Strictly 2017 – GIF, Photo, Caption & Outfit of the Week! Halloween Special! ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป

Unless you have been hiding in a pumpkin field somewhere for the last few days, you’ll probably have realised that Saturday night was fright night on Strictly (aka the Halloween Special)

There were some truly memorable moments. Here are a few visual treats (no tricks) from Saturday night’s show for you!

GIF of the Week

Our GIF of the week is from the pairing that make the cloudiest and darkest days sunny with their dancing. Now this GIF captures the pure joy of performing on Strictly, dressed as your favourite characters from a TV Drama.

Outfit of the Week

I’m compiling a list every week of outfits I’d like to wear but I think this outfit has made it onto my list of outfits to wear to the supermarket, on the school run, to work or whilst going to the gym. It’s Mollie’s Cha Cha Cha outfit. We love the fringing best!

Photo of the week

One moment just captures the pure strength of this routine and it’s this moment from Aston and Janette’s wonderful Paso Doble

Caption of the Week

We couldn’t decide between two images this week, so had two captions of the week for you to choose.

Here’s our first one:

And there you have our visual treats of the week. We hope you all have a wonderful Halloween. Stay safe and if you’re trick or treating tonight keep a watch out for scary ghouls (such as Craig Revel Horwood!)

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚ 


Strictly 2017 – Bella’s Best Bits – Halloween Week ๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป

There were some frightfully good and spooktacular goings on in the world of Strictly this week, and my fearless 7 year old watched the Halloween Special extra closely!

As we have done every week, I’ve asked her to tell me her favourite dances of the week and also give her verdict on the dance-off. Here are her Top 5 moments along with her verdict on the dance-off. Here’s what she thought of the weekend’s Halloweeny Strictly!

Bella’s Best Bits:

Susan and Kevin’s Foxtrot:

I’ve never watched Game Of Thrones before, but my daddy has and he says it’s not as sparkly as Strictly. Kevin and Susan though made this dance really sparkly and I thought Susan looked good with the blonde hair. I’ve only ever learnt the Foxtrot once and I saw a lot of Foxtrot in their dance so I’m not sure what the judges meant. I thought it was awesome and it made me smile! Go Susan and Kevin! 

Mollie and AJ’s Cha Cha Cha

I thought this dance was a really good dance for Mollie. She looked really really confident and I thought they looked very cheeky as two little devils. I think AJ must have put green slime in Craig’s shampoo bottle which is why he had green hair! 

Joe and Katya’s Foxtrot

I don’t like spiders and if I ever see one I scream until mummy and daddy come to pick it up, but I loved this dance. It was really really cool and it had just as much foxtrot as Susan and Kevin’s did too. I really liked the bit at the beginning where Katya was spinning a web to get Joe to dance with her, that looked a lot of fun.

Gemma and Aljaz’s Jive

My little sister loves Aljaz, but she can’t quite say his name yet so we call him Eyelash at home. I really liked this dance as it looked like the two of them were having a lot of fun! Aljaz looked really cool as a vampire and Gemma made a sassypants vampire slayer! She did a lot of sharp kicks and flicks and I loved her dress too, it looked fluffy like a teddybear. 

Debbie and Giovanni’s Charleston

So Debbie borrowed Susan’s hair for a week. How did she do that? ๐Ÿค” Must be that Strictly magic again. This dance was a really good Charleston. Gio looks too beautiful to be a monster but he looked good in green. I liked the lift at the end because that looked really scary, mummy wasn’t so keen. I’ve tried it with my teddybears and unicorn and it is really hard. She’s also now a queen of latin because Shirley gave her her crown. Woah! That’s amazing.

What she thought of the other dances:

Aston and Janette’s Paso Doble – I loved the dance, but the music was a little too shouty and angry for me.

Davood and Nadiya’s Rumba – Mummy doesn’t normally let me watch Rumbas but I thought that Nadiya looked like a magical unicorn in this dance and it looked really beautiful

Alexandra and Gorka’s Tango – They made really good Zombies, but they weren’t like real zombies, they could dance and they were awesome.

Jonnie and Oti’s Cha Cha Cha – He looked good as a pirate but I don’t think it was his best dance. Some dances don’t suit everyone. I can’t do the tango properly because I can’t look grumpy – unless someone steals my unicorn.

