For many years Blackpool has been seen as the ballroom capital of the UK. The Tower Ballroom has become a magical place where dreams come true and has an even fairytale kingdom-like quality.
Over the past few years when Strictly has visited the tower ballroom we have seen many magical routines. There have been dances which have truly wowed and amazed us. Scores in Blackpool are on average a lot higher than in other weeks and the judges seem more generous dishing out their tens than in other weeks. So what makes Blackpool performances so magical?
Well, firstly the anticipation. The professionals have all danced at Blackpool and they all want to get to the Strictly Blackpool show to show their celebrities how amazing it is. The professionals put their all into their choreography week after week, but at Blackpool they really do push the boat out creating routines worthy of the world championships. At home we cannot wait to see the performances. We expect great things this year, and are sure the pros and celebrities will not disappoint.
Secondly, it has to be the audience. In the studio there is a much smaller audience, whereas at Blackpool the celebrities and professionals are performing to a much larger crowd. This in turn creates a more entertaining and enthralling atmosphere. In fact in 2013, after Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton performed their legendary Paso Doble, the audience cheered so loudly it broke the record for the loudest applause ever on TV. Now that’s something.
With a larger ballroom floor, the celebrities and professionals can cover much more distance. This is particularly noticeable in the Ballroom routines where the celebrities and professionals cover the floor as much as they can. There is nothing more magical than watching a Quickstep, Foxtrot or a Viennese Waltz on the Blackpool floor. The couples use up the whole floor which impresses us and the judges and creates truly magical routines.
The judges always seem to be in a better mood in Blackpool. Perhaps it’s the sea air. It may also be because it is a little like a holiday. A change from the norm is as good as a rest and leaving the Studio to go to such a magical place as the Tower Ballroom would make even the grumpiest of people (yes Craig, that’s you) smile!
Finally, let’s not forget the band, singers, costume team, make-up, hair and behind the scenes team. Week after week they help produce a show which we all love from the comfort of our own sofas. In Blackpool they go the extra mile to really impress us. The costumes are always super sparkly, the music always sounds amazing and the hair and make-up (aka Glam Squad) make the looks super glitzy too. They really do go the extra mile to make Blackpool even more special.
So that’s what makes Blackpool even more magical for us. What makes Blackpool magical for you? Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.