Strictly Overheards – A Cute Dance/Strictly Overheard

For those of you who follow my blog, you’ll probably know by now that my little girl Bella is a huge strictly fan! I think glitter must run through her bloodstream as she loves Strictly so much and is the reason I started this support group.

This afternoon, she had a play date with one of her friends from school. Whilst they were playing unicorns versus pirates (just so you know the unicorns beat the Pirates with their horns because horns are better than swords) she and her friend Max were discussing their World Book Day and Sports Relief Day costumes. Yes! In March, my daughter’s school get to dress up in fancy dress costumes 3 times. Here is what happened:

πŸ‘ΈπŸ» Bella: Max, what are you going to dress up as at school on World Book Day and on Sports Relief Day?

πŸ‘¦πŸΌ Max: I don’t know yet. I think I’ll be the gruffalo and then a footballer. How about you Bella?

πŸ‘ΈπŸ» Bella: Well, I’ll be Bethany the Ballet Fairy on World Book Day and then I’ll be a Dancer on Sports Relief Day.

πŸ‘¦πŸΌ Max: That’s boring. Dance isn’t a sport because you get mud all over you!

πŸ‘ΈπŸ» Bella: 😑 No Dance is a sport because you always want try to do better than you did during the last dance and you keep practising. When you go to football on Saturday, I normally go to dance. I can’t right now because my arm is all pink and broken!

πŸ‘¦πŸΌ Max: I suppose you’re right, but you never win anything dancing, do you? I’ve got 4 trophies already at Football!

πŸ‘ΈπŸ» Bella: No, I’ve got 3 trophies and a tiara and a certificate and I’ve been dancing since I was 3. When you’re good you can do exams and get certificates. I did an exam last year and this is what I got! *shows Max her certificate* 

When you’re really good at dancing you get to go to competitions where you can win trophies πŸ† and if you’re really really good, you can go on Strictly Come Dancing and get the best trophy ever. It’s called the glitterball. It looks like a football which is covered in mirrors. You’re not allowded to kick it though because it’s not a football and Craig Revel Horwood (who’s a grumpy judge) would get angry with you! When I’m a grown-up I want to win the Strictly Come Dancing Glitterball. It’s so sparkly!

πŸ‘¦πŸΌ Max: *Looking at a strictly come dancing glitterball* It looks pretty cool. But dancing’s really for girls!

πŸ‘ΈπŸ» Bella: No it’s not! Some of the best dancers ever are boys. I have another boyfriend (other than you) who I dance ballroom dancing with. You’re still my favourite boyfriend because you let my unicorn beat your pirate! Also, Kevin from Grimsby who’s one of my favourite dancers ever and Giovanni from Strictly are boys and they are awesome! πŸ€“ Ask my mummy, she’ll let you watch them dancing!

10 minutes later after watching these two strictly moments:


πŸ‘¦πŸΌ Max: Wow, they are really cool. They’re better than *says some footballer’s name who I don’t know* When is this show on TV?

πŸ‘ΈπŸ» Bella: It’s not on right now, but will be back when we’re both six. You can come and watch it here with me and my mummy. We have parties whenever it’s on. I’ll tell your mummy so you can come here!

πŸ‘¦πŸΌ Max: Ok, it sounds cool!

So there you have it. This is how 5 year olds manage to convince others that Strictly is the best show on TV! We have another young Strictly fan after this afternoon’s play date. Thank you to my little Bella and  I hope you enjoyed reading it!
Cassie πŸ™‚ 


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Strictly Support Group – πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ†πŸ’ƒπŸ» Champion of Champions – Week 9 πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ†πŸ’ƒπŸ»

It’s that time of the week again, and time for us to reveal the results of this week’s champion of champions!

We’re now in week 9 and have passed the half-way point in our competition. There are now just 9 couples remaining in the contest. This is normally about the time on Strictly, that this face makes an appearance too. Say cheese Craig πŸ“·πŸ“Έ:

  
Anyway, as well as Craig Revel Horwood’s smile, this week your votes have been counted, checked and verified and we can now reveal the couple leaving this week are 2006 Champions, Mark Ramprakash and Karen Hardy! *Collapses from shock on the floor before being picked up again* We didn’t even get to see their Argentine Tango. We’ll hopefully see Karen Hardy on Choreography Corner again, but it’s another shock result 😱.

