Strictly 2016 – Bella’s Best Bits – ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป Halloween ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ

It’s back to school for Bella today. Last night, whilst completing her homework she reminded me she had one important task memorise her times tables write her blog for Bella’s Best Bits! Here are her top 4 performances of the evening! (She’s getting pickier than Craig Revel Horwood!)

4. Ed and Katya’s Charleston

I think Ed is very funny and this dance really made me smile and laugh. He isn’t the best dancer but he tries his hardest and makes dances that look like nothing we’ve ever seen on Strictly before! I thought he looked like a minion with the goggles he wore and I like minions a lot. He also got his highest score ever, 26/40 which is a very good score for him!

3. Ore and Joanne’s Charleston

I like sweeties a lot and thought these two looked like little tigers and were r-ore-some! It looked like they were having a lot of fun. Mummy won’t let me eat sweeties because she says my teeth will go all rotten, and now I understand why. These two looked scary because they had lots of sweeties before they danced! 

2. Daisy and Aljaz’s Paso Doble

I loved Daisy’s outfit and I don’t normally like make-up but I asked mummy to make me look like her yesterday for a halloween party! The dance was scarily good and it had lots of flamenco bits in it. I do flamenco classes and I thought she looked brilliant and should have got a 10. I was very sad when she was in the dance-off. I think people thought she was a panda. People need to vote for Daisy because she bathes in glitter and is a real life princess.

1. Claudia and AJ’s American Smooth

They danced to a Little Mix song *jumps up and down excitedly.* I love Little Mix. I also really liked Claudia’s dress. She always looks like a princess when she dances ballroom and I loved her lifts too, they looked like a princess and a prince dancing together, not a witch and a frog! I thought they should have got 10s and was very upset when they judges didn’t give them a 10. Maybe they’ll get one this week.

So there are Bella’s best bits for Halloween week. If you have a little Strictly fan who loves the show, we’d love to hear what their favourite dances were. Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you!

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚ 


Strictly 2016 – Farewell Anastacia and Brendanย 

It’s getting very emotional! Tonight we said farewell to the fabulous Team Fab whose Strictly journey came to an end.

Anastacia’s courage and bravery along with her fun-loving spirit and joy at dancing have really made her one of our favourites in the Strictly 2016. It will be a real shame to see her leave.

Her generous spirit has also been refreshing as she is giving away her Strictly appearance fee and earnings to charity.

Her Strictly journey has had its ups and downs including injuries, illnesses and moments that have made us smile. 

Her Latin has shown us her fiesty side (and gave her the name Team Sassypants in our house!) We also loved her quickstep (choreographed by Brendan but performed with Gorka,) her beautiful Movie Week Viennese Waltz and her Halloween Jive which was a lot of fun.

We will miss Anastacia and Brendan lots in the competition and are sure they will remain the best of friends.

We’d love this post to become a tribute to them. Comment below with your messages for them and we’ll make sure they see them!
Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚

Strictly 2016 – A Halloween Week Performance Review! ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐ŸŽƒ

Yes tonight we swapped our Glitterballs for our Pumpkin lights and sat down to watch the spooktacular Strictly Halloween show!

We LOVE Halloween. It’s the show where Strictly adds even more glitter than is humanly possible. The make-up, hair, costumes and choreography always amaze us and tonight’s show was no exception! Despite a lack of 10s we loved it! 

The show began with a brilliant tribute to the late Pete Burns and we took a trip to the Strictly funfair *books her ticket there for next week* It was fun, fantastic and fab-u-lous and we’re sure that Pete would be really proud of that performance.

Once we’d done the obligatory introductions, it was then time for the first competitive performance of the night, from Louise and Kevin! They were performing a Charleston to the Emeli Sande cover of Crazy in Love, dressed as the Joker and Harley Quinn! It was set as a comic themed Charleston and there were elements of comedy and more action than a Batman flick! We loved it and thought they deserved a 10! The judges awarded the 35/40!

