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Out with the old and in with the new!

We love reading all blogs, especially when they’re #Strictly related. Yesterday we read a blog from @Strictly_Emma on twitter which you can read if you click this link  .

It got us thinking. My whole family are Strictly superfans. I’ve watched the show from the very beginning, and my 7 year old has watched the show every week since she was 3!

A lot of things have changed from the very beginning, and since my little girl has watched, Strictly has been a different programme to the programme many fans fell in love with, 13 years ago, when it started.

Yesterday night, I dug out an episode of Strictly from 2006 and decided to watch it with Bella to see what she thought of it compared to Strictly now. It was week 5, where “microphone gate” occurred during Mark and Karen’s Salsa.

Here are her thoughts on the show in her own words comparing it to Strictly 2017:

Strictly in the old days was a lot of fun, but nowadays they have more theme weeks, which make it even more fun. The results show was on a Saturday and not on a Sunday meaning that we and the couples don’t have to wait a whole day to see if they’re safe. I think this is a lot fairer.

There weren’t as many dances are there are now on each show. I like seeing lots of different dances, but in the olden days you could see the people who were really good dancers and see the people who weren’t as good dancers, so the judges scoring didn’t seem as weird as it does now. Maybe they should make everyone do either one latin dance or one ballroom dance.

The judges look really young then and now Bruno and Craig look older. I like Arlene and think she should come back onto Strictly. It was nice to see Brucie too. I miss him but he must be in heaven looking down and watching everyone this year. It’s nice to see Karen Hardy dancing, I liked her doing Choreography Corner but she was a brilliant professional (avoids showing her the Gary Rhodes footage.)

I like the outfits nowadays. They were good before I was here, but now they’re even sparklier and more glittery than ever. The costumes look more fun nowadays and keep getting more magical than unicorns.

Nowadays they take the people out during the week to do something fun linked to their dance, but in those days all the bit before the dance was just from the training room. That’s a little boring really, isn’t it?

There was no dance-off in those days and it was decided on the public vote. I like the dance-off because it means the people in the dance-off can make their performance even better and get safe to the next week. Without a dance-off, someone could have had a bad dance because they were nervous and get voted off without having a chance to perform their dance better a second time round and show the judges how uh-may-zing they really are. 

Bella’s verdict made a lot of sense. I asked her to tell me whether she preferred Strictly 2017 or Strictly 2006.

Her answer Strictly 2017 is a million, billion, trillion, gazillion times better now. I would like them to show the results show on the same day though and bring back just two dance styles every week.

So it’d seem that although Strictly 2006 was magical for many, for my little Strictly Superfan, it’s nothing on Strictly 2017.

Do you agree with Bella? Comment down below to let us know what you think. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie 🙂



The Best Judges’ Quotes Ever!

Strictly has only been back on our screens for 3 weeks, but already we have heard some of our favourite Judges’ quotes ever, from Shirley talking about butterflies with concrete boots *inserts picture of her 2 year old’s welly boots*

To Craig telling one couple “I really really like you!” *Checks Craig’s temperature to make sure he’s ok*

Earlier this week, we asked you to tell us your favourite quotes from the fab-u-lous foursome! We’ve made a little clip just for you with all your suggestions:

Some of your (and our) favourite Judges' quotes from #Strictly! Thank you for sharing these with us!

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If you haven’t told us your favourite Judges’ quote, comment down below to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you!

Cassie 🙂 

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 🙂

Strictly Support Group – The Strictly Fan’s Contract! 

With the news of the Strictly Professionals performing on Strictly 2017, Strictly Fever has hit the nation. We are now officially on Countdown until Strictly is back on our screens (For the record there are just 66 sleeps until Strictly is back!)

For us, that means it’s time for us to plan our schedules. Anyone planning any weekend events has to be warned that if they fall on a Saturday or a Sunday night, we will not be partaking in said events and will instead pledge allegiance to the Glitterball.

Anyone who plans on calling us will have to be prepared to reach our voicemails on Saturday and Sunday nights, and we will refuse to answer the door whilst Strictly is on (hashtag priorities!)

