The People’s Strictly – Show 1 Recap. Warning: You may need tissues! 😢

There is normally a glittery hole in our TV schedules lasting around nine months, from just after Christmas until September, so as soon as we heard The People’s Strictly was going to be on our screens and filling a whole 4 weeks of this glittery hole, we did everything humanly possible to ensure we didn’t miss it! 

Last night, we all sat down with our Strictly Snacks to watch this inspirational and wonderful programme. We instantly regretted not buying tissues while we did the Supermarket Shimmy, but have put these on our list for next week. Not even 10 minutes into the show and this happened:

https://twitter.com/scd_support/status/570691533298655234

We met the first 3 of our everyday heroes as they found out they were going to be on the show and took their very first steps.

We met the lovely and truly inspirational Heather Parsons, who has dedicated her life to making sure that families of those in intensive care are looked after. We also met the heroic Cassidy Little, who as an ex-Royal Marine, is a true hero in his own right. We also met the wonderful Michael Pattie who himself has proven that Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but about learning to dance in the rain, having become the most active and succesful fundraiser for Meningitis Research Foundation in Scotland.

Heather and Ian – Team Heatherwaite



Michael and Aliona – Team Alipattie

Natalie and Cassidy – Team Natalie Cassidy

We heard their background stories, which truly moved us to tears (and made us regret not having a sparkly tissue box.) We also saw them being truly surprised and learning they were going to be on The People’s Strictly. Heather was surprised with a Supermarket Shimmy from Joanne Clifton, Russell Grant and lots of fantastic dancers. We like to think this is what shopping trips are like on Planet Strictly.  We saw Cassidy being surprised by the Royal Marines Band, Brendan Cole, Kimberley Walsh and lots of dancers in Portsmouth, and we saw Michael being surprised by the lovely Alison Hammond and Anton Du Beke, in operation Secret Santa at a Christmas lights switch on.

We also saw our couples meet their professional partners and take their first steps in the ballroom. Heather went to Vienna to learn the Viennese Waltz (and met a Kevin from Grimsby look-a-like.) Cassidy went to Madrid to the Spanish National Ballet to learn the Paso Doble (and lots of cape wafting) and Michael got to go to Eastbourne to learn how to tango from the masters of tango, Vincent and Flavia. They all looked naturals in the ballroom, and it goes to show that us fans know just what dances look like. For us, they are all truly winners in their own right and it’s going to be extremely hard to choose the overall winner.

We feel this quote sums up the spirit of the show perfectly:



We asked you wonderful people what you thought of the show. Here is your reaction:

https://twitter.com/christinecarr/status/570706274716753920

https://twitter.com/cfc_craig/status/570707609130553344

https://twitter.com/_megann_xxo/status/570708945570037761

https://twitter.com/strictlymorgan/status/570732032428531712

https://twitter.com/radiothechis/status/570737051190079488

https://twitter.com/suzannemayes/status/570854555556155392

We have to agree, it is a truly wonderful, fabulous show and even if it made our eyes leak, we’re going to keep watching and following each of the couples. If you, like us, are a little sensitive, here’s a hug from us.

What did you think of the show? Let us know, either by commenting in the post below or tweeting @scd_support, we look forward to hearing from you. We’ll be back next Wednesday from 9pm to see our remaining 3 heroes, Anna, Trishna and Phil, take their first steps in the ballroom. We hope you can join us then.

Cassie 🙂





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