Strictly Support Group – RIP Brucie

This afternoon we received some saddening and shocking news. After having spent the afternoon watching 42nd Street (a show my 7 year old ironically told me reminded her of Brucie) we learnt that the legend and Mr Strictly himself had passed away.

For us Brucie encompassed everything Strictly was about. He was a pro and a true entertainer. He made us smile and got the nation dancing.

He was not just popular with the grown ups but kids loved him too. Earlier my little Bella put things into perspective, calling him her TV Grandad. For us, he was like a grandad; a person we looked up to and admired. He had such a warm soul and we were all his favourites.

Brucie, Keep Dancing, wherever you are. Here’s a tribute to you from all of us.

We’d love to hear your favourite Brucie moments. Comment below or tweet @scd_support to let us know. We’d like this post to become a little tribute to him.

Also, tomorrow night from 8pm we’ll be hosting a Brucie themed Strictly Support Group chat on twitter in tribute to the legend that was Bruce Forsyth.

Cassie πŸ™‚

Strictly 2017 – News at Ten-ish!Β 

It’s that time of the week. Time for our News at Ten!

Over the weekend, the cheeky (and sparkly) monkeys on Planet Strictly decided to reveal 2 more celebrities to get us in the mood for Strictly! On Saturday, we had *goes weak at the knees* Holby City’s Joe Mc Fadden revealed and yesterday chef Simon Rimmer was named as the 7th celebrity on the show.

Today, we had even more exciting news that Aston Merrygold will be competing on this year’s show.

Although we’re eagerly waiting for a lady to be named next, here is the line-up so far:


It’d seem they’re all looking forward to being on the show, and have been welcomed by the pros in true Strictly Style. We’ve already had our quote of the week from one of this year’s celebrities:

In other news, it was another day in rehearsals and an old friend came along to say hello:

This evening we also had an exciting facebook live featuring cute fluffiness:

And finally, Strictly Is officially coming….

We had this sneak peek earlier:

That ends tonight’s news bulletin. We’ll be here tomorrow same time for our next News Bulletin. Hope to see you then.

Cassie πŸ™‚ 


Monday Makes – Glittery T-Shirts

You know that old saying “Been there, done that, got the t-shirt!” Well, every year we watch the Strictly Come Dancing live tour, it’s become “the law” that we have to buy a Strictly T-Shirt.

Earlier this month, I came across some fab-u-lous glittery fabric paint in TIGER. It was only Β£1, and, knowing how much my little Strictly fans see themselves as future Fashion Designers, I bought a couple of packs.

We found black t-shirts and decided to customise them for our Strictly fan wants!

The pens are very easy to use. Luckily, having bought multiple packs we had enough glitter paint to make the t-shirts sparkle!

The only downside with these pens is that they take 3 days to dry *watches her 7 year old looking on patiently to find out when she can wear her t-shirt.* The overall quality and effect of the paint is brilliant and did the job perfectly.

In Blue Peter Style, here’s one we made earlier:

 

A little sneak peek of our next #MondayMake. *turns into a human glitterball*

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Then… this happened….

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Think I have a future Strictly Seamstress in the making.

If you have attempted a glittery fashion creation, let us know! You can tweet @scd_support or comment below. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Cassie πŸ™‚

 

 

Strictly Support Group – A Strictly 2017 Themed Chat!

After 2 weeks on our hollibobs, tonight we came back with a bang with a Strictly Support Group chat. Over the last few weeks we’ve heard some fab-u-lous news from the world of Strictly, as pro rehearsals started and we also learnt the first 6 celebs to be taking to the Strictly Dancefloor this year.

We began our chat by asking what your thoughts were about the line-up so far?

Here are some of our favourite answers of the night:

For our next question we asked Of the 6 celebs who have been announced, which pro would you most like to see them paired with?

