12 things we learnt in 2015 thanks to the wonderful world of Strictly Come Dancing!

 The past 12 months have been truly fab-u-lous thanks to the uh-may-zing world of Strictly Come Dancing. Here are 10 things we learnt about Strictly this year!

12) Claudia Winkleman is a Comedy Genius! Ok, we probably knew this one already, but this year Claudia surpassed herself. She dressed up as a Dolphin and an Ostrich amongst many other things and made us smile week after week with her antics. 

11) Terms and Conditions can be interesting. This year Terms and Conditions became something to look forward to.  Poor Bill Payer got made redundant, but we had Dave Arch speaking to the nation for the first time, Mary Berry reading the Terms and Conditions, Joanne from Grimsby dressed up as a dolphin, Jodie Prenger singing the Terms and Conditions and a Synchronised Terms and Conditions a-thon! I wonder how they’ll top it next year!

10) All good things come to those who wait. 10s from Craig are rarer than unicorns, but are worth the wait. Craig’s 10 paddle will only make an appearance in the final when he senses perfection! 😱 Yes, this was the year that Craig Revel Horwood avoided handing out a 10 right up until the final when he gave out multiple 10s. They were truly well-worth waiting for!

 
9) It is possible for a professional to lift the glitterball more than once! Aliona became the first professional to lift the glitterball twice. We also learnt that this was her last series.

8) Dance-offs and results shows can be unpredictable! One couple (Jamelia and Tristan) became true dance-off survivors, being in the dance-off 5 times (that must be a Strictly record surely!) We also had shocks as Kevin from Grimsby survived his first 2 dance-offs with Kellie. Helen (one of the early favourites to win) was also voted out in the quarter-finals *gasps.* There was controversy too with fix rumours which were soon quashed by Stricly and many fans. Results can be unexpected and unpredictable.

7) Everyone loves Jeremy Vine. Jeremy Vine really summed up what Strictly is all about. You don’t have to be the best dancer, but as long as you try your hardest you will win the support of the voting public and their hearts. This was something he did very succesfully. He never scored more than a 4 from Craig Revel Horwood (which got the best reaction ever from him and his partner Karen) but his performances week after week entertained us and Blackpool did seem a bit dull without him. Credit has to go to Karen for her brilliant choreography and teaching. It must also go to Jeremy for all the hours of training he put in.

6) Anton can reach the final (with the right partner!) This year, he was paired with the wonderful Katie Derham. Together they were team Class and Elegance and made it all the way to the final. We can imagine Anton’s Christmas Shopping was a little bit rushed this year, but would love to see him lift the glitterball in the near future.

5) Props can be good (and bad) at the same time: There was amazing use of props in some of the dances, including Kellie and Kevin’s Star Wars themed Charleston, Jamelia and Tristan’s brilliant Barbie doll inspired quickstep and who could forget Jeremy and Karen’s terrific wild-west Tango (featuring Bertie the horse!) However props didn’t always behave. There appeared to be a lot of confusion in Georgia and Giovanni’s Foxtrot with a lost teapot and candlestick. Also hats can be unpredictable at the best of times. Think Katie and Anton’s final quickstep:

4) We learnt what a Gleb Special is! All our professional dancers always produce wonderful choreography, however this year we were introduced to Mr Gleb Savchenko 😍 whose choreography was inventive, creative and challenging. Anita managed to master it week after week. Gleb himself was a hit with the ladies too *fans herself* Here’s one such example of a Gleb Special:

3) If it ain’t traditional, Len won’t pickle his walnuts and will be grumpy! We know the judges all look for different things in dances, however some of our professionals were in for a shock this year as Len didn’t like their choreography. Len famously criticised Giovanni’s Rumba choreography for lacking content, and then saved Katie’s Traditional Waltz over Anita’s Death-Defying Showdancey Salsa in the semi-final. We also learnt that the choreographic genius that is Kevin From Grimsby that he puts a “Len step” in every routine, which is something traditional to impress Mr Goodman. This year more than ever, we learnt that the judges all look for different things with many routines being given varied scores across the board.

2) Theme Weeks are brilliant: We had Movie Week, Halloween and Musicals Week. In all these weeks the Strictly team surpassed themselves with brilliant dances, choreography, music, costumes, hair and make-up! They all quite frankly deserve a glitterball in our opinion for all the hard work they put in to make these shows incredible!

