Strictly week 5: All the scores and judges' comments

Sam Warner
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We've reached week 5 of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, which means the pressure really is starting to sink in.

Tonight's (October 20) episode saw the introduction of a new judge in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air's Alfonso Ribeiro as a stand-in for Bruno Tonioli, and he certainly brought the fun.

We also got the Couples' Choice for the first time, with two couples choosing their own special dances in an attempt to woo the judges, as well as the first 10 of the series.

As ever, here are the all important judges' comments and scores:

Dr Ranj Singh and Janette Manrara danced the American Smooth to 'Wouldn't It Be Nice' by The Beach Boys



Shirley: "I was feeling the joy today. What a beautiful sunny way to bring us into today's show. Today you are starting to feel comfortable in frame. Keep working on that footwork." (Score: 7)

Alfonso: "It is so hard to start the show, so hard to come out and deliver that dance. But you delivered it." (Score: 7)

Craig: "Alfonso's just like me, always looking for the positive! It did lack leadership, but I loved the routine." (Score: 5)

Darcey: "Its just about focus until the very last beat, but you delivered wonderful lifts with Janette." (Score: 6)


Lauren Steadman and AJ Pritchard danced Contemporary to 'Runnin' (Lose It All)' by Naughty Boy feat. Beyoncé and Arrow Benjamin. Their dance is a 'Couples' Choice' routine – a new category for 2018



Alfonso: "What I think is important about this dance is the emotion of it. I was very happy you got this for the first time, because you have an emotional story to tell." (Score: 7)

Craig: "Acting is all about reacting, and this dance is a physical reaction to an event. I felt like you were delivering a set of still pictures. I think you were very brave out there." (Score: 4)

Darcey: "Such strength and control, choreography complemented your athletic physique. Some elements where you have to breathe more. Contemporary is very difficulty and you made a great effort." (Score: 6)

Shirley: "This is brand new style and I'm so delighted you got it. I felt you delved deep today. I felt like you were not only doing it for yourself, but family and loved ones." (Score: 7)

Graeme Swann and Oti Mabuse danced a Tango to the The Police's 'Roxanne'





Craig: "You kept low in the knee, and it had an enormous amount of attack. I was just missing a bit of passion. You were maybe worried about the technique and lost the fire of it." (Score: 6)

Darcey: "Not bad at all. You've really been working on that frame. You do this little incline of the head which can weaken the clipped changed in transition. Not a passionate performance. But a fierce performance." (Score: 7)

Shirley: "You are a cricketer with great versatility. I thought your emotion was what it should be for an international tango." (Score: 8)

Alfonso: "I love me some tango! What I like about the athletes is that you work really hard to a goal, tonight you had that energy, solid routine. You make me smile." (Score: 8)

Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev danced a Rumba to Elton John's 'Something About The Way You Look Tonight'



Darcey: "Its just really reflecting how the trust is getting stronger and stronger between you two. There were only tiny moments of little jerky closes. That was lovely." (Score: 9)

Shirley: "I feel like a kid in a candy store. You did those spins that took me years to perfect. To deliver that kind of Rumba, I applaud you." (Score: 9)

Ashley: "I love the Rumba because you need to push and pull. It just makes me happy! I loved it." (Score: 9)

Craig: "I also loved that darling. I thought it was absolutely ah-ma-zing!" (Score: 9)

Seann Walsh and Katya Jones danced the Quickstep to Jake Bugg's 'Lightning Bolt'



Shirley: "Well, the beginning was OK. There was moments of having a nice frame. But not your best dance today Seann." (Score: 6)

Alfonso: "The Quickstep was my worst dance, this is something I don't get either. The beginning was fantastic, but it felt like you lost the energy midway through." (Score: 7)

Craig: "I thought that was very messy and you were taking two bigger steps that made it look like a Hoedown. But it was a lively, vibrant performance." (Score: 5)

Darcey: "You do get over-excited. It generated too much excitement, its a shame because I see all the potential there." (Score: 6)

Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton danced a Samba to David Hirschfelder and The Bogo Pogo Orchestra's 'Tequila'





Alfonso: "They might end up at the top of the leaderboard again. You're getting an opportunity to create your own Mona Lisa, each weak you're paining a new picture with her." (Score: 9)

Craig: "I want to book you for my next party darling. That was insane!" (Score: 8)

