The Ultimate Strictly Challenge Is Now Open!๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

 

Over the past 14 series on Strictly, we have seen moments that have been true dance floor delights and that have captured the nation’s and judges’ hearts. Yes, they’ve even made Craig Revel Horwood dust off his 10 paddle. We’re talking of those goosebumps, perfect scoring moments that have made us want to join in at home, and have left some of our favourite couples earning a perfect 40 from the judges!

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Cheer up Craig, you could at least smile! These moments are extremely rare!
It is the score that all our couples aspire to achieve and when it happens, we have been known to scream and shout (and even get our neighbours knocking on the door to make sure we’re ok!)

After Danny and Oti performed THAT sambalicious Samba, we now have at least one dance in every style (apart from the Rumba) that has scored a perfect 40! You know how here at the Strictly Support Group there’s nothing more that we like than a poll, so we’d like to put these perfect scoring dances into battle and find out the dance you feel is the best perfect scoring dance ever!

We’ve divided the dances into categories and each week we’ll invite you to vote for two categories. Voting will remain open for one week and will close at 6pm the next Sunday, when we’ll eliminate the dance/dances with the lowest number of votes until we are left with one dance in each category! The top scoring dance in each category will then go on to battle in the final to be crowned the best perfect scoring dance ever!

For week 1, we’re going back to the olden days when Cha Chas and Waltzes used to battle it out in week one on Strictly! We’ve chosen the top perfect scoring Cha Cha Chas and Waltzes to battle it out for a place in the grand-final.

Competing for a place in the final, it’ll be Caroline and Pasha Vs. Lisa and Brendan in the Cha Cha Challenge and Abbey and Aljaz vs Matt and Flavia

So who will win the Cha Cha Challenge and the Waltz-Off? All you need to do is click on the video below to see all 4 dances, then vote for your favourite from each of these two categories in the polls below:

Voting will remain open until 6pm next Sunday when we’ll freeze the vote before revealing the couples who will go through to battle it out with the other dances in the grand final!

Get Voting!

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚

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Strictly Support Group – A Golden Themed Chat

Earlier this week The Golden Globes took place in LA. We know that Strictly is officially awesome, having won many awards already, so tonight we hosted a Golden Themed Chat, complete with a Golden Glitterball!

We began our chat by asking you Who on Strictly do you think is most deserving of a Golden Globe and why?  We had some wonderful answers. Here are some of our favourites:

For our next question we asked you this: Lala Land was a big winner at this week’s Golden Globes. Which award winning film reminds you most of Strictly and why? We had some wonderful answers. Here are our favourites:

Our next question moved on to talk about the Golden Age of Dance. We asked you to tell us the Strictly performance which most sums up the Golden Age of Dance for you and why? We had some great suggestions from you all:

For our fourth and penultimate question of the night, we asked you to tell us your golden couple on Strictly. We also asked you to tell us what made them so brilliant in your eyes. Here were some of  your wonderful answers:

Strictly has won many awards, but for our final question, we asked you to tell us if you were to award Strictly with an award, what would it be given to them for? Here are some of your brilliant ideas:

That ended tonight’s chat. Thank you for taking part. We personally think you’re all so amazing you all deserve a golden glitterball. If you didn’t have a chance to take part tonight, don’t fear! You can still join in by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

We’ll be back tomorrow from 8pm for the launch of our Strictly Ultimate Dance Challenge. We hope to see you then.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Strictly Makes – Some Sparkly Creative Sets for us Strictly fans – Review!

One of our New Year’s resolutions is to wear something glittery every day of the year! My little girl took this quite literally when she discovered these fun packs whilst out shopping for some arts and crafts stuff last week:


Yesterday was a snow day here, so we spent a couple of hours arts and crafting at home and testing these products to see what they are like! Here’s what myself (as mum) and Bella thought of them!

Gel-A-Peel

I’ll put you in the picture. We were out shopping when Bella brought this to me and said “Mummy, please can I have this. It has the word sparkle in it!” The moment I saw sparkly jewellery I could not resist buying it for her. We love arts and crafts activities and although it said suitable for children aged 8+ we thought we’d try it to see what we thought. 

We bought the Sparkle Violet and Sparkle Light Pink Starter Kits which come complete with one tube of Gel, a plastic sheet, a nozzle for the gel tube, and the chance to make up to 20 designs. The kits we bought cost ยฃ6 each and were from The Entertainer (www.thetoyshop.com) Bella had already been given a set this Christmas from a family friend so we had some other colours to use too. You can either use the designs or freestyle and make your own gel designs. It can be used to make jewellery or to decorate bags, phone cases etc. Once dried you’ll be left with eye-catching designs. Designs like these:


What I thought (Mummy)

The instructions are easy to follow, and the templates guide you to help you make some eye-catching designs. Inevitably, as with most arts and crafts activities there is mess, so if you are using this product for the first time make sure you have a table covering which you won’t mind if it gets damaged. Also, we wore arts and crafts overalls which may be a good idea, as the product can get everywhere, if you’re not careful. The product states it is for ages 8+ and children younger than that may struggle as the gel tubes can be quite hard to control. With help and on her first attempt, Bella created these bracelets above and I think she did a brilliant job. It does take an hour to dry, so there is a lot of waiting involved, but the end result is worth the wait!

