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Strictly 2017 – Pic, GIF and Caption of the Week! – Semi-Final

It’s Tuesday & the last time this series *sobs uncontrollably* we’ll look at some photographic treats from the weekend. Our semi-final saw a few firsts… Alexandra’s first 40 from the judges, a lift we’d never seen before and not one, but two judges trying to emulate Len’s pickled Walnut Catchphrase! Without further ado, let’s look at the visual treats from Saturday night’s show.

Picture of the Week:

Some pictures capture perfect moments and this is one of them. A lift we’d never seen before on Strictly that took guts and strength. The risk paid off and created this magical moment.

GIF of the week:

Caption of the week:

We asked you this week to caption this picture:

Our winning caption came from Laura Sian Dixon on twitter, who gave us this pearl of wisdom!

Those were our visual treats of the week. We’ll have an unofficial post later same time next week with some treats from the final.

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Strictly 2017 – Farewell Mollie & AJ

It’s always horrible to say farewell to a couple this close to the final. Last year AJ left with Claudia at the same stage, and sadly tonight he and Mollie were eliminated following the closest dance-off ever with Gemma and Aljaz.

From the moment we first saw Mollie and AJ together we could see they had great natural chemistry on and off the dancefloor. They have become the hardest working couple this series and whatever happens we’re sure they’ll be soulmates and best friends forever.

Mollie’s growth as a performer has been immense and her confidence has grown with each step she took. From her tentative jive to her accomplished Waltz, Quickstep and Charleston for us she was one of the most improved contestants this series.

AJ’s patience and dedication helped Mollie’s improvement and his choreography protected her whilst also challenging her as a performer.

What we loved most about Mollie was how she always had something lovely to say about everyone who left and she was gracious in defeat too. We will miss seeing her in the final. Here are Mollie and AJ’s best bits in picture form:

We’d like this post to become a place where you can leave a message for Mollie & AJ. We’ll make sure they see each and every single one of your messages. Comment below to leave your messages. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Strictly 2017 – A Semi-Final Performance Review πŸ’ƒπŸ»

Tonight, our fab-u-lous five couples took to the floor not once, but twice in an effort to win a place in the final. Some of their dances really surprised us and what surprised us even more, was Craig found his 10 paddle (again!) *Does a Victory Dance*

Away from the dancefloor we had Darcey and Bruno competing to replace Len’s “Pickle me Walnuts Catchphrase.” *Finds herself having to explain what Speedos are to her 7 year old* Neither were as catchy, but we’d like you to vote for which won it for you:

We had more competition with Shirley and Tess dressing as human glitterballs. (I’d like to think I set the trend when I visited Planet Strictly last week.)

It was an uh-may-zing night of dancing and whatever happens tomorrow, all five couples can stand proud at what they have achieved.

Here’s what we thought of each of the performances tonight:

Joe and Katya

American Smooth – It’s always hard to be first out onto the floor, but Joe performed this dance brilliantly. It was a performance full of glamour, grace and presence. It reminded us of something out of an old Hollywood movie. Katya’s outfit was truly beautiful and has made its way onto our list of costumes we’d love to wear. Her choreography this series has truly wowed us. It took risks and Joe led and performed the lifts like a pro. We recognised one of the lifts from her American Smooth with Ed Balls (the one where he nearly dropped her on the head) but it was great to see the lift performed as it should be. In fact, Joe was so good, my 7 year old declared he is as good as one of the professionals. We thought they deserved a 10 for this dance (it was on a par with Ore and Joanne’s American Smooth from last year.) The judges gave him 35/40

Argentine Tango – After only performing lifts once during the whole series, Joe has 2 dances with lifts this week. We loved the modern interpretation of an Argentine Tango. When we first heard the song choice, we were a bit doubtful as to how successful it would be, but once again Katya’s choreography made it a performance to remember and a performance worthy of a place in the final. Ok, there was one tiny stumble, but I think this dance for us has become the dance of the series, because of this moment

We thought they deserved a 10. The judges awarded them 35/40.

Mollie and AJ

Samba – Samba is a notoriously difficult dance and Mollie admitted this dance was not like her at all. All things considered, she performed this dance to the best of her ability. The solo bits and shimmies were spectacular, but in hold she seemed to look a little lost. Her dress was stunning and it did look like she was having a brilliant time. We thought she deserved an 8. The judges awarded her 24/40

Waltz – Mollie has always looked more comfortable in the ballroom and this dance was miles better than the Samba. It did make us a little bit emotional and Mollie looked stunning once again in her dress. The choreography was traditional and AJ put a lot of pivots in. If there’s one thing Mollie always looks like a princess in the ballroom dances and this dance was no exception. We thought she deserved a 9. The judges gave her 32/40 (her highest score of the competition.)

