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Strictly 2017 – News at Ten-ish

Good evening, and welcome to tonight’s Strictly news bulletin!

The headlines:

*Bong* The third celebrity is revealed in the cast of 2017

*Bong* There are some strange goings on in the rehearsal room (it must be the weather)

And Finally A Safety notice brought to you by one of the pros

Firstly tonight’s main news story. Earlier today, on This Morning we heard that the third celebrity taking to the floor this year will be Ruth Langford. *inserts picture of her getting ready for her time on Strictly*

This is one announcement we’re very excited about. It’ll be very interesting to see if Eamonn Holmes does also take to the floor. If he does, we predict the husband and wife team will be paired with either the Joneses’ the Cliftons or maybe the newlyweds Aljaz and Janette!

Anyway, Ruth’s announcement on the show was met with much excitement from the Strictly Pros and Twitterverse.

Here’s what Ruth had to say on being part of Strictly 2017:

We cannot wait to see what she brings to the show.

Elsewhere in the rehearsal studios, there were some very strange goings on. We predict this was down to the weather!

There were some cute selfies:

There was an impromptu Salsa lesson for Giovanni:

And it all got too much for one pro, who decided he needed a nap:

And finally, we had some advice from one of the pros this morning. It is sound advice for you all.. Thanks Brendan for looking out for us! 

That ends tonight’s News Bulletin. The Next Celebrity taking to the floor on Strictly 2017 will be announced on tomorrow’s BBC Breakfast show. We can’t wait to hear who it is. 

Goodnight everyone!

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

The Countdown to Strictly Challenge – Day 10

It’s Day 10 of our Countdown to Strictly Challenge and today we’re sharing one of our favourite ever ballroom dances. We’re sharing a Foxtrot which left us feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.

We’re sharing Judge Rinder and Oksana’s beautiful dance.

There were many fab-u-lous Foxtrots during Strictly 2016, but this one stands out with us for one reason…. Judge Rinder’s smile! Every step Judge Rinder took on the floor, he had the biggest smile, and his grin was even wider than The Cheshire Cat (who’d got the cream in this dance.)

It gave a fuzzy, warm, loveliness to his performance, which made us love him as a contestant even more.

As well as his smile, the dance was technically brilliant and Oksana’s choreography protected the Judge well!

We loved this dance. In case you missed it earlier, here it is again:

We want to hear your favourite Foxtrot of 2016! Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

Strictly 2017 – News at Ten-ish

It’s time for your daily fix of Strictly related news.

The headlines:

*Bong* Strictly Pro celebrates her birthday with some wonderful messages

*Bong* The Second Strictly 2017 celebrity is revealed

*Bong* Some exciting developments on this year’s Strictly

And finally some Pics to cheer you up!

Our headline tonight, the wonderful Oti celebrated her birthday today. We understand there was a lot of cake, and learnt that there was a celebration over the weekend, which was no way as expensive as The Sun suggested! *reads everything from certain newspapers with a pinch of salt*

There were also some wonderful messages to the birthday girl, including these:

Around lunchtime, we also had some exciting news, when the wonderful people on Planet Strictly revealed the second celebrity (and first male) to be taking their place on the Strictly Dancefloor:

He was welcomed in true Strictly style, with a great tweet from Mr Kevin from Grimsby:

Don’t worry Dhavood. Just like Kevin, we’re pretty sure you can dance. *Chants* Believe good old Al Cohol.

We also learnt that the good old people at Strictly love Snap Chat or as we’re now renaming it Snap Cha Cha Chat! *Signs up faster than a Strictly Sequin Stitcher*

And finally we learnt our pros had some fun in rehearsals ( as is to be expected)

Neil wore leggings #MenInTights – if you don’t believe me watch Katya’s instagram stories.

The three musketeers were chilling after a long day in rehearsals:

And Janette proved she really is small and mighty! (Note, we already knew this after this moment last series)

And that ends tonight’s news bulletin. We’ll be back tomorrow for more news from Planet Strictly.


Cassie πŸ™‚ 

Countdown To Strictly – Day 3

It’s Day 3 of our Countdown to Strictly Challenge and today we’re sharing our favourite Last Dances.

As you know we’re prone to emotional outbursts watching strictly and sometimes when a couple takes to the floor for the last time we have to reach for the box of glitterball tissues. 

Last year, every couple impressed us so saying goodbye became one of the most difficult tasks. There were many last dances which were our favourites but today we’ve chosen Claudia and AJ’s Quickstep which was our favourite last dance of 2016.

It was a dance which not only showcased Claudia’s technical skill and speed as a dancer but also her progress and improvement as a performer. It was their last dance but is just pure joy in our eyes. We loved this dance and in case you missed it earlier here it is again, just for you…

We want to hear your favourite last dance from a couple in 2016. Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.


Monday Makes – Glitterball Nails

Although my 7 year old may not approve of having her nails “coloured in” as she called it, we thought that for our second week of Monday Makes, making your nails shine bright like a Glitterball would be a great idea!

Sadly our camera decided to throw a hissy fit so didn’t record my video #sadface, but so you can see how I made my nails shine brighter than a glitter ball, here’s a very helpful tutorial showing you how:

*heads off to spend a day in Italy where she’s blinding people with her sparkly nails*

Have a wonderful day!

Cassie πŸ™‚


Monday Makes – How to Make a Lego Glitterball!

