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Strictly Support Group – Strictly Olympics – Diving Results

Yesterday you made a splash with your wonderful votes in our Stricty Olympics Diving competition!

Thank you all for your votes. We can now reveal the results in a beautiful picture form

Congratulations to our Bronze Medallists – Anita and Gleb – Go team Glita!

Congratulations to our Silver Medallists – Harry and Aliona!

And finally Congratulations to our Gold Medallists – Jay and Aliona. Not only does Aliona get two medals but this leaves Jay and Aliona at the top of our medals table with 4 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 2 bronze medals. If Team Jaliona were competing in Rio, they would be currently ahead of Spain in the medals table! Wowsers.

Our next Olympic Competition is the Synchronised Swimming! Join us tomorrow to suggest who you want to compete in this competition.

Cassie πŸ™‚ 


Strictly Support Group – Strictly Olympics – Archery Results 🏹

Over the past 24 hours, you have been voting in your many thousands for our Strictly Olympics Archery champion!

We were looking for the couples and dances that best summed up this statement:

Your votes have now been counted, checked and we can now reveal that the medal winners are as follows Aliona and Jay! They won all three medals! Now that has to be a record, making them Simply the Best!

Congratulations to Jay & Aliona! 

We’ll be back tomorrow to start our Olympic Football championship!

Watch this space to find out more.

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

πŸ€ Your St. Patrick’s Day Strictly Fixes! πŸ€

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, so we wish all our Irish followers a great day and hope you enjoy celebrating. Now, we wouldn’t be the Strictly Support Group if we didn’t treat you to a daily dose of something strictlified! Today, we’re treating you lovely folk to two dances, both with an Irish flavour.

Our First Strictly fix was our Tango Tuesday fix, from Nicky Byrne and Karen Hauer. We watched their phenomenal Argentine Tango. When we first saw it, it sent shivers up our spine and gave us goosebumps. It was so good and in our eyes deserved 4 10s!


St. Patrick’s Day wouldn’t be complete without some good old-fashioned Irish Dancing, so for a second (yes we showed you two dances) Strictly Fix, we showed you this fab-u-lous routine from our Strictly Pros and the wonderful Riverdance crew. It was truly amazing, not only because Tristan was in it, and has to be watched. 


We hope you enjoyed watching both our Strictly Fixes today. We’d love to hear what you thought of them. Tweet us @scd_support or comment in the box below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Don’t forget! Lucky the Leprechaun will be on twitter from 7.30pm tonight for our St Patrick’s Day chat. We hope you can join us then!

Cassie πŸ™‚

The People’s Strictly – Show 1 Recap. Warning: You may need tissues! 😒

There is normally a glittery hole in our TV schedules lasting around nine months, from just after Christmas until September, so as soon as we heard The People’s Strictly was going to be on our screens and filling a whole 4 weeks of this glittery hole, we did everything humanly possible to ensure we didn’t miss it! 

Last night, we all sat down with our Strictly Snacks to watch this inspirational and wonderful programme. We instantly regretted not buying tissues while we did the Supermarket Shimmy, but have put these on our list for next week. Not even 10 minutes into the show and this happened:


We met the first 3 of our everyday heroes as they found out they were going to be on the show and took their very first steps.

We met the lovely and truly inspirational Heather Parsons, who has dedicated her life to making sure that families of those in intensive care are looked after. We also met the heroic Cassidy Little, who as an ex-Royal Marine, is a true hero in his own right. We also met the wonderful Michael Pattie who himself has proven that Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but about learning to dance in the rain, having become the most active and succesful fundraiser for Meningitis Research Foundation in Scotland.

Heather and Ian – Team Heatherwaite


Michael and Aliona – Team Alipattie
Natalie and Cassidy – Team Natalie Cassidy

ο»Ώο»ΏWe heard their background stories, which truly moved us to tears (and made us regret not having a sparkly tissue box.) We also saw them being truly surprised and learning they were going to be on The People’s Strictly. Heather was surprised with a Supermarket Shimmy from Joanne Clifton, Russell Grant and lots of fantastic dancers. We like to think this is what shopping trips are like on Planet Strictly.  We saw Cassidy being surprised by the Royal Marines Band, Brendan Cole, Kimberley Walsh and lots of dancers in Portsmouth, and we saw Michael being surprised by the lovely Alison Hammond and Anton Du Beke, in operation Secret Santa at a Christmas lights switch on.

