DWTS Ireland – Icons Week – A review by our Irish reporter @ByrneSarahNow

Over the past 10 weeks, we’ve been following Dancing with the Stars Ireland. We may not be able to watch it due to geoblocking, here in the UK, but have an expert Irish reporter (the lovely Sarah) who has been following it for us. Sunday just gone was Icons week. Here’s what she thought of the show:

This week was all about ICONS and I am pleased to say that our very own style Icon Judge Jules is back with his own tribute to David Bowie. Sad to see Darren go but nice to see Julian back.

We are down to six and soon to be five but who will survive the Dance Off???

First up we have – 

Katherine & Kai – Jive – 19

Tina Turner

I don’t think Katherine could have done this dance in week 1, & even though it wasn’t her best she through the kitchen sink at it. She looked like she had a great time performing it but I think they might of had a bit of a practice back stage. Fingers crossed its not them.

Denise & Ryan – Quick Step – 22

Amy Winehouse

These two are starting to annoy me. They are so good when it comes to dancing but Ryan feels like he should just ignore everything & do his own thing. Ryan added Foxtrot to his Quickstep which did them no favours as they only got a 22 and even though the dance was very good they had to rely on public votes. I like Ryan, I really do but some times he just has to Nod, Smile & Agree because he might be hurting Denise’s chances – I hope not.

Dayl & Ksenia – Cha Cha – 25

Justin Bieber 

Yes folks you read that right, Dayl chose Bieber as his Icon!!! We can weep for the generation later. They did a really good, cheeky Cha Cha which I enjoyed & so did the judges.

Aidan & Valeria – Charleston – 28

Ray Charles

It is hard for a Donegal person to say anything nice about a Kerry footballer but I have been waiting for this to happen since week 1, such was his breakthrough. This dance had everything from Aidan & got him a 10. It showed a different side to him & I hope he can keep it going in the coming weeks. Absolutely delighted with his performance.

Aoibhin & Vitali – Salsa – 29


Another confident performance from Aoibhin who seems to blooming under Vitali’s teachings. She looked like a professional she was that confident, fantastic performance.

Des & Karen – American Smooth – 17

Billy Joel

While Dancing Dessie may be back he is the Ed Balls of DWTS Irl. He managed the lifts better than Ed but sadly I think even he realises his time might be up.

Everyone has danced and we’ve had hits, misses & jaw dropping surprises so voting lines are open. Whilst we are waiting on the results of the voting we have the usual chit chat to everyone and then we are treated to two amazing Pro Dances. 

The first dance is to Man in the Mirror from Thriller Live which will be at The Gaiety Theatre. It was danced with junior dancers and looked so good. The second Pro Dance was just as good and I am really enjoying the live performances.

 With the voting closed and those progressing to next week we are down to our bottom three.

Aidan, Katherine & Dayl – notice no Des – twitter was not happy😒

Well now no matter who is in the dance off it is not going to be a happy ending for me and I knew it, Katherine was there with Dayl of all people. 

There was really no need for a vote as the nation knew the result – it was with a heavy heart that we said goodbye to Katherine & Kai. Ragin, that my favourites are gone but I will continue to cheer on the rest of the stars.

I know RTE could of pick a better photo of Kai, I mean there must be loads to choose from.

Before I got and weep into a hanky, is Brian getting on anyone else’s nerves when he says “From Brian a….8, 9” I mean come on, save that for a 10 surely. Also the judges seem to have taken a real dislike to Ryan and God love him, he is not helping matters. Anyone else think this or am I imagining it?

Chat to you next week when five become four.



Thank you Sarah. If you were lucky enough to watch the show we’d love to hear what you thought of it. We’d also like to hear who your icons of Strictly have been. Tell us by commenting below or tweeting @scd_support. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie 🙂 


Strictly Support Group – Who is the First Lady of Strictly?

It was International Women’s Day yesterday, and whilst I was munching on my lunch (a sandwich with added glitter) I had a thought. There have been many inspiring, strong and simply amazing women who have graced the Strictly dancefloor. Our Strictly pro girls, regularly amaze us not just with their ability, but also with their strength which is something many young dancers (including my little girl) admire.

