DWTS Ireland – The Final! A Review by @ByrneSarahNow

Over the past 11 weeks, our wonderful Irish reporter, Sarah (@byrneSarahNow) has guided us through the fab-u-lous first series of the Irish version of Strictly Come Dancing, DWTS Ireland. There have been many an embellished jacket (which puts Craig Revel Horwood’s costume’s to shame) and some epic dances. Here is what she thought of the final. If you haven’t watched it yet, look away now, as there are spoilers!

Welcome back everyone to my final review of what I have to say may of had a bit of a shaky start but has ended up being a brilliant series. 

Right from the start of the Final show we were given an amazing pro dance which included our judges strutting their stuff and showing us that not only can they talk the talk but dance the dance. So sitting there watching the dance to see who is who and up next pop Nicky and Amanda giving it loads and it just set the tone for what was to come.

We also have our last instalment of Julian’s jacket watch who worn a glittery number this week. We have a photo of Julian with the creative mind behind his jackets, Claire Garvey @cgraveydesigner.

With everyone doing three dances it was time to get going.
First up 

Aidan & Valeria

Judges Choice – American Smooth – 25 (Week 5 -21)

Favourite – Salsa – 25 (Week 1 – 19)

Freestyle – 30

Last week I commented on the power of the vote & this week Aidan wanted to prove to everyone that he had as much right to be in the Final as anyone else. And did he ever. with an increase of 4 points for his classy American Smooth & an increase of 6 points for his Salsa, he showed he has come a long way. 

The Freestyle that Valeria came up with was nothing short of amazing. She used his strength and with the lifts that she put into it showed an unbelievable level of trust in him. I thought it was amazing & just right that he got a perfect score for it. Well done Aidan.

Aoibhin & Vitali

Judges Choice – Jive – 29 (Week 8 – 28)

Favourite – Rumba – 29 ( Week 6 – 26)

Freestyle – 30

Maybe it’s just me but I prefer when they go back a good few weeks & pick a dance so we can see the level of improvement. Aoibhin’s dances were all pretty good the first time around with only Brian with holding his 10 paddle.
Aoibhin’s Freestyle was a dramatic contemporary with some amazing lifts & moves. Vitali has showed he has a flare for the dramatic & Aoibhin proved that she was up for the challenge.

A great night for Aoibhin.

Denise & Ryan

Judges Choice – Tango – 30 (Week 3 – 26)

Favourite – Salsa – 30 (Week 8 – 27)

Freestyle – 30

Sheer perfection from Denise. She also showed improvement in her previous dances & I had serious concerns for Ryan who looked like his heart was about to burst he was so proud of Denise.

We have learnt over the course of the season that Ryan is a very talented choreographer so when he was able to let loose with the Freestyle he was fantastic. Their Freestyle was a soft & emotional contemporary dance, with more fabulous lifts. With 3 perfect scores Denise could do no more – well done.

So there you have it. We started with 11 and now our final 3 can do no more, 12 long intense weeks and it’s time for the public to vote and choose our winner as the judges scores are only a guide. 

All of our previous Stars are back for one night only and we see poor Hughie hasn’t toned down the tan, Dayl is still feeling devastated that he is not in the final and I think Katherine and Teresa started the wrap party early. They took part in a group number which allowed them to take part one last time.

We also had live music from The Vamps who had support from our Wonderful Pro Dancers.
With the voting closed and counting done it was up to Amanda and Nicky (who took so long I thought they had left) to announce our winners…. Aidan & Valeria.

Congratulations to Aidan & Valeria, I for one am delighted with the result. Was he the best dancer – No, did he entertain – Yes. 

Some people seem to forget that whilst it is a dancing show it is also an entertainment show and Aidan showed us all that you can go from zero to hero. If he can do it anyone can and even if you don’t feel confident enough to do a Tango up the aisles of Super Value you may be able to give your significant other a twirl around the kitchen. 
The country went into such a state over this result I think the only thing I can compare it to was when Chris Hollins beat Ricky Whittle. (I was delighted with that result too). We will leave you as a divided country with half delighted for Aidan and the other half thinking it’s a scandal like no other and the girls were robbed. 