1) We should all keep dancing! Yes, this year Strictly opened up many opportunities for us fans to dance. We had the brilliant People’s Strictly in March featuring some truly inspirational people, then the clever folk at Strictly Come Dancing invited us to #dothestrictly. It got the nation on their feet and dancing and we’re sure it’s inspired many to start Ballroom dancing this year.

So that’s what Strictly has taught us this year. What have you learnt from Strictly?  Comment below or tweet us @scd_support to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

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Strictly Support Group – Tonight’s Caption Competition!

Sometimes, a picture speaks a thousand words, and when Strictly is involved, we’ve found many a picture which we’ve always wondered what was being said at that moment in time!

Tonight, we hosted a caption competition to get your creative and sparkly minds working! If you’re feeling a bit blue, missing strictly and in crimbo-limbo, this blog post is the answer to all your blues and is guaranteed to make you cry with laughter (what happened to me reading the captions!) Here’s a recap of tonight’s competition (with some of our favourite captions), along with a box of tissues (you might need them!):

For picture one, we chose Harry Potter Kevin from Grimsby and Kellie with their Harry Potter inspired Paso:

  

For picture two, we chose this gem from Blackpool. It’s Jamelia and Tristan’s Quickstep:

  

We then moved on to picture 3. Here are some of our favourite captions:

  

We then discovered this gem of a picture! Once again, your captions were fab-u-lous:

  

For our fifth picture of the evening we showed you this gem. We had some wonderful suggestions such as these:

  

For our final picture, we showed you this photographic Gem! Here are some of our favourite captions of the night:

  

That ended tonight’s caption competition! We hope that this recap has left you with a smile on your face. If you ever need cheering up, just holler and we’ll be there faster than Bruno can fall off his chair *thud*

We’re back on Saturday from 7pm for our first Strictly Support Group of 2016. We hope to see you then!

Cassie πŸ™‚

Monday Motivation – πŸŽ‚πŸŽπŸŽˆIt’s our Birthday! Happy Birthday to us!πŸŽˆπŸŽπŸŽ‚

*Cuts and digs into a slice of Glitterball cake*

It seems very hard to believe that 2 years ago today I started the Strictly Support Group! 

An idea that came to me whilst out trying to (gently) break the news to my then 3 year old Strictly Fan that Strictly wouldn’t be back until the following September! I soon realised that there were many of you who missed Strictly just as much, and we needed some thing to get us through the Strictly-free months!

Since the group has grown from strength to strength and we couldn’t have done any of it without you and your wonderful support! We’ve said it before and will say it again, you are the best followers and supporters we could ever have. Thank you so much for making this page a joy to run, we couldn’t do it without you.

A huge thank you to anyone who has helped or contributed to our group in anyway at anytime over the last few years. We won’t mention you all but you know who you are. 

To celebrate this evening from 7pm we’ll be hosting a 2nd Birthday Party with games, a chat and lots of fun! We hope to see you there.

We’re also showing you some of our favourite Strictly Moments over the past 2 years. Here they are in video form:

We’d like you to tell us what your favourite moment is. Let us know and we’ll make you a special playlist!

Have a great day and don’t forget to join in our birthday party from 7pm on Twitter @scd_support. Here’s to many more years of the Strictly Support Group!

  
Cassie πŸ™‚ 

Strictly Support Group – Our First Chat Post-Strictly and The Strictly Awards!

We’ll have to admit that over the last few days most of us have been missing strictly and feeling a little like this fella 

  
Fear not my friends! We are here to cure your post-strictly Blues! Tonight was our first chat post-strictly. We also hosted our annual Strictlys awards.

We began our chat by asking what you thought of the Strictly final and the feel of the show. Here are some of your fab-u-lous answers:

We then asked you if you could replay any dance from Strictly 2015 over and over which dance would it be and why? Here were your uh-may-zing suggestions:

We then moved one our chat to ask you Aliona became the first professional to win the glitterball twice. If you could see a pro win next year or win again, which pro would you like it to be? Here are some of our favourite answers of the night:

https://twitter.com/teamkellieb_x/status/680828965309800448

https://twitter.com/thengp12/status/680833357828194304

There’s been a lot of talk since the Strictly Final of having a shake-up on the judging panel. For our next question, we asked you to tell us if you felt this was needed. Here are your answers:

We then moved onto our annual Strictlys awards! We want to thank you all for all your votes and your enthusiasm tonight. You really helped make it so fun! Here are the results in a short video:

https://youtu.be/uusX2s204C4

Thank you all for taking part tonight. We think you deserve a glitterball cake as you are fab-u-lous, uh-may-zing and brilliant!