Next up were Judge Rinder and Oksana who were performing a Paso Doble. Oksana was a butterfly and Judge Rinder was a moth. We have it on good authority that moths are in fact manly butterflies. ๐Ÿค” The dance was full of drama and was definitely entertaining. Judge Rinder sure can dance and he is coming out of his cocoon and emerging as a beautiful dancer! We gave him an 8. The judges gave him 32/40! On another note, we’d like to be made up like Oksana everyday! We love the butterfly make-up! 

Third to perform were Claudia and AJ. They were performing an American Smooth. Claudia was a teenage witch *has memories of Sabrina and Salem before realising these two are probably too young to remember them* and AJ was a frog. They were performing to Black Magic by Little Mix. We were a little unsure about this song being used for an American Smooth but these two never fail to impress us. The dance was spellbinding, enchanting and bewitching. It was super smooth and the lifts were perfectly executed. We thought she should get a 10 but the judges awarded her 36/40 *eats a witches hat that a witch let her borrow this week*

Next up were Anastacia and Brendan who were performing a Jive! They were bats and possibly the sparkliest bats this side of Planet Strictly. We absolutely love Anastacia’s spirit and the lady knows how to sell a performance. It wasn’t technically perfect, but it was a joy to watch. We loved it and thought she should get a 7. The judges awarded her a disappointing 25/40.

Danny and Oti then took to the floor with a hauntingly beautiful Foxtrot. They were tied together with (what my 6 year old described as) a dog lead! It was a gorgeous dance, and even though Danny made some mistakes he covered them up well! The Foxtrot is a very difficult dance and he did an amazing job especially as the choreography he was given was super difficult! We gave him a 9. The judges awarded him 31/40.

Next up were Laura and Giovanni who were performing a Tango to Paint it Black. Forget painting it black, they painted the town red! The dance was super fast and freakishly awesome. We loved it and together they were on fire! We gave them a 10. The judges awarded them 36/40.

Next up were the second couple performing a Charleston… Ore and Joanne! *prepares herself for a Clifton Charleston-off*

Well they were awesome. Despite my husband commenting that Ore looked just like Chewbacca, we thought the dance was fast, fab-u-lous and fun! We love Ore’s ability to make every dance his own. The judges commented on his lack of swivel. We didn’t notice it and htought they deserved a 9. The judges awarded them 32/40

Greg and Natalie then performed a Rumba to “Bring me to Life” by Evanescence. We always thought this song fitted a Paso Doble better than a Rumba, but credit has to go to Natalie whose choreography was stunning and brilliant. The dance was powerful and not raunchy but strong as a Rumba. It showcased Greg’s strengths perfectly. We thought he should get an 8. The judges awarded them 26/40 (including a 4 from Mr Nasty! ๐Ÿ™„)

The penultimate couple to take to the floor were Daisy and Aljaz who were performing a mexican Dia de los muertos inspired Paso Doble. We loved Daisy and Aljaz’s halloween make-up and look, it was wonderful. The dance itself was powerful and dramatic and we loved it! We thought they deserved a 9, the judges awarded them 33/40!

Our final couple of the night and the performance of the night came from Ed and Katya who performed a Cha Cha Cha. Ed was a mad scientist and the performance was crazy but charming! It really made us smile and reminded us what we really love about Strictly. It made Craig laugh ๐Ÿ™„ and also earned Ed his highest score in the competition so far, 26/40! 

Overally we loved the whole show and thought it was truly fab-u-lous!  There were however certainly some spooky goings on tonight as the couples at the top of the leaderboard found themselves in a dangerous middle section of the leaderboard! ๐Ÿ™„ We also saw a distinct lack of ๐Ÿ”Ÿs!

What did you think of Strictly Halloween week? Who were your favourites? Who do you think is in danger? Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you!

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Strictly 2016 – Our Petrifying Pumpkin-like Predictions for Halloween Week! ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ

Yes, tomorrow night we will prepare ourselves for the spooktacular Strictly Halloween special. We love the Halloween special and like Strictly, it just keeps getting better and better!