This has concluded a fabulous first season which is sure to return as it has given us all something to talk about other than sport and politics. I would like to thank @scd_support for allowing me to do this review and to all of you, who had read, commented and messaged me, I really appreciate it. 

Till next year, KEEP DANCING


Thank you for another brilliant review Sarah! You really do deserve a chocolate glitterball for all your efforts. We’d love to hear what you thought of the series, if you’ve been lucky enough to watch it. Did it amaze you? What did you think of the result too? Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚ 


Strictly Support Group does International Day Of Happiness ๐Ÿ˜„ meets Mother’s Day ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ง Chat!

It’s Mother’s Day today, so whilst we mums get spoilt rotten by our lovely offspring, it’s time for us to have a recap of what happened during last night’s Strictly Support Group.

Last night, we had a mash-up of themes, combining International day of Happiness and Mother’s Day themes *imagines lots of happy mums* Here’s what happened during our chat last night.

We started off with our International Day of Happiness theme and asked you to tell us what is it about Strictly that makes you feel happiest? We had some wonderful answers. Here are some of our favourites:

We agreed with all your answers 100%, so for our next question we asked you to tell us The Strictly Moment or Dance that left you feeling happiest. Here are some of your wonderful answers in a playlist form and also some of your tweets:

For our third question, we asked you to tell us who on Strictly woul be your King or Queen of Happiness, your Little Miss Sunshine or Mr Happy? We had some wonderful answers. These are our favourites:

For our next question and the final question in our Happiness section *sad face* we asked you this:

Here are some of our favourite answers:

It was then time to move onto our Mother’s Day Chat. We began by asking you who on Strictly best sums up this picture:

Here are some of your wonderful answers:

We then moved on to ask you who had been the yummiest mummy on Strictly. Here are some of your answers:

For our final question, we asked you Lots of Mums (including me) are huge Strictly fan. If you could treat your mum to a strictlified surprise for Mother’s Day, what would it be? Here are some of your wonderful suggestions:

*nudges her 6 year old and husband to give hints for her Mother’s Day present next year* That ended our Strictly Support Group chat. From all at the Strictly Support Group, we wish all you mums a very Happy Mother’s Day! 

We’ll be back on Tuesday from 8pm (on twitter) with a Catchphrase style quiz!

Hope to see you then.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚ 

DWTS Ireland – The Semi Final Review by our Irish Reporter @byrnesarahnow ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

If you’ve been following our blog, you’ll know we’ve been following events in Ireland on their version of our favourite show. We can hardly believe it but it’s the semi-final. In this post, our Irish reporter Sarah, gives her take on the semifinals.

Failte romhat mo chara, this weekend we celebrated St Patrick. So as the Irish luck would have it, there was Irish music to be danced to and so much green it made you feel all patriotic.
When Amanda and Nicky came on stage Amanda had on a black dress, with a bejewelled green belt and green earrings which while lovely was very subtle considering we were celebrating St Patrick. 

Once the judges came out I understood why. Brian had on a green suit (sadly not the ones they were selling for the Euros), Loraine had a lovely green dress but looked like she was ready to step into a marching band with those French plaits and Julian was well Julian.

This week our Stars had to learn two dances and the first round of dances were all to be danced to Irish Music, think they could of carried this off for both rounds but sadly not.

Denise & Ryan

– Contemporary Ballroom -28 – Hozier

– Cha Cha – 27

Two very different dances for Denise who was injured before the show but she pulled it off brilliantly. She was able to showcase her fluidity of movement in one while showing her cheeky sassy side in the other. 

Aidan & Valeria

– Jive – 20 – Sing Street

– Waltz – 24

Poor Aidan, he may be a new dad but he has dad dancing down to a fine art. His long legs may have served Kerry well but they did nothing for him in his Jive. The Jive showed the massive divide between him & the rest of the semi finalists but then he came back with the Waltz. This dance saw him back in his comfort zone & I thought he was under marked as he showed real improvement compared to his Jive.

