Strictly Support Group – ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ† Champion of Champions Week 5 ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

On last week’s Strictly Support Group Champion of Champions, we waved goodbye to Susanna and Kevin (before they’d even danced their Paso!) We predict that some of you (my 5 year old included) may have been a little bit upset and reacted a bit like Kevin after their early swingathon exit in 2013. (If you need a reminder, check out this video below!)

Your votes have now been counted and calculated, please don’t vote now as Len will make you try his pickled walnuts. We hear they’re very pungent. We can now reveal the couple with the lowest number of votes who’ll be leaving the competition is (grabs a Kleenex to wipe away the tears!) series 12 finalists and 2015 tour winners, Simon and Kristina! We’re pretty sure, Len’ll be pickling his walnuts at that result. 

We must say it is getting harder and harder week after week to pick a winner. This week it’s a double elimination. We’ll show you the remaining contestants dances below and you’ll get to vote for your favourites. You can vote once a day for as many couples as you like in the poll below. As it’s a double elimination, it means nobody is safe and all your favourites need your votes. You know the drill, watch the dances below then vote in the poll underneath. Voting closes at 6pm next Sunday and the results will be revealed from 7pm next week.

It’s time to see Week 5’s dances (please note we couldn’t find Mark Ramprakash and Karen’s American Smooth, so replaced it with his Samba):

Now you’ve seen all the dances you can vote in the poll below. Remember voting closes at 6pm next Sunday. Keep dancing and voting guys:

We’re back on Tuesday from 8pm with our weekly quiz. We hope to see you then.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Strictly Support Group Chat Recap – Into the Magical Unicorn Kingdom of Princess Bella! ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป๐Ÿฆ„

I live with one of the youngest and possibly most dedicated Strictly fans, my daughter Bella! Of all the things in the world, she loves nothing more than Unicorns, Princesses, Glitter and Strictly, so tonight I let her take over our Twitter feed for our weekly Strictly Support Group chat. Here are her questions, your fab-u-lous answers and her reactions to these.

Hello people in mummy’s computer. Tonight mummy let me ask you lots of questions all about Strictly. I like unicorns almost as much as I love Strictly and think that a unicorn glitterball would be uh-may-zing! Unicorns are really magical, so for my first question I asked Strictly and unicorns are really magical. Which dance has been the most magical on Strictly ever? 

I really liked this dance, and think Iveta must be a fairy. She can fly and make her dress really really long. I want to be like her when I grow up.

I liked both these dances, but was a bit disappointed that Kevin didn’t really go to Hogwarts and they don’t dance like that in Malificent! *stomps feet in a tantrum*

I don’t know what you think, but I’d really like a magic wand, just so I can make Craig Revel Horwood less grumpy so he gives out more tens. If you had a magical wand, what would you use it for? Here are some of your magical ideas:

I know that all the dancers and celebrities on Strictly are magical. I find it really hard to find the most magical, so I asked your help. Here’s who you think are the most magical:

Unicorns, Glitter, Princesses and Strictly are some of my favourite things. I really like all the sparkly dresses and all the dancing on Strictly. I decided to ask, what are your favourite things about Strictly? Here are some of your fab-u-lous answers!

https://twitter.com/lucy_harflett_/status/693526280755646464

It was getting close to my bedtime, so I made a wish to my fairy godmother to let me ask a few more questions. I asked, if your fairy godmother were to grant you a wish to appear on Strictly who would you want to dance with and what would you dance? Here are some of my favourite answers from you:

https://twitter.com/taylor16susan/status/693530165612257280

For my final question, I asked who are the Prince ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿผ and Princess ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป of Strictly? Here were some of your great answers:

That ended tonight’s chat. Thank you everyone for joining in with me and thank you to my mummy for letting me take over her chat. I hope you liked it as much as I love unicorns.

Mummy will be back tomorrow (Sunday from 7.30pm) to reveal the results of the Strictly Support Group Champion of Champions.

Hope to see you there.

Bye everyone!

Bella ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿฆ„

Strictly Support Group – Champion of Champions Week 4 ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

There have been many reasons to celebrate this week:

1) Strictly won a sparkly trophy at the National Television Awards.

2) The Strictly Tour kicked off in Birmingham

And 3) We had a record number of votes in our Champion of Champions!