Earlier this week we learnt the song and dance choices for this weekend! We’ve looked into our crystal balls ๐Ÿ”ฎ and here are our predictions for this weekend!

Anastacia and Brendan will be dancing the Jive to โ€˜Bat Out Of Hellโ€™ by Meat Loaf – Week after week Anastacia is improving and impressing us with her brilliant skill. We have a feeling her inner actress will come out in this dance. Listening to the music we think it’ll be pretty quick but feel that together she and Brendan will pull off a wonderful performance. Having seen her rehearsals so far, they look awesome! Good to have Brendan back too.

Claudia and AJ will be dancing the American Smooth to โ€˜Black Magicโ€™ by Little Mix – On Sunday’s results show we learnt that Claudia has never dressed up for Halloween before *feels extremely old.* It was her birthday this week, so we’re hoping AJ took her trick or treating. We hear she will be a witch and AJ will be a frog. These two are young and we think this song is a perfect fit for them, but we’re not so sure about whether it’ll fit an American Smooth. We know that whatever choreography Claudia is given she always performs it brilliantly so are sure she will ex-spell on the dancefloor!

Daisy and Aljaz will be dancing the Paso Doble to Santa Esmeralda version of โ€˜Please Donโ€™t Let Me Be Misunderstoodโ€™ – After landing up in the dance-off last week we’re pretty sure Daisy will come back fighting. The Paso Doble is a great choice for that and we have a feeling that this could be her best dance yet! She looks amazing in whatever she wears and would look good in a bin bag. We love Aljaz’s original choreography, so have a feeling this Paso could be epic! 

Danny and Oti will be dancing the Foxtrot to โ€˜Take Me To Churchโ€™ by Hozier – Danny is the one to watch this series. Watching his training he looks brilliant already and in our eyes he could be a pro. The song is a spooky song, and we have a feeling it could be a zombie ghost style theme. We cannot wait.

Ed and Katya will be dancing the Cha Cha to the Hansel Martinez version of ‘Love Potion No. 9โ€™ – Ed Balls doing the Cha Cha on Halloween on Strictly! Our life is complete. He admitted that he’s loving the dance already and we can’t wait to see the concept and performance on Saturday. We have a feeling it’ll make us cackle and vote!

Greg and Natalie will be dancing the Rumba to โ€˜Bring Me To Lifeโ€™ by Evanescence – Thank you Strictly for using one of our all-time favourite songs this week. We feel the storytelling in this dance will be brilliant (Natatlie’s choreography is always good at doing that.) We’re unsure if this dance will suit Greg as it is slow and controlled, but we know that he will be practising like crazy and will perform a wonderful dance.

Judge Rinder and Oksana will be dancing the Paso Doble to โ€˜Born This Wayโ€™ by Lady Gaga – His training looks good, Oksana’s butterfly costume sounds wonderful and we think this routine will be perfect for him. His expressive face will definitely help and from watching Judge Rinder whilst unpacking earlier this week he can most definitely do serious.

Laura and Giovanni will be dancing the Tango to ‘Paint It Black’ by The Rolling Stones – We missed Laura last week after her injury so it’s good to see her back this week. From watching her training this dance looks fast and frightfully fabulous. Giovanni’s choreography is always imaginative and challenging, and this girl always looks good in ballroom. We have a feeling this could be the dance of the night!

And now let Battle commence! We have the Clifton Charleston Battle! Yes Kevin and Joanne will be performing Charlestons this week with Louise and Ore! We love a bit of sibling rivalry and cannot wait to see what they have up their sleeves.

Louise and Kevin will be dancing the Charleston to the Emeli Sande version of โ€˜Crazy In Loveโ€™ – We love the Charleston and Kevin always choreographs brilliant Charlestons. Last time he performed a charleston on Halloween he was a werewolf! We cannot wait to see the concept and styling behind this dance. We must say we love the song already and think this dance will be epic!

Ore and Joanne will be dancing the Charleston to the Bow Wow Wow version of ‘I Want Candyโ€™ – *pictures a trick or treat scene* Yup, we really hope these two go trick or treating during their performance. Ore looked like he was struggling with the swivel action in rehearsals. We know with practice it’ll come eventually. We love the song choice and think it could be the performance of the night.