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https://twitter.com/48robinsonceli/status/896463732863369217

https://twitter.com/dollyglasses/status/896455106689892353

https://twitter.com/gemmaoneill8/status/896454371822751745

https://twitter.com/ryan7abbott/status/896476824242446337

https://twitter.com/emmaconnolly16/status/896465120162918402

For our next question, we asked you to tell us who you’d like to see announced next on Strictly? Here are some of your wonderful suggestions:

https://twitter.com/joycejo49834475/status/896455431882670080

Our next question focused on the Strictly Pros. We asked which dance style would you like to see the Strictly Pros perform this series? Here are some of your wonderful suggestions:

Our final question of the evening concentrated on Theme Weeks. We asked We’d love to see a Disney theme week. If you were to see a theme week this year, what would be your dream theme week? Here are some of your wonderful answers:

https://twitter.com/joycejo49834475/status/896465654127177728

That ended tonight’s chat! Thank you all for taking part. We hope you all enjoyed it. If you didn’t get a chance to take part, don’t fear! You can still join in by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie πŸ™‚ 




Strictly 2017 – News at Ten-ish

Good evening, and welcome to tonight’s Strictly news bulletin!

The headlines:

*Bong* The third celebrity is revealed in the cast of 2017

*Bong* There are some strange goings on in the rehearsal room (it must be the weather)

And Finally A Safety notice brought to you by one of the pros

Firstly tonight’s main news story. Earlier today, on This Morning we heard that the third celebrity taking to the floor this year will be Ruth Langford. *inserts picture of her getting ready for her time on Strictly*

This is one announcement we’re very excited about. It’ll be very interesting to see if Eamonn Holmes does also take to the floor. If he does, we predict the husband and wife team will be paired with either the Joneses’ the Cliftons or maybe the newlyweds Aljaz and Janette!

Anyway, Ruth’s announcement on the show was met with much excitement from the Strictly Pros and Twitterverse.

Here’s what Ruth had to say on being part of Strictly 2017:

We cannot wait to see what she brings to the show.

Elsewhere in the rehearsal studios, there were some very strange goings on. We predict this was down to the weather!

There were some cute selfies:

There was an impromptu Salsa lesson for Giovanni:


And it all got too much for one pro, who decided he needed a nap:


And finally, we had some advice from one of the pros this morning. It is sound advice for you all.. Thanks Brendan for looking out for us! 

That ends tonight’s News Bulletin. The Next Celebrity taking to the floor on Strictly 2017 will be announced on tomorrow’s BBC Breakfast show. We can’t wait to hear who it is. 

Goodnight everyone!

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

The Countdown to Strictly Challenge – Day 10

It’s Day 10 of our Countdown to Strictly Challenge and today we’re sharing one of our favourite ever ballroom dances. We’re sharing a Foxtrot which left us feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.

We’re sharing Judge Rinder and Oksana’s beautiful dance.

There were many fab-u-lous Foxtrots during Strictly 2016, but this one stands out with us for one reason…. Judge Rinder’s smile! Every step Judge Rinder took on the floor, he had the biggest smile, and his grin was even wider than The Cheshire Cat (who’d got the cream in this dance.)

It gave a fuzzy, warm, loveliness to his performance, which made us love him as a contestant even more.

As well as his smile, the dance was technically brilliant and Oksana’s choreography protected the Judge well!

We loved this dance. In case you missed it earlier, here it is again:

We want to hear your favourite Foxtrot of 2016! Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

Strictly 2017 – News at Ten-ish

It’s time for your daily fix of Strictly related news.

The headlines:

*Bong* Strictly Pro celebrates her birthday with some wonderful messages

*Bong* The Second Strictly 2017 celebrity is revealed

*Bong* Some exciting developments on this year’s Strictly

And finally some Pics to cheer you up!

Our headline tonight, the wonderful Oti celebrated her birthday today. We understand there was a lot of cake, and learnt that there was a celebration over the weekend, which was no way as expensive as The Sun suggested! *reads everything from certain newspapers with a pinch of salt*

There were also some wonderful messages to the birthday girl, including these:

Around lunchtime, we also had some exciting news, when the wonderful people on Planet Strictly revealed the second celebrity (and first male) to be taking their place on the Strictly Dancefloor:

He was welcomed in true Strictly style, with a great tweet from Mr Kevin from Grimsby:

Don’t worry Dhavood. Just like Kevin, we’re pretty sure you can dance. *Chants* Believe good old Al Cohol.

