Poise, grace and style

Some things come out of this Strictly business:

1. People do seem to want to go on about it. The Mail tries it on with yet another post and people come in commenting. My attitude is that if it’s something people enjoy, then good on ‘em.    That type of show is not my thing but there you are.

2. The social fallout though was very interesting. For someone not watching, to read all the comments makes for an interesting study.   Just look at this pic of the four contestants and let me make a quick comment on them:

The best two, to me [leaving dancing aside], look to be N1 left to right and N3.   N2 seems too full of herself and N4 seems to have no place whatever in there – she seems weird, out of it and not nice in the least.   Strangely, it’s the feet, the way the contestants stand, which gives them away.

Then names were put to them – N1 was the winner and she does have looks and poise but her after-win drunkenness betrayed her chav roots, N2 was a ring-in, a real dancer they slipped in there, N3 was very much “the lady” and therefore my favourite and N4 was plain awful, as all the slapping down of her subsequently seems to confirm.

3.  I must be a woman because it’s been said that men like N4 and women don’t.   I don’t like her at all.   She has no style or grace whatever, just like Andie Macdowell.  N2 is pretty awful too, graceless.

4.  Someone said that if it had been about dancing, then N2 would have been streets ahead – so what were the ground rules?

Take a look at the famous Cyd Charisse and this gives an idea:


… which was a contrast to her masculine persona in her power dancing.   But all the comments I’m reading on Strictly seem to come back to poise, grace and style – it’s what people are looking for, with perhaps humility in that mix as well.

Trouble in these times we live in is how to find that again – perhaps we might.

4 Responses to “Poise, grace and style”

  1. Sackerson December 24, 2013 at 16:25 Permalink

    It’s about vulnerability or the appearance of it – Elizabeth I showed she knew that when talking to her Parliament (“Yet this I count the glory of my Crown, that I have reigned with your loves.”) Whether artlessly or artfully, AC threw herself onto the hearts of the audience and they chose to catch.

    Hardwood: No one ever made money out of good looks and charm! Blackadder: You obviously haven’t met Lady Hamilton, sir.

  2. James Higham December 24, 2013 at 16:37 Permalink

    Indeed, Sackers. Perhaps it also comes down to the obvious, male or female – someone who cares in many ways, someone who isn’t full of him/herself. This has just come out in the cricket too.

    Coming back to the audience, well they’ll always accept someone who plays to them and not herself, especially if she genuinely seems to enjoy them. You can’t fool people that much and falsely pretend to care, seems to me.

  3. wiggia December 24, 2013 at 17:30 Permalink

    It’s a show James, my wife who I have said before was a competition dancer used to show a mild interest in the show at the beginning.
    From her point of view the minute the choreography was changed to suit the failings of the competitors ie the actual dances became a pastiche of what they should be and the intros in what is only a one and half minute dance started to take up an ever larger part, she stopped watching.
    Plus the ridiculous markings for this from professionals who in some cases have judged in competition is purely for show as are many comments, but if people get pleasure from watching, that’s fine, but you can’t take it seriously.

  4. Kryten December 24, 2013 at 19:12 Permalink

    No 3 is Sophie Ellis-Bextor – talented,great singer, seems to be a good mum, not a tabloid limelight seeker – and classy – though I suspect James wont like her tattoo! :-)

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