Thank you all for voting. We agree it’s getting harder and harder to choose your favourites. Anyway, here are week 9’s dances. Once you have watched them, you can vote in the poll below. You can vote for as many couples as you like, once a day. Voting will remain open until next Sunday at 6pm, when the vote will be frozen. We’ll then reveal the results at 8pm.

So, Keep Watching, Voting and Dancing folks! (please note, we’d refrain from watching, dancing and voting 24 hours a day, as this could prove very dangerous when trying to carry out other tasks.) πŸ˜πŸ€•

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

Strictly Support Group – Strictly Meets the Oscars and the BRITs

This week is filled with award ceremonies! On Wednesday we had the BRITS and tomorrow night, the finest in the world of cinema gather in L.A to celebrate the OSCARs. Seeing that there have been so many awards around the world, tonight, we decided to host an Oscar and BRITs themed chat!

We rolled out the red carpet, donned our sparkliest of dresses and began our chat by asking:

The Strictly Glitterball is the sparkliest award of them all. If you could swap a winner’s glitterball and give them either a BRIT or an Oscar who would you do this to and why?

 

It’s so sparkly!

 

Here are some of your fab-u-lous answers:

We then moved our chat on to ask this: The BRITs honour musical talent. Which Strictly person (pro, celeb, host or anyone else involved with the show) deserves a BRIT award for being the most musical and why? We had two names which popped up more than any others from you. Here are your award winning suggestions:

We then moved our chat on to ask Which Strictly Person would you award and OSCAR to? This could be for a dramatic performance or for sheer entertainment or acting ability? Here were your wonderful winners:

For our next question, we asked you to name the performances you felt were most musical and most deserving of a BRIT award. Here are your suggestions in playlist form:

If you can think of any other suggestions, comment below to let us know and we’ll add them to the list. You can also tweet @scd_support to let us know your suggestions.

For our penultimate question of the evening we asked you to name the performances you felt were the most dramatic and deserving of an OSCAR. Here are your suggestions in playlist form:

Once again, if you have any further suggestions, comment or tweet to let us know and we’ll add them to the list. 

For our final question we asked you to get creative. You’re asked to choreograph a performance for the Oscars or Brits. What dance would you choreograph, who would perform it and what would they dance to? Here are your Oscar-winning ideas:

That ended tonight’s chat. We must say that you were all truly fab-u-lous tonight and deserve sparkly awards of your own. If you didn’t get the chance to take part, don’t worry! You can tweet @scd_support or comment below to let us know your answers.

We’re back tomorrow night (Sunday 28th February) from 7.30pm for our next Strictly Support Group Champion of Champions! We hope to see you then.

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

Strictly Support Group – πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ†πŸ’ƒπŸ»Champion of Champions Week 8!πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ†πŸ’ƒπŸ»

Yes, it’s that time of the week again and we can hardly believe that we are now in week 8 of our Champion of Champions!

We think these two gentleman are just as shocked too:

  
Anyway, your votes have been counted and checked and verified. We can now reveal that the two couples leaving the competition this week are 2012 Champions Louis and Flavia and 2013 Runners up and 2014 Tour Winners Natalie and Artem. *Pulls a shocked face* 😱 

It is a shock result and it will get harder every week from now on. You now know the drill, all you need to do is watch the dances below and then vote in the poll below that to save your favourites.

Voting will stay open until 6pm next Sunday when the vote will be frozen *bursts into a rendition of Let It Go* We’ll then reveal the two couples who will be eliminated from 7.30pm next Sunday. You can vote for as many couples as you want to once a day. Don’t forget, as this week has shown, your favourites are never safe without your votes.

Keep dancing and voting!

