Strictly 2016 – Performance Review – Week 1 (Night 1)

Frogs, Flamboyance and Feathers

After what has felt like months of waiting, tonight we sat down to watch the eagerly anticipated first live show at Strictly and it certainly didn’t disappoint!

After watching the opening titles we realised that this year’s Strictly class of 2016 look set to be the best class yet and the competition will be closer than ever!

Tonight we were treated to 2 Cha Cha Chas, 2 Waltzes, a Tango and a Jive!

The show opened with Laura and Giovanni who performed a polished and fun Cha Cha Cha which had a lot of content. It also featured Giovanni wearing part of a tree in his hair (as my 6 year old cleverly pointed out!) we thought it was fantastic and deserving of an 8 at least. Our judges awarded them a respectable 25/40!

Next up were Naga and Pasha who performed an elegant, graceful and emotional waltz. We must point out we want Naga’s dress, it’s gorgeous! It had us blubbing on the sofa like a baby. This girl takes instruction from Pasha really well and is determined to do well, so we predict she will go far. In our eyes, it deserved a 7. The judges awarded them 23/40.

We were then surprised by Judge Rinder and Oksana who entertained us in dramatic style with their courtroom Cha Cha Cha. This guy has great rhythm and energy. The judges told him he put the boy in flamboyant. We agree. It was the surprise performance of the night for us (and the judges) and earnt them 25/40 too.

The legends that are Lesley and Anton took to the floor with an endearing and emotional Waltz to the Birds of a Feather theme. They are two legends who dance brilliantly together and as a partnership were born to dance together. We want to be able to dance like Lesley when we’re in our 70s! Yes, the nerves may have made her shoulders raise up, however there is a big height difference between her and Anton. We were impressed and in our opinion they deserved a 7. The judges awarded them 23/40.

Ore and Joanne then performed an adorable Tango which featured a bicycle, balloons and a park bench! What more could you ask for? It had great storytelling and the Tango part was brilliantly choreographed and performed. Ore is a serious contender and we predict this couple will go all the way to the final! From us they got a 9, our judges awarded them 27/40.

For our final dance we saw what was quite possibly the best week 1 Jive ever, from Natalie and Greg. It was fast, had big jumps, great footwork and lots of content. For a tall man, Greg pulled this dance off brilliantly and his performance was polished and technically excellent! It was so good it left us speechless and we thought they should have got a 9, our judges awarded them 27/40! It also saw Darcey compare him to a blue frog!

We personally don’t see the similarity!

The standard has officially been set for Strictly 2016, and we feel it’s going to be the best Strictly ever. The class of 2016 are born to dance and we predict anyone could lift the glitterball!

After tonight who were your favourites? Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We’re back tomorrow from 6pm tweeting along with the 2nd live show! Hope to see you then.

I’ll leave you with these pearls of wisdom from my 6 year old:

Kids really do say the funniest and most adorable things. 
Cassie πŸ™‚


4 thoughts on “Strictly 2016 – Performance Review – Week 1 (Night 1)”

  1. Lesley was under-marked I feel…or the others were over-marked. She definitely had the best footwork (there were heel turns which are difficult as hell) even if her shoulders needed a lot of sorting out (yes, she’s short, but if she leans back rather than into Anton it can be resolved). Greg was the best of the bunch tonight. Hoping they’ve left the best for tomorrow.

      1. I know. Watching Danny & Oti we thought we were watching two professionals. He did an awesome job. It’s going to be a very closely fought contest this year & the glitterball could be anyone’s. 😁

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