Alexandra and Gorka

Viennese Waltz – After some really bad articles in the press, the song choice “Everybody Hurts” seemed really appropriate. The performance was full of emotion and admittedly we did end up blubbing like a baby on our sofa at home. It was a beautiful performance and just perfect in our eyes. We thought she deserved a 10. The judges gave her 39/40.

Salsa – There are moments in Strictly that are deserving of places in the final, and this dance tonight was one of them. It sizzled, was full of spice and we want Alexandra’s dress to wear out in public. There were daring lifts, gorgeous turns and great footwork. It was what my 7 year old would call a “sassypants” dance and deserving of a 10. Luckily, Craig finally found his 10 paddle and awarded them 40/40.

Gemma and Aljaz

Rumba – Last week the judges criticised Gemma’s acting ability. This week she showcased her acting skills in a gorgeous rumba. It had control, beautiful romance and gorgeous choreography. Added to this it was performed by one of our favourite songs. It did make us a little teary and emotional. Gemma has come so far on her journey this series and this dance proved that. It did have a beautiful soft quality whilst having lots of control. In our eyes she deserved a 9. The judges gave her 30/40

Tango – From a soft dance to a dance full of determination. This performance set the ballroom on fire. Once again Aljaz’s choreography complimented Gemma’s skill and she performed this dance with precision and great drama and agression. We loved it and thought she deserved a 10. The judges awarded her 32/40

Debbie and Giovanni

Jive – Debbie has surprised us this year with all her performances. This jive was super fast and Giovanni did not make it easy for her. We thought she coped really well with the choreography. Was it her best dance? Maybe not, but when we grow up, we want to be able to dance like this. We thought she deserved a 9. The judges gave her 34/40

Foxtrot – A truly lovely and wonderful dance. Some judges didn’t like it *nudges Craig* and claimed they broke the 10 second rule *nudges Craig again* but rules are there to be broken. We loved the feel of this dance and it ended the semi-final in style. It was full of elegance, glamour and the sort of dance we’d love to perform if we were ever on Strictly. We thought she deserved a 10. The judges gave her 36/40.

So that concluded a brilliant semi-final. Who were your favourites tonight? Vote in this poll below to let us know:

We’d love to hear what you thought of tonight’s show too. Comment down below to let us know what you thought. We look forward to hearing from you soon. We’ll be back tomorrow night from 7pm tweeting along with the results show on our twitter feed (@scd_support)

Cassie πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

The Strictly Support Group Advent Calendar πŸŽ„

Christmas is coming and our Advent Calendar is back and sparklier than ever before!

We have some fab-u-lous festive goodies up for grabs this year and you can take part starting from today!

http://www.advientos.com/destinatarios-publico.php?codigo=28999-7524

All you need to do is click on this link above and save it to your favourites. Every day we’ll ask you a question and you have to email the answers to strictlysupportgroup@aol.co.uk. All correct answers from each day will be put into a draw for a chance to win some fab-u-lous festive goodies once all doors on our calendar have been opened. As in previous years, the more questions you get right, the more entries you get into the draw giving you more chance of winning a fab-u-lous prize!

We’ll also have some bonus prizes over the next 24 days for you to win too, so keep your eyes peeled as it’s beginning to look a lot like a Strictlified Christmas!

Good Luck everyone!

Cassie πŸ™‚

Strictly 2017 – Picture, GIF, Outfit and Caption Of The Week

It’s Tuesday & whilst we mourn there being a whole 4 days until Strictly is back on our screens, we’re reliving our favourite visual moments from the weekend’s show. Yes, it’s time for us to share with you our Picture, GIF, Outfit and Caption of Week 10.

They’re so fab-u-lous, even this fella would give them a 10!

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So, without further ado here they are just for you!

Picture of the week.

We love moments where we can see a celebrity growing in confidence and embracing the sparkles on their Strictly journey. For us, this Saturday, Mollie did just that in her quickstep. Over the past few weeks Mollie’s improvement has been staggering and we predict if she keeps going the way she is, she could even make the final. Here’s one picture which just shows the true Strictly Effect.

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GIF of the Week

On Saturday one dance impressed us so much we were speechless and we’re pretty sure if Mr Vincent Simone was in charge he’d have given it a Standing Ovulation. On a more serious note, when we grow up, we want to be Debbie McGee. This lift and spin in their Argentine Tango just shows how much strength she has.