We have a feeling this year’s Halloween special will be the best one yet and we’ll be in for many treats (and a few tricks too!) Who do you think will be spellbinding on the dancefloor this week? Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚

Thought for Thursday – A Themetastic Thought for the Week!

This Saturday we’ll see the Strictly 2016 cast take to the floor for what looks set to be a spooktacular Halloween special.

Yesterday we asked for your opinion as we asked this question..

It’d seem that the majority of you love them but there are some people who are undecided and not so keen on them.

We love nothing more than a good theme week. They showcase the immense ability and talent of all the strictly team from the Strictly Professional Dancers and their brilliant choreography, to the Hair, Costume and Make-up team who bring dances to life. We mustn’t also forget the brilliant Band, Singers and Backstage team as well as the celebrities who work hard to impress us and the judges week after week.

Theme weeks are always an opportunity to wow us and for Strictly to put on a show. This year we’ve already experienced a truly awesome Movie Week show, where although the celebrities and pros performed some impressive routines (deserving of 10s in our opinion) the judges failed to agree and didn’t give out a 10 throughout the night. 

Some may argue that every week Strictly puts on a show, but theme weeks always go the extra mile with the Strictly team. Many of the most memorable performances come from theme weeks. Take for example Jay and Aliona’s epic Jive last year, or Frankie and Kevin’s Wicked-inspired Halloween Tango!

Both these dances did score 10s but they weren’t just technically perfect but portrayed the theme perfectly. They will always be remembered for their brilliant storytelling and for us they were just as good as performances on a West End stage. Aliona and Kevin also managed to keep the feel for each dance without losing the style they were dancing which made them even more impressive. Yes, they did have a Pulp Fiction/Wicked flavour but they didn’t lose the technique or feel of the Tango/Jive.

Overall, we love theme weeks. We like how they add a different flavour to the dance. We don’t like it when a theme takes over a dance (which I’m sure many of you would agree with!) but do like the dances to entertain and wow us.

What do you think? Do you love theme weeks? Would you like to see a different type of theme week. Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚

Strictly 2016 – Strictly GIF, Photo and Caption of the Week!

It’s Tuesday and we’re super excited as it’s time to reveal our GIF, Photo and Caption of the week, chosen from Saturday’s performances.

GIF of the week:

Yes, we’ve chosen a GIf that doesn’t have anyone’s face in it! We loved this moment as it was so original and made us smile a lot! Great work Daisy and Aljaz. My 6 year old also pointed out they looked like Mickey and Minnie Mouse. As she loves Disney I’m taking that as a compliment:

Photo of the week:

Some couples just ooze sheer enthusiasm and joy with every step they take on the Strictly Dancefloor. This year, it’s Judge Rinder and Oksana whose Jive really lifted our spirits and made us grin like the Cheshire Cat. For us this picture captures the joy of dance perfectly

Caption of the Week:

Thank you to @jomac39 on twitter who came up with this wonderful caption. 

What were your Photo or GIF moments from week 5 of Strictly? Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚

Strictly 2016 – Bella’s Best Bits – Week 5

Yes, this week has been a very busy week in Strictly with injuries and illnesses, but also it’s been a very busy week for little Bella as we moved house on Friday. Fear not, we did make sure we were ready to watch Saturday night’s Strictly. As we have been doing throughout the series, my little Strictly Superfan Bella will be telling you her favourite moments each week on Strictly. Here are her favourite performances of week 5!

6. Ed and Katya’s American Smooth

I really like Ed because he keeps trying his hardest and Katya looks like a princess. This dance made me smile. I know he nearly dropped Katya in the lift, but I still think he should have got extra points for trying that lift. I tried it with my auntie and it was very hard. Ed also is really enjoying dancing and I don’t want him to leave yet, so please keep voting for him! He’s one of my favourites.