Yes, we had more votes than ever in our Champion of Champions. Thank you all for voting. As you probably know by now, we’ve selected 20 of our favourite couples over the past 13 series. Each week we’re showing you one of their dances. Once we’ve shown you all their dances we’ll give you the chance to vote for your ultimate favourite for a whole week. Every Sunday from 7pm, we’ll then reveal the couple with the lowest number of votes who will be eliminated from the competition. 

So far, Chris and Ola, Lisa and Robin and Patrick and Anya have left the competition. ๐Ÿ˜ข It’s getting harder every week, but this week the couple going home *breathes & grabs a box of tissues* is Susanna and Kevin. We didn’t even get to see their Paso Doble *sobs* 

It’s time for week 4’s dances. Here they are in playlist form:

Now you’ve seen all the couples dance, you can vote for your favourites in this very clever poll. You can vote once a day for your favourites. You have until next Sunday at 6pm when we’ll reveal our next elimination.


Keep voting and dancing!

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Strictly Support Group – ๐Ÿ† The Award-Winning Chat! ๐Ÿ†

This week, the Best Show on TV in the world won at the National TV Awards! It was a well-deserved win for Strictly, and we were just as excited about the win as Tess was collecting the award:

  
We have a feeling the brilliant people at Strictly may have customised their award, like this:

 

All this award-winning got us thinking and helped us plan tonight’s chat! We began by asking you If you could award Strictly an award for anything other than the best show on TV, what would the award be for and why? Here are some of your fab-u-Lou’s answers:

We thought these answers were fab-u-lous and moved onto our next question: If you could give any of our Strictly pros an award, who would you give it to and what would they be awarded an award for? Here were some of your brilliant suggestions:

We agreed with your uh-may-zing answers and moved on to ask Of all the Strictly celebrities to have ever competed on Striclty, who in your opinion deserves an award and what for? Here were your fab-u-lous answers:

Our next question centred around dances. We asked which performance on Strictly is most deserving of an award? Here were some of our favourite answers:

The Strictly judges really make the show, so we asked which of the strictly judges is most deserving of an award and what do they deserve the award for?

We then asked if you were given the chance to accept an award on behalf of Strictly what would you say in your acceptance speech and who would you thank?

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For our final question: we asked The Strictly Tour is award-winning and truly fabulous! Of all the dance tours you have seen which deserves an award most and why?
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https://twitter.com/sparkleyalex/status/690992869176377349

https://twitter.com/florencef1/status/690993164820332545

https://twitter.com/dilly4/status/690993640584433664

https://twitter.com/richardkhornsey/status/690994203170594823

That ended tonight’s chat. Thank you for all taking part, we think you are truly fab-u-lous  and deserving of an award! ๐Ÿ†We’re back tomorrow (Sunday) from 7pm for our Champion of Champions results. We hope to see you then.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Strictly Support Group – ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป Champion of Champions Week 3 ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve eased you into the strictly free months with our Champion of Champions competition. We’re letting 20 of our favourite strictly partnerships over the last 13 series go head-to-head to be crowned the ultimate Champion of Champions. Every week we’ll show you each couple’s dance and will give you the chance to vote for your favourites. Every Sunday, one couple will be sent home after all your votes have been counted and checked. It’s just like the Strictly results show! 

On last week’s Strictly Support Group Champion of Champions, we showed you the remaining 18 dances as Chris and Ola and Lisa and Robin were eliminated from the competition!

It’s a bit of a shock result this week *gives everyone a stiff drink/hot chocolate for those under 18!* Your votes for Week 2’s dances have been counted and checked and we can now reveal that the couple with the lowest number of votes who’ll be leaving our Champion of Champions are Patrick and Anya.  *Passes a tissue box around the whole Strictly Support Group (it is getting a tad emosh!)*

Here are week 3’s dances! Once you have watched all the dances, you’ll be able to vote as many times as you want in the poll below! Next week another couple will leave the competition. 


Voting remains open until next Sunday (24th January) at 6pm when we’ll freeze the vote again  and reveal the next couple to leave the Strictly Support Group Champion of Champions competition.

Keep voting for your favourites. Remember nobody is safe! And more importantly Keep Dancing!

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Strictly Support Group – Strictly Tour Chat!

In 6 sleeps time, the Strictly Tour kicks off in Birmingham! We can hardly contain our excitement, so for tonight’s chat, we hosted a Strictly Tour-Themed Strictly Support Group.