Simon and Karen’s American Smooth – He only could train for 8 hours, so I think the judges were really harsh on them. He’d hurt himself and I thought he did really well with the dance. He must be really brave to keep going and I think that deserves a Glitterball in itself!

Ruth and Anton’s Quickstep – Anton was a bunny rabbit who became a dancer. I liked their dance a lot and it made me smile. I think Anton’s a really good name for a bunny too!

What she thought of the dance-off:

 I was really upset that Mollie and AJ and Simon and Karen were in the dance-off together as they’re two of my favourites. I felt really sad to see Simon and Karen go, but at least they got to eat chicken before they went home. My unicorn Lola the unicorn was sad too, but she now needs a new team to support. Click this poll below to help us decide which team she should support:

So there are Bella’s thoughts on the Halloween special. Do you agree with her? Comment down below or tweet @scd_support to let us know.

Cassie (and Bella)

Strictly 2017 – Find Lola the Unicorn a New Team!

So last night, one member here at Strictly Support Group HQ was extremely upset, as her team (Simon and Karen) went home!)

For those of you who follow us on twitter, you’ve probably seen that Lola has been their “unofficial” mascot (chosen by my 7 year old Bella!)

Lola is a big Strictly fan and Bella would like her to support another team and help them on their Strictly journey (as in her words Lola helped Simon and Karen get to Halloween week  and helped him dance when he’d really hurt himself!)

She decided that the fairest way to decide this would be with a poll. All you need to do is vote in this poll below for who you think Lola should support. We’ll then reveal the winner tomorrow night just before our quiz! Get voting people!

Thank you from all of us, especially Lola!

Cassie, Bella and Lola! 

Strictly 2017 – Farewell Simon & Karen @TeamSiren_SCD

Tonight we said an emotional (well in our house very emotional) farewell to Simon and Karen who were eliminated from the competition following their Halloween performance.

Over the past 6 weeks, Simon has gone from being chef to a becoming a good dancer. Despite being in the dance-off (or as he referred to it earlier the Simon Rimmer Off) three times, we have loved each and every one of his dances. From his Paso Doble which showed strength in week one, his Waltz which showed pure emotion and his Quickstep which appealed to all us Disney fans to his Samba which got us dancing, his Charleston which was just fun and his American Smooth which was a true Halloween treat.

He always gave his all in each performance and showed himself to be a true gentleman week after week. His determination and bravery performing with his quad injury deserve to be rewarded with a glitterball in itself.

We’ve loved his partnership with Karen, as much as Karen’s loved Simon bringing her food. We’ve loved them so much, my 7 year old even gave them their very own mascot… Lola the Unicorn. Sadly Lola never reached Simon & Karen but we’re consoling her at the moment with some unicorn treats:

They will be sorely missed but are pretty sure that Simon will keep dancing (once his injury has healed) and are sure that Karen and Simon will remain very good friends for a very long time.

Here are his best bits in picture form:

We’d like this post to become a place for you to leave your messages of support for Simon & Karen. Comment down below with your messages for them. We’ll make sure they both see them.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Strictly 2017 – A Halloween Week Performance Review ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ

Last night, the remaining eleven couples took to the Strictly floor for the Halloween Week Special. There were plenty of Tricks and Treats for all the audience at home. There were also some strange goings on with microphone gremlins plaguing the judges and some bizarre marking. The judges were picky (this is week 6 after all) to begin with, but the mood lightened at the end of the show with 2 fab-u-lous dances! Once again, hair, make-up, costume pulled out all the stops to create some wonderful looks, some of which we’d quite like to wear ourselves *stares at Mollie’s Cha Cha Costume as she’d love to be able to wear that on the school run/to the shops/to work or whilst she’s running!*

Here’s what we thought of all the performances:

Jonnie and Oti Cha Cha Cha – They were first to kick off the evening. We loved the concept of the dance and the character of the dance overall, but some dances just don’t suit everyone and this wasn’t really Jonnie’s dance. He did give his all and we loved his portrayal of a Pirate! In our eyes he deserved a 7. The judges awarded him 20/40. If you were also disappointed by this score, I’ll leave you with a joke from my very funny 7 year old:

Ruth and Anton’s Quickstep – Anton was a bunny, who became a dancer *wonders where he’d hidden his tail all this time.* He does make an adorable bunny on a side note. For us this Bewitched themed dance was very charming and bewitching too. We didn’t spot the mistakes the judges saw but loved the dance (and Anton’s tail deserves 3 points in itself!) We gave them a 7. The judges awarded them 22/40.