5. Anastacia and Brendan Gorka’s Quickstep

I was sad when I heard Brendan was ill, but I really like Gorka because he seems very nice and I think it was nice of him to teach Anastacia to dance the quickstep. I thought they looked like a prince and princess and the quickstep was really good. I also like Anastacia’s dress as it was pretty and sparkly and made her look like Princess Sassypants.

4. Judge Rinder and Oksana’s Jive

I think Judge Rinder and Oksana are becoming my favourite people on Strictly. I like that he has a lot of energy – I think he must eat a lot of chocolate and lots of ready brek and he always looks like he’s having a lot of fun. I really want him and Oksana to get to the final.

3. Daisy and Aljaz’s Charleston

I love Daisy and Aljaz and was really sad when they were in the dance off because this dance was awesome. I thought they looked a bit like Minnie and Mickey Mouse and think people didn’t vote because they wanted to see them dance the dance again. It made me smile and it was very very sparkly!

2. Louise and Kevin’s Rumba

Mummy doesn’t normally let me watch Rumbas. She thinks I won’t like them but she let me watch this one. I thought it was very sweet because Kevin took Louise to Paris. I think if I went to Paris I’d ask Kevin to take me to Disneyland Paris! I didn’t realise they were this tall because they danced next to the Eiffel tower! I liked her dress because it had lots of sparkles on it and I liked Kevin’s shirt too because it was very very sparkly.

1. Ore and Joanne’s Waltz

They made my mummy cry (that’s apparently a good thing but I don’t understand!)

They made me say “wow!” 

They are totally awesome!

I liked their dance. I’ve danced the waltz before and I’m not as good as Ore and Joanne yet. I’m only 6 so I still have time to catch up with them. They make it look really easy and they looked like a prince and a princess dancing together at a party. I really want Jo’s dress too.

So there are Bella’s best bits for week 5! What were your favourite dance moments from this week? Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. 

Cassie and Bella!

Strictly 2016 – Farewell Lesley and Anton

*sings the Birds of a Feather theme tune whilst providing you with earplugs* What will we do, when you are far away and we are blue, what will we do?

Tonight our Bird of a Feather danced her swansong as her and Anton’s Strictly journey came to an end.

Over the past 5 weeks, Lesley has been an inspiration to us all. Her energy, enthusiasm and dance ability have surprised us and we’ve loved watching her grow as a performer.

Upon leaving the show tonight Lesley said she has loved learning every dance and we’re pretty sure she and Anton will be friends forever.

For us our favourite Lesley and Anton memories will have to be:

Those Trousers – Anton’s Sequinned Trousers which we loved so much we wanted a pair!

That Quickstep – So energetic and fast we loved it

That Charleston – It surprised us and even made Craig smile.

Here are their best bits in picture form:

Lesley, your energy and enthusiasm are admirable. We’d love to have your levels of energy when we’re 70! Thank you for cheering up our weekends over the past few weeks. You will be missed.

We’d love this post to become a tribute to Team Lesbeke. Comment below with your messages of support for them and we’ll make sure they see them.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Strictly 2016 – Performance Review – Week 5 ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐ŸŒ

Illnesses, Injuries and Enormous Pieces of Set

Yes this was the week where we learnt that Brendan had been poorly and was too ill to perform. We also learnt this afternoon that Laura had injured her ankle and was unable to dance this week. To the pair of them we hope you get well soon. Rest lots and we’ll see you on the dancefloor in no time at all! We also had a near injury when Ed Balls nearly dropped Katya in a lift but more on that later in this post.

It was also the week where enormous pieces of set joined our couples on the dancefloor! First we had Louise and Kevin who were joined by the Eiffel Tower in their Magnifique et Romantique Rumba:

At first we thought these two had officially eaten their greens and turned into veritable giants, but then we had Claudia and AJ who were joined by a huge glitterball in their sensational Samba:

My husband made a valid point. Was that a giant glitterball or was it just a normal sized glitterball next to two tiny people?

Anyway, injuries, illnesses and enormous set pieces aside, here is what we thought of all ten dances tonight!