Last week, one of our lovely twitter followers (Hannah) shared this picture with us of her Strictly Contract:

We also do plan to wear as much glitter as is humanly possible and take as many chances to dance as possible. What are your Strictly Resolutions for this series? Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Cassie 🙂 

Strictly Cruise – A Review by @Team_Clifton

Ever wanted to go on a Strictly Cruise? The lovely Marisa (@TeamClifton) on twitter recently returned feeling sparkly and reinvigorated following a Strictly Cruise. She kindly agreed to review her experience for you all. Here is what she thought of the whole cruise in her own words:

Going on a Strictly themed cruise was something I had wanted to do since I had become Strictly mad. The only problem was that I had to convince my mum it was a good thing to do. Unfortunately, my mum didn’t have the same desire to go on a cruise. After two years of persuasion, my work finally paid off and the cruise was booked. Nothing like the excitement of seeing Jo and Giovanni in a showcase. The thought of going to places we had never been to in Spain, France and Italy was the final point of persuasion. So we arrived and, after gasps of “that ship is huge”, we boarded the ship and bumped into Joanne Clifton who had the same thought as me – get the Wi-Fi sorted – not cheap though.

Then it was time to explore the ship. It soon got a bit awkward as we kept bumping into Jo everywhere we went. Maybe the ship wasn’t as big as we thought! 🙈

Our cruise got off to a bit if a rocky start as the Bay of Biscay was particularly choppy but that didn’t stop us working out what we could do. As well as the Strictly Q&A, photo sessions, dance lessons and showcases there was also the usual cruise entertainment. I needed a PA (my mum!) to plan it all out. Of course, we treated ourselves to a spa treatment and found the gym – needed to work off the good food and, as we headed south the weather improved and got warmer, the sunbathing started. Then the dolphins came, at first we weren’t sure, but there was no mistaking the second time as there were about 10 in a pod.

After three days we started to look out for our first port, Alicante. Everyone seemed to be surprised at how nice it was as it was mostly known for Alicante airport. Apart from the occasional plane taking off you would not have known that there was an airport at all. What we did see was a beach, a Marina, a castle, pretty promenades and lots of coffee shops.

Back on board, we got ready to see the first Strictly showcase starring Jo and Giovanni. It was amazing and a good chance to see them show off their skills and to see that amazing Jive again. Sadly this time it was performed without Ore but we did have the world record holder for number of Jive steps in a minute to replace him. Giovanni was keen to remind us of that achievement!

Next Stop Barcelona. We had an excursion booked so had to be up and ready to go by 9.30am. But it was a good way to see a lot in a short time. Sadly this was where we said goodbye to Jo and Giovanni but where we said hello to Neil and Katya, AJ and Chloe who kicked off their cruise with a Q&A.

Sadly due to the choppy sea, we next stopped at Marseille instead of Cannes where it rained. A lot. We tried to see as much as we could but as I was wearing flip flops the squelching eventually got too much so we went back to the ship for lunch. It was then off to Italy, Pisa and Florence first and then Rome, where we had booked excursions as we wanted to see a lot. Tip if you want to go to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel book an excursion that has a fast track as the queues are can take more than two hours to get in. The other advantage to booking an excursion is that the ship will not go without you and at the port for Rome we needed lots of time so this was useful for us. Leaving this port meant that we started the journey home heading back towards Spain. So we had to make the most of our time left on board. Evening Entertainment included Lance Ellington known for being a Strictly singer, notably singing in Korean for Gangnam Style when Ed and Katya danced their salsa. Other singers included really good tribute acts for the Beatles and Michael Buble. The cruise has its own company Headliners which did a really good tribute to the musicals so it’s worth checking it out. This is in addition to the Strictly entertainment which at this stage of the cruise included AJ, Chloe, Katya and Neil. This was a nice opportunity to see more of what the professional couples could do and we were given the opportunity to see the dance that AJ and Chloe performed for BGT and one of Neil and Katya’s amazing showdance. One more stop at Cartegena in Spain and then onto Gibraltar our final stop.

As we leave each port, the entertainment team hold a sail away party. The Ventura put on really good sail aways with, in my opinion, a really good James Corden lookalike leading it. Even Craig Revel Horwood, who joined us at Gibraltar, joined in! Another Q&A session, this time, with Craig who was brutally honest about his past and made sure the audience was kept up to date with the recent announcements that Natalie was leaving and that the new judge, to replace Len, had been announced. Then we started getting ready to watch the final showcase, the Passengers Strictly Competition! With Craig, AJ and Richard, one of the ship’s crew, judging and Chloe presenting it was a lot of fun. Another Q&A with the Strictly production team which was very interesting and revealed a side to Strictly you don’t get to know about.

