It’s always horrible to say farewell to a couple this close to the final. Last year AJ left with Claudia at the same stage, and sadly tonight he and Mollie were eliminated following the closest dance-off ever with Gemma and Aljaz.
From the moment we first saw Mollie and AJ together we could see they had great natural chemistry on and off the dancefloor. They have become the hardest working couple this series and whatever happens we’re sure they’ll be soulmates and best friends forever.
Mollie’s growth as a performer has been immense and her confidence has grown with each step she took. From her tentative jive to her accomplished Waltz, Quickstep and Charleston for us she was one of the most improved contestants this series.
AJ’s patience and dedication helped Mollie’s improvement and his choreography protected her whilst also challenging her as a performer.
What we loved most about Mollie was how she always had something lovely to say about everyone who left and she was gracious in defeat too. We will miss seeing her in the final. Here are Mollie and AJ’s best bits in picture form:
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Tonight, our fab-u-lous five couples took to the floor not once, but twice in an effort to win a place in the final. Some of their dances really surprised us and what surprised us even more, was Craig found his 10 paddle (again!) *Does a Victory Dance*
Away from the dancefloor we had Darcey and Bruno competing to replace Len’s “Pickle me Walnuts Catchphrase.” *Finds herself having to explain what Speedos are to her 7 year old* Neither were as catchy, but we’d like you to vote for which won it for you:
We had more competition with Shirley and Tess dressing as human glitterballs. (I’d like to think I set the trend when I visited Planet Strictly last week.)
Loving Shirley & Tess’s outfits tonight, but we have one question. In a Glitterball fashion competition who would win?#Strictly
It was an uh-may-zing night of dancing and whatever happens tomorrow, all five couples can stand proud at what they have achieved.
Here’s what we thought of each of the performances tonight:
Joe and Katya
American Smooth – It’s always hard to be first out onto the floor, but Joe performed this dance brilliantly. It was a performance full of glamour, grace and presence. It reminded us of something out of an old Hollywood movie. Katya’s outfit was truly beautiful and has made its way onto our list of costumes we’d love to wear. Her choreography this series has truly wowed us. It took risks and Joe led and performed the lifts like a pro. We recognised one of the lifts from her American Smooth with Ed Balls (the one where he nearly dropped her on the head) but it was great to see the lift performed as it should be. In fact, Joe was so good, my 7 year old declared he is as good as one of the professionals. We thought they deserved a 10 for this dance (it was on a par with Ore and Joanne’s American Smooth from last year.) The judges gave him 35/40
Argentine Tango – After only performing lifts once during the whole series, Joe has 2 dances with lifts this week. We loved the modern interpretation of an Argentine Tango. When we first heard the song choice, we were a bit doubtful as to how successful it would be, but once again Katya’s choreography made it a performance to remember and a performance worthy of a place in the final. Ok, there was one tiny stumble, but I think this dance for us has become the dance of the series, because of this moment
We thought they deserved a 10. The judges awarded them 35/40.
Mollie and AJ
Samba – Samba is a notoriously difficult dance and Mollie admitted this dance was not like her at all. All things considered, she performed this dance to the best of her ability. The solo bits and shimmies were spectacular, but in hold she seemed to look a little lost. Her dress was stunning and it did look like she was having a brilliant time. We thought she deserved an 8. The judges awarded her 24/40
Waltz – Mollie has always looked more comfortable in the ballroom and this dance was miles better than the Samba. It did make us a little bit emotional and Mollie looked stunning once again in her dress. The choreography was traditional and AJ put a lot of pivots in. If there’s one thing Mollie always looks like a princess in the ballroom dances and this dance was no exception. We thought she deserved a 9. The judges gave her 32/40 (her highest score of the competition.)
Alexandra and Gorka
Viennese Waltz – After some really bad articles in the press, the song choice “Everybody Hurts” seemed really appropriate. The performance was full of emotion and admittedly we did end up blubbing like a baby on our sofa at home. It was a beautiful performance and just perfect in our eyes. We thought she deserved a 10. The judges gave her 39/40.
