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 Watermelon🍉)
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!