Now nearing Southampton, suitcases were packed up again and put out for collection leaving us an opportunity to fully enjoy our final night on board. One last quiz, we never did win one, a last evening meal and then it was soon time to say goodbye to the amazing staff on the Ventura as we arrived at Southampton. It was an amazing experience with memories I’ll never forget. P and O’s motto is: ‘This is the Life’. And it certainly was for us. Don’t be surprised if you see us on another Strictly cruise next year!

Thank you Marisa for reviewing your cruise experience. *persuades her husband to book a cruise next year* If you’ve been on a Strictly Cruise we’d love to hear what you thought of it. You can either tweet @scd_support or comment below this post to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie 🙂 

Strictly Overheards – What do Star Wars and the Strictly Glitterball Have in Common?

Sometimes Kids say the funniest things but also 7 year old logic is officially awesome. Earlier this afternoon, I picked up my wonderful little Strictly fan from school and took her in search of a Father’s Day present for daddy!

Whilst we were out shopping, I caught her staring at a Star Wars Death Star. (My Husband is a huge Star Wars fan – so anything Star Wars related would go down well.)

She grabbed my attention before telling me:

Mummy, the Death Star looks like a Strictly Glitterball but without the sparkly bits on the outside.

Kevin from Grimsby likes Star Wars and did a Star Wars themed Charleston on Strictly, so he made the Death Star sparkly again and made Star Wars all Strictlified. He should really win the Strictly Glitterball this year!

I officially love her logic and thought process!  There you have it, that’s what the Glitterball and a Death Star have in common.

Do you agree with Bella? Vote in the poll below to let us know.

Cassie 🙂

Strictly Support Group – Strictly Couple Weeks – Team Glita – Day 1

So, last night on our twitter feed, we announced the latest Strictly couple to be put in the spotlight as part of our Strictly Couple Weeks.

Yes, we have chosen Team Glita and every day this week we will be sharing one of their dances. At the end of the week we’ll give you the chance to vote in a poll to crown your favourite Team Glita moment.

In case you missed it earlier, we started the week off sharing their brilliant Charleston. When we first saw this dance it proved what a fearless pairing these two were. The choreography was challenging, but brilliantly executed and we got to see the first of many Gleb Specials,  moments we came to love every week we watched this couple dance. 

We love couples who look like they’re having the time of their life dancing, and these two filled us with joy with every step they took on the Strictly dancefloor. This dance was a joy to watch and we’re pretty sure it’ll help motivate you and get your week started.

We’d love to hear what you thought of this dance. Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie 🙂 

Strictly Support Group – Sparkly Suggestions for Shirley

Last week, we had our first bit of Strictly news, as the wonderful people at the BBC unveiled the lady who will be head judge this year, Shirley Ballas.

We cannot wait to see her on the show and with her latin dance expertise she’ll definitely know her stuff. We’re sure she’ll also give the couples some brilliant constructive criticism. 

We know she’ll be amazing but we asked you to share some of your sparkly suggestions for Shirley ahead of her new role. Here are some of your wonderful answers:

We do agree that she should carry a spare 10 paddle at all times. If she doesn’t use it, we’re pretty sure it’ll come in handy for (gently) hitting Craig on the head when he scores couples lower than they deserve. 

For us we think that she should carry a harness with her at all times, to keep Bruno in his seat! We do worry about him when he falls off his chair. When we mentioned this, we had one wonderful suggestion from another of our fab-u-lous followers:

Of course, if she does wear a crash helmet it’ll have to be covered in glitter and sequins, we are on Planet Strictly after all!

My 7 year old’s advice to her is be yourself or a unicorn! Do they even have those on Planet Strictly? *looks confused*

What are your Sparkly Suggestions For Shirley? Comment below to let us know or tweet @scd_support. We look forward to hearing from you!

Cassie 🙂 

Strictly Day – 13 Reasons We Love Strictly

13 years ago today, Strictly graced our TV screens for the very first time. We knew from the very first moment it was a winning formula which we would come to love and have never stopped watching it since. 

But what’s made Strictly one of our all-time favourite shows? Here are thirteen reasons we love Strictly!