Dayl & Ksenia

 – Rumba – 28 – Westlife

– Quickstep – 26

Dayl loves dancing, it is clear to see on his wee face so it was no surprise when he was able to execute two amazing dances. The rumba which is very hard for male celebrities to do seemed like a walk in the park for Dayl & he looked as comfortable with the Quickstep. Job well done.

Aoibhin & Vitali

– Contemporary Ballroom – 30 – Sinead O’Connor

– Charleston – 30

Aoibhin was very lucky in her dances the weekend, as she had two very expressive & free moving ones which in turn allowed her to have a prefect score. I’m not saying she didn’t deserve the scores but she makes it seem like she woke up being able to do the dances whereas the rest seem to struggle.
Aoibhin also paid a very respective tribute to four heroic members of the Irish Coast Guard Rescue 116, Captain Dara Fitzpatrick has been laid to rest, however the search continues for Paul Ormsby, Mark Duffy & Ciaran Smith. Di bheith in eineacht leat.
With all the dances done its time to let our pros do their thing while the rest of us do our voting.  

Since 1995 this next dance has stirred our passions & refuelled the images of what might have been if I only stuck with Irish Dancing, I could of been the next Jean Butler or Michael Flatly but sadly no those dreams were not for me. Those were the dreams of the people who graced the dance floor to give us Riverdance. That music always makes my heart speed up & you can see some behind the scene footage of our pros getting a lesson in Irish Dance on their twitter or Instagram accounts.

During the show we get to see our eliminated pros in Nicky’s area and this week they looked mighty strange. Our pro routine was set to that fabulous Donegal singer Enya’s Orinoco Flow. 

Curtis channelled his inner batman while Emily brought him into the light all very romantic.

As we had only four couples left the results looked to be a very tense affair. 

The first couple saved is Aidan & Valeria. While some of us where cheering for the underdog the realisation appeared that someone other than Aidan was going home. 

The twitterverse was not amused.
Next to be saved was Aoibhin & Vitali.

Which left Dayl & Denise in the dance off. Dayl looked like he could cry & Ryan looked like he wanted to punch something or someone!!! If the judges thought picking Aoibhin over Dessie last week was hard imagine the pressure this week.

Denise preformed her Contemporary routine while Dayl did the Quickstep. Now I thought that you had to perform your highest scored dance? Feel free to correct me.
Julian saved Denise while Brian saved Dayl. Deciding vote was Loraine’s and she chose to save Denise.

It is with a sad heart that we say goodbye to Dayl who I think had a shot at winning and the poor thing couldn’t hold back the tears. So is the bromance between Dayl & Aidan over, only time will tell but if we have to take one lesson from this week it is to never ever underestimate the power of the Kerry vote, the GAA vote & the Gardai vote. 

Next week is our finals week & I’d love to hear who you thing might win, standout dances, who was voted out before they had a chance to shine because dreams can become a reality and miracles can happen which means Aidan could win this thing.
Slan agus Beannach Leat


Let’s Dance The Night Away – A Review by @SparkleyAlex

We love a good trip to the theatre, especially when it has something to do with our favourite show. When the lovely Alex told us she was going to see the opening night of Pasha’s sixth tour, we kindly asked her to review it (in our capacity as members of the Pasha appreciation society!) Here’s what she thought of the show:

I went with two fellow Pasha mad friends to Redhill to see the first night of Pashas sixth tour – we met up with Antony (Pasha and Oti’s agent) in a nearby restaurant where we had the first of two hugs and pics.

On entering the theatre the show started with a Q and A with Pasha and Mike Newman. This lasted for 20 minutes before the main show. It is the BEST show he’s done so far partly as it’s been entirely choreographed by Anya and tells the story of their departure from Russia and their life since then.

I promise not to spoil things but the show has a distinctly Russian feel to it AND pashas unique take on Gangnam style is a must see!

Thank you Alex. If you’ve seen or are off to see a Strictly themed show soon you can let us know by tweeting @scd_support. We may even let you review the show.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚

Strictly Support Group International Day Of Happiness ๐Ÿ˜„

It is International Day Of Happiness and here at the Strictly Support Group you know that we love nothing more than a poll!