Simon and Karen’s American Smooth – This was an American Smooth Viennese Waltzy type thing. Aside from the fact that Simon looked like he’d been to the same hairdresser as Kevin for Halloween Week, and that he’d only had 16 hours to learn the dance, we thought he did brilliantly! The eating of chicken at the end did make us smile at home. Yes, he isn’t the best dancer in the competition, but did he make us smile? Yes, and enjoyment in our eyes is a big thing. In our eyes he deserved a 7 The judges awarded them 16/40.

Gemma and Aljaz/Eyelash’s Jive – Those of you who follow the blog and our twitter feed, will know that my 2 year old has a soft spot for Aljaz. She can’t quite say his n ame properly, so he’s now known as Eyelash in our house. Gemma and Aljaz were dancing to “ever fallen in love” which has never been used for a Jive before… ever! The dance itself was fast and Gemma had good Jive technique as well as performed the routine brilliantly. To quote 7 year old, “She was a sassypants vampire slayer!” We thought she deserved an 8. The judges awarded her 30/40.

Joe and Katya’s Foxtrot – Joe and Katya were spiders in this dance. We loved the concept, the choreography, and the costumes but also loved the performance. It was graceful and elegant but also had a  contemporary and original feel. In our eyes he deserved a 9, the judges gave them 32/40.

Mollie and AJ’s Cha Cha Cha – The cheeky devils pulled it out of the bag! Mollie had tons of confidence in this dance and for us it was her strongest performance to date. We loved the outfits overall. In fact, we’re adding Mollie’s outfit to a list of costumes we’d love to wear to the supermarket. In our eyes she deserved an 8, the judges gave her 27/40.

Alexandra and Gorka’s Tango – If you’re doing a Zombie Tango this is how you do it! The character was there, the story telling was there, the technique was there and the whole dance was even better than an episode of the Walking Dead! In our eyes she deserved a 10, the judges gave her 35/40.

Davood and Nadiya’s Rumba – Rumba is a traditionally difficult routine for male celebrities to master. Nadiya choreography protected Davood but also showcased his skills at presenting her and his storytelling ability. The dance was beautiful and we loved the soft feel it had. The judges didn’t seem to agree with us, we think someone had stolen all their trick or treat haul, but we gave them 8. The judges awarded them 25/40.

Susan and Kevin’s Foxtrot – on the basis of theme alone, this dance deserved a 10. In the world of Game of Thrones, Susan was Mother of Dragons and Kevin King of the North (aka Grimsby.) We’ve never watched it before and my husband commented that this was nothing like an episode of Game of Thrones, but he loved it and wished all of the episodes of Game of Thrones were this good. Kevin’s choreography is always brilliant and this was no exception. The judges seemed to think it lacked grace and elegance, but we agree with Kevin – Halloween is not about being subtle at all! In our eyes, they deserved an 8. The judges awarded them 18/40. Watch out judges, Bella’s right:

Debbie and Giovanni Charleston – Giovanni was Frankenstein (or Ed Miliband as someone commented on twitter.) We knew this dance was going to be good, but didn’t realise it would be this brilliant. This year Debbie is our dark horse in the competition and we think it could be Gio’s year! We loved their synchronicity in the side by side bits and the fact that they attempted daring lifts. Yes one of them did look a bit of a disaster but never mind, it was a performance that entertained us and we loved it. We awarded Debbie a 10, the judges gave her 39/40. It may have been a bit too high a score, but it was pretty close to perfection.

Aston and Janette’s Paso Doble – We love Janette’s choreography, and for once, this year she didn’t go to the woods for Halloween in the VT, she took Aston to the Cemetry instead! The song was a rock classic and it worked well with the dance, we loved the contemporary edge and the flamenco bits which Aston nailed! The whole dance was one of those perfectly spooktacular Strictly moments  which we have come to love! We gave them a 10, the judges gave them 38/40 (*nudges judges to find out why he wasn’t awarded 4 10s)

So that ended what was a truly brilliant Halloween Special. Who were your favourites? Who do you think will be going home tomorrow.  Comment down below to tell us! We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚ 

The Best Halloween Dance of All Time

Earlier this week, we asked you to tell us your favourite Halloween Dances of all-time. We compiled all your suggestions into one spookily good Youtube Playlist. If you haven’t already seen it, here are the dances in playlist form:

There are some wonderful moments on here and we need your help to decide the best one of all. Here at the  Strictly Support Group, we know there’s only one way to decide the overall winner, and that’s with a poll! You can vote for your top three dances and have until 6pm tonight to cast your vote! We’ll then reveal the results just before the Strictly live show this evening!