We’re pretty sure the Strictly tour will be fab-u-lous but began our chat by asking you to list your favourite ever Strictly tour memories. Here are some of your suggestions:

We then moved our chat on to ask which dances you’d like to see the Strictly 2016 cast perform. Here are some of our favourite answers:

Not everyone gets the chance to appear on the tour, so for our next question we asked you which celebrity (who hasn’t appeared on the tour) would you have most liked to see appear on the Strictly tour. We had some great suggestions from you all. Here are our favourite suggestions:

We’re preparing ourselves for the Strictly tour by making sure we’re extra fab-u-lous! We asked what you’re doing to prepare for the Strictly tour. We had some great suggestions like these:

For our final question we asked you what wish you’re making for the Strictly tour. We’re making a wish that Craig gives a 10 every night! Here are some of your wonderful wishes:

https://twitter.com/bethanypackwood/status/68846256070684672

Finally, we announced that we see the Strictly tour as one massive Tweet Up! If you’re going to the Strictly tour, let us know when you’re going and where you’re going. We’d love to give you all the opportunity to meet each other!

That ended tonight’s chat. We hope you enjoyed it. We’re back tomorrow from 7pm for our Strictly Support Group Champion of Champions and on Tuesday from 8pm for our weekly quiz. Hope to see you then!

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Strictly Support Group – ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป Champion of Champions Week 2 ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

Unless you’ve been hiding under a sparkly rock for the last few weeks, you probably know we recently launched a Strictly Support Group champion of champions last week!

Every Sunday we’ll show you dances from some of our favourite champions and competitors over the past 13 series and we’ll then give you the chance to vote for your favourites! The following Sunday, we’ll then eliminate the two couples with the lowest votes and so on, until we have an ultimate champion!

Thank you for all your votes. It’s proven extremely popular this week! After last week’s vote you have chosen to eliminate Lisa and Robin and Chris and Ola so we are going to have to wave goodbye to these couples. ๐Ÿ˜ข We knew it was going to be very difficult, but it’s all getting a little too emosh!

Here are week 2’s dances from our champion of champions contestants:

Now you’ve watched all the dances you can vote for as many couples as you like here on this poll.

Once again, voting will close next Sunday (17th January) at 6pm, so keep voting for your favourites and dancing folks! We’ll then reveal the results next Sunday from 7pm. We hope to see you then.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚

Strictly Support Group Does The Voice, Big Brother and The National Lottery!

Tonight, we went a little bit TV crazy as we mashed the Glitterball with a Singing Contest, A Big House and lots of mini balls in a big whirly machine! Yes, the Strictly Support Group hosted a Voice, Big Brother and National Lottery themed chat!

We began our chat looking at Big Brother:

  

We began by asking if you could take any Strictly person into the Big Brother house, who would you take and why? You gave us some great answers, like these:

We then moved on to ask if you could take one Strictlified item into the Big Brother house, what would it be and why? We had some brilliant answers. Here are some of our favourites:

For our next question, we dreamt up an idea. Imagine, a Strictly Big Brother house will all your favourite Strictly Professionals. Who would win and why? Here are many of your suggestions:

We then moved our chat to ask, if you were to reveal a #strictly secret in the Big Brother house, what would it be? We had some great secrets, of which this was our favourite:

We then moved our chat on to talk about all things The Voice related.

   

For our first question, we asked who on Strictly has the best voice for you? Here were some of your brilliant answers:

We then asked, which Strictly performance has made you turn in your chair? Here are some of the brilliant answers you gave us:

We then asked which The Voice mentor would you like to see on Strictly and who would you pair them with? Overwhelmingly you voted for Ricky Wilson ๐Ÿ˜ who we would love to see on Strictly! 

We then moved on to the National Lottery themed part of our chat. Tonight we saw the biggest ever Lottery jackpot (ยฃ57.8 million – imagine how many glitterballs you could purchase with that!) Good luck to everyone who bought a ticket. We asked, if you won tonight’s jackpot, what Strictlified presents would you buy and who for? Here were some of our favourite answers:

For our final question, we asked you for your Strictly lucky numbers! These two numbers came up several times:

  
We must point out that we probably have more chance of winning the lottery than getting a 10 from Craig!

For our final question, we asked which pro do you think has hit the jackpot with their celebrities on Strictly? Here are some of your answers:

That ended tonight’s chat. Thank you all for taking part. We hope you enjoyed it. We’re back tomorrow from 7pm for our Strictly Support Group Champion of Champions contest. We hope you can join us then.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Reviews – Midnight Tango DVD.

Santa obviously knows us very well, as this year in our stocking we had a lovely surprise when we opened a DVD of Vincent and Flavia’s first stage show, Midnight Tango!