1. Those Unforgettable Dances

In series one we had Chris Parker and his unforgettable Paso Doble. In series 14, it was the turn of Ed Balls with his Gangnam Style Salsa. There are moments that are pure entertainment which are truly unforgettable and just remind us that you don’t have to be a brilliant dancer to win our hearts, you just have to dance like nobody’s watching. The only thing is, we are watching and we will fall in love with you!

2. Those Magic Moments

Yes, as well as the entertaining dances, there are those moments of pure perfection, when dance magic is created on the Strictly floor! Take for example, Danny and Oti’s Samba. It was a moment when music, choreography, dancing and everything seemed to come together to create one of the greatest dances we have ever seen!

3. The Wonderful Pro Dancers

They wow us week after week with their group dances, but also with their choreography, patience and teaching ability. Yes, the Strictly Pros are possibly some of the loveliest people ever. They are truly inspiring human beings and the show would not be the same without them! They are super lovely to all their fans and are inspiring young dancers to follow their dreams! 

4. The Judges

Whilst the couples may await the judges’ verdict with trepidation, it’s something we look forward to week after week. Yes, Bruno’s falling off his chair, Craig’s cutting comments and Len (we’ll miss you Len) and his len-isms. They become catchphrases which we take into everyday life. Craig’s scores may be harsh at times, but they only encourage us to vote more for our favourites!

5. Tess and Claudia

Our two hosts entertain us week after week with their wit and humour. It cheers up and brightens our winter months. Who could forget Claudia in a Dolphin suit? Or the fishing gag last year? Together they bring us comedy genius which together with wonderful dancing brings us some of the best TV ever! *Imagines how much fun a night out with these two would be* 

6. The Band and Singers

The live music on Strictly is world-class. It gives us goosebumps and amazes us. Credit has to go to the singer last series who sung Gangnam Style in Korean. *bows out of respect* Overall, the music adds to the effect and gives us some of the most memorable performances on TV ever!

7. The Glitterball

For many shows, the trophy looks ever so boring or is just a symbol, but on Strictly they get quite possibly the sparkliest most glitzy trophy ever in the whole world. It’s every girl’s dream (my little girl asked for one in her bedroom – we’re still waiting for it to be put up) and embodies everything that Strictly represents. It brings us sparkle during the dull autumnal and winter months.

8. The Costumes

Week after week, Vicky Gill and her team of sequin stitchers and seamstresses create some stunning looks which would not look out of place on a fashion catwalk. They help our couples get into character and have given us dress envy many times during the series. 

9. The Friendships

Year after year, we see our couples become the best of friends!  We love seeing Strictly reunions on social media between celebrities and pros, but it’s lovely to see the camararderie between the couples and celebrities each year. They are like a family who can never be separated. 

10. It is a Family-Friendly Show

As a mum, there’s nothing I love more than being able to watch shows with my family. I live with possibly two of the youngest Strictly superfans who have been brought up watching Strictly every year. Part of its appeal is that you can watch it no matter how old or young you are. I watched it with my mum and grandma when the show first started and now I watch it with my little girls. If it had an age rating it would say suitable from 0-100+ 

11. The Hair and Make-Up

Yes, the Make-Up team create some looks which don’t only look awesome but make us want to cover ourselves in glitter every day of the year. We love watching Strictly each week to see what the couple’s make-up and hair will look like.  One of our all-time favourite make-up looks has to be this moment:

12. It Takes Two
Yes, this post wouldn’t be worth the blog it’s written on if we didn’t mention It Takes Two. We are firm believers that a dose of Strictly every day keeps the doctor away (in Winter.) From the Sunday results show until Saturday’s live show, Zoe Ball and her wonderful team keep us entertained with a behind the scenes look at Strictly. We love that we get to see what goes on in a light-hearted way.

13. The Tour

For those of us who are unable to get tickets to the live shows, we love that we can not only go and see The Strictly Live Tour but also follow some of our favourite professional dancers on tour around the country and (if you’re lucky) on a Strictly Cruise. It keeps the Strictly magic going on long enough so we do not suffer from Strictly Withdrawal symptoms!

So there we have it, those are thirteen of the reasons why we love Strictly. What makes you love Strictly? Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie 🙂 

Strictly Support Group   🍀 St Patrick’s Day 🍀 Poll

Happy St Patrick’s Day to all our followers and friends! 🍀💃🏻🍀

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.