Get voting people!

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Strictly 2017 – Halloween Week Predictions ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

Tomorrow night, we’ll see the remaining 11 Strictly celebrities trick and treat us with some spooktacular performances as part of Halloween Week. We were away earlier this week but when we heard their performances we were more excited than a child whose eaten a whole bucket full of Haribo!

Here are our predictions for what will happen tomorrow night:

Alexandra and Gorka perform the Tango to Maneater by Nelly Furtado
A brilliant song choice and from looking at rehearsals they’re looking good. Alexandra proved she can do drama with THAT Paso Doble in week 2 and we’re sure this dance will be just as good. We predict 9s and possibly another 10 too. 

Aston and Janette will Paso Doble to Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana A classic song, combined with Janette’s choreography will produce a routine full of fire and flamenco flair. After Joe’s incredible Paso Doble last week, expectations will be high, we’re sure that this dance will meet them and be a real treat! We predict 8s and 9s for this dance.

Davood and Nadiya perform the Rumba to Wicked Game by Chris Isaak *Prepares to cover her 7 year’s old’s eyes watching this dance* as we think it’ll be hotter than a devil’s fork! These two ooze chemistry. Rumba is a really difficult dance for the male celebrity, but Davood showed he has control with his performance last week. We predict 7s and 8s for this dance.

Debbie and Giovanni will Charleston to Frankie by Sister Sledge In rehearsals this dance looks spooktacular. We’re sure they’ll be frightfully good and may even earn some more tens on the night! 

Gemma and Aljaz dance the Jive to Ever Fallen In Love by The Buzzcocks We know they have suffered injuries this week but we’re sure that as our journey contestant these two will be ghoulishly good! We love what they bring to Strictly each week and predict 8s and 9s for them!

Joe and Katya perform the Foxtrot to Trouble by Coldplay After last week’s phenomenal Paso Doble, Joe is back in Ballroom Hold with a foxtrot. Foxtrot can be fiendishly difficult, but with Katya’s brilliant choreography we’re sure this will not trick him and will be more of a treat. We’re not sure about the halloween-nature of this song but are sure the costumes and make-up will be on point. We predict 9s and 10s for this couple. 

Jonnie and Oti dance the Cha Cha to Troublemaker by Olly Murs ft. Flo Rida – Once again, we’re not sure about the Halloween theme for this song but are very much looking forward to the dance. Oti’s choreography is always original and Jonnie has shown more determination than Harry Potter flying a Nimbus 2000. It is a slower dance than last week but we predict he’ll achieve 8s for this dance.

Mollie and AJ will also dance the Cha Cha to Better The Devil You Know by Kylie Minogue – This cheeky pairing have also been hit by illness this week (must be an evil witch or wizard somewhere casting a spell) but we think this dance will suit Mollie and AJ down to a tee. They are adorable and we’re very much looking forward to it. We predict 8s for this dance.

Ruth and Anton perform a Quickstep to the Bewitched Theme Song – Ruth has to do the Nose Twitchy thing, Anton had to wear those trousers last week, so it’s only fair. On a side note, we love a quickstep especially when it’s been choreographed by a king of the ballroom like Anton. We have high hopes for this dance and think it will be enchanting. We predict 7s and 8s for this dance.

Simon and Karen will American Smooth (Viennese Waltz) to Delilah by Tom Jones – Simon is a survivor, after a tense dance-off last Sunday, he suffered an injury hampering his training efforts. His waltz was enchanting and we all predict this waltz will be spellbinding. We predict 7s and 8s for this dance.

Susan and Kevin perform a Foxtrot to Killer Queen by Queen – Game of Thrones meets Strictly. There will be dragons and quite possibly the most dramatic Foxtrot ever. We cannot wait to see this dance. Susan makes us smile no matter what and we think this dance will entertain but will also put us into a hypnotic trance. We predict 8s and 9s for this dance.