Salsa – There are moments in Strictly that are deserving of places in the final, and this dance tonight was one of them. It sizzled, was full of spice and we want Alexandra’s dress to wear out in public. There were daring lifts, gorgeous turns and great footwork. It was what my 7 year old would call a “sassypants” dance and deserving of a 10. Luckily, Craig finally found his 10 paddle and awarded them 40/40.
Gemma and Aljaz
Rumba – Last week the judges criticised Gemma’s acting ability. This week she showcased her acting skills in a gorgeous rumba. It had control, beautiful romance and gorgeous choreography. Added to this it was performed by one of our favourite songs. It did make us a little teary and emotional. Gemma has come so far on her journey this series and this dance proved that. It did have a beautiful soft quality whilst having lots of control. In our eyes she deserved a 9. The judges gave her 30/40
Tango – From a soft dance to a dance full of determination. This performance set the ballroom on fire. Once again Aljaz’s choreography complimented Gemma’s skill and she performed this dance with precision and great drama and agression. We loved it and thought she deserved a 10. The judges awarded her 32/40
Debbie and Giovanni
Jive – Debbie has surprised us this year with all her performances. This jive was super fast and Giovanni did not make it easy for her. We thought she coped really well with the choreography. Was it her best dance? Maybe not, but when we grow up, we want to be able to dance like this. We thought she deserved a 9. The judges gave her 34/40
Foxtrot – A truly lovely and wonderful dance. Some judges didn’t like it *nudges Craig* and claimed they broke the 10 second rule *nudges Craig again* but rules are there to be broken. We loved the feel of this dance and it ended the semi-final in style. It was full of elegance, glamour and the sort of dance we’d love to perform if we were ever on Strictly. We thought she deserved a 10. The judges gave her 36/40.
So that concluded a brilliant semi-final. Who were your favourites tonight? Vote in this poll below to let us know:
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It only feels like yesterday that the class of 2017 stepped onto the dancefloor for the very first time, and now we are approaching the semi-final. This series has flown by!
Earlier this evening we learnt the dances each of the couples will be performing this week. They will take to the floor not once, but twice on Saturday. Everything could change, but here are our predictions of what will happen this weekend:
▪Alexandra and Gorka are performing a Salsa to Finally by Cece Peniston and a Viennese Waltz to Tina Arena’s version of R.E.M’s Everybody Hurts – After being in the dance-off two weeks in a row will Alex and Gorka triumph and land themselves in the final? We have a feeling they will set the ballroom alight with their Salsa and make us all melt into a mush on the floor with a gorgeous Viennese Waltz. We think that Craig should get his 10 paddle out this weekend for one if not both of these dances. If not, my 7 year old is planning on making him one tomorrow after school, so we are hopeful he will be able to use it at the weekend and give this couple the perfect score they deserve.
▪Debbie and Giovanni are dancing a Foxtrot to Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder and a Jive to I’m So Excited by the Pointer Sisters – Two beautiful songs which will make a perfect Foxtrot and a Jive. Debbie’s elegance and grace will suit the Foxtrot perfectly. Her Latin has always been good but we agree it sometimes feels like it’s missing a little something to make it perfect. Will she make her latin perfect for the semi-final? We think she may. We predict 9s and 10s for Debbie and Giovanni.
▪Joe and Katya are performing an American Smooth to Have You Met Miss Jones? By Robbie Williams and the Argentine Tango to Human by Rag n’ Bone Man – Joe is turning into a dancing unicorn! His Samba (performed to a song better suited for a Charleston) last weekend wowed us and we’re sure that his American Smooth will impress us just as much. The choice of the Rag n’ Bone man track for an Argentine Tango is an unusual song but we think it could create a memorable dance which will see this couple make their way to the final. We predict 9s and 10s for this couple.
▪Gemma and Aljaž are dancing the Rumba to Beneath Your Beautiful by Labrinth featuring Emeli Sandé and a Tango to My Sharona by The Knack (Royal Blood cover) – We love both these songs and think that both dances will showcase Gemma’s ability. She is an actress and the judges criticised her lack of acting during last week’s show. Rumba and Tango are both very performance led dances which require a certain amount of acting ability. Will she pull it off? We think she will and hopefully she’ll be in the final. We predict 8s and 9s for this couple.
