Let’s start this post off by stating we do not possess a Crystal Ball, nor do we have Psychic powers, but as Strictly Superfans (we’ve watched the show since day 1) we know what makes a good first dance.
On Friday, the wonderful people on Planet Strictly surprised us by letting us in on the Week 1 dances of 2017. It meant we had a whole week and a bit to get excited about the dances, and listen to the music.
This year (back by popular demand) we’re going to put the Strictly tunes for 2017 in one place, a handy Spotify Playlist. If you haven’t already done so, you can follow the playlist by clicking below:
When we first heard the Week 1 dances, they left us feeling very very excited. Here’s what we think of our couples’ first dances and what we predict will happen…
Alexandra and Gorka (Team Alorka) will be performing a Waltz to “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman” – a beautiful song for a waltz. From watching what we have seen of rehearsals so far, she’s looking like a strong contender and we predict with Gorka the Corker’s choreography we’ll be in for a treat. We predict at least an 8 or a 9 from the judges.
Charlotte and Brendan (Team Charcole) are performing a Foxtrot to “The Best is yet to come” – Charlotte looks elegant and we predict this (along with all her ballroom dances) will be a gorgeous dance. A foxtrot in week one is a pretty tricky dance but we’re sure she’ll sail through it. We think Charlotte will be a contestant who will go far in the competition and will definitely have a journey. We predict at least one or two sev-erns!
Chizzy and Pasha (Team Pashizzy/Team Pascha-cha) are performing a Cha Cha Cha to “Boogie Fever!” From watching the rehearsal footage of these two, they are having a lot of fun and we think that Chizzy’s character will shine through in this dance. Having seen her perform on Let’s Dance for Sport Relief, she has good rhythm and we think she will go far in the competition. We predict at least one sev-ern!
Debbie and Giovanni (Team Lovely) are performing a Paso Doble to “Be Italian!” A Paso Doble… in week 1! Wow, Strictly are really treating us this year. We know that Debbie can perform and we predict a few magic tricks with Gio the Italian Stallion. This will be a dramatic dance and we love Giovanni’s choreography. I think this year this couple will surprise us with their ability. We predict at least one sev-ern!
Gemma and Aljaz are performing a Cha Cha Cha to “Nothing holding me back!” This couple look awesome together and we’re sure that together they will create dance magic on Planet Strictly. The song choice is good and Cha Cha Cha is always a good dance to start things off with. We’re pretty sure Aljaz won’t hold back with his choreography and this dance will sizzle! We predict at least one 8 from the judges.
Mollie and AJ are performing a Jive to “Good Golly Miss Molly!” An appropriate song choice for this couple who do look adorable together. We predict a dance full of energy which will show off Mollie’s sunny personality. We predict at least one 8 from the judges!
Ruth and Anton are performing a Waltz to ‘This nearly was mine!” *imagines Anton gazing longingly at a Glitterball* Anton is the king of ballroom so we predict Ruth will be in safe hands. From watching the rehearsal footage they are getting on really well and Ruth has a beautiful posture. We predict at least one sev-ern from the judges.
Susan and Kevin are performing a Viennese Waltz to “Mad about the boy!” *imagines the start of the dance being set in Susan’s kitchen where she’s looking at the picture of Kevin on her fridge.* On a more serious note, from what we’ve seen in rehearsals these two look good. Susan’s posture is good and yes, she has got dizzy but Kevin is good at playing to his celebrity’s strengths, so we predict a good dance. We predict at least one or two severn’s from the judges!
Aston and Janette are performing a Foxtrot to “It had to be you!” We love Janette’s choreography. It is always original and creative. Aston is a contender and we predict he will excel in Latin but will also do well in the ballroom! It could be the dance of the night. We predict at least an 8 or a 9 from the judges!
Brian and Amy are performing a Tango to “Temptation!” We wonder whether any puppets will appear in this dance. On a more serious note, these two get along and Tango is a dance full of aggression. Part of comedy is timing and acting, so we think Brian’s timing will be en pointe and his aggression will help him succeed. He may not be the best dancer of the bunch, but this dance will sure entertain and tempt us. We predict at least a 6 or a 7 from the judges.
Davood and Nadiya are dancing a Cha Cha Cha to “Dedication to my ex!” We predict a dance with more drama than Kush’s current storyline in Eastenders. These two win the award for hottest celeb/pro pairing and we think this dance will set the Strictly dance floor on fire. We predict at least a 7 or an 8 from the judges.
Joe and Katya are dancing a Jive to “Rocking Robin!” We predict a cheeky and adorable jive which will win us over. From the first group dance, Joe’s timing and performance stood out for us. We think he will also be a contender this series. We predict at least one or two 8s from the judges.
Jonnie and Oti are performing a Waltz to “When I Need you” *Grabs tissues as this could get emosh* Oti’s choreography always makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside and we think with an athlete and Strictly’s first paralympian she will go far this year too. We predict at least an 8 from the judges.
Rev Richard and Dianne are performing a Cha Cha to “There must be an angel” by Eurythmics. Picture the scene, an Angel getting lost at the Church on planet Strictly dressed in a beautiful gown with wings. She finds herself a vicar and they go dancing. Well, that’s my 7 year old’s theory on the storytelling around this dance. We think she may be right and this dance is sure to entertain us, as Richard has done with his tweets so far this year. We predict at least a 6 or a 7 from the judges.
Simon and Karen are performing a Paso Doble to “Song 2!” Woohoo! From watching these two in rehearsals they are looking amazing. Simon looks strong and considering these are his first steps, we cannot wait to see this dance on Saturday. We think that this year he’ll be a surprise contender this year who will go far. We predict at least a 7 or and 8 from the judges.
So those are our predictions for this week’s show. Who are you looking forward to see this week? Who do you think will land up top of the leaderboard? Perhaps you agree with our comments or maybe not. Let us know what you think! Tweet @scd_support or comment below to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.