The couples choose one of three styles:
Contemporary (C) contains elements of ballet and modern dance and should be fluid and lyrical, and should contain emotive storytelling.
Street/Commercial (SC) encompasses a range of all forms of urban dance such as hip hop, breakdancing, funks and music videos.
Theatre/Jazz (TJ) is the style of musical theatre, telling a story through dance including modern theatre, soft shoe, tap and even burlesque.
The couple’s choice has no restrictions on frame, hold or the number of lifts.
The best of Strictly
The couple’s choice was introduced into Strictly in 2018 for series sixteen, so we’ve only seen a few routines so far. The highest scoring of these was a theatre/jazz dance from Faye & Giovanni in a Bob Fosse inspired routine in Hallowe’en week which impressed the judges to award them three 10s for a total score of 39 points. The previous week had seen Charles & Karen, who after scoring 25 points for the first four weeks of the series, and being the bottom two for the previous two weeks, gain credit the judges with a street/commercial style dance and rocketed up the leaderboard with 36 points.
The worst of Strictly
As there have only been a few competitive routines on Strictly so far, it is by default that Lauren & AJ take the prize for the worst couple’s choice. The judges liked the storytelling, but felt the dance itself lacked fluidity and connection when transitioning between steps and scored the couple just 24 points.
Scores for all COUPLE’s CHOice performances:
|Lauren & AJ||Runnin' (Losin' It All)||C||5||4||6||7||7||24|
|Charles & Karen||Get Up Offa That Thing||SC||5||9||9||9||9||36|
|Faye & Giovanni||Fever||TJ||6||9||10||10||10||39|
|Stacey & Kevin||Empire State Of Mind (Part II)||SC||7||9||9||9||9||36|
|Ashley & Pasha||Unsteady||C||8||9||10||10||10||39|
|Graeme & Oti||The Trolley Song||TJ||9||7||8||8||9||32|
* In Week 5, Bruno Tonioli was away and was replaced by Alfonso Ribeiro as a guest judge
All dances from highest scoring to lowest scoring
|Faye & Giovanni||Fever||TJ||Series 16, Week 6||39|
|Ashley & Pasha||Unsteady||C||Series 16, Week 8||39|
|Charles & Karen||Get Up Offa That Thing||SC||Series 16, Week 5||36|
|Stacey & Kevin||Empire State Of Mind (Part II)||SC||Series 16, Week 7||36|
|Graeme & Oti||The Trolley Song||TJ||Series 16, Week 9||32|
|Lauren & AJ||Runnin' (Losin' It All)||C||Series 16, Week 5||24|