Strictly 2016 – Our Thoughts On The First Dances!

On Wednesday, we learnt the dances and songs our fab-u-lous fifteen couples would be dancing to in week one of our favourite show! 


There’s a huge sense of anticipation in the air and we cannot wait. We’ve had time to review the song choices and dances. Here are our verdicts on what we predict will be the most amazing first show ever!

Anastacia and Brendan – will be cha-cha-chaing to Lady Marmalade (from Moulin Rouge!)

We predict this will be a performance full of attitude and sass! We can’t wait to see it and are pretty sure it will light up the dancefloor. Dare I say it, we may even see Craig smile? 😱

Claudia and AJ – Will also be cha-cha-chaing to What makes you beautiful by One Direction

They’re young, a pair of pocket rockets and are definitely appealing to the younger audience (including my 6 year old) with this dance. She will certainly pull off the acrobatic tricks, so we predict this could be a showstopper of a performance. It may even get Bruno so excited he could fall off his chair!

Daisy and Aljaz – Will be performing a Waltz to Unforgettable by Nat King Cole

We love a good ballroom routine to a classic song. We have a feeling this will be an unforgettable, classy, elegant and beautiful performance. This pairing ooze glamour and style. Dare I say it, it may even get a 10 from Len!

Danny and Oti – Are Cha Cha Chaing to Cake by the Ocean by DNCE

When I first heard this song, I pictured it being used on Strictly for a  Cha Cha Cha and I was right. We feel it’s a great song choice and watching this couple in training they have been working hard. We predict this will be a great first routine for them and will set them up as contenders for the glitterball!

Ed and Katya – are Waltzing to Are you Lonesome Tonight? by Elvis

If Ed Balls dancing to an Elvis song dressed as the King, I will eat my hat! On a more serious note, we predict this will be a very endearing performance which will set Ed as the people’s champion of 2016. It’s going to be epic!

Greg and Natalie – are Jiving to Get Ready by the Temptations.

He knows how to jump and is super fast for someone so tall. From his training video he looks light on his feet and as a sportsman we know he will train hard. We predict great things and think this will be an amazing dance for him.

Judge Rinder and Oksana – are Cha Cha Chaing to Mercy by Duffy.

Forget the dance, what we want to see is what the judge has to say to the other judges after his dance!

Laura and Giovanni – are Cha Cha Chaing to Venus by Shocking Blue!

These two looked awesome in practice and as a strictly superfan, we predict Laura will go far and this dance will definitely show us her full potential.

Lesley and Anton – are waltzing to the Birds of a Feather theme tune!

We’d love to see Lesley dance this in character as Dorien Green. She has so much energy, we can’t wait to see her perform more routines. Despite the height difference in practice she looks good.

Louise and Kevin – are Jiving to Jump, Jive and Wail!

He is the King of the jive and if you’re going to start on strictly, Jive is a great dance to start with. We predict she will have rhythm as a musician and from the look of things in practice, Kevin is challenging louise with some super fast choreography! They look good. Len may even get out his 8/9 paddle!

Melvin and Janette – are Cha Cha Chaing to Loco in Acapulco by the four tops

He has great rhythm and hip action 😍 Janette’s choreography is always imaginative, creative and original. We have a feeling they’ll smash it and team jboom will perform a routine that is da boom!

Naga and Pasha – are waltzing to Run to you by Whitney Houston.

BBC Breakfast presenters have a great history on Strictly and from the looks of their training Naga is doing a great job! This dance is sure to make us well up with emotion *grabs her glitterbox of tissues in advance* We cannot wait. 

Ore and Joanne – are tangoing to Geronimo by Sheppard

Their training footage looks brilliant and Ore can move. We are sure he will be a contender and with a wonderful pro like Joanne looking after him, he’ll definitely go far!

Tameka and Gorka are doing the Paso Doble to. Espana Cani y Viva Espana.

We love this partnership and are sure they will go far with their personalities. It’ll be great to see a dance other than a Tango, Cha Cha, Jive of Waltz in week 1 and we can see that as an actress Tameka will perform a brilliant Paso Doble. With Gorka there to help her, we’re sure it’ll be a brilliant performance.

Will and Karen are Tangoing to Just Dance by David Bowie

If anyone can pull off a David Bowie song, it’s these two. From rehearsals they look powerful and strong. We can see that they will definitely go far (my 6 year old has already told me she’s voting 700 times a week for them!) We can see this will be a dramatic performance which we and the judges will love!

What do you think of week one’s dances? Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

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