We also saw our couples meet their professional partners and take their first steps in the ballroom. Heather went to Vienna to learn the Viennese Waltz (and met a Kevin from Grimsby look-a-like.) Cassidy went to Madrid to the Spanish National Ballet to learn the Paso Doble (and lots of cape wafting) and Michael got to go to Eastbourne to learn how to tango from the masters of tango, Vincent and Flavia. They all looked naturals in the ballroom, and it goes to show that us fans know just what dances look like. For us, they are all truly winners in their own right and it’s going to be extremely hard to choose the overall winner.

We feel this quote sums up the spirit of the show perfectly:


We asked you wonderful people what you thought of the show. Here is your reaction:







We have to agree, it is a truly wonderful, fabulous show and even if it made our eyes leak, we’re going to keep watching and following each of the couples. If you, like us, are a little sensitive, here’s a hug from us.

What did you think of the show? Let us know, either by commenting in the post below or tweeting @scd_support, we look forward to hearing from you. We’ll be back next Wednesday from 9pm to see our remaining 3 heroes, Anna, Trishna and Phil, take their first steps in the ballroom. We hope you can join us then.

Cassie πŸ™‚



Throwback Thursday – This is how to dance a Tango!

For today’s Throwback Thursday, we’re watching Series 9 (2011) champion Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani take to the floor with a thrilling Argentine Tango.

They danced to a song called Asi se baila el tango (meaning This is how to dance the tango in Spanish) and this routine was a true masterclass in Argentine Tango. It was full of passion, tension and aggression and flowed across the floor seamlessly.

We loved Aliona’s dress and the choreography was fab-u-lous. The whole dance was slick, sharp and superb. Harry looked like a real professional and performed the role of a Gaucho perfectly.

It’s one of our favourite dances and we hope you’ll like it too. Here are Harry and Aliona with their wonderful Argentine Tango:

We’d love to hear what you thought of it. Tweet @scd_support or comment below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie πŸ™‚

Throwback Thursday – There ain’t no mountain high enough for this dance.

It’s International Mountain Day (no, we’re not making it up, it really exists) today. We’re unsure if there are mountains on Strictly, but are pretty sure if there were they’d be snowcapped and covered in glitter and sequins.

We’ve trawled the Strictly archives, and found this amazing dance from 2010. It was this couple’s first dance, and they proved that there ain’t no mountain high enough by setting the standard for Series 8 of the competition.

Today we’re watching Matt Baker and Aliona Vilani’s Cha-Cha to “ain’t no mountain high enough.” There are moments on Strictly that truly surprise us, and this was one of them. Matt came out of his shell on the first live show and really performed (even throwing in a cartwheel.) We loved the staging and the choreography. They proved their wouldn’t be a mountain too high for them going all the way to the final. The dancing and music were great and this couple showed they were true contenders.

Here, just for you are Aliona and Matt with their Cha-Cha-Cha. We hope you enjoy it:

We’d love to hear what you thought of that dance. Tweet us @scd_support or comment in the box below. If you’re on facebook, you can like and comment on our Facebook page “Strictly Support Group.” We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie πŸ™‚

Spooky Saturday – Our Top 10 Halloween Routines

This weekend, we’ve ditched the Samba and Salsa and turned it into *clenches teeth and grabs hold of teddy bear in fear* Spooky Saturday! In honour of Strictly’s Halloween special, we’ve dedicated a post to revealing our top 10 Halloween inspired dances.

10. Thriller Group Routine (2012)

No Halloween list would be complete without the obligatory Thriller performance! We love group routines and this one is one of our favourites (partly because we could dance along at home!) The pros and celebrities all looked fierce and we’d have been terrified if we’d saw them on Halloween!

