She doesn’t seem to be progressing at all. I think it will be Daisy and Greg in the dance off.

    • Doreen Margaret Yates

      I agree I love Louise and Kevin. Like Ed too. Think he is really improving and funny. Think Greg and Daisy will be in dance off too

    • Beth Killen

      Yes, they seem to be the only couples who haven’t really improved at all.

  • Anna

    Can I just take the light off the celebrities for a moment and say how amazing I think Oti’s routines are. Seriously, her choreography is so clever and original every week!

    • Jaybee

      She is brilliant – but Danny is too slick, dance trained at stage school and overmarked

      • Anna

        I absolutely agree 🙂
        That’s why I said that for once I want to talk about her 🙂

      • Graham G Pearson

        Rubbish! Any training at dance school is of virtually no use here. Because one has had professional football training does that mean one can play tennis? Does learning French at university mean one can speak Japanese! I would suggest you have no idea about stage school dancing and ballroom dancing – they are chalk and cheese situations.

  • Stephanie

    Ed and Katya are just brilliant. What a team! He seriously killed those lifts! I’m impressed and thoroughly entertained.

  • Rachel Grimes

    I don’t enjoy watching Daisy at all. The judges are raving about her but I don’t see any excitement in her performances. Danny was amazing tonight, so too were Louise and Greg. I’d like the three of them to appear in the final. As for Ed, he’s the best ‘novelty’ dancer ever!!

    • Missus Bee

      I haven’t warmed to her at all, can’t put my finger on it, but she seems insincere:-/

    • Graham G Pearson

      Daisy was superb last week in the Viennese Waltz which was quirky and full of charm, but generally I agree with you.

  • Lee Morris

    Loved the dancing, but thought Joanne and Karen’s behaviour with the undermarked in the background quite unpleasant and cringey!

  • Sarah Thomas

    Re everyone complaining about Ed still being in: you do realise it’s because he keeps getting public votes, right? As far I I recall he’s only *not* been bottom of the ‘board once and hasn’t been in the dance off as of yet. Surely if a rather large number of viewers i.e. those who pay the licence fee want to keep him in, he deserves to be there?

    On a less whiny note, Danny and Claudia have really grown on me, would love to see them in the final!

  • Donna Douglas

    I loved Edd and he was doing tricky steps. Why no praise from the judges and Gregg is good.

  • Ella

    I personally think that Danny is over marked every week! No offence to Oti, but most of the routines revolve around her, and Danny isn’t connecting with the public. I still have no idea why he’s so popular. (Just my opinion)

  • Scarlett

    Ore is overmarked every week. It’s driving me mad. The judges are watching something else to what the viewers are. And Danny is getting the same treatment as Jay last year – Consistenty undermarked and never receives the credit he is due.

  • Graham G Pearson

    Why do the judges whether straight or gay, male or female, always favour the women in the competition when they all admit that almost always the dancing is a lot harder for the man. What they say and how they vote are ridiculous. To the judges’ eternal disgrace they never once gave Jay a 40 despite him being the best (male) competitor of all time and yet people like Caroline Flack (who was nowhere near as good as Jay) got a whole string of 40s. Look at how the judges fawned over Pamela Stephenson (OMG) and others. ALL the judges need replacing with ones who are not biased and are not two-faced. Two-faced? How can Craig say that they had never seen a level of dancing like that of Jay’s jive and still not give him 10? Scandalous!