It’s the start of the School Summer Holidays and every Monday for the next few weeks we’re going to be sharing some fab-u-lous Arts and Crafts ideas to keep your little monsters busy this Summer!

In our house Lego is extremely popular! A few weeks ago, my little Strictly Superfan asked me this:

“Mummy, How can you make a Strictly Glitterball from Lego?”

I was determined to find out how and trawled the internet to find out how to make a Lego Glitterball. We found this tutorial on a fab-u-lous page which we followed:

You can view our Youtube Video showing our Lego Glitterball being made here:

In true Blue Peter style, here’s one we made earlier:

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If you attempt making a Lego Glitterball, we’d love to see the results. Tweet your pictures to @scd_support, tag us in a Facebook post or on instagram!

We look forward to seeing your Lego Glitterballs. Also, if you have an idea for a Monday Make you’d like to see us attempt let us know! We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie πŸ™‚



Strictly Support Group – Summer Giveaway!

The summer holidays are fast approaching and here at the Strictly Support Group we know you love nothing more than a sparkly giveaway!

This time we’ve had a lightbulb moment! All you have to do is guess the weight of this sparkly sequin-filled jar:

Once you’ve done that, you’ll just need to email your guess to The person who guesses correctly or is closest will win a sparkly goodie bag filled with treats, perfect for any Strictly fan!

We’ll give you a clue, the answer is heavier than 100g but less than 1kg!

The competition closes at midnight 24/7 so get your guesses in!

Good Luck Sparkly Fans!


Strictly Couple Weeks – Harry and Aliona – The Salsa/Samba-Off

Unless you’ve been living on another sparkly planet somewhere, you’ll know over the past week we’ve been sharing dances from one of our all-time favourite champions – Harry Judd and his professional partner Aliona!

We began the week with their Jive and have taken a trip to Argentina for their Argentine Tango, Headed off to Blackpool to see their Quickstep and then watched their Viennese Waltz and Charleston.

Those of you who follow the Strictly Support Group will know that Saturdays are the chance for a party and we love nothing more than watching a good Salsa or Samba whilst doing our weekend chores *sambas with her hoover* 

Harry and Aliona not only performed a brilliant Salsa but they also performed an award-winning Samba too. We could not pick just one dance so had to share them with you both! In the true spirit of the Strictly Support Group, we also know how much you love a poll, so have decided to host The Great Salsa and Samba Off! We’ll show you both dances below and then all you need to do is vote in the poll just beneath that!

Voting will remain open until Midnight Tonight! The winning dance will then be put forward to tomorrow’s final poll to decide the best of Harry and Aliona’s dances! Get voting people.

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

Bella Reviews – Alana Dancing Star – Viennese Waltz – A Tale By Arlene Phillips

If there’s one thing that my 7 year old, Bella, loves as much as Strictly (and unicorns) it’s reading! She is a little bookworm and as a mum, I’ve been searching for Strictlified and Dance-Themed books to keep her occupied during the Summer Holidays and during our Summer Adventures.

Whilst searching, I came across Arlene Phillips’s Alana Dancing Star series of books and could not resist buying one for Bella. They’re aimed at dance-mad kids aged 6-10 and were almost written for Bella. Here’s what she thought of one of the books (after reading it from cover to cover in one day!)

I love reading, almost as much as I love unicorns and Strictly. I really liked this book when I first saw it because Alana looked like Belle from Beauty and the Beast and it also has a dress-up Alana doll which you can cut-out which is great fun.

Mummy told me that Arlene used to be one of the judges on Strictly, before I was born so I knew I was going to love the book before I even started reading it.

In the story Alana wants to enter the Ballroom Bonanza and dance the Viennese Waltz but she has to stay at home to look after her baby sister and cannot practice dancing.

She gets really upset and visits Madame Coco who is a costume designer who makes fab-u-lous outfits and goes on an adventure to Vienna where she gets to dance the Viennese Waltz with princes and princesses.

When she comes back, her dance teacher lets her enter the competition and she wins with her partner Matthew.

It was the best book I’ve ever read and it reminded me lots of Strictly. I liked the bit where Alana went to Vienna in Austria to dance the Viennese Waltz best as it was magical. If it was a dance on Strictly it would get a 10 from Craig and the Glitterball. I’ve asked mummy to get me all the other books as they were so good.

Thank you Bella for reviewing this book! If you or your little ones are looking for a good Strictly-themed summer read, these books are on sale from most retailers, including Amazon where they are Β£4.99 each. 

If you’ve read one of these books we’d love to hear what you thought. Also, let us know if you have any suggestions for summer reads for young Strictly Fans. Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

Strictly Support Group – Strictly Couple Weeks – Ali and Brian – Day 7 – Poll

So, over the past 7 days we’ve been reliving dances from one of our all-time favourite Strictly couples, Ali and Brian!

We began the week with their charming Charleston, got in a spin with their Viennese Waltz and today ended the week with That American Smooth.

It has been a week of magical dancing and Ali will always be one of our favourite runners-up ever!

Now you’ve seen all the dances, it’s time for you to vote for your favourite! All you need to do is watch the videos below, then vote for your favourite couple in the poll just beneath that:

Voting will remain open until 8pm tonight when we’ll reveal the winning dance and the next couple in the spotlight as part of our Strictly Couple Weeks series. Please ask Bill Payer’s permission before you vote (whoever he is!) You can vote for up to 3 dances.

Get voting people!

Cassie πŸ™‚