▪ Mollie and AJ are Waltzing to Angel by Sarah McLachlan and performing a Samba to Whenever, Wherever by Shakira – We love both these songs too and if performed well, we think Mollie will surprise us and make her way into the final. She has started coming out of her shell (my 7 year old said to me earlier “she isn’t a tortoise mummy!”) and we predict a beautiful ballroom routine followed by a sassypants Samba. We predict 8s and 9s for this couple at the weekend.
So those are our predictions. As we have done each week, we’ve added this weekend’s songs to our spotify playlist. You can list and subscribe by following this link below:
Do you agree with our predictions? Let us know what you think will happen on the floor this Saturday? Who are you looking forward to see the most? Who do you think will make the final? Tell us by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.
On Saturday night, I may have been on Planet Strictly, but I left our twitter page in the small but very capable hands of my 7 year old, Bella! (She was being supervised and assisted by Daddy during the night.) After the show I asked her to help choose a Picture, A GIF and one Caption of the week to add to our weekly post.
Here are the moments she chose followed by the reasons why she chose them.
Pic Of The Week
Bella chose this moment as she really liked Gorka’s outfit (he looked like he’s wearing a lollipop) and Alexandra let go and went for it in this routine. It really suited her and was in Bella’s words super-Cali-fragilistic-expialidocious.
GIF of the Week
Some moments on Strictly are unforgettable and remain memorable for ever. It’s safe to say when this dance was performed on Saturday night, my eyes at Elstree started leaking. Bella’s chosen this moment as in her words it was purrfect and Debbie and Gio have magic powers because they make fireworks when they dance!
Here at the Strictly Support Group, our Monday mornings normally are taken up by little Bella talking us through her favourite moments from Saturday night’s live show. Change is always good, and this week things are a little different here at Strictly Support Group HQ.
If you follow us on twitter, you’ll know (after 13 years of trying) I was lucky enough to get tickets to go and see a live show! I left Bella in charge of proceedings on our blog. If you haven’t already read her blog post, click here to see what she thought of Saturday night’s show.
I always said if I was lucky enough to be an audience member, I would give you a diary of what happens. Here’s what happened during my day on Planet Strictly.
Friday Night 6pm
After work I head to my lovely friend’s house (she lives about 10 minutes away from Elstree. She’s never got tickets and is in need of a treat, so I decide to take her.) We have a lovely meal then I set an alarm for 3.30am so we can get up and head out to Strictly.
Saturday Morning 4.45am
After throwing on lots of layers (it’s -1.5 degrees celsius), hats, scarves and a thick winter jacket we make our way to Elstree to get our tickets verified. When we get there (around 5.30am) we’re surprised as some people have already been there (since 2am!) We have hot chocolate in a flask (which I liken to Mary Poppins’ bag as it never seems to end) to keep us warm whilst we wait.
Saturday Morning 9am – 10am
Result! Our tickets are finally verified. Time to head off home, to warm up, grab a coffee or two or three and have a quick nap to catch up on our beauty sleep and head out for brunch.
Saturday Morning 10am – 11am
Slight problem, my excitement levels have hit kid on Christmas Eve level meaning I cannot snooze. *Realises she’ll need a lot of coffee to fuel her through tonight’s show*
Saturday Morning 11am – 1pm
After a very short snooze, we head out for a brunch before returning back to my friend’s house to get glitterified.
Saturday Afternoon 1pm – 3pm
Let Glitterifying commence. *Grabs her green sequin dress and gets glitterifying.* By the time I’m finished I look like a glitterball, so I get started on my friend and give her some sparkly eyes so she also looks like a mini-glitterball.
Saturday Afternoon 3pm – 11pm
We head back to the studios at Elstree where we get ready to be let onto Planet Strictly. Although we were a little confused which direction we needed to go in, we soon realised as we saw an army of Strictly fans wearing sparkly shoes and dresses ready for the occasion. We arrive at the studios and before we know it it’s time for us to go in!
