Amy Dowden dishes dig over Cynthia Erivos Strictly scores: ‘I felt the emotion
Strictly: Amy unimpressed by judges scores on Musicals Week
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Strictly Come Dancing returned to screens for musical week and unfortunately one couple was left disappointed with their score. After being in the joint bottom, Tom Fletcher’s professional partner Amy Dowden shared her thoughts on being scored a seven by Cynthia Erivo.
In a recent episode of the Strictly spin-off, It Takes Two, Amy and Tom joined host Rylan Clark to discuss their performance and rehearsals.
On Saturday, the contestants battled it out for another week and took to the stage to perform routines inspired by movies and theatre productions for Musical week.
Amy and Tom performed from the Couple’s Choice category to My Own from Les Miserables.
Unfortunately, they failed to please all the judges as the newly appointed Cynthia Erivo scored the pair a seven even though the others gave them an eight.
Speaking to the duo, Rylan asked for their opinion and asked: “Do you think that was a seven dance?”
Amy responded: “Absolutely not when I watched that dance back and I‘ve watched it so many times, I couldn’t ask for more from Tom.”
She explained: “In four days it was full-on choreography, to dance it the way he did I felt the emotion on every single step.
“Tom was playing the part of Marius and as the musical, Tom delivered the correct emotions for each movement in that dance,” she concluded.
Rylan interjected and said: “This is what I wanted to discuss because if you’re a fan of Le Mis you completely get that.
“But the judges did say ‘we felt like you held back on the emotion’ but that’s what was supposed to happen,” he explained.
Tom stated: “I feel like that was quite difficult going into the dance-off, feeling like well I can either give the judges what they want or stay true to the story.”
The musician added: “And all the lifts, that was choreographed in unrequited love, so every time Amy came to be lifted it was me pushing Amy away.”
Broadway star Cynthia filled in for Craig Revel Horwood after he was diagnosed with Covid and in her feedback, she wanted to see more emotion with his performance and told him not to hold back as he almost cried on stage.
Sadly the low score saw Tom and Amy face Rhys Stephensen and Nancy Xu in the dance-offs.
Rhys and Nancy reprised their performance with a Jive from the Footloose musical and after a majority vote, they were saved.
Cynthia explained: “This was really tough, I think both couples did such a beautiful job, but there was just an edge in this couple’s dance.”
“I really enjoyed it, thank you both for doing what you did, but Rhys and Nancy I choose you,” she concluded.
This meant it was the end of the road for Tom and Amy, as fellow judges Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke also went with Cynthia’s decision; it meant the couple were confirmed to be eliminated.
Despite this, head judge Shirley Ballas confessed she would have voted to save Tom and Amy instead.
Tom shared he was “gutted” to leave the competition but said he had the “best time” and had “loved every second of it”.
Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday at 6:35pm on BBC One.
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