Cassie πŸ™‚

Strictly Support Group – Our Dreamy Dream-Themed Chat!Β 

We’re pretty sure on Planet Strictly, people count sheep (or possibly glitterballs) but for tonight’s Strictly Support Group, we hosted a dreamy, dream themed chat!

We began our chat by asking you to describe your strictly-related dreams. Here are some of our favourites of the night:

We then moved our chat to ask which Strictly Performance have you felt was dreamiest and why. Here are your answers in a playlist:

If you can think of any other dances to add to the list, just tweet @scd_support or comment below to let us know and we’ll add the dances to the list.

For our third question, we asked you to tell us your dream celebrity-pro partnership; people you’d like to see on Strictly and who you’d like to see them paired with. Here were some of your fab-u-lous answers:

We then asked you to tell us if you could perform on Strictly with any pro, which routine would be your dream routine to perform and who would you perform it with? Here were some of your brilliant answers:

For our final question, we asked you to tell us your hopes and dreams for Strictly 2016. Here are some of your wonderful ideas *puts on her glittery red shoes and clicks them together to make many of these come true*:

And with that we ended tonight’s dreamy dream-themed chat. If you didn’t get a chance to take part, don’t fear! You can tweet @scd_support or comment below.

Sweet dreams!

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

The Last Tango – A Review!

The last 24 hours in our house have been very dramatic. Spending most of yesterday in A&E, today we needed some light entertainment, so I took my little Strictly fan Bella along to see Vincent and Flavia’s swansong, The Last Tango.

Before we went I made sure we had plenty of tissues, a camera, a sparkly pen to sign one little lady’s plaster cast and of course (that essential companion for all our theatre trips) one of our cuddly unicorns.

The show takes on the form of a nostalgic recollection of a man called George’s life as he clears his attic. It certainly is very emotive (I was told before the play started – “No crying mummy!”) and the storyline, combined with the beautiful dancing moved me to tears many times during the performance. It was just as well we took plenty of tissues. As Vincent and Flavia’s swan song, we were bound to get a little bit emotional. 

   

Vincent and Flavia brought the Argentine Tango (or Orangentine Mango if you’re a 5 year old Strictly fan) to our screens on Strictly. Together on stage their performances are captivating and their dancing so beautiful it gives you goosebumps. There is no dialogue in the show, but it still had us glued to what was going on. 

The storyline, singing, dancing, acting and of course the costumes and staging were the best we’d seen since last week’s Strictly Live Tour! Just like Dance Till Dawn, we loved it.

My lovely little girl said she’d give it 10 unicorns out of 10; it definitely got the Bella seal of approval. πŸ¦„πŸ¦„πŸ¦„πŸ¦„πŸ¦„πŸ¦„πŸ¦„πŸ¦„πŸ¦„πŸ¦„

Vincent and Flavia have given us so many fab-u-lous moments on Strictly. Being able to see their last stage show together left us feeling more emotions than we’ve ever felt before. It made us smile, laugh, and cry at the same time. It is one of the many memories we will keep of this wonderful partnership. As their last stage show together we can honestly say that they have gone out on a high! We give it 5*s and a sparkly glitterball on top.

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

Strictly Support Group – 🎬 🎭🎟We’re Off To The Movies. Popcorn anyone?🎟🎭🎬

Over the years on Strictly there have been many fab-u-lous Movie Week performances. Some have been worthy of Oscars for being brilliant, some have entertained and some have brought tears to our eyes.  

It got us thinking, If Strictly were a movie which movie title would it be! Yesterday, we asked you to add Strictly to a Movie title! We had some brilliant ideas. Here are some of our favourites:

*imagines Gleb performing THAT lift, topless* 😍 

*imagines Kevin as Marty McFly*

  
We also had this suggestion:

Which in turn reminded us of this Strictly moment! *reminds herself to order a dog trainer for the next filmshoot* 

If you can think of any movie you’d like to be Strictlified, just tweet @scd_support or comment below adding Strictly to any Movie Title! We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

Strictly Support Group – 😴 Strictly Come Dreaming 😴

I have had my fair share of strange dreams! Like the time I was driving a cheese grater (don’t ask!) or the time I moved into a rainbow!