Phones are not allowed in the studios, for understandable reasons, but it is a once in a lifetime experience and we think if we did have our phone we’d have been a little distracted.
When we enter the studio we immediately start star spotting. We see Denise Lewis, Charlotte Hawkins, Russell Grant and Ed Balls (and yes, he did Gangnam Style with Tess and Claudia.) The warm-up act really helps get you in the mood. We’re introduced to all the cast and band as well as the judges and you just feel like you’re in a wonderfully sparkly world. We’d have been quite happy staying there.
The opening group dance was recorded and truly impressive but what impressed us more were the live performances. Each and every single one of them was deserving of a place on the West End stage and they quite literally blew the roof off Elstree Studios they were that good. Our favourites of the night had to be Debbie and Giovanni (I was moved to tears watching that live – I did have tissues but my mascara run leading me to look like a panda 🐼), Joe and Katya (who wowed us with a Samba to a piece of music better suited to a Charleston/Quickstep and Alex and Gorka (who were truly phenomenal.) The Dreamgirls routine has made me ask for Dreamgirls tickets for Christmas. The Leading Ladies dance was just phenomenal and possibly the best thing we have ever seen live. The dance-off shocked us (you can hear the shock in the audience even louder than at home) but as the people next to us in the audience said “Nobody’s safe at this stage in the competition.”
There are things you don’t get to see watching the show live on TV at home that you do see when you’re in the studio and we have to say that the backstage crew work tirelessly to ensure each and every dance is perfect. We’re also pretty impressed with the number of quick changes in the show. It takes me long enough to get into a dress, let alone put on a whole outfit with appropriate make-up. Wow!
It was a truly amazing night, made even better when we bumped into some of our favourites afterwards. I don’t think I’ll ever forget my time on Planet Strictly. If you are ever invited or lucky enough to get tickets, we have one word of advice… go! It is a once in a lifetime experience and Planet Strictly is even more magical in the flesh than it is on TV. Thank you Strictly for drawing my name and making this Strictly fan’s wish come true. I have one question… when can I go back?
Each year on Strictly we see one couple go on a journey, from being a non-dancer to turning into a dancer. This year it was the turn of Davood whose improvement each week has been staggering. Sadly, tonight we waved goodbye to him and his professional partner Nadiya as they were eliminated following a dance-off against the dancing unicorns Alexandra and Gorka.
From week one, we could see that Davood had potential and with Nadiya’s teaching he has become a dancer. Nadiya produced some daring and challenging choreography which truly amazed us week after week. Ok, it may have broken the rules, but rules are there to be broken. For her first year, she has given us some amazing routines and we’d love to see her return to Strictly next year.
It’s not only Nadiya’s choreography that impressed us, Davood’s progress has been incredible and he has won our award of the Most Improved Strictly Contestant 2017. Their chemistry was palpable and we’re sure they will remain friends for life.
We will miss seeing them in the Semi-Final and really hope he will continue dancing as he has made amazing progress.
We’d like this post to become a tribute to them and a place where you can leave your messages for them. Comment down below with your messages for them and we’ll make sure they see them.
There are about 10 things I love most in the world and the top three are Strictly, Unicorns and Musicals. Tonight’s Strictly made me really excited because it was Musicals Week. I was even more excited because Mummy was in the audience tonight which meant two things:
1) I got to play Where’s Mummy?
2) She let me take over on twitter and the blog tonight (with daddy’s help!)
It was a magical night that I gave a 5 Star review. Here are my thoughts on each of the performances and the group dance:
The Group Dance – I’ve never seen Oliver, but it looks like a lot of fun. Daddy told me that the pros had coal on their faces, but I think they had nutella on their faces. I like the opening routines on theme weeks because they always look like so much fun. I liked AJ’s singing. He should be in a Strictly choir, or in Little Mix, if they want a boy in the band.