Earlier today we asked you to tell us who had been the happiest person on Strictly and which dance you considered the Happiest dance of them all. We had some great suggestions and have put them all into two polls for you to help us decide these two polls. All you need to do is vote in the polls below to help us decide:

Could these two be crowned the happiest couple on Strictly?

Voting will remain open until 6pm tomorrow, when we’ll close the vote before revealing our winners at 8pm.

Keep Voting and Keep Dancing!


Ultimate Strictly Challenge- Final Results ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅ‡๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿป๐Ÿฅ‡๐Ÿ†

Over the past ten weeks, you’ve voted in your thousands to help us decide the best dance on Strictly ever!

Your votes have been checked counted and verified and we can now reveal our top ten dances! Here are the results in video form:

Congratulations to Jay and Aliona who get the top three positions. Also more congratulations to Georgia and Giovanni and Danny and Oti whose top scoring dances feature in the the top ten too!

It goes to show that a perfect dance is not just perfect because Craig Revel Horwood awards it a ten, but because it captures the hearts of us as Strictly fans!

That’s all from this until our next challenge!

Thank you for all your votes once again and we’ll be back with another challenge very soon.


Strictly Support Group ย  ๐Ÿ€ St Patrick’s Day ๐Ÿ€ Poll

Happy St Patrick’s Day to all our followers and friends! ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ€

Over the past 13 years there have been many great Irishmen and women who have taken to the Strictly floor.

In true Strictly Support Group style, we know there’s just one way to decide who is the greatest….. with a poll!

All you need to do is choose your favourite from the poll below and vote! Voting will remain open until 8pm tonight when we’ll reveal the results after our quiz! 

Keep voting and dancing.


DWTS Ireland – A Review from @ByrneSarahNow

It’s St.Patrick’s Day tomorrow, and whilst we all celebrate with our friends from the Emerald Isle, our Irish Reporter Sarah, has been hard at work reviewing the DWTS Ireland Quarter Final.

Here is her review in her own words:

DWTS Ireland – Quarter Finals

Folks it’s Quarter finals week and it is with all the luck us Irish have to offer that Des Cahill is still in the competition. It all just goes to show the power that the voting public actually hold.

Julian was givinghis own nod to London’s Pearly King with this weeks jacket while Amanda looked stunning in her dress.

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Since we are down to the final five no need to hang around, let’s get stuck in.

(P.S. I’m still devastated Katherine & Kai are gone but the show must go on….)

Aoibhin & Vitali – Tango – 25

Social media was raving about this dance but it did nothing for me. I wasn’t blown away by it & this is the great thing about a show like this, everyone has a different option. Aoibhin is an excellent dancer but I didn’t think this was her best dance.

Des & Karen – Jive -19

The judges were generous here & I think they scored him more for heart than anything. It was so much fun but it was filled with errors & timing issues.

Aidan & Valeria – Cha Cha -22

Aidan got a 10 last week & the judges are treating him like the next Michael Flatly. Here’s the thing, Aidan & his wife had a lovely baby girl during the week which meat that he only had 2 days training so while not great by normal standardsย it was great given his time constraints. Also there was a lift – didn’t think this was allowed but noย one mentioned it!!!

Denise & Ryan – Charleston – 30

This dance always brings out the best in couples & this week was no different. Denise knocked it out of the park, through the field & over the hedge. She looked so confident & Ryan can breath a sigh of relief that he has gotten a perfect score.

Dayl & Ksenia – Paso – 27

Ksenia took a risk by using a cane instead of a cape & after the balloon debate fair play to her.

Dayl looked very powerful & commanding & he got Julian all tongue tied. He also did some really impressive knee…I’m trying to think what to call them as they didn’t seem to be walks or slides..he went from one knee to the other rapidly & it looked cool๐Ÿ˜‚

Next up we had our first ever Ballroom Blitz, in which all five couples took to the floor to preform the Jive.

