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Strictly Come Dancing Live – 2017! – A Review

Friday night was an extra special night in our household. Not only was it time for us to head off to Wembley to see the Strictly tour, but it was the youngest member of the Strictly Support Group’s first outing to a tour. Yes, little Elodie (aged 2) went to Wembley.


As we arrived and prepared ourselves for what was set to be an uh-may-zing night, we were greeted by the sparkliest and largest Glitterball we had ever seen. It was so fab-u-lous, both our girls wanted to take it home with them. *gives the Strictly Tour team an idea for merchandise next year.*

Before we knew it it was time for the show to start. We had been excited about this tour for many months. Not only was it the tenth anniversary of the Strictly Tour, but it was also a bit emotional as it’s Len’s last outing as judge on the tour. We were also over the moon that 6 of our favourite members of the Class of 2016 were performing Ore, Danny, Louise, Daisy, Lesley and Ed. It looked set to be an amazing night.

The show did not disappoint. With more professional dancers on tour than ever before, we were treated to some of our all-time favourite Strictly Routines.

The “pillowtalk/cell-block tango” routine wowed us and had us on the edge of our seats (especially as there was an aerial performer thrown into the mix too.

The West-Side Story routine captivated us with the romantic love story between Janette and Aljaz followed by Karen Clifton portraying Anita from West Side story perfectly!

The show kicked off with the energetic Hairspray group number from Blackpool. We felt it appropriate they danced to the song “nicest kids in town.” This year’s cast came across as the nicest and loveliest cast on Strictly ever. We had not one, but 15 favourites, and they truly were the Nicest Kids in Town. Little Bella loved it so much she did not stop dancing throughout the routine.

We were also treated to some of our favourite routines from each of the couples.

Daisy and Aljaz performed their groovy Salsa and their unforgettable waltz, which moved us to tears it was so beautiful.

Ed and Katya performed their American Smooth and their Gangnam Style Salsa. There was a roar of applause when Ed performed the lift that almost became a disaster perfectly and we were also happy to have seen the routine that became one of our highlights of 2016, Ed doing Gangnam!

Louise and Kevin performed that perfect Paso for which we have one word, #slay, and their hoedown of a quickstep which brought us joy and made us smile from start to finish.

Ore and Karen performed the Jive and Showdance. Both these routines were two of our favourites from the live shows, and their energy as well as their passion for dancing shone through in each performance. They really did do Joanne proud!

Lesley and Gorka performed the quickstep and charleston. We can honestly say Lesley’s energy is admirable. She’s in her 70s yet kept up with people half her age. It led to my 6 year old telling me that she wants to be able to dance like that when she’s 70!

The winners on the night were Danny and Oti who performed their perfect Charleston and THAT Samba. Both dances were even more impressive seeing them in the arena. We’re sure that Danny has a career ahead of him in the West End. What was more touching was that he could not believe he received a Standing Ovation for that Samba.

As well as the dancing, we also had some comedy moments including Craig attempting the Gangnam Style (after a challenge from Ed,) Len letting us know he still sleeps with his Ninja Turtles (glad we’re not alone!,)  Kevin’s pleas for votes (and a tantrum at the end when they didn’t win 😂 – he is the king of comedy!) Gorka’s attempt at Cockney Rhyming Slang and Katya showing off the knowledge she has gained from dancing with Ed Balls.

All those performing shone bright like stars on the Dancefloor and we must also give credit to Anita Rani (last year’s tour runner up and Strictly 2015 contestant) who did a brilliant job hosting the tour. Credit also has to go to Karen Hardy who turned judge on our couples. Her knowledge and her comments made us realise that she could easily step into Len’s shoes. We also loved that she gave Ed a 10 for his Gangnam Style routine!

We say this every year and will say it again, this year’s tour was better than ever. Yes, it was the tour’s 10th anniversary, but it wowed and amazed us even more than we thought it would. From the production to the costumes, to the music, to the dancing, everything was pure class! Strictly just keeps getting better and better. We cannot wait to see what the team have up their sleeves for 2017.

Strictly, Thank you for an amazing night. From us, you score a 10/10 with a sparkly Glitterball on top!

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If you’ve been to see the tour, we’d love to hear what you thought of it! Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie 🙂

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Strictly 2016 – The Quotes Of The Series

We can always count on Strictly to give us some sparkly pearls of wisdom which we never forget. Nearly 3 weeks after the final, we are reminiscing about quotes that made the series for us!