Gemma and Aljaz’s Quickstep – I loved Gemma’s dress. It looked sparkly like a glitterball. I also liked her hair because it looked like a donut. If she got hungry, she could eat the donut. The dance looked really good and lots of fun. When I grow up, I want to dance a Quickstep like that, but I’d dance it with Giovanni. I gave them 10, but I think Craig was really grumpy tonight because they only got 29/40. Craig needs to watch out because Santa’s watching and anyone who’s naughty will go on the naughty list.
Mollie and AJ’s Rumba – Mummy told me if the dance was naughty I needed to close my eyes and cover my little sister’s eyes tonight. It wasn’t naughty, it was really nice and so good I think Mollie and AJ deserve a really nice treat from Father Christmas for that dance, even though they performed a lift that Craig thought was naughty. I loved Mollie’s dress and thought the dance was really beautiful. I gave them a 10. The judges gave them 31/40.
Joe and Katya’s Samba – I was a little confused by the music because I thought it should have been a Charleston but I really liked the dance. Katya’s dress was sparkly and stripey like a zebra. I like zebras. The choreography was really good too and it looked awesome. Joe’s make-up scared my baby sister a little bit, so I put some lipstick on daddy and she giggled instead. I liked the dance a lot and gave them a 9. The judges gave them 37/40.
Debbie and Giovanni’s American Smooth – They were cats. I like cats almost as much as I like Strictly. When I grow up, I’d like to dance a dance like this because it was purrfect. Daddy said it was the Cat’s Whiskers and mummy gave me permission to eat her hat if they didn’t get a 10. Luckily the judges gave them 39/40, so her hat was safe. I was happy that Craig was nice to them because as they were cats they could have scratched him. I gave them a 10. The judges gave them 39/40.
Davood and Nadiya’s Argentine Tango – The dance was a mix between a Paso Doble, a Showdance and an Argentine Tango. I really liked the choreography and I liked that Davood can fly. He did it in Blackpool and did it again tonight. I think he must be a Strictly Superhero. I gave the dance an 8. The judges gave them 29/40.
Alexandra and Gorka’s Charleston – This dance was Super (califragilisticexpialidocious) and I liked Gorka because he looked like a lollipop. It was so good I think these two should be in Mary Poppins the musical. I was singing along and dancing at home. I’m not sure if you heard me. I gave this dance a 10. The judges said it was practically perfect in every way, but Craig obviously didn’t think so, because he gave them a 9. I think I’ll tell Santa he deserves to be on the naughty list, so he can get his 10 paddle out. The judges awarded them 39/40 overall.
So there are my thoughts on Strictly musicals week. It was uh-may-zing, fab-u-lous and just as good as something on the West End. I did manage to see my mummy, She was somewhere behind Ed Balls. I don’t think she saw me waving though. From what I’ve heard she had the best night ever! I hope you enjoyed tweeting with me last night. I had lots of fun and hope you like this review too.
I’ll be back later this evening at 7pm tweeting along with the results show. Let me know what you thought of last night’s show by leaving a comment below.
*Jazz Hands* It’s Musicals Week which is one of our favourite theme weeks ever.
*Jazz Hands* What’s more, we’re off to Planet Strictly!
*Jazz Hands* As you can probably tell by the Jazz Hands, we’re very excited, in fact so excited we may burst and spread glitter everywhere.
*Realises she’s probably annoying most of her followers* Yes, it’s Musicals Week and we love nothing more than a good old sing-a-long and a dance. We are very lucky that we’ll be in the audience this Saturday, and will be donning outfits worthy of the glitterball.
As you’ll know, here at the Strictly Support Group, we know there’s no better way to decide an overall winner, than with a poll, so when my 7 year old asked me “What’s the Best Musicals Week Dance ever?” I decided to call on you lovely people to help me decide.
We’ve picked 25 of our favourite ever Musicals Week numbers. All you have to do is click this link below to watch them:
Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to pick your top 3 by voting in this poll:
Voting will remain open until 6pm tomorrow (Saturday night.) My little Bella will reveal the results during her pre-strictly show chat.