What Bella thought:

I thought this was a lot of fun. I like wearing sparkly bracelets and it reminded me of Loom Bands a bit. It is a lot of fun to make the bracelets and I made mummy and daddy some hearts too because I love them a lot! It was a bit boring having to wait for them to dry but mummy told me that all good things come to those who wait. I’d give them an 8/10

Jelly Stickers – Fashion Kit!


These have to be the sparkliest stickers we’ve ever seen. The idea is that children are given paints to decorate stickers. There are also sequin and glitter sprinkles! Nothing could stop my little glitter fairy from asking her mummy to purchase these! We also found these at The Entertainer and they cost ยฃ5.66! Here’s one we made earlier:


What I thought (Mummy)

For a sticker mad 6 year old these are perfect! The age guide is 5+ but it gave Bella a lot of enjoyment making some fun fashion stickers. Due to time constraints we only managed to make a few stickers, but the end result was very good and I dare say Bella will use them in her drawings and in cards too. She managed to make these with minimal help from mummy. The instructions are clear. Once again, we’d recommend covering the surface in a protective surface as it can get messy.

What Bella thought

I love these stickers and I can make them as sparkly as I want. I find some stickers you buy in shops boring because they don’t have as many sparkles as I’d like on them but this kit means I can make things really glittery. The stickers are good for girls and look really pretty. They are easy to decorate and when they’re finished they look really good! If they were on Strictly I’d give them a 10/10

So in Bella’s eyes the Jelly stickers were best. If you’ve used either of these products we’d love to hear what you thought of them! Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or send us pictures of your creations. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Our Dancing Town: Barnsley – A Review!

As Strictly Superfans, we search for Strictly signs everywhere. On Tuesday, we were pleasantly surprised when we switched on BBC Two to see a new programme called Our Dancing Town.

If you’ve ever seen Gareth Malone’s The Choir, this is the dance equivalent. It features choreographer and West End actor Steve Elias going on a tour of Yorkshire to create a flashmob style performance travelling through the streets of Yorkshire to embody the spirit of Yorkshire!

The first episode centred around the town of Barnsley and we saw Steve set out on his tour around Yorkshire trying to convince the locals to take part in his ambitious performance.

Barnsley has a strong history with the mining industry and glass factory and some of these industries were sceptical about performing a dance routine, but Steve soon turned them round to create something that captured the Barnsley fighting spirit perfectly.

The show introduced us to three remarkable people, Nick, Joan and Danny. Nick was Barnsley’s answer to Billy Elliott and had competed at Blackpool in dance competitions, studied ballet but ultimately chose to give it all up to work in his dad’s fish and chip shop. Joan had dreams of being one of the Bluebell Girls but sadly was unable to join them due to school work getting in the way and Danny who had a raw dance talent. It was lovely watching Nick and Joan whose love of dance shone through with every step they took. It just showed that you can stop dancing, but your love of dancing will never go away.

The whole show just made us feel all warm and fuzzy and made us remember how wonderful dance makes you feel! It also made us fall in love with the Barnsley-ites and their wonderful spirit and pride.

If you watched the show, we’d love to hear what you thought! If you missed the show, don’t fear, you can watch it on player using the following link!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b088pjyf/our-dancing-town-1-barnsley

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚

Dancing with the Stars Ireland – A Review from our Irish Reporter @ByrneSarahNow ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

Irish eyes were smiling last night as Ireland’s own answer to Strictly hit TV screens across the Emerald Isle. We may not be able to watch it here in the UK (due to geoblocking ๐Ÿ˜ข) but we have our very own Irish Reporter, Sarah, who will be bringing us some Dancing with the Stars magic this series! Here’s what she thought of show one:


DWTS Ireland – the wait is over

Last night DWTS Ireland hit our screens on RTE One, with much hype surrounding it. It boasted Darren Bennett as Creative Producer and Lilia Kopylova as Choreographer and in my opinion didn’t disappoint.

Now I sat down to watch this thinking it will never be Strictly but you know what, I was surprised. It opened with a great pro number to Putting on the Ritz which ended as a group number. We were then introduced to our hosts Amanda Byram (Wipeout UK) and Nicky Byrne (Westlife & Strictly Season 10), followed by the Judges – Julian Benson (tried a bit too much to be Bruno), Brian Redmond & Loraine Barry. Had never heard of them before but seem to know their stuff and its nice that they are Irish.