Earlier today we asked you to tell us your quote of the series, after revealing ours:

We had some brilliant and very memorable suggestions. Here are our (and your) favourites:

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So those were your quotes of the series. If you can think of any others, send them to us! You can either comment below or tweet @scd_support to tell us. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Cassie 🙂

Strictly – The Things That 2016 Taught us!

We are just hours away from the end of 2016. It’s been a year of shocks and surprises, on and off the ballroom floor, from Ed Balls and that Gangnam Salsa to early and shock eliminations! Here’s what 2016 has taught us:

1.  The Tango is a really tough dance:

This year saw more eliminations from the tango than ever before. Melvin was eliminated in week 2 after his Tango, Tameka in week 3 after her Tango, Lesley in week 5 after her Tango and it got us in a bit of a muddle (mango of a tango!) especially as the Tango is one of our favourite ballroom dances. These three couples had a lot more to give, especially Melvin and Janette, but Justice was restored when they lifted the Christmas Glitter(ball) star!


2. It is possible to do the Salsa to Gangnam Style and if you do it will be remembered forever.

When we heard some of the song choices this year they did make us wonder what dances we were going to see. One particular example was Gangnam Style, for the Salsa 🤔. We do have the best professional dances on planet earth (and planet strictly come to think of it) and Katya’s choreography (as well as Ed’s hard work and dancing) made this one of our favourite routines of the series. Here it is again in case you needed a reminder.

3. Dance-offs and Results shows can surprise and shock us.

Yes, here at Strictly Support Group HQ we had many tears during results show this year. It probably didn’t help that we loved absolutely every single couple on this year’s show and saying goodbye became very tough, week after week. The standard on this year’s strictly was higher than ever, so it made the competition even closer. It made us realise that our favourites really did need our votes to be saved week after week.

4. Kevin Clifton is a Choreography and Teaching Genius!


We can always rely on Kevin from Grimsby to treat us to some awesome choreography. His Paso Dobles have been legendary over the 4 years he has worked on Strictly. This year, we had more Kevin from Grimsby specials as he yet again got all the way to the final. That’s 4 years in a row. His choreography was inspired and really impressed us. Sadly he did not lift the glitterball (it went to his sister instead, but my 6 year old is hoping they’ll share it nicely.) 4 finals in a row! Surely that has to be a record deserving of a Glitterball!

5. 2016 was the year of daring lifts and tricks

We’d seen lifts and tricks but never lifts and tricks like these ever before. The professionals all pushed the bar really high with their choreography and challenged their celebrities to perform to their best. We did have an Olympic Gymnast in the cast which probably helped with the tricks part, but many of them surprised and amazed us. In case you hadn’t seen them before, have a look at our favourites, in this moment from our twitter feed:

6. It was time for Craig to have someone to answer back to!

Yes, Judge Rinder came, danced and conquered the Strictly dancefloor. His reaction to Craig Revel Horwood’s comments were worth the licence fee alongand really unmissable. It was good having a contestant who was willing to answer back especially when the judges were grumpy!

7. It may have been Len’s last series but that didn’t stop his magic!


The King of Strictly has officially left the Strictly ballroom. *sobs* We will really miss him, but even if it was his last year we did have many a “ten from Len” and threats of pickled walnuts throughout this series. We wish him good luck in his future ventures in the USofA and we wish whoever takes over from him a lot of sparkly good luck as they have Len-shaped shoes to fill!

8. A record-breaking year

2016 was a record breaking year for Strictly. Not only did it get the highest audience share and its highest viewing figures but we saw the highest scoring dances ever! We saw the first ever perfect scoring Samba from Danny and Oti and the highest scoring week 4 dance ever from Ore and Joanne (it scored 39.) Even Ed Balls achieved the highest lowest score in week 7 for his quickstep scoring 27 points!


9. It was the year of dance crazes!

We had Ed doing Gangnam Style and Strictly attempting this mannequin challenge on the Christmas Special! Pure television magic again from the wonderful Strictly team!

10. It is perfectly possible to get a perfect score for the Samba

Until this year, we thought it was impossible to get a perfect score for the samba. Then along came Danny and Oti who wowed us and the Judges with a truly brilliant routine, that got 10s across the board. (It also saved us from eating one of our hats) We have to credit Oti this year for bringing some truly incredible choreography to the show. She deserves a glitterball in her own right. We hope she comes back next year.