9. Hairy Biker Dave and Karen’s Jive (2013)

Although he wasn’t technically the best dancer, this is a truly memorable routine in my household. My 4 year old loved it, as (in her words) “Dave looked like a Panda!” 🐼 Karen choreographed this to play to Dave’s strengths and his performance was brilliant. He truly did the Monster Mash and it was not just a Graveyard Smash, but a smash with the viewing public at home!

8. Holly and Artem’s American Smooth (2011)

This wasn’t very Halloween themed, but Artem’s balletic choreography was unique and fitted in perfectly with the Swan Lake theme. It was a truly memorable routine which we loved and it’ll certainly go down in history as one of our favourite ever Halloween routines.

7. Kimberley and Pasha’s Pasha Doble (2012)

As you know from last week, we love a good Pasha Doble! The red riding hood concept behind this dance was brilliant, and Pasha definitely made an adorable wolf! The choreography was challenging and Kimberley performed it brilliantly. It was powerful, passionate and perfect for the Halloween show.

6. Time Warp Routine (2013)

Let’s just embrace the madness that is Halloween for a moment and pay tribute to this fantastic dance! It was completely crazy, but Strictly does crazy in such a way it is brilliant and we love it. Combining all our celebrities, pro dancers and judges on the floor at the same time was a brilliant idea. The choreography once again could be followed along at home making us feel part of the show and extra special! What more could you ask for on a Saturday?

5. Susanna and Kevin’s Charleston (2013)

Kevin as a werewolf was worth paying the TV licence alone! Enough said. On a more serious note, this dance was pure brilliance. Kevin’s choreography was challenging and Susanna performed it amazingly. Even though she managed to get away with not wearing a Halloween disguise we loved it. It was so expressive, so much fun and pure exuberance which only Strictly can do.

4. Strictly Professionals Routine to Toxic (2012)

Imagine being transported to a Halloween Masquerade Ball and this is what you get, a powerful dance with amazing costumes! We love a good bit of Britney, so whoever choreographed this dance gets extra brownie points from us! We loved it and it features all our favourite professional dancers!

3. Harry and Aliona’s Tango (2011)

What do you get when you give a drummer a pair of fangs and some amazing choreography? A vampire tango! We loved this dance and Aliona’s choreography played to Harry’s strengths. The dance was rhythmical, sharp and expertly performed. We loved the maskography and for us it’s in our top 3 routines.

2. Patrick and Anya’s Quickstep (2013)

Being in the dance-off brought this celebrity to life and his Halloween quickstep opened up last year’s show with a bang. Anya’s choreography was intense and Patrick danced the steps perfectly. For us, it was our favourite dance of last year’s Halloween show, followed closely by the werewolf Charleston.

1. Louis and Flavia’s Zombie Tango (2012)

For us nothing says Halloween better than this dance. A graveyard Tango full of delights. Flavia choreographed an impressive Tango routine which Louis performed perfectly (whilst being a zombie!) The dance had plenty of attack and we loved it. It is our all-time favourite Halloween performance!

Now you’ve heard our top ten, we’d love to hear what your favourite routines are. Comment below or tweet us @scd_support. We look forward to hearing from you!

Cassie πŸ™‚

A little dedication to @greggawallace and @alionavilani

Last weekend, Gregg and Aliona’s Glitterball dreams crumbled like a pastry crust when they became the first couple to leave our ballroom. There were lots of tears in our house (mainly from my 4 year old, concerned who’d bake cakes on the show!) but we thought it’d be nice to ask you to send us some messages so we could dedicate a post to them on our blog.

Here are some of your thoughts:




We will miss seeing them dance on the show but want to thank them both for entertaining us.


Cassie 😊

Strictly 2014 – Results Show Recap – It’s “E” word time

All week long in my house we’ve been avoiding mentioning the “E” word as we hate saying goodbye. The standard this year on Strictly is so high and we love everyone in the class of 2014 that Sundays are going to get very emosh! We prepared ourselves with an extra box of tissues, some Haribo Minions as Strictly snacks and a nice Cuppa. With that we sat down ready to watch the very first Results Show.

We saw couples saved one by one. Our favourite safety reactions have to be from Kevin Clifton, Natalie Lowe and Anton Du Beke along with Alison Hammond, Ola Jordan and Joanne Clifton (who looked confused more than anything to have got through!)