There are the bonus points that the judges awarded

5 points – Dayl & Ksenia

4 points – Aoibhin & Vitali

3 points – Denise & Ryan

2 points – Aidan & Valeria

1 point – Des & Karen

We then had our voting break with chat to everyone & a very powerful performance from a singer from Cork called LYRA @thisislyra with help from Ryan & Ksenia, some amazing drummers and a really good rope trapeze artist from Fosset’s circus who had on a flesh coloured catsuit that made me need to rewind to make sure it wasn’t actual skinย ๐Ÿ™ˆ

We were treated to another pro dance number and this had all the dancers taking part but Guilia seemed to take the role as lead.

Voting closed and we get down to the business of who stays and who goes….

Safely through are Aidan (think people were upset the judges gave him a hard time), Denise & Dayl.

Dance Off – Aoibhin & Des (more people must have felt like me about Aoibhin)

Nerves took over Aoibhin & Des might as well have sat down, took a load off & let Karen dance around him. When it came down to the judges voting they all said what a difficult decision it wasย and the nation went “Ah here” & threw in an eye roll for good measure.

Despite the hard decision Dancing Dessie was sent home with many tears & chocked back emotion. Karen got very emotional & even Nicky teared up.


So it’s the semis next week & I wonder what delights we have in store for us.

On a side note with DWTS Ireland finishing up in the next couple of weeks DWTS US is starting back next week so that should keep us going for another while.

Chat soon & enjoy St Patrick’s Day.

Sarahย ๐Ÿ’š

Thank you Sarah. If you watched this week’s Dancing With The Stars: Ireland, we’d love to hear what you thought of it too. You can comment below or tweet @scd_support to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.

Somewhere in Time – A Review by @SparkleyAlex

We all love a trip to the theatre to see some of our Strictly favourites. 2017 is being named #TheYearOfTheTour in our house, with several visits planned to see Janette and Aljaz, Karen and Kevin, Flavia and Vicent, Ian and Natalie and Pasha *realises she’s seeing a lot of Strictly stars this year* very soon.

Last Friday, the lovely Alex, went to the theatre to see Ian and Natalie’s new show, Somewhere in Time. Here’s a brief review of what she thought of the show:

After a horrid year healthwise last year I wanted to treat my mum. She is Ian Waite’s number 1 fan so I thought I would treat her to her first strictly experience because, as we all know you are never too old to learn to dance.

We arrived at the theatre and after mum parked the car and joined me in the auditorium in ROW B we made ourselves comfortable and the show started with a very very colourful Quickstep which got the show off to an energetic start.

What followed was I have to say my favourite moment of the show – following Ian’s admittance that his favourite dance of last yr and as you know my favourite dance – Yes that Salsa by ED balls he and Natalie performed a flawless version of Gangham Style.

Ian’s Favourite Dance (and ours too!) Ed and Katya’s Gangnam Style

I don’t want to spoil the show for those going to the rest of the tour but look out for a lot of audience participation and you have to be fit to take part as a fit steps routine is involved (not for the faint hearted.)

The show ends with a beautiful rumba and there is a meet and greet after.

Alex meeting Natalie ๐Ÿ˜

Hope this is ok 


Thank you Alex for your review. If you’re going to see a Strictly show soon, let us know and we may even give you the chance to review it.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚

Ultimate Strictly Challenge – The Final!

*Grabs a Tissue* Tonight could get a little emotional. We’re now in the final week of our Ultimate Strictly Challenge. It has been a very fun 9 weeks, where we have seen perfect scoring dances battle against dances which were equally brilliant, but didn’t quite reach that perfect score.

Thank you for all your votes over the past 9 weeks. Tonight we’re putting our winning perfect scoring dances against the top 10 from your People’s choice!

 All you need to do is watch the playlist below to see which dances have made it into our final, and then click on the poll below to vote for your favourites.

You can vote once a day for up to 3 dances. Voting will then remain open until 6pm next Sunday when we’ll freeze the votes before revealing the winner and the dance that has been the best dance on Strictly ever in your opinion. They may even be awarded a trophy even better than the glitterball… an edible glitterball:

Get voting people!

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