It may be because I myself am missing Strictly, but last night I had the most peculiar Strictly-related dream ever, which I really had to share with you all.

Here is a brief synopsis of what happened:

I was sat on an aeroplane heading to Barcelona for the weekend. Something happened to distract me and next thing I knew I’d landed on Planet Strictly. 

I had 3 hours to rehearse a performance to go live on national TV. I was dancing with Pasha (who had borrowed Kevin’s glasses!) We did a waltz, quickstep and salsa fusion! 

At the end of the dance my costume unraveled to reveal a sparkly Salsa costume. Craig Revel Horwood called it a fab-u-lous dance disaster (a clue I was dreaming) and gave the whole thing a 9 (I was definitely dreaming!)

My little girl was also on the judging panel and gave me a 6 (but only because she’d given her favourites 10s!) She also gave me a cupcake to make up for it and asked me to wear a unicorn horn on my nose (which is quite feasible!)

I was then rudely awoken by my alarm and my dream stopped. It got me thinking, have you ever had any bizarre Strictly dreams? We’d love to hear from you. We’re hosting a dream-related Strictly Support Group this Saturday from 7pm, so send us your question ideas and we’ll add them to the list. To get in touch, you can tweet @scd_support or comment below.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie πŸ™‚

Creator of Strange Dreams and the Strictly Support Group!

Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour – A Review!

Wembley is normally the home to football, but for 2 nights this week it became home to the glitterball, as the Strictly Come Dancing Live tour came to the SSE Wembley Arena.

Santa was very generous to us this last year, and brought us 3 sets of tickets, one of which was to Thursday night’s show. We made sure we wore as many sparkles as was humanly possible (we were going to Planet Strictly after all!) and got ourselves in the mood practising The Strictly! We loved the tour in 2014, loved it even more in 2015 and this year it surpassed our expectations to be the best Strictly Tour show yet!

This year’s tour brought together 2 couples from Strictly Past (Frankie and Kevin and Jake and Janette) along with 5 celebrities from the most recent series (Ainsley, Anita, Georgia, Helen and Jay!)

It was a shame to hear that Natalie had to withdraw from the tour due to injury, however this was a blessing as we got to see another magical Strictly Partnership when Ainsley performed with Karen. These two definitely added to the whole atmosphere and entertainment value of the show. Granted that Ainsley is not the best technical performer, however he tries his hardest and always entertains with his performances. He sums up what Strictly is all about to a tee!
The show had moments of beauty such as Georgia and Giovanni’s gorgeous American Smooth, Helen and Aljaz’s ethereal Viennese Waltz and Jay and Aliona’s gentle Rumba. There were moments of pure entertainment perfect for Wembley, such as Frankie and Kevin’s rock’n’roll Quickstep, Jake and Janette’s Fearlessly Fab-u-lous Salsa and the brilliant beach inspired group routine. There were also many Gleb specials for all the ladies *goes hot and sweaty thinking of it.* There were also dramatic moments such as Frankie and Kevin’s spellbinding Tango, Anita and Gleb’s hot and fiery Paso Doble and Helen and Aljaz’s intense Tango. We also had moments of perfection, including THE Jive of Strictly history from Jay and Aliona. There were also some magical group dances, such as the “Hooray for Hollywood Dance” and the Wonderful Opening Group Routine which got us all dancing in the audience. With all this, what more could you ask for?

It wasn’t just all these moments that made us cheer and wave our 10 paddles in the air. The show was hosted by the very funny Mel Giedroyc! She made us literally cry with laughter with her many anecdotes, jokes, puns and contemporary dance moves. It got us thinking, if she and Claudia were ever asked to host Strictly together, what a laugh that show would be! It also made us want to start a campaign to Get Mel on Strictly 2016 (even if it does read that we want strictly to get a melon! We do like WatermelonπŸ‰) 

One dancer’s pleas for votes, year after year have got better and are worth the price of a ticket alone. Yes, the lovely Kevin from Grimsby entertained us with his pleas for votes again this year. He also entertained us with his reaction to losing the night’s show to Jay (reminiscent of his reaction to his early exit from the Swingathon in 2013!)They really added to the comedy value of the whole show. We can’t wait to see what he has planned next year. 