First up tonight were Judge Rinder and Oksana with their 1940s inspired Jive. Now, when we heard their song choice we were really excited about this performance. It did not disappoint. Their energy, enthusiasm and joy shone through in every step and it was very entertaining. His expressive face fitted this dance perfectly and we loved the costumes and the whole performance. In our opinion they deserved an 8. Our judges awarded them 29/40 (not quite the 40/40 Judge Rinder had joked he hoped to achieve, but a respectable score!)

Next up were Lesley and Anton with their Tango. Lesley played a fortune-teller ๐Ÿ”ฎ called Lola. Anton peered into the Crystal ball and saw them being scored 40 & Craig smiling *shakes head in disbelief.* We loved Lesley’s dress and thought she looked incredible. The dance was fierce and had good attack for a Tango. There were a few mistakes but still we love that Lesley always commits to a performance and the character of a dance. She is also 71 and doing an incredible job! We thought she deserved a 7. The judges awarded her 24/40.

The third couple to take to the dancefloor were Greg and Natalie. They were performing a Cha Cha Cha. I think Greg officially wins the award for the sparkliest top ever in the history of Strictly has to go to Greg. Natalie also wins the award for best use of fringing ever.

Cha Cha Cha is one of the dances that is hard to amaze the judges and the audience. Overall we thought it was a great dance and Greg presented Natalie brilliantly. We gave him a 7. The judges awarded him 22/40 (including a 4 from Craig.) Here was my 6 year old’ theory on their lower than expected scores:

Next up were Anastacia and Brendan Gorka with their Quickstep. Dancing with someone new is never easy but these two were a partnership made in heaven and looked so natural together. Their dance was light, bright and super fast. Anastacia once again pulled on her excellent acting skills to give us a performance which excited us and amazed us. We gave her a 9. The judges awarded her her highest score of the competition 30/40.

Louise and Kevin then took us on a romantic “date” with their Rumba to Paris. I have to point out Kevin is one of the few professionals whose rumbas always are appropriate for the younger viewers. Thank you Kevin for choreographing a dance that both my little girls and I could enjoy! The dance itself was beautiful and made us ever so slightly emotional. We awarded them a 9, (even though Craig was a little grumpy – we think he was upset they didn’t take him to Paris with them) the judges gave them 33/40.

From Paris to Amarillo we went with Ed and Katya and quite possibly the most eagerly anticipated American Smooth EVER! We loved Katya’s jumpsuit and are loving Ed’s love of all things dance. He keeps trying and is doing his best. A lift almost turned into a dance disaster:

But that goes to prove that our pros do put a lot of trust in the celebrities. Other than this near drop, Ed overall performed the dance really well. He put a smile on our face and in our opinion he deserved a 7. The judges gave him a disappointing 18/40 (including a 2 from Mr Grumpypants!)

Next up were Jo and Ore with a beautiful waltz which moved us (emotionally not physically – it takes a lot to get us moving when we’re watching Strictly) It had just the right amount of movement, control and emotion. It did make us turn into a blubbering mess on the sofa and Jo’s dress looked beautiful *adds it to her list of Strictly costumes she’d love to own* We thought they deserved a 10. The judges gave them 36/40 (the highest score of the night.)

Daisy and Aljaz then made us very happy with their original and inventive Charleston! It started with them in the dark wearing white gloves and shoes. A brave choice which could have emphasised any mistakes, however they were as close to perfect as you could get. These two are becoming one of our favourite Strictly partnerships ever. This dance highlighted that. It was classy, cheerful and cheeky. Daisy’s joy at dancing is evident and her improvement week after week is very impressive. We thought they deserved a 9. The judges gave them 32/40.

Our penultimate couple to dance were Danny and Oti. They were performing the second Rumba of the night. Overall this dance was beautiful and for us it was one of the best Rumbas ever danced by a male celebrity. We loved Oti’s dress, the music, the choreography and the dancing. It was one of those perfect Strictly moments. In our opinion they should have got a 10. The judges awarded them 35/40.