Yesterday’s dance quote of the day was this:

It got us thinking, who has been the most inspiring and strong lady – the “First Lady” of Strictly – for you. When we asked you earlier we had some wonderful suggestions. Here they are as a beautiful collage:

In true Strictly Support Group style, we know the only way to decide once and for all is to do a poll. Simply vote in this poll below, before 8pm today. We’ll then reveal the results just before our quiz tonight.

Get voting people:

Cassie 🙂 

The Ultimate Strictly Challenge – Results and The People’s Choice

We have reached the final category in our Ultimate Strictly Challenge. Like all results shows, we hate saying goodbye, but tonight it’s time for us to reveal your top 4 show dances which make their way into the Ultimate Strictly Challenge final (which is next week by the way) and for us to reveal our final category *grabs a tissue as she gets a tad emosh*

Thank you for all your votes this week. They have been counted, checked and verified by an independent adjudicator – she’s fluffy and a feline fan of Strictly, it’s Cinnamon the Cat! Said adjudicator is purring contently now she has heard the result:

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We can now reveal that the 4 show dances making their way into the final are Danny and Oti’s, Kellie and Kevin’s, Ore and Joanne’s and Louis and Flavia! Well done to these four couples.

Now, it’s time for us to move onto our final category. You have sent us your suggestions, and we’ve combined them with some of the dances we felt were perfect on Strictly (*nudges Craig Revel Horwood to find out why he didn’t give them a 10*) All you need to do is click on the link below to watch the videos (there are quite a number of them) and once you’ve watched them vote in the poll below for your top 10!

Voting will remain open until next Sunday at 6pm, when we’ll freeze the vote before revealing the results at 8pm. We’ll then put the top 10 as well as the winners from the past  7 weeks to the public vote, to reveal the best Strictly dance ever!

Keep Dancing and Keep Voting!

Cassie 🙂

Strictly Support Group – A Book Themed Chat! 📚

Once upon a time in a land (not so) far away (well very close actually) the Strictly Support Group hosted a World Book Day themed chat.

Yes, to celebrate World Book Day earlier this week, we hosted a Book themed chat! For “chapter one” of our chat, we began by asking you to tell us If you were writing a book relating to Strictly, what would it be about and what would happen? We had some wonderful suggestions from you all. Here are some of our favourites:

We loved these suggestions and would love to see some of them go into publication! For our next question, we asked you to tell us the Strictly dance which is most like a Mills and Boon Romance book. Once again we had some great ideas. Here they are in playlist form:

For our next question, we asked you to tell us the Strictly Routine which was most like a Thriller/Mystery for you. Here are some of your great ideas in playlist form once again:

For our next chapter, we asked you to tell us the Strictly Routine which was most dramatic for you, just like a dramatic play. We had some brilliant ideas. Here are some of our favourites:

For our penultimate question, we asked you to tell us the Strictly Routine which was most like a fairytale for you. Here are some of your wonderful ideas which helped us live happily ever after:

For our final question, we asked you to tell us your all-time favourite Strictly themed reads. For us it has to be Ballet Shoes. We had some great suggestions *pops out to the library to take them out* Here are some of your other great ideas:

That ended tonight’s chat. Thank you all for taking part, we hope you enjoyed it. If you can think of any other topics you’d like to see us chat about on our Strictly Support Group, just tweet @scd_support to let us know or comment below. Also if you didn’t get a chance to participate tonight, don’t fear, you still can by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

We’d also like to hear what type of book you think Strictly is most like. Tell us by commenting below! 

Cassie 🙂 

DWTS Ireland – A Week 8 review from @ByrneSarahNow

Unless you’ve been hiding under a sparkly rock for the past few weeks, you’ll know we’ve been following the DWTS Ireland series from the comfort of our own home. We may not be able to watch the series from here in the UK due to geoblocking, however our lovely Irish reporter Sarah has been covering the series for us and reporting on the goings on each and every week. Here’s what she thought of this week’s show:

Before we kick off on this week’s show just a little bit of an update on Judge Jules as some of you have been asking …..well he will be back next week.😊 No word yet on how outrageous the jacket will be but with four weeks to make up for I can only imagine, there is also no word on whether Darren will stay on as a four judge?