So there you have it, that’s what we think will happen tomorrow night on the dancefloor. Do you agree? Comment down below or tweet @scd_support to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Strictly 2017 – GIF, Caption, Picture and Outfit of the Week! – Week 5

It’s Tuesday and that means one thing… Time for us to reminisce over Saturday night’s show in picture form! Every week, we’re revealing our favourite GIF (Dance Move), Caption, Picture and Outfit of the Week. Here are our choices for Week 5!

GIF of the Week

Our GIF of the week was this stunning moment from Aston and Janette’s Waltz. We love Janette’s choreography and this was spot on, and made this dance one of our favourite routines of the night.

Caption of the Week.

Some pictures just need to be captioned. When we saw this picture, we couldn’t resist:

Here is our caption choice from you wonderful people:

Picture of the week:

Some pictures speak a thousand words and this moment was one of them.

Outfit of the Week

It wouldn’t be Strictly if Anton didn’t wear something distracting that made him look like a flamingo. This outfit won our Outfit of the Week for the skill with which it must have been sewn to achieve this affect *inserts video here*

Our #OutfitOfTheWeek is this gem from the Strictly Wardrobe team. I think it was worth the licence fee alone for this reveal …

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So those are our picture and video picks of the week. Do you agree or did you have other favourite screen capture moments? Comment down below or tweet @scd_support to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Strictly 2017 – Bella’s Best Bits – Week 5!

She’s cute, adorable, sassy and extremely honest. She loves Strictly and even featured on the Radio Times blog with her comment about Anton this weekend:

It’s half-term this week, but I took time out from Bella’s busy social schedule to ask her to reveal her top 5 moments of Strictly Week 5. Here they are in no particular order  in order of preference!

1) Susan and Kevin’s Cha Cha Cha

This was a real sassypants dance to my favourite song ever, Shout out to my Ex by Little Mix. I loved the fact they were dressed up like glitterballs and really liked that Susan puts her all into all her steps that Kevin gives her. I loved it and I voted for them lots and lots of times.

2) Joe and Katya’s Paso Doble

Paso Doble is good for actors and actresses because they get to play a part of being someone really grumpy. I loved this dance as it looked like they were dancing in Spain. Mummy said I was really quiet watching this dance, but I was only quiet because I was watching and enjoying the dance so much.

3) Davood and Nadiya’s Jive

I liked this dance as it looked like a lot of fun and Davood even did a cartwheel. They had a lot of energy and started the Strictly party making it seem like a lot of fun. I loved this dance and loved Nadiya’s dress too. 

4) Janette and Aston’s Waltz

This dance was a real princess dance and looked really beautiful. When I grow up I’d like to dance a dance like this because it looked a lot of fun to dance. I’m also the same shoe size as Janette so I think I’m nearly as big as her. Maybe I could dance this dance in my dance class next week *asks her teacher nicely* 

5) Simon and Karen’s Charleston

Simon and Karen looked like Rupert Bear and they looked like they were dancing a dance which was a lot of fun. Simon couldn’t do a swivel but I’ve been dancing for 4 years and I find the swivel really hard. It was crazy and funny and made me smile a lot. It made my sister giggle and she’s normally grumpy when she’s sleepy! 

What Bella thought of the dance-off result:

I was really sad to see someone leave the competition because they’re all so good this year. As so many people got the same score, they should have let everyone stay until Halloween week. I was sad to see Simon and Karen in the dance-off again, but Lola the Unicorn saved them. Brian was a good dancer and he entertained. I’ll miss seeing him next week but someone did need to go home tonight.

So there are Bella’s best bits for week 5. Do you agree with her? Comment down below or tweet @scd_support to let us know. We  look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Strictly 2017 – Farewell Brian and Amy

Tonight, we waved goodbye to a couple whose enjoyment and positive spirit have made us smile week after week.

Yes, Brian and Amy, went head to head with Simon and Karen in the dance-off, but were sadly eliminated by the judges’ vote:

Over the past 5 weeks on #Strictly, Brian has grown as a performer and shown his natural rhythm. There has been some dad dancing, but he entertained us, and his enjoyment for all things Strictly made him one of our favourite contestants of this year.

His bromance with Aston made us smile, and the progress he made as a dancer (thanks to Amy’s brilliant teaching) was wonderful. Who could forget that scarecrow Foxtrot in Movie Week, and last week’s Rock Paso Doble.

Strictly will be different without you Brian! 

We’d like this post to become a tribute to Brian. Comment below with your messages of support for Brian and Amy. We’ll make sure that Brian and Amy see your comments too.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