We finally got to meet the 11 Stars and here we had some confusion as I had only heard of 6 of them but in my defence I don’t watch any soaps, Irish or otherwise, Strictly is my only reality and I’m a bit passed my boy band (Hometown) stage. 

The ladies had an easier night as they had a group dance to do at the end of the show with the lads being centre stage doing their individual dances. 

Comedian Des Bishop & Giulia Dotta – Tango – 18 points
Big brother star Hughie Maughan & Emily Barker – Cha Cha – 15 points

Sports broadcaster Des Cahill & Karen Byrne – Foxtrot – 16 points

Kerry footballer Aidan O’Mahony & Valeria Milova – Salsa – 19 points

Hometown’s Dayl Cronin & Ksenia Zsikhotska – Charleston – 23 points

They ended the show with another pro number and the the girls group dance with Nicky talking to the Stars and judges in between.

In fairness to DWTS Ireland Strictly Come Dancing has spoiled us so you have to watch it with an open mind and think back to Strictly Season 1, where you didn’t know the judges or the professionals and they are now celebrities in their own right. It wasn’t without its issues as the somehow managed to take 5 Stars dancing on week 1 and make it last for 2 hours – so many ad breaks and no live band or singers.
The first show is over and week 2 is Ladies night, hopefully everyone will be settled down and try to be themselves as we have no elimination till week 3. The next 11 weeks will be interesting but here’s hoping that it will be successful because I can finally vote and once its finished it wont be long till Strictly starts.
Sarah๐Ÿ’š
Thanks Sarah for sharing your thoughts on DWTS Ireland. We may not have access to all the show but Sarah will be sharing moments from DWTS and giving us weekly reports on our blog! If you were lucky enough to watch the show we’d love to hear what you thought of it. You can comment below or tweet @scd_support to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚


Dance Dance Dance – It may not be Strictly, but we liked it (just a little!)

We love any show which even mentions Dance, so when we heard that ITV were launching a show in the New Year which was to quote the papers “set to rival Strictly” we could not resist watching. Nothing in our eyes beats Strictly, so tonight we sat down watching with our uber-critical Craig Revel-Horwood hats on to see whether it was more of a dance di-saaster or the start of something fab-u-lous! Here’s what we thought of the show.

The show gives a celebrity and their chosen partner the chance to perform iconic music video choreography together. After they have performed a dance together one person from each couple is invited to recreate another music video’s choreography. They are scored for each performance. Overall it’s a bit of a mix of So You Think You Can Dance, Let’s Dance for Comic/Sport Relief and ITV’s last attempt at a dance show Stepping Out. Strictly always wows us with original choreography week after week, and whilst this show will not do this, we have to admit it is great entertainment-wise to see some of our favourite music videos recreated on our TV screens each week (the teenager inside me was very excited to see the Back Street Boys tackled by one of the couples tonight.)

The show is hosted by Alesha Dixon (who tonight wore a dress that reminded my 6 year old of a glitterball and made her very happy) and Will Best. The pair of them do a good job and with judges including choreographer and Diversity’s Ashley Banjo, the show has picked people who know their stuff! The overall production is great and the technical side with graphics and virtual reality looked awesome. One thing we did feel was the continuity between each dance seemed a little flat, and it lacked the Claudia and Tess antics that we have come to love from Strictly. We loved the like that the couples get their scores immediately after performing and at the same time as the judges give their comments. 

Celebrities get to choose their partner of their choice (it could be their partner, wife or best friend.) We love watching the celebrities on Strictly becoming great friends with one another and their professional partner week after week and it’s part of what we love about the show, but the format and idea of Dance Dance Dance got us thinking that we’d love to see Strictly host a one-off special with former celebrities returning to the dancefloor with their husbands, wives, girlfriends or boyfriends or best friends come to think of it. We asked you what you thought and many of you agreed it’d be a good idea.

It may never be Strictly, with no live band or singers, no professional celebrity partnerships, and no original choreography but we quite enjoyed Dance Dance Dance (despite the ad breaks.) It is entertaining and good to see celebrities out of their comfort zone again. It is a completely different show to Strictly, and nothing will ever take Strictly’s place out of our hearts. Overall, it is a good concept and we give show one a sev-ern out of 10! 

If you watched the show too, we’d love to hear what you thought of it. You can tweet us @scd_support or comment below to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚

Strictly Support Group – A Thanks to Strictly Chat!

Over the past thirteen years, Strictly has taken a very important place in all our lives. It has taught us things, helped us forge friendships and more importantly brought sparkle to our lives each and every Saturday night.


Knowing how much we all missed Strictly on our tellyboxes tonight, we hosted a Thanks To Strictly chat! We began our chat by asking you this:


What’s the best thing to have happened to you Thanks To Strictly? Here are some of your fab-u-lous answers:

We thought these suggestions were truly fab-u-lous and could not agree with you more!

