Strictly 2016 – Week 1 – Show 2 – Performance Review

Corkers, Cha Chas and Chess!

Tonight we saw the remaining 9 couples take to the floor to show us their first dances! There were surprises and an overall air of awesomeness! Here are our thoughts on each dance for you to peruse:


The evening began with a lovely, lovely group routine featuring young dancers, more mature dancers and our wonderful pros! Seriously, we have never seen so many people on the floor and it had an air of loveliness that only Strictly could produce. My 6 year old has now made it her ambition to appear on Strictly next week! 🙄

We were then treated to a truly awesome Jive from Kevin and Louise! Kevin is the King of Jive and gave Louise a truly challenging routine with wonderful choreography which she mastered! They were fast, fab-u-lous and fantastic. In our opinion, they deserved a 9! Our judges awarded them a very impressive 31/40! Craig Revel Horwood even got his 8 paddle out *asks a nurse to take his temperature*

Next up were Melvin and Janette who took us to Mexico for a Carnival of a Cha Cha Cha. It was a lot of fun and even though we needed our sunglasses to watch it as Melvin’s trousers were that bright, we loved it. OK, it wasn’t technically perfect but he put his all into the performance and we do love people who put their heart and soul into a dance. They also had a piñata on stage with them! It deserved at least an 8 from us. Our judges awarded them 22/40 (including a rather low 4 from Craig Revel Horwood – now that’s more like Craig’s usual scoring)

We were then treated to an unforgettable waltz from Daisy and Aljaz. We learnt that Daisy was dancing this dance in memory of her Grandad who passed away on her first day of Strictly. *Sends her a virtual hug through her computer.* The dance was truly beautiful and had an ethereal quality. It was filled with emotion, elegance and made us blub like a baby it was that good. In our opinion they deserved a 9, our judges awarded them the highest score of the night 32! I’m not one to compare dances, but my husband did point out that her dance reminded him of another great first dance, Abbey and Aljaz’s dance in 2013.

Danny and Oti then wowed us with a wonderful Cha Cha Cha. It was such a good dance, we thought we were watching two professional dancers perform and not a pro and a celebrity. Oti’s costume gave us serious dress envy. He deserved a 10 in our opinion. The judges awarded him a respectable 31/40.

Next up were Tameka and Gorka, or as my daughter now knows her…

They were dancing a Paso Doble which was entertaining, full of drama and worth the licence fee alone. We also got to see Gorka do the impossible. He can fly!


On a more serious note, we loved the performance and their partnership. In fact, we cannot wait to see this couple progress in the competition and see what other dance delights they will treat us with. In our opinion it wasn’t just a corker, it was  truly increíble! They deserved a 9 in our opinions. The judges awarded them 26/40!

We then got to see Anastacia perform Cha Cha Cha with Brendan! It was a dance filled with attitude and sass and suited Anastacia perfectly. We did get a little emotional and agreed with her that the band do an awesome job. We have to take a moment to appreciate the fringing on her outfit and also her ability to do the splits! Wowsers! 

Team glitterballs (aka Ed and Katya) then took to the floor with an endearing and adorable waltz. Len stated Ed sums up what Strictly is all about, and we couldn’t agree more. His costume has now meant I’m going to have to keep my husband’s shirts out of reach of my 6 year old who is determined to put glittery stickers all over her daddy’s shirt colours. In our opinion he deserved a 7, our judges awarded him 21/40, which we must point out is still a respectable score for week 1!

Our penultimate couple of the night were the youngest couple of the competition, Claudia and AJ. They performed not only a precise, but an acrobatic Cha Cha Cha which impressed us at home. The judges felt there were a few too many tricks but we disagreed and thought the whole thing was adorable and lovely. In our opinion they deserved a 9! Our judges awarded them a respectable 26/40!

Strictly really saved the best till last in our opinion. We were treated to Will and Karen‘s Bowie inspired Tango. It was full of agression from the start (performed over a chessboard. Monopoly would have caused the same level of agression in our house) and had so much power and drama. My 6 year old (a huge Clifton fan) did say Mummy Karen and Will Slayed like Beyoncé! (She’s been spending too much time with her auntie!) but I agree. They did an awesome job to finish the show and deserved a 10 in our opinions. The judges gave them a very respectable 30/40!

So that ended week 1. We can honestly say this has to be the best first week of performances ever. The standard this year is so high, the competition could be anyone’s! It sure will be hard to say goodbye to someone next week.

At the end of the night, we were left with a glittery sandwich on the leaderboard. Daisy (the girl who bathed in glitter) was at the top and Team Glitterballs were at the bottom! 

There’s no official vote this week, but we’d still like to know who were your favourites. Simply vote in this poll to tell us:

You can also comment below or tweet us @scd_support to let us know. Bella will be revealing her favourite dances on Monday as part of Bella’s Best Bits. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie 🙂 

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