Darcey: "I have to say thank you, because you put everything in the mix there. The spirit of carnival came alive. It gets a bit wild, but it was gorgeous." (Score: 7)

Shirley: "Week 5, and let me just say for the viewer that was a basic routine, and you brought a basic routine to life. Fantastic." (Score: 9)

Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell danced the Waltz to 'The Rainbow Connection' by Sleeping At Last





Craig: "The movement around the floor was absolutely gorgeous, but I have to say a log had more expression. Technically you're improving, you're one to watch." (Score: 6)

Darcey: "You are actually leading your lady, and that's exactly what you want to see a gentleman do. I was really impressed, you're becoming a real ballroom gentleman." (Score: 7)

Shirley: "You came off the back of a bright Samba, the execution had a vulnerability. I thought it was just beautiful." (Score: 8)

Alfonso: "I actually felt like it was a magical connection. There was a part in the middle where you had an innocent smile." (Score: 8)

Vick Hope and Graziano di Prima danced the Cha Cha to 'More Than Friends' by James Hype feat. Kelli-Leigh



Darcey: "I was not expecting that. Incredibly sexy Cha Cha Cha. Not typical, but I have to admire your conviction. It didn't all come together for me as a whole. But you went for it." (Score: 6)

Shirley: "It took 16 bars before you did anything recognisable as Cha Cha. The expression did not go with the movement. It lacked body action and facial expression. I know you'll come back and fight." (Score: 4)

Alfonso: "You do your thing girl! It was a great time, if you were in a club right now you'd be like 'I'm dancing with her!'" (Score: 6)

Craig: "I had a passion and energy that was obvious, but I think the technique suffered because of that. It was quite a disaster." (Score: 4)

Kate Silverton and Aljaz Skorjanec danced a Viennese Waltz to 'Finally Mine' by Juliet Roberts





Shirley: "We're not in a dip anymore, so a little bit better this week. It was a bit lost at the beginning, but it picked up the Viennese Waltz." (Score: 6)

Alfonso: "What I loved was how elegant you were, you just seemed so happy in his arms. Dance is not about one person, its about that connection." (Score: 8)

Craig: "It wasn't good, but it wasn't bad. I'm sitting where I don't ever sit, on the fence. Falling into the mediocre. You're better than that." (Score: 6)

Darcey: "Really nice quality. My bugbear is the back, I want you to have more feeling in the back." (Score: 6)

Danny John-Jules and Amy Dowden danced a Jive to the Ellis Hall song 'Flip, Flop and Fly'





Alfonso: "It was pretty good! You came out and had fun, that was flying right there! You got down into the floor. Mother Earth is where the power come from." (Score: 9)

Craig: "That is a dance, I think, for the final." (Score: 9)

Darcey: "I have to get up and applaud you, that was extraordinary." (Score: 10)

Shirley: "You broke the seal today and you're on the way up. That was absolutely amazing." (Score: 9)

Faye Tozer and Giovanni Pernice danced the Foxtrot to Bruno Mars' 'Just The Way You Are'



Craig: "You hit each others' legs in first part, and you're so gorgeous at doing the Foxtrot together, and still wondering whether or not I liked it. And I did like it." (Score: 8)

Darcey: "You have this beautiful natural quality. Keep perfecting that beautiful top line. Very nice, that was one of your best." (Score: 9)

Shirley: "There was some decent footwork, but the stride wasn't there for me. Now you've got to start bringing the very best." (Score: 8)

Alfonso: "When the music takes you in a direction, you gotta go with it. He nailed it and you nailed it." (Score: 8)

Charles Venn and Karen Clifton danced a Couples' Choice Street and Commercial routine to 'Get Up Off That Thing' by James Brown





Darcey: "The command of that style was so strong. We know how [physically] demanding Street Dance is and you pulled it off." (Score: 9)

Shirley: "That was a major breakthrough. I just want to congratulate on the fact you were in the bottom two two weeks running and you did that with grace and true gentlemanship." (Score: 9)

Alfonso: "That is my jam! Great choreography. The technique is fun, and boy you were jamming. You are now a contender to win this thing." (Score: 9)

Craig: "You were slightly late on that hanky. If you are in the dance off again, I will feel sorry for whoever is against you." (Score: 9)

Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One.

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