For our next question of the evening we asked you Strictly has helped forge many friendships. Whose friendship do you value the most thanks to Strictly?

We were genuinely touched by the next few answers and it all got a bit emosh so we reached out for our glittery box of tissues:

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We genuinely wouldn’t be where we are without you and think you are all truly uh-may-zing!

Strictly has taught as a lot of things. For us, it’s also inspired us to go back to the classroom and learn to dance again. What dance would you most like to learn if you had a chance to? 

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Strictly has also helped us achieve lots of things too! For us it has helped us gain strength through illness,  and has helped my little six year old become completely fearless as a dancer! For our next question we asked what’s been your greatest achievement thanks to Strictly? Here are some of your uh-may-zing answers:

https://twitter.com/_bee_eeb_/status/817821750515892224


We have said it before and will say it again, we have learnt an awful lot from Strictly! For our next question we asked you to tell us one interesting piece of trivia you have learnt from all your years and months of Strictly viewing. We had some great answers. Here are our favourites:

https://twitter.com/mel_branch/status/817832853547454464

Our chat was coming to an end, but for our final question we asked you to tell us what you would say if you had to write a Thank you letter for Strictly! Here are some of your brilliant answers:

That ended our chat. Thank you all for taking part in our chat tonight. If you didn’t get a chance to take part, don’t fear! You can still get involved by tweeting your answers to @scd_support or commenting below.

We’ll be back on Wednesday on twitter from 8pm for our weekly quiz. We hope you can join us then!

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚ 


Strictly 2016 – The Quotes Of The Series

We can always count on Strictly to give us some sparkly pearls of wisdom which we never forget. Nearly 3 weeks after the final, we are reminiscing about quotes that made the series for us!

Earlier today we asked you to tell us your quote of the series, after revealing ours:

We had some brilliant and very memorable suggestions. Here are our (and your) favourites:

https://twitter.com/MaryMRobin/status/816789578900246528

So those were your quotes of the series. If you can think of any others, send them to us! You can either comment below or tweet @scd_support to tell us. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚

Reading this post is Strictly Permitted

It’s the start of the new year, and as we ponder what we’re going to do to fill the next 243 sleeps until Strictly comes back onto our screens (many of which will be filled with our fun chats and quizzes!) we have been wondering what the correct social etiquette is for us Strictly fans.

Earlier this morning, I decided to don my sparkly sequinned jumper as we are off to visit my sister-in-law and her boys. My husbandย knows I am a lover of a sparkly jumper, butย his disapproving look gave me some doubts! He soon changed his mind when he saw that Bella (the youngest Strictly Superfan I know) was wearing her very sparkly sequin-covered dress!

It got me thinking, what is acceptable for us Strictly fans! Strictly may be over until later this year, but here are 6 things that it is ok to do as Strictly fan! They are our Strictly New Year’s resolutions:

Number 1:ย Countdown the sleeps until the next series of Strictly.ย 

We love a good countdown timer in our house and have countdowns until the Strictly Tour and various other dance shows we will be seeing. We have also set up a countdown until the next series of Strictly. I am reliably informed there are 243 sleeps!

Number 2:ย Wear as much glitter is as humanly possible every day!

There’s a saying that you’re never fully dressed without a smile, but for us, you’re never fully dressed without some sparkle. There’s nothing we love more than a sparkly jumper, sparkly make-up and shoes. They complete an outfit and as Strictly fans, we fully intend to wear sparkles and sequins all year round!

Number 3:ย Take more chances to dance

It is perfectly ok to dance in the street, on the way to work, on the bus, on the train, in the car, in the supermarket or even at your desk! We plan to dance a little every day. Dancing is good for the soul and we feel this will definitely make the wait until Strictly go quicker.

Number 4:ย Keep the Strictly theme as our ringtone

Keeping the Strictly theme tune as your ringtone is now permitted all year round. It may turn heads at first, but we’re sure even the grumpiest person (including Craig Revel Horwood) will smile and start dancing upon hearing your phone ring. Now, all you need to do is convince your friends and family that a WhatsApp conversation is just not good enough, you need a phonemail.

Number 5:ย Threaten to pickle your walnuts when things don’t go to plan.

Alas, no more Len on Strictly. We may have tried a pickled walnut over the festive period ๐Ÿ˜ท and it wasn’t to our liking, but that still won’t stop us from uttering Len-ism’s like this when we see something we don’t approve of or if things don’t go to plan!

Number 6:ย Watch a dance (or two, or three or four) every day on Youtube

Everyday we provide you with daily dance fixes, but there’s nothing to stop you from watching a dance, or two, or three, or four, or maybe even more on good old Youtube!

So there you have it! Here are our Strictly New Year’s resolutions. If you can think of any other activities you plan to do this year, tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