All you need to do is click on this link above and save it to your favourites. Every day we’ll ask you a question and you have to email the answers to firstname.lastname@example.org. All correct answers from each day will be put into a draw for a chance to win some fab-u-lous festive goodies once all doors on our calendar have been opened. As in previous years, the more questions you get right, the more entries you get into the draw giving you more chance of winning a fab-u-lous prize!
We’ll also have some bonus prizes over the next 24 days for you to win too, so keep your eyes peeled as it’s beginning to look a lot like a Strictlified Christmas!
It’s Musicals Week this week *Jazz Hands* and for the first time in the history of Strictly, we have tickets to go and see Strictly Live *practises her best Jazz Hands and squeals very loudly.*
On a more serious note, this does mean that I’ll be leaving you in the very capable, glittery and unicorn obsessed hands of my 7 year old Bella *gulps nervously* for one night only *reminisces over Danny and Oti’s Tango from last year.*
Musicals week is by far our favourite week of Strictly. We love a good theme week and when the worlds of stage and screen collide it makes for impressive viewing. We’re very much looking forward to this show and will report back on being an audience member for you lovely people after we’ve returned from Planet Strictly.
Yesterday evening, the lovely folk at It Takes Two revealed to us the dances and tunes which will be gracing our screens this Saturday. We’ve added them to our magical Strictly 2017 playlist just for you:
Here are our thoughts on the dances the couples will be performing this weekend:
Davood and Nadiya will be performing an Argentine Tango to the Phantom of the Opera. When we hear this song, Argentine Tango is not one dance we associate with it. These two ooze chemistry so this dance should be good. We’re hoping the band put an Argentine Tango-esque spin on the music *crosses fingers whilst practising her Jazz Hands* We predict Davood could have a Mark Ramprakash-esque moment with this dance and it could earn him many 10s.
Joe and Katya will Samba to Money Money from Cabaret – Once again, we’ve never heard this song used for a Samba before but we predict great things as Katya is a choreography genius and Joe is the dark horse of the competition. We’re very excited to see this dance and think it will be an epic dance which will truly entertain us. After being top of the leaderboard last week, could Joe top it yet again? His Salsa was astonishingly good, so we think with his Samba this could just happen.
Alexandra and Gorka will dance Charleston to Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – *realises she’s typed quite possibly one of the longest words ever.* On a side note, Alexandra was Eliza Doolittle in Movie week and will now be Mary Poppins in Musicals Week. We’re hoping she flies and think this dance will truly suit her personality. Her quickstep in Blackpool was outstanding and we think this dance could earn her her first perfect 40 of the competition *nudges Craig Revel Horwood*
Debbie and Giovanni perform an American Smooth to Memory from Cats – *Wonders if they will dress up as cats as this would be uh-meow-zing. We think that this tune will make a gorgeous American Smooth *packs tissues as this dance may turn me to a blubbering mess in the studio.* With Giovanni’s Choreography and Debbie’s ability this could be the performance of the night. We predict 10s all round for this couple.
Gemma and Aljaz will Quickstep to Hello Dolly! from Hello Dolly! – Gemma has shown that she is most comfortable in the Ballroom. After her success in Blackpool 2 weeks ago, we think this dance will really suit her character. We predict this will be a fab-u-lous routine which will score Gemma 9s and 10s.
Mollie and AJ dance the Rumba to I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables – *Realises she’ll need a box full of tissues as this song also moves her to tears too* On a more serious note Rumbas have tended to leave me feeling a little awkward. It’s like a dance you should not really be watching on TV and is certainly the dance I’d least like to do if I were on Strictly. AJ’s choreography has been incredible this series and we think that this dance will be a beautiful and elegant Rumba. Will Mollie get the hip action? Her improvement over the past few weeks has been staggering. Ballroom is her strength but being back in the latin, she’ll have a chance to show us all what she can do. We predict 8s and 9s for this couple.
So those are our predictions for the week ahead in the world of strictly. Do you agree? Let us know by commenting below or tweeting @scd_support. We look forward to hearing from you.
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