Outfit of the Week

Every week, the Strictly Costume team pull out all the stops to create so many fab-u-lous outfits which give us true dress envy. I’ve even compiled a list of outfits I’d like to add to my Christmas list. A Royal Wedding may be on the cards, but we think that if we were getting married, we’d want this as our wedding dress. It’s absolutely stunning (although Nadiya would look good in anything- even a bin liner) and so elegant. In case you missed Saturday night’s show here is a picture of Nadiya’s stunning dress again:

Caption of the Week:

Some pictures are just waiting to be captioned. This week’s caption comes from Bethany Backwood on Twitter who gave us this pearl of wisdom:

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And there we have it, your visual treats of the week! We’ll be here tomorrow with our predictions ahead of Musicals Week 2017. We hope to see you then!

Cassie πŸ™‚

Strictly 2017 – Farewell to Susan and Kevin πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ•ΊπŸ»

Each year on Strictly, there is one couple who go on a journey and fill us with joy each time they dance. They may not always be the best dancers technically, but they manage to entertain us with their performances. This year, that couple have been Susan and Kevin.

If you watched the results show tonight, you would have seen Susan and Kevin go head to head in the dance-off with Alexandra and Gorka. They sadly lost the battle 😒.

From the moment these two were paired together we predicted magic on the Strictly dancefloor. Susan’s ability to commit to each dance and capture the essence, the spirit and the character of each dance made her a pure joy to watch. She always looked like she was having the time of her life dancing with her “dance boyfriend” Kevin! We always wanted to dance along with her. Her technical ability in a lot of the dances (including her Quickstep and Jive) impressed us hugely and credit for that has to go to her wonderful teacher Kevin.

We have really loved watching this couple this year and watching Susan become an awesome dancer! For us 3 moments stick out:

1) Their completely brilliant and joyous Quickstep

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2) The Wonder Woman Samba

3) That Game of Thrones Halloween Foxtrot.

We’re pretty sure these videos and GIFs will be around and viral for a very long time!

We think they should be proud to have reached week 10 of the competition as that is an amazing achievement and we really do hope that Susan keeps dancing (not just on the tour but after.) We also can’t wait to see their matching tattoos.

We’re sure these two will remain the best of friends and we want to thank them for bringing us so much joy this series. We will really miss them (no-one more so than Lola the Unicorn, their mascot!)

We’d like this post to become a place for you to leave your messages for them. Comment down below with your messages for Susan and Kevin and we’ll make sure they see them.

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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 πŸ™‚

Strictly 2017 – Bella’s Best Bits – Blackpool Week πŸ‘ΈπŸ»πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ—ΌπŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ‘ΈπŸ»

If there’s one thing my 7 year old Bella loves more than Unicorns and Disney, it’s Strictly. By far, her favourite week of them all, is Blackpool week.

In our house, it is a magical show, where dances come to life and couples surprise us with their skill!

On Saturday night, we sat to watch in our living room (which looked like the Blackpool illuminations – unicorn and glitter ball lights were out in force.) Shortly after the show I asked Bella to tell me her best bits!

Here are her top 3 moments of Saturday night’s show, along with what she thought of all the other performances.

1. Gemma and Aljaz’s American Smooth

This was Gemma’s best dance by far. I liked her outfit and thought she looked like a stick of rock. She looked really comfortable and relaxed in the lifts. I think that’s because she rehearsed in her pyjamas this week. Next week, she needs to wear a unicorn onesie when she’s rehearsing and she’ll get 40/40. Mummy, can we send it to her?

2. Alexandra and Gorka’s Quickstep

These two are normally sassy pants dancers (by sassy pants she means that they have attitude) but this week they were glitter pants dancers. I really liked Gorka’s trousers. My mummy seemed a little distracted and I’m not sure why. This dance was so fast and these two are magical dancers, so much so they look like dancing unicorns when they dance.

3. Susan and Kevin’s Paso Doble

Susan isn’t the best dancer, but she is the person who’s having the most fun and I really liked this dance. Mummy made me watch Strictly Ballroom the other day and this dance was just like the Paso Doble they did at the end. My favourite part of the dance was Susan’s Paso face. I pull the same face when my little sister takes my unicorns away from me!

So those are Bella’s favourite dances of Blackpool Week 2017. Here’s what she thought of the other routines.

Mollie and AJ’s Charleston

I like Little Mix, but for me this wasn’t a real Charleston song. I thought Mollie danced really well and I liked the lifts because they looked really cool.