We also learnt that the good old people at Strictly love Snap Chat or as we’re now renaming it Snap Cha Cha Chat! *Signs up faster than a Strictly Sequin Stitcher*

And finally we learnt our pros had some fun in rehearsals ( as is to be expected)

Neil wore leggings #MenInTights – if you don’t believe me watch Katya’s instagram stories.

The three musketeers were chilling after a long day in rehearsals:

And Janette proved she really is small and mighty! (Note, we already knew this after this moment last series)

And that ends tonight’s news bulletin. We’ll be back tomorrow for more news from Planet Strictly.

Goodnight!

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

The Countdown To Strictly Challenge – Day 9

It’s Day 9 of our Countdown to Strictly Challenge and as I write this post we’re at the airport waiting for our flight home from our wonderful 2 week holiday in Italy.

Due to some blogging magic, probably by the time you read this we’ll be back in the UK *sprinkles some glitter dust*

Earlier today, we shared Our Favourite Tango of 2016 from Italy’s very own Giovanni Pernice along with his partner Laura Whitmore.

This Halloween dance saw this couple leap to the top of the leaderboard. It was full of drama, agression and everything we love about the Tango.

Giovanni’s choreography is always original but in this dance he excelled himself and created one of our favourite Tangos of Strictly history ever! As a dance they performed it at the speed of sound (faster than concorde) and it was one of the fastest tangos we’d ever seen.

Laura’s performance (don’t forget she was performing on a sprained ankle) was full of drama and wowed not just us but the judges at home.

It was one of those perfect Strictly moments which we absolutely loved! In case you missed it earlier, here it is again:

We’d love to hear which Tango was your favourite on last year’s Strictly! Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We look forward to leading your comments once we’ve touched down!

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

Strictly 2017 – News at Ten-ish!

We’ve always thought the News at Ten would be a lot more interesting if it was Strictly themed, and today there was a lot of Strictly-themed news for us Strictly fans.

It all began this morning, when Nick Grimshaw revealed Mollie King as the first celebrity to be taking to the floor in 2017. We must say we think she’ll be fab-u-lous, and it looks like she’s already been preparing for her time on the show by dressing up like a Glitterball:

In true Strictly style, the pros and former stars who’ve appeared on the show, welcomed Mollie to the Strictly fold:

But one pro appeared to wish to dance with her mum. Oh Anton, we love you:

https://twitter.com/theantondubeke/status/894504395932659714

It’d seem that Mollie is excited about Strictly too. Bring on those sequins and the glitter:

https://twitter.com/bbcpress/status/894454964935905280

Elsewhere in the world of Strictly…

We learnt that one of the new pros is a very lucky girl:

And we introduced the newest member of our Strictly Zoo, which went down well with his namesake:

That ends our news bulletins tonight. We’ll have another bulletin tomorrow with more news on the 2nd celebrity taking to the floor this year. Who do you think it’ll be? Comment below to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie πŸ™‚ 


Monday Makes – @GaltToys Sensational Sequins – Dazzling Dancers

We’re now in the third week of the School Summer Holidays and if the weather has been a tad disappointing, there’s nothing we love more than doing arts and crafts. 

A couple of weeks ago, my little Strictly Superfan, Bella, came across a Galt Sequins set whilst we were out shopping. She loves anything that sparkles, and because it was dancer themed she had to buy it! 

In each set you have 4 pictures with a self-adhesive background, a set of various sequins, foil leafs and crayons to position the sequins.

In our house, GALT sets go down very well. The instructions are easy to follow and you know that arts and crafts mad kids will love them.

The instructions are really easy to follow and my 7 year old loved seeing the picture come along. She did tell me “Mummy, you need to be very patient to do this because it takes a lot of time sticking the sequins, but I really enjoyed it! I think I’d give it a 10/10, but I can’t decide which Strictly pro this is in the picture!”

Here’s a video showing the end result.

https://youtu.be/TTQjuq3z964

We have two of these sets to give away. Let us know which pro this picture reminds you most of. Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below! Our favourite answer at 8pm tonight will win their very own set! 

Cassie πŸ™‚