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Strictly 2017 – The Best Musicals Week Dance… Ever *Jazz Hands*

*Jazz Hands* It’s Musicals Week which is one of our favourite theme weeks ever.

*Jazz Hands* What’s more, we’re off to Planet Strictly!

*Jazz Hands* As you can probably tell by the Jazz Hands, we’re very excited, in fact so excited we may burst and spread glitter everywhere.

*Realises she’s probably annoying most of her followers* Yes, it’s Musicals Week and we love nothing more than a good old sing-a-long and a dance. We are very lucky that we’ll be in the audience this Saturday, and will be donning outfits worthy of the glitterball.

As you’ll know, here at the Strictly Support Group, we know there’s no better way to decide an overall winner, than with a poll, so when my 7 year old asked me “What’s the Best Musicals Week Dance ever?” I decided to call on you lovely people to help me decide.

We’ve picked 25 of our favourite ever Musicals Week numbers. All you have to do is click this link below to watch them:

Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to pick your top 3 by voting in this poll:

Voting will remain open until 6pm tomorrow (Saturday night.) My little Bella will reveal the results during her pre-strictly show chat.

Get voting people!

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚

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My Dream Strictly

On Wednesday, my little Strictly fan asked me a question:

If you were on Strictly what dances would you do and who would be you professional partner?

She told me I’d go all the way to the final (even though I cannot dance for toffee) and I’d have to tell her the order I’d perform dances in.

Here is my Dream Strictly!

Dancing with Pasha (or Gorka)

Week 1 – Cha Cha Cha – Canโ€™t Stop This Feeling (Justin Timberlake)

Week 2 – Tango – Telephone (Lady Gaga)

Week 3 – Jive – Proud Mary (Tina Turner)

Week 4 – Quickstep – 42nd Street

Week 5 – Samba – Volare

Week 6 – American Smooth – You Make Me Feel So Young

Week 7 – Waltz – At This Moment (Michael Buble Version)

Week 8 – Paso Doble – El gato montes

Week 9 – Foxtrot – This will be an Everlasting Love (Natalie Cole)

Week 10 – Charleston – Friend Like Me from Aladdin

Week 11 – Viennese Waltz – Sheโ€™s Always A Woman – Fyfe Dangerfield

Week 12 – Argentine Tango (Libertango) and Salsa (Maria – Ricky Martin)

Week 13 – Showdance (Last Dance – Donna Summer) Quickstep and Argentine Tango

I then asked Bella, my little Strictly fan the same thing. Here are the dances that she would perform and the order she’d perform them in if she was on Strictly:

Bella – dancing with Kevin or Gio

Week 1 – Rumba – Somewhere Only We Know (The Same Rumba Frankie and Kevin did)

Week 2 – Charleston – Bear Necessities (with Kevin or Gio wearing Aljaz’s bear suit!)

Week 3 – Quickstep – Youโ€™ve Got a Friend in me (She’d be woody, Kevin or Gio would be Buzz Lightyear!)

Week 4 – Samba – Copacabana/Copabanana as she calls it.

Week 5 – American Smooth – Let it Go (from Frozen)

Week 6 – Jive – Happy (by Pharrell)

Week 7 – Cha cha cha – Shoutout to my ex by Little Mix

Week 8 – Foxtrot – Singing in the Rain

Week 9 – Paso Doble – Something with lots of Flamenco

Week 10 – Salsa (Wings by Little Mix)

Week 11 – Viennese waltz (Perfect by Ed Sheeran)

Week 12 – Waltz (I’m not sure of the song yet)

Week 13 – Showdance (Beauty and the Beast) Quickstep and Cha Cha Cha

What would be your Dream Strictly? Comment down below or tweet @scd_support to tell us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚

Strictly 2017 – GIF, Pic, Caption and Outfit of the Week – Blackpool Week

It’s Tuesday and whilst this Saturday night seems oh so very far away, we’re reminiscing over last Saturday night’s show in the way we know best…. with some visual treats for you all!