These two brilliant professional dancers introduced the Argentine Tango to Strictly Come Dancing, and are true masters of their craft. Watching them is mesmerising so I felt the need to show my 5 year old (who only started watching Strictly 2 years ago) how amazing these two people are! She had never seen Vincent and Flavia perform on Strictly, however has seen the legacy of Argentine Tangos that have been left.

Here’s what we thought of their DVD in our own words:

Me ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป: This DVD is a true Masterclass in the craft of Argentine Tango. It is set in a Buenos Aires Bar and is full of atmosphere from the start! We were transported all the way to Buenos Aires whilst sitting on our Sofa! If this is what it’s like heading to Starbucks or a Bar in Argentina, book us a plane ticket straight away!

There is minimal dialogue. This isn’t needed and goes to show that dance is a true expression of the soul. The show is a story of love, rejection, stormy relationships, breaking and making up as well as dreams. All this is told through magical and mesmerising dancing which is so fast and precise at the same time!

There are plenty of comedy moments along with dramatic moments too which will make you smile. These are provided to you by the bar owner and his wife. Along with dramatic moments, the fight scene made us realise how captivating and beautiful fights can be in dance!

We were not only impressed by the dancing, but also Flavia’s violin playing! She is a mean violinist. Is there anything this lady can’t do?

Having already seen Dance Till Dawn (and with tickets booked to see the Last Tango) this was the perfect showcase of the skill of these two dancers. I love the tango, but in this DVD, I loved the Tango Waltz and beautiful Rumba as well as the epic finale number which got us dancing at home (and meant I can stick to one of my New Year’s resolutions to Keep Dancing!) All in all, I’d give this DVD 10/10 & a 5* review.

Bella ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿป: I like fruit and like the Orangentine Mango, because it’s from Orangina! (note from mummy, Bella refers to the Argentine Tango as Orangentine Mango after some confusion this year & she thinks it comes from Orangina, not Argentina!) I never got to watch Vincent and Flavia on Strictly, because I was too little, but I thought the film they were in was awesome and they are awesome. I really liked the dancing because it’s very fast!  They’re very fast, almost as fast as Kellie and Kevin’s Showdance! My favourite bit was the bit where Flavia was in a pretty purple dress, as she looked like Rapunzel! The old man and his wife were very funny! They reminded me of grandma and grandad. He was a nice man too because he bought her a pretty dress so she could dance. I loved the film and would like to go and see them at the Theatre. Mummy says I need to be very good to go, so I’ll keep dancing!

That’s what we thought.  Santa kindly told us that he bought our copy from Amazon for ยฃ3.99, which is a bargain!

As it’s Tango Tuesday, we’d like to hear what you thought of this show when you saw it! Let us know either by commenting below or tweeting @scd_support. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Strictly Support Group – ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป Champion of Champions ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ†

Tonight on our blog we’re starting our Champion of Champions competition. We’ve selected 20 contestants who’ve appeared on Strictly over the past 13 series and each week we’ll show you one of their dances. Every week you’ll have the chance to vote for your favourite and then on the following Sunday we’ll reveal the couple with the fewest votes who will be eliminated.

Should this prove successful, we will also look at running this feature again once this round has finished! 

It hasn’t been possible for us to include everyone (partly due to lack of their dances featuring on YouTube), however we’ve chosen 20 of our favourite competitors over the past 13 series. 

Our 20 competitors are as follows:

Kara Tointon (Series 8)

Abbey Clancy (Series 11)

Caroline Flack (Series 12)

Rachel Stevens (Series 6)

Ali Bastian (Series 7)

Lisa Riley (Series 10)

Natalie Gumede (Series 11)

Georgia May Foote (Series 13)

Chelsee Healey (Series 9)

Susanna Reid (Series 11)

Mark Ramprakash (Series 4)

Tom Chambers (Series 6)

Chris Hollins (Series 7)

Harry Judd (Series 9)

Louis Smith (Series 10) 

Jay Mc Guiness (Series 13)

Simon Webbe (Series 12)

Ricky Whittle (Series 7)

Jeremy Vine (Series 13)

Patrick Robinson (Series 11)

Here are Week 1’s Dances:

Once you’ve watched all the dances, vote below for your favourite. We’ll reveal the results next Sunday from 7pm when 2 couples with the lowest votes will be eliminated!

Get voting people and don’t forget to let us know what you think of this. You can tweet us @scd_support or comment below to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