11. Bruno can stay on his chair for the whole series (well almost)

Yes this year, Mr Tonioli remained firmly seated in his chair *wonders if he got given a seatbelt or a harness* right up until the final when he fell off his chair! We are quite glad of this as we’d hate for him to hurt himself.

12. Never trust Claudia to hold onto something you give her.

Claudia and Tess and their antics always brighten up our Saturday nights during Strictly season. This year, a common theme emerged. Claudia seemed to drop every prop she was asked to hold onto!  We loved these comedy sketches which always made us laugh!

13. Strictly is the best show on TV ever!

Nothing will ever come between us and Strictly. There may have been shocks and surprises this year, but we have to say 2016 has been the best year ever! Thank you for all the memories Strictly and  here’s to many more in 2017!

So, what has 2016 taught you about Strictly? Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

We’ll be on twitter (@scd_support)  from 7pm tonight for our first Strictly Support Group post-strictly. Yes, it’s going to be a new year themed chat!

Hope to see you then.

Cassie 🙂

Strictly 2016 – The Strictlies Results and Next Poll

So tonight, after our 3rd Birthday Party, we revealed the results of the poll you had been voting in to crown the best GIF on Strictly 2016!

Your votes were counted, checked and verified by our independent adjudicator and we can now reveal the winner of best GIF on Strictly 2016, is this moment from Danny and Oti:

We agree with your choice and thought this was uh-may-zing!

Now it’s time for you to help us choose the winner of our next categories!

The first is for Best Newcomer. We know there were 6 new professionals on this year’s show who all wowed us with their performances. We want you to vote for the professional who impressed you the most. Simply vote in this poll below to help us choose:

The second category is for Leading Lady on Strictly 2016. We want to hear which of the girls impressed you the most on Strictly 2016:

The third category is Man of the Year on Strictly 2016. We want to hear which of the boys (both pro and celebrity) impressed you the most this year:

So those are the next 3 polls! You have until 7pm on Saturday to vote in these 3 categories. We’ll then reveal the final categories in The Strictlies awards.

Get voting people!

Cassie 🙂

Strictly 2016 – A Christmas Special Round-Up

We’re not sure about you, but Santa has been very generous to us this year. Not only were we treated to some marvellous Strictly gifts in our stocking, but this evening we sat down to watch three of our favourite things combined:

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Christmas Movies and

Strictly!

Yes, the wonderful folk at Strictly  treated us to a Christmas Movie themed Christmas Special. Not only was there amazing dancing, we also saw Len give every couple a 10, Craig dressed as the most adorable lion you’d ever seen and we saw Len dance for the last time on the Strictly dancefloor *sobs* 

We always love the Christmas specials, especially when they bring back celebrities from past series of the show and tonight was no exception.

We saw Denise Lewis (Series 2,) Gethin Jones (Series 5,) Pamela Stephenson (Series 8,) Frankie Bridge (Series 12,) Ainsley Harriott (Series 13) and Melvin Odoom (Series 14) take to the floor with 6 of our fab-u-lous professionals for a true Christmas Cracker of a show.

We were treated to a Home Alone Jive from Ainsley and Karen which reminded us how much joy Ainsley’s performances brought us and also took us back to the Strictly tour earlier this year.

We were also treated to a Polar Express Quickstep from Chloe and Gethin, which not only showed us what an amazing dancer Gethin us but has also started a campaign for next series #GetChloeaCelebrityPartner.

Pamela and Pasha performed a cheeky Love Actually themed Christmas Cha Cha Cha. It reminded us how much we loved watching Pamela, a natural performer and dancer.

Melvin and Janette then proved they are the cutest Elfs this side of Planet Strictly, with an Elf-themed Charleston. It was full of character and personality and showed Melvin’s full potential. It also proved that they are completely fearless with a lift that became our Christmas GIF:

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Finally Gorka and Frankie treated us to a Frozen themed American Smooth. Frankie was always graceful and a beautiful ballroom dancer and this performance showed off her skill as a performer and dancer. It was truly stunning and the icing on a Christmas cake of a wonderful night of dancing.

It was a very close call, but in the end Melvin and Janette triumphed and lifted the Strictly Christmas Mirrorball trophy.

It was Len’s last show too which lead to an impressive tribute and final routine to send him off in style.

We’ll leave you with this thought:

That moment you lose a bet and have to go out dressed like this!