If you follow our blog you’ll know by now, but if you’re new, Hello! Every Tuesday, we share our favourite GIF, Picture and Caption of the week. We also share our favourite Outfit of the week and this week, have a special treat for you all!

GIF of the Week

Strictly fans, cast your minds back to 2016, when AJ choreographed an Argentine Tango which saw Claudia Fragapane spend literally 30 seconds in the air. Well, on Saturday night, he did the same to Mollie who impressed us with some death-defying lifts. Go Mollie! This dance is now known as The Incredible Flying Mollie King Routine! We loved it so much we’ve immortalised it in GIF form just for you. Here it is again:

Picture of the Week

One picture stands out from Saturday night for us. It’s this:

Pardon the pun, but Joe looked like he was having the time of his life in this dance and it captures the sheer joy of performing on strictly and overcoming your fears (of heights in his case!)

Outfit of the Week

We thought each and every costume this weekend was truly amazing, especially Gorka’s trousers. For a change, we’ve picked one of the judges’ outfits! This lady oozes elegance every week and when we grow up we want to be like her. It’s the lovely Head Judge Shirley Ballas:

Caption of the Week

Some pictures just need to be captioned and when we saw this picture on Saturday night we couldn’t resist asking you, our wonderful followers to caption it. This week’s winning caption comes from @JuliaAuthor who came up with this one:

Our caption of the week leads onto something we’d like to know as the Blackpool Face-Off. Forget the dance-off, there were some really great expressive screen caps from Saturday night’s show. We’d like to see your favourite. Just vote in this poll below to tell us who you’d like to see win the Face-Off!

We hope you enjoyed reading this post. If you have any ideas for what you’d like to see us include on our blog, just tweet @scd_support. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚

Strictly – The Best Blackpool Dance… Ever! ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ—ผ๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿป

Tomorrow night sees the cast of Strictly 2017 take to the Blackpool Tower Ballroom Floor for one night only!

Over the many years of Strictly we have seen some truly wonderful and memorable performances, performances which have helped decide the eventual winner of their series and performances which have wowed and surprised us.

Yesterday, we asked you to vote for your favourite Blackpool Dance ever. Thank you to everyone who has voted. Your votes have been checked, counted and verified by of all people… Bill Payer.

Here are the results in a handy video form:

In 5th Place – Anita and Gleb’s Paso Doble

In 4th Place – Simon and Kristina’s Argentine Tango

In Joint 3rd Place – Danny and Oti’s Charleston and Susanna and Kevin’s Paso Doble

In 2nd Place – Matt and Aliona’s Samba

In 1st Place – Jay and Aliona’s Salsa

Once again, Jay and Aliona prove unbeatable in our polls!

We cannot wait to see the remaining 8 couples dance tomorrow. Who are you most looking forward to see on the floor tomorrow night? Do you think they will be able to beat these fab-u-lous dances? Comment down below to let us know.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚

Poll: The Best Blackpool Dance…. Ever! ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ—ผ๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿป

This Saturday, the remaining 8 couples will take to the Blackpool Tower Ballroom floor for one night only. Blackpool is the home of Ballroom Dancing and over many years of Strictly we have seen some truly fab-u-lous routines performed there!

Over the past few days, we’ve been asking you to share with us your favourite Blackpool moments ever. You sent in some truly wonderful suggestions and now it’s the time for us to put them to the public vote, to help us crown the Best Blackpool Dance Ever!

We’ve compiled your suggestions into a handy playlist which you can watch below. Once you’ve watched all the dances, you just need to choose your top 5 from the poll beneath that.

Now here are the Terms and Conditions. Voting will remain open until Friday 17th November at 8pm, when we’ll reveal the winning dances. Voting is free but please ask Bill Payer’s permission before you do (he likes it when you do that!)

Get voting people!

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™‚ 

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 youย click this link ย .

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 theย 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.ย 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.ย 

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

Her answerย Strictly 2017 isย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Strictly Support Group – The Strictly Fan’s Contract!ย 

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 ๐Ÿ™‚