If you didn’t get the chance to take part tonight, don’t fear! You can still join in by commenting below. We’re back on Monday from 8pm for our 2nd Birthday Party! Yes, we’re 2 already! 😱

Cassie πŸ™‚

Strictly Support Group – Here For You When You Need Us Most!

We’re all feeling a little less Sparkly as Strictly has now finished for the year. It only feels like yesterday the first celebrity (a certain Jeremy Vine) was announced and now we have almost 9 months to wait until Strictly 2016 arrives on our Sparkly Screens.

You may be wondering what shall I do now? Well don’t fear people! We’ll be here to cure your post-strictly blues every day of the year. As well as daily #strictly fixes, we’ll also have weekly quizzes and chats to cure your blues. If you can think of any ideas for us to talk about, let us know and we’ll add them to our list.

We’ll also be running a “fantasy Strictly” competition once a month. We’ll show you dances week after week from the thirteen strictly champions and at the end of the 13 weeks, one couple will be crowned Strictly Support Group champions!

Here is our schedule over the next few weeks

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We’re open to other ideas, so if you can think of anything you’d like us to do or themes for chats, just let us know (you can private message us on Facebook or DM us on Twitter!) We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie πŸ™‚

Strictly 2015 – Our Panel’s Favourite Routines

Yesterday we revealed our top 10 routines of Strictly 2015. Today it’s the turn of some of our wonderful panel of experts who have been truly fab-u-lous this series! We couldn’t have written this blog without you. We asked two sparkly people (Phil and Trishna from the People’s Strictly) to give us their views on Strictly 2015 and their favourite routines. Here’s what they had to say:

Phil Barnett – People’s Strictly Contestant and inspirational sparkly Person.

  
What a fantastic series this year!!! Probably the closest for many years and the strongest set of celeb dancers we’ve ever had! I wish I could have been there with them – Joanne was lacking a partner – surely they could have rung me last minute and had a non celeb in there with all the stars! (πŸ˜†)  I’m so pleased for Katie and Anton – again it was very close and I think they appreciate how fortunate they were to get through. Kellie and Kevin have peaked at just the right time and Jay and Aliona have been amazing most weeks ! For me, Georgia has been the best and most consistent celeb and gets my vote to win, with Jay coming a very close second – his acting skills just let him down slightly and that just tips it in Georgia’s favour I think! Who knows though? This week he might just let himself go and that might give him the edge! My favourite dance of the series was Jay and Aliona’s Argentine Tango with a couple of the American smooths just behind – you can’t beat a bit of Fred and Ginger can you? This has been one of my favourite series but I can’t help noticing that all the VTs are getting a bit “staged” and everyone is beginning to be a bit “coached” in what to say – I hope this can be altered as I like the fresher, more off the cuff interviews! The group dances this year have been amazing almost all of the time – Jason Gilkinson is brilliant at these set pieces! Lastly lets give a huge thank you to the superb pro dancers who are the ones that really make this show – they work so hard and are immensely talented…. Oh and can someone give Joanne my mobile number in case she needs a partner next year. πŸ˜†

Trishna Bharadia – People’s Strictly Contestant and inspirational (sparkly) person!

  

Without a doubt my favourite routine has to be Jay and Aliona’s jive. I’ve watched it repeatedly. To bring something like that out in Week 3 was mind blowing! It was the epitome of cool and knowing how hard the jive is myself I have nothing but supreme admiration for Jay’s ability to master such fantastic yet technically difficult choreography! That was the moment when I knew he had something special in him!

Thank you Trishna and Phil! 

So what are your favourite Strictly 2015 moments? Comment below or tweet @scd_support to let us know. We’re making you something extra special as our way of saying Thank You to every single one of our followers for being uh-may-zing!

Cassie πŸ™‚

Strictly 2015 – Good Luck Team GG!