Our final couple to take to the floor tonight were Claudia and AJ. They were performing a super-fast and sensational Samba. It was so fast that we had to check they weren’t performing it in fast forward. The dance overall did have the wow factor and we love watching these two week after week. We felt Claudia coped with the speed brilliantly but if it was slower she would have done even better! They sparkled and shone and ended the show on a high! In our opinion she deserved a 9. The judges awarded them 32/40.

So that ended a fab-u-lous night of dancing! We’d love to hear your thoughts and hear what was your favourite dance. Just vote in this poll below to tell us:

We’ll be back tomorrow night tweeting along with the live results show as it happens! We hope to see you then.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Thought for Thursday – What makes a ๐Ÿ”Ÿ performance

A very rare sight! Yes, Craig Revel Horwood really does have a 10 paddle

Last Saturday we saw a Strictly first, the highest ever score awarded in week 4. Yes, Ore and Joanne were awarded not one, not two but three tens and an impressive 39/40 for their Jive! We saw the first 10s of Strictly 2016 and had to apologise to our neighbours for screaming so loudly (admittedly she was so concerned when she heard our screams that she rushed over to make sure we were ok!)

When it comes to giving out tens, we know that some of the judges are more generous than others. Some look at the technique and the overall content of the dance. Some look for the performance value and some seek perfection. It got us thinking, what makes a perfect ๐Ÿ”Ÿ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป performance?

For us, great technique and execution alone don’t just score a ๐Ÿ”Ÿ in our book. The dance does not have to be perfect but there has to be an element of showmanship. For us, a dance deserves a 10 when it becomes one of those perfect strictly moments where choreography, song choice, costume, performance and storytelling all come together to give us goosebumps! 

For us, that happened twice on Saturday, during Danny and Oti’s quickstep *stomps feet that they didn’t get a ten and remembers she needs to go hat shopping to replace the one she ate* and during Ore and Joanne’s truly awesome Jive.

Both these performances not only had challenging choreography which the celebrities mastered but they also were exquisitely  danced to the extent we couldn’t tell the pro from the celebrity. The speed at which they danced made them fly across the ballroom floor (as Bruno would say if they were driving on the M1 they’d get a speeding ticket!) and both pro and celeb were so well matched in their dancing, credit has to go to their amazing professional partners Oti and Joanne for their great teaching of the technique of each dance.

Both dances also were performed brilliantly. Danny captured the role of conductor and looked just like Fred Astaire quickstepping around the Strictly ballroom floor. Ore has a unique ability to be able to capture the character of any performance and make it his own. They are both born showmen and brilliant at storytelling. It comes as no surprise as Danny is an actor, but Ore is a Sports Presenter (so not really used to performing.) That made Ore’s 10s even more deserving in our opinion. He is doing something out of his own comfort zone and he is pretty good at it too!

Strictly wouldn’t be strictly if it wasn’t for the live band and singers, the fabulous costumes and hair and make-up. On saturday night they did an awesome job of bringing all the music to life as always.

I’m going to single out Ore’s song choice and the 1960s theme. As soon as we heard this was going to be the song he and Joanne would perform a Jive to, we were extremely excited. In our opinion, Ore’s personality fitted the song choice perfectly and the band and singers did an amazing job of performing this song (as they did others throughout the night.) 

The costume in Ore and Joanne’s dance had a 60s feel. It was simple and made us concentrate more on their dancing than the outfits and hair (as some did on Saturday night.) For many celebrities this could have revealed many dance  disasters, but in this performance it helped us see what an uh-may-zing dancer Ore has become.

In our opinion both these dances on Saturday night deserved 10s for many of the same but also different reasons. One dance did achieve them and deservingly so, whereas the other did not (and may receive a ten this week!) Tens are earned through hard work as well as committing to a character and giving us entertaining performances. Judges will award 10s for different things. Some look at the choreography and technique whilst others look at the overal performance value. Some judges are harder to please than others but ultimately it is us the viewing public whose votes count the most.

What makes a 10 performance for you? Tell us by commenting below or tweeting @scd_support. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