We know there’s only one way to decide the best safety reaction and that’s with a poll. Alison Hammond’s yelping made our labrador extremely excited and Natalie Lowe’s joy was our favourite reaction ever. Joanne’s confusion and seeking of reassurance from Scott made us want to give both of them a huge hug. Just vote below to choose your favourite reaction of the night:

With 13 couples safe, it was revealed that Jennifer Gibney and Tristan Macmanus along with Gregg Wallace and Aliona Vilani were in the dance off. Someone at Strictly HQ must have been busy baking cakes, as a whole new sponge cake materialised. Both couples really improved their performance, and it seemed from tweets on our timeline lots of you thought that neither of these couples deserved to be in the dance off:

Do you think the correct couples were in the dance off? Vote in the poll below to let us know:

In the end, Gregg’s glitterball dreams crumbled and he was eliminated from the competition. He was gracious in defeat and thanked Aliona for her patience. Gregg, you may have only been in the competition for 2 weeks, but you cooked up a storm on the dancefloor and will not be forgotten! We’re making a little something for Gregg and Aliona as we will for all our couples who are eliminated from the show. To take part and leave your message, click
here before Thursday. We’ll make sure they see it too.

We also saw an amazing Frozen routine from our professional dancers. My 4 year old has decided that Joanne from Grimsby is actually Princess Anna from Arundelle. She’s also decided that Natalie Lowe, Kristina Rihanoff and Ola Jordan are Princess Elsa. Once again the Strictly production team choreographers, band and singers, costume designers, professional dancers and creative team excelled themselves. Just as we thought our professional routines couldn’t get any better, they do! Can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeves for Movie Week next week.

Lens Lens was back with a Tango Face off between Scott Mills and Caroline Flack. We think Scott deserved to win for cuteness, but for sheer drama Caroline wins.


The quote of the night came from Claudia, who when quizzing Judy Murray about how she felt being safe and not in the dance off said “Describing Anton as a wooden racket is not a nice way to describe your dance partner!”

Thank you to all who took part tonight in our chat. We’d love to hear what you thought if you didn’t get the chance to take part. Do you think the right couples were in the dance off? Who do you think had the best safety reaction and tango face of the night? What was your favourite quote of the evening and what dance would you like to see our couples perform on Movie Week next week? Tweet us @scd_support or comment in the box below. We look forward to hearing from you.

That ends our results show recap. We’re taking a few days off to spend some time relaxing at a spa. We’ll be back on Wednesday but in the meantime, @strictlylucy2 will be hosting It Takes Two chats on our Twitter feed @scd_support.

Cassie πŸ™‚

Salsa Saturday – A Dance That the Andrex Puppy would be proud of! 🐢

I’m back from the U S of A and am recovering from Jet Lag making the most of the gorgeous sunshine today spending time with my lovely family.

For me, nothing sums up summer better than a gorgeous Salsa. We have to thank the wonderful show that is Strictly for giving us that summer vibe in Winter treating us to this Cuban delight and ray of sunshine when it’s dreary.

When my 4 year old first saw this dance she referred to it as the “andrex puppy dance!” She was referring to the part in the middle where the professional’s dress unravelled to reveal a bikini! We’re watching Harry and Aliona’s superhot Salsa. We’re not sure if the andrex puppy can dance (after all he does have 2 left paws!) but we’re pretty sure if he could, he’d incorporate this into his routine somehow. 🐢

Although the music wasn’t traditional Salsa music and would have better suited a Jive or Quickstep, we felt this dance was beautifully choreographed and really played to Harry’s strengths. His unbuttoned shirt definitely earned him a few more votes in our household! 😍 The lifts and tricks were great and really added to the flavour of the dance. It was like a Cuban Carnival full of spice and sizzle had hit Wembley Arena. We loved it and hope you will too. Here it is, just for you Harry and Aliona’s sumptuous, superhot salsa (arriba!)

We’d love to hear what you thought of this dance. Tweet us @scd_support or comment in the box below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Don’t forget! Tonight at 6.30pm, I’ll be hosting a Carpe Diem day chat on twitter. Follow us @scd_support to join in the fun!

Cassie 😊