In just under 48 hours the final and fabulous four couples will take to the floor for the final time where one couple will be crowned Strictly Come Dancing Champions 2015!

Over the last 12 weeks Georgia and Giovanni have proved themselves as contenders to win the glitterball. They have become the dark horses of the competition and Georgia’s progress over the past 12 weeks has been incredible. She has become a brilliant all-round dancer and is deserving of a glitterball! What’s more, it’s clear to see the pair of them have become the best of friends and have such great natural chemistry. They were a partnership that were meant to be!

Georgia and Giovanni, Good Luck in the final. Whatever happens, you are our winners. Here are your best bits:

  
We’d love this post to become a good luck message for Team GG. Comment below with your messages for Georgia and Giovanni and we’ll make sure they see them.

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

Strictly 2015 – Good Luck Team Kelvin!

In just under 48 hours, our final and fabulous four couples will take to the floor for the final time, where one of them will be crowned Strictly Come Dancing Champion 2015.

Over the past twelve weeks Kellie and Kevin have had a dramatic journey on Strictly. They have amazed us with their energy and performances such as their Jive, Quickstep, Charleston American Smooth, Samba and Salsa. Together as a couple, it’s easy to see they have become very good friends. They’ve also left us on the edge of our seats finding themselves in the dance-off twice and it’s clear to see they are true survivors!

They deserve their place in the final truly for their energy, passion and surviving spirit! Kellie and Kevin, Good Luck. Whatever happens this weekend you will be winners in our eyes. Here are your best bits:

  
We’d like this post to become a good luck post for Kellie and Kevin. Comment below with your messages. We’ll make sure they see them!

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

Strictly 2015 – Good Luck Team Jaliona!

In just under 48 hours, our fab-u-lous four finalists will take to the floor for the final time when one couple will be crowned Strictly Come Dancing Champion! One of these couples are the very talented Jay and Aliona!

Over the last 12 weeks, Jay has wowed us with his ability as a good all-rounder. His legendary Jive and brilliant technical ability make him worthy of his place in the final! Along with Aliona he has become a strong contender and together they are a force to be reckoned with!

  
Jay’s confidence has grown so much in the competition and he has truly come out of his shell. Whatever happens tonight, Jay we are truly proud of you! Good Luck in the final!

Some of our followers have sent you some messages:

Alexandra Morland – Jay & Aliona, Good Luck for the final. You are amazing dancers & people & I’d love to see them win!

@lamariposa1234 – @JayMcGuiness & @AlionaVilani good luck in Strictly Final. Your ‘journey’ has been brilliant!!! You are  genuinely a nice ‘normal’ guy & as Claudia said “so edible!!”πŸ˜„

If you’d also like to leave them a message, comment below. We’ll make sure they see all your messages.

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

Strictly 2015 – Good Luck Team Derbeke

We’re just a few hours away from the fab-u-lous four finalists taking to the floor for the final time for the chance to be named Strictly Come Dancing Champion 2015!

One of the fabulous four couples is Team Derbeke. Katie and Anton, thank you for making us smile over the last 3 months. Your performances have wowed us! Your class and elegance will never be matched! You truly deserve your place in the final and whatever happens tonight, you are our winners. Go out there and sparkle, shine and glimmer like the stars that you are! Here are your best bits:  

Our lovely followers have sent you some messages too. Here they are:

Pat (@pat_the_phantom) ‘Go shine like the amazing dancers and people that you are. Team DerBeke are already proud, good luck’

@bussellinglucia – I’m so so proud of you for how far you’ve both come and I can’t believe that you’re in the final it’s so amazing ❀️ Katie you deserve this so so much as you are an inspiration to me and I’m so happy and proud of you- the derham did it! You’re dances have been so incredible and emotional (they always make me cry) and the joy I get when you dance is unexplainable. Anyway you are wonderful and brilliant and this final is going to show to everyone how great we all know you are, and hopefully show to yourself how great you are xxxx

@_erinz_  I’m so proud of how far you have come and the best of luck to both of you in the final! Whatever happens on Saturday, you are winners in my eyes because you have shown that hard work, determination and a positive attitude goes a long way❀️

If you’d like to leave your message of support, comment below! We’ll make sure that Katie and Anton see all of your messages!

Cassie πŸ™‚