Credit must also go to the brilliant Strictly Wardrobe, Make-Up and Hair team, as well as the professional dance troupe, the judges and the brilliant Strictly Band and singers. Strictly is THE biggest and best show on TV at the moment, and this arena tour was the best ever thanks to not just the dancers, but all the team behind the show who help keep it sparkling!

For those of you who have never been to the tour before, we also got the chance to vote for our favourites. For my 5 year old superfan, her favourite dances were Georgia and Giovanni’s Charleston, Frankie and Kevin’s Quickstep and Ainsley and Karen’s Salsa as these moments made her smile the most. My lovely husband loved Jay and Aliona’s Jive and Jake and Janette’s Salsa. I loved Helen and Aljaz’s beautiful Viennese Waltz and Anita and Gleb’s Paso Doble. In other words, we voted for everyone as they were all our favourites.

We’d definitely give this year’s tour a 10/10 and a sparkly glitterball. It was the best tour ever and to quote my very tired 5 year old at the end of the evening “It was fab-u-lous with a capital F and more fabulous than unicorns!” I must point out that unicorns rate equal to strictly in her world and both of us can’t wait to see Strictly 2016 or the tour next year. *blocks off time in her diary* Now, when does next year’s tour go on sale?

Here are some of our favourite moments which we uploaded to our Instagram, Twitter and YouTube feeds:

If you’ve been to see the Strictly Tour, we’d love to hear what you thought. You can tweet @scd_support or comment below to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

Strictly Support Group – A Post-Strictly Tour Anecdote!Β 

We all know that feeling! The post-strictly Blues after the tour has finished. That moment you crash down to earth after being on a glittery high for the last few months.

Fear not my friends, the Strictly Support Group is here to cure your post Strictly blues! If you ever feel in need of a Sparkly Fix to make you smile, just holler and we’ll be there faster than Gleb can do the Rampant Crab *gets distracted* or faster than Len running after a walnut! Now that’s a funny image.

Anyway, we thought we’d make you smile with a sparkly story and anecdote of what happened in our household this morning. I live with a very young Strictly superfan, my daughter Bella (aged 5 3/4!) This morning she woke up in tears and came to find me before I went off to work. Here’s what happened:

πŸ‘ΈπŸ» Bella: *sobbing* Mummy, it’s not fair. Strictly has finished until September. They always say to keep dancing, so why have they finished? 

πŸ‘©πŸ» Me: Well, the dancers need a break as if they danced all year round they would get very tired.

πŸ‘ΈπŸ» Bella: And then they’d fall asleep on the dancefloor! That would be very boring and Craig Revel Horwood would get angry.

πŸ‘©πŸ» Me: Yes it would be boring, and I think he’d get angry too. This way you can learn to dance ready for Strictly in September!

πŸ‘ΈπŸ» Bella: And then I can be on Strictly too?

πŸ‘©πŸ» Me: Maybe in a few years time. You’re still only little.

πŸ‘ΈπŸ» Bella: But Mummy! I’ll be 6! I’m old enough to see the crab, so I think I’ll be big enough to go on Strictly.

πŸ‘©πŸ» Me: We shall see! September is a long time away.

πŸ‘ΈπŸ» Bella: I know Mummy! I’ll be really old and you’ll be as old as a dinosaur (for the record, I’m not that old!) It seems a really long way away. How can I make the time run really fast (go quickly!)

πŸ‘©πŸ» Me: Well, you can keep dreaming of Strictly and keep watching your favourite dances, like mummy does!

πŸ‘ΈπŸ» Bella: That’s a good idea mummy! And if I watch the dances really quickly (speeded up), the dancers will get dizzy but it (the wait) will go even faster! πŸ˜†

Not sure how this works, but watching dances in fast forward, will (in my 5 year old’s world) make time go even quicker.

Cassie πŸ™‚