A post shared by Strictly Support Group (@scd_support) on

Cassie 🙂 

The Strictlies – Results and New Poll

Last Saturday we crowned the champion of Strictly 2016 and immediately afterwards asked you to help us decide who should win 2 important awards!

Over the past week you have voted in your hundreds and thousands (sparkly ones like you find on cupcakes nonetheless) and we can now reveal the winner of Best Dance on Strictly 2016 and Best Professional on Strictly 2016!

The winner of Best Dance on Strictly 2016 is *drumrolls and builds suspense by doing an Irish Jig and falling over in the process* 

 

The winner of Best Professional Dancer on Strictly 2016 is….

Thank you once again for all your votes, we couldn’t do this without you!

We are now opening our next category. That is for GIF of the series for 2016! Unless you’ve been living on another planet, you may have noticed every week this year we showed you a GIF of the week. We’ve decided to let the GIFs battle it out to be crowned overall champions. You can see this year’s GIFs by clicking on this tweet below:

Once you’ve watched all the GIFs we’d like you to vote for your favourite, using this snazzy and very clever poll. We’ll then reveal the winners on Wednesday 28th December (during our 3rd Birthday party!)

Get Voting People!

Cassie 🙂

Strictly 2016 – 3 Words!

Three words have filled our Saturday nights for the last few months:

Strictly

Come

Dancing

and we can hardly believe that tomorrow night will be the Strictly 2016 Final!

Earlier today we asked you to tell us the three words that have summed up Strictly 2016 for you! For us it has to be these three words:

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Here are your fab-u-lous suggestions:

So those are the three words which sum up Strictly for you! We can honestly say that this series of Strictly has been the most epic series ever. Whatever happens tomorrow, we want to say Thank You Strictly for all the memories.

It has been emotional, but I’ll leave you with three words from my little girl, Bella, earlier when I asked her to tell me which words have summed up Strictly for her:

Cassie 🙂

Good Luck Ore and Joanne #TeamOjo 💃🏼

Saturday night looks set to be a truly spectacular night of Strictly when the Clifton siblings will go head to head to fight for the Glitterball!

It’s not just about the professional dancers, but also about their celebrity partners. One couple have capture our hearts with their dances week after week, and that couple is Ore and Joanne!

As an untrained dancer, Ore has shown his ability as a natural performer. He has performed every dance he has been given with style and flair and has a natural knack for picking up the feeling of every dance! Who could forget his American Smooth which not just impressed us here in the UK, but also impressed the late Gene Kelly’s wife? Who could also forget that wonderful Jive of theirs which was not just memorable but legendary!

Whatever happens on Saturday, Ore and Joanne are our peoples’ champions and we are sure they will remain the best of friends.

We’d like this post to become a good luck post for Ore and Joanne. Send us your good luck messages for them and we’ll make sure they see them.

Cassie 🙂

Good Luck Louise & Kevin #TeamLouvin 💃🏻

Saturday will mark a momentous moment on Strictly. It’ll be Len’s last ever Strictly and Kevin’s 4th final in as many years! Now there’s an achievement deserving of a glitterball!

A popular couple, these two have never been in the dance-off. From week one, Louise’s musicality has shone in every performance. Kevin’s choreography has been outstanding and his teaching has helped her transform into a natural performer and dancer. Louise’s confidence has grown in bucketloads and we’ve seen her progress on the biggest journey ever.

Whatever happens on Saturday we will be truly proud of this couple and their achievements! 

Send us your good luck messages for Louise & Kevin & we’ll make sure they see them!

Cassie 🙂 

Good Luck Danny & Oti #TeamDoti 💃🏻

We’re fast approaching the final and the three final couples are rearing up to go to a dance battle to be crowned the Strictly Champion 2016! 

The past 12 weeks have shown us that anything can happen and we’re pretty sure that this weekend’s final will be unpredictable to say the least!

We know that you, our lovely followers, have been brilliant supporting all the couples this year but we’d like to wish all the couples a final good luck wish in advance of the final!

Our first good luck wish is for Danny and Oti!

Every week Danny has amazed us showing us his dancing skill. From week 1 he has been a force to be reckoned with. Together with Oti’s imaginative and creative choreography they have created moments of Strictly magic and moments that will go down in history for ever take for instance that wonderful Samba which scored the first 40 for a Samba ever!

Whatever happens on Saturday, we’re pretty sure Danny will be remembered as one of the greatest Male celebrities of all time!

Send us your good luck messages below for Danny & Oti and we’ll make sure they see them!

Cassie 🙂