Davood and Nadiya’s Paso Doble

This dance was really dramatic and I liked it because they looked like they were flying. Mummy was distracted and Daddy was a bit distracted too. I don’t know why but they tell me I’ll understand when I’m older.

Joe and Katya’s Salsa

Their outfits were really bright so I had to wear my sunglasses while they were dancing. Katya looked like a mermaid and they did some really cool lifts. I tried one of them with daddy this morning and it was really hard. Joe looked really happy and I think he may win this series because he’s really good.

Debbie and Giovanni’s Samba

I don’t know who the Spice Girls are, but if they dance like this they must be good. I thought Debbie’s hair looked a little scary, so daddy said she was more like Scary Spice than Ginger Spice. I was sad that they ended up in the dance-off because I thought they were really good. It shows you should vote for your favourites each week.

Jonnie and Oti’s Tango

They looked like they were wearing part of the glitter ball. I thought that Jonnie had a great tango face and did really well with the dance. I think the judges have forgotten that he has not got a proper leg as they seemed really harsh. He was trying his hardest.

Bella on the Group Dances

I liked the Strictly Circus routine best. I hope they do it on the tour because it looked so cool and so much fun.

Bella on the Dance-Off

I was really sad to see Debbie and Giovanni in the dance-off, but was really upset that Jonnie and Oti went home because he is a superhero dancer and was really good. He tried his hardest, but I can’t wait to see him on the tour.

So there you have it. Bella’s thoughts on Blackpool week. Do you agree with her? Comment down below to let us know what you think. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Strictly 2017 – Bella’s Best Bits – Week 8!

Guess who’s back… back again? Bella’s back with her friend (Lola the Unicorn) and ready to reveal her favourite moments from Week 8 of Strictly 2017. She’s fair but honest and could give our judges a run for their money.

Yesterday, on our way back from an audition, I quizzed Bella to ask her her favourite moments of Week 8. Here are her top 3 moments of Week 8 of Strictly, along with her thoughts on the other performances.

1) Mollie and AJ’s Paso Doble

I loved this dance because it was a real sassy pants dance and Mollie gave her all in this dance and looked so good. I don’t think the judges were watching the same dance because it was awesome in my opinion and deserved at least an 8 or a 9! I’m glad Mollie is safely through to Blackpool because I’d have been really upset if she hadn’t got through.

2) Gemma and Aljaz’s Viennese Waltz

This was a real princess dance and Gemma looked beautiful. It was really spinny and I thought she did really well even though her shoe came off. I thought she deserved at least an 8 or a 9 and was angry the judges didn’t give her good scores. She always tries her hardest and Aljaz looks like a prince in this dance.

3) Susan and Kevin’s Tango

Susan is normally happy and I know it’s really hard work to be grumpy and she did really well. I think Craig must have taken her unicorn from her before the show, because I’d have been just as grumpy too. I thought this dance was great! I gave them an 8 as I thought it was so good. Dancing isn’t just about being the best, it’s about trying your hardest and these two always work hard and dance their socks off! I love that.

Bella on the other dances:

Alexandra and Gorka’s Argentine Tango – Their legs look like scissors. That’s so hard to do!

Davood and Nadiya’s Charleston – They had fun but I’m not sure about her dress. I wouldn’t wear it to the market.

Debbie and Giovanni’s Salsa – This dance was really spinny. I want to dance like that when I’m older. I think she went in a washing machine to practise.

Joe and Katya’s Rumba – Mummy normally won’t let me watch the Rumba, but I watched this one and it’s one of the most beautiful dances I’ve ever seen. I thought Katya looked like a bird in her dress, when she shouldn’t really look like a bird, she should look like a girl.

Jonnie and Oti’s Foxtrot – She was Belle! He wasn’t the beast because he danced a lot better than the beast. I thought this dance was really beautiful and they danced in Paris too which is the prettiest city in the world. I was sad he was in the dance-off but he danced a lot better the second time around.

Ruth and Anton’s Foxtrot – First the judges said she looked like a horse, then a swimmer but she’s supposed to be a fox. I think she needed magical unicorn shoes to help her dance as she kept making mistakes. It was a shame that she had to go home, but maybe Anton will win the glitterball next year!

Bella on the judges – The judges were really mean on Saturday night and I didn’t like it. I think someone must have stolen their strictly snacks before the show. I wish they were friendlier because it’s not nice being mean when people are learning something.

Bella on the result – It’s sad when someone goes home so close to Blackpool. I wish they let everyone stay until Blackpool then made people go home every week after that.

So there you have it, Bella’s best bits for week 8. Do you agree with her choices? Tell us what your best bits were by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie πŸ™‚