We are down to the Magnificent Seven which allowed Amanda & Nicky to cram some about of puns in – now I like these two but they are no Claudia and Tess.

Everyone was reunited and it was back to work as we have elimination this week with the dreaded DANCE OFF, I can hardly wait.

First up

Dayl & Ksenia – Contemporary Ballroom – 28

After the high of last weeks perfect score that Dayl got with Valeria, I think Ksenia was on a mission to do a good job this week. They did a lovely number in bare feet, which involved a very tricky Dirty Dancing lift & it suited Dayl so much so that Darren came them a 10.

Teresa & John – Paso -16

This Paso had very little fire & passion & was more like a gentle stroll in the park I’m afraid. It’s a shame as John is so good I feel he is the Anton of DWTS Irl but hopefully next year he will be able to showcase his talents. Teresa had a great time & her two teenage boys in the audience looked absolutely mortified.

Denise & Ryan – Salsa – 27

It was mentioned a time or fifty that that Ryan was UK & British Pro Latin & Show dance Champion & we can see why but a quick question to all you people on the other side of the water – What’s the difference between UK & British?? I thought it was all the same!!! (can anyone enlighten us? – *scratches her head*)

They did a fabulous number with lots of tricks & content & I thought it would score higher.

Des C & Karen – Viennese Waltz – 19

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Not only were they waltzing to the tune of the Marino Waltz by the Dubliners but Karen had surprised Des by having Dubliner John Sheahan show up & preform the tune for them in rehearsals. Everyone was overcome with emotion & Des did a fantastic job.

Katherine & Kai – Charleston – 23

My favourite couple back together again. This was Katherine’s dance, cheeky & flirty but sadly she was concerned about the lifts & if Kai would be able to lift her. Many of you may not know that Katherine took part in Operation Transformation before this show & she lost 13.5lbs on it & has lost a further stone & a half since. She looks amazing & it’s a hard mind set to overcome but Katherine you are doing great & the envy of the female population.

So send some positive feedback her way @katherinelyncho

Aidan & Valeria – Waltz – 22

Poor Aidan after last weeks pounding I was hiding behind the cushion & hoping for the best & it was like Aidan from week 1. I will admit that I did a little clap I was so pleased for him. His waltz was lovely & lyrical.

Aoibhin & Vitali – Paso – 26

Another good performance from Aoibhin but this Paso had a bit of a contemporary feel to it compared to Vitali’s dark & dangerous one which he performed with Katherine. Sadly no hat trick of 10s but still a very good score.

The Leaderboard

So there you have it all seven have dance, voting lines are open & we have the chit chat with the judges and Stars. We also have a very colourful Pro dance and again some live music, this time from the wonderful Roisin O. Kai & Guilia performed a brilliant Argentine Tango to her music.

So who is through to next weeks Icons week – Katherine, Aidan, Dayl & Des Cahill. Which means Teresa, Aoibhin & Denise are in the bottom three.

Three become two with Aoibhin through to next week. It’s an easy decision for the judges who all opt to keep Denise in the competition.

Teresa showed that she is indeed a classy lady and didn’t “storm” off on what was in no way an Unnecessary Journey for her as it allowed us to see a different side to the wind battered reporter who became an internet sensation.


As I mentioned it’s Icons week next week so we will have to wait & see what they have in store for us. Let me know what you thought @byrnesarahnow or @scd_support

Bye for now


Thank you Sarah! If you know the difference between UK and British or watched the show and would like to let us know what you thought of it, you can comment below or tweet @scd_support. If you’re also up to anything Strictlified soon and would like to blog it for us, send us an email to strictlysupportgroup@aol.co.uk to let us know! We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie 🙂