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The Ultimate Strictly Challenge -💃🏻🏆💃🏻 Let Jives and Tangos Battle it out!

So last week, we launched the Ultimate Strictly Challenge to help us decide the best Perfect Scoring dance in the history of Strictly!

Week one’s categories were The Waltz and the Cha Cha Cha. It saw Lisa and Brendan and Caroline and Pasha battle it out for the crown of Cha Cha Cha Champion and Matt and Flavia and Abbey and Aljaz battle it out for the crown of Waltz winners.

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Thank you all for your votes. They have been checked, counted and verified and we can now reveal that the couples winning their places in the Ultimate Strictly Challenge final are *drumroll and does a samba to create suspense*  are Lisa and Brendan Representing the Cha Cha Cha and Abbey and Aljaz representing the waltz. Well done to both couples. We’ll see you in the final.

Now we can move onto decide week two’s categories! This week we have chosen to let Tangos and Jives battle it out against one another! All you need to do is watch these four videos then vote for your favourite from each dance style in the polls below! You can vote in each poll once a day up until next Sunday at 6pm when the vote will be frozen once again.

Keep voting and Keep dancing people! All your favourites need your votes.

Cassie 🙂



Smooth Sunday – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Just 18 sleeps until Christmas, so for today’s Smooth Sunday, we’re watching the winners of Strictly’s Christmas Special 2008, Jill and Darren with their fabulous American Smooth.

For us, this dance symbolised everything Christmas was about. It was truly magical and full of our favourite things. It had sparkly, sequins, gorgeous choreography, glide and lifts.

It was a true Christmas surprise and made us smile. We hope it does the same to you too. Here are Jill and Darren with their gorgeous American Smooth:

We hope you enjoyed watching that dance. Tweet us @scd_support or comment below.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie 🙂

Throwback Thursday – A Jive “Still Standing” Tall After Nearly 10 Years!

For today’s Throwback Thursday, we’re watching a Jive from the archives. We can hardly believe that this dance (which became the first dance to score a perfect 40/40) was performed nearly 10 years ago!

We’re showing you our favourite Blackpool performances this week, and no list would be complete without the incredible Jive from Jill and Darren.

Not only was she wearing pink (one of our favourite colours) but the choreography was tricky and they bounced around the Blackpool floor like little Easter bunnies! It was fast, fun and fab-u-lous! They made it look really easy and, like the judges, we just sat down and enjoyed the performance at home.

We really love this dance and it sparked our interest in learning Ballroom and Latin. With it being nearly 10 years since they performed it, it seemed the perfect tribute for Throwback Thursday. Here are Jill and Darren with their final Jive:

We’d love to hear what you thought of that dance. Tweet us @scd_support, comment in the box below or like, share or comment on our new Facebook page. You can find us by typing Strictly Support Group in the search bar.

Just one more dance to reveal tomorrow, then we’ll pop a poll on here so we can decide your favourite Blackpool performance. The winner will be revealed on Sunday’s results show.

Have a great afternoon!

Cassie 😘

Wednesday’s Weekly Warm-Up – We’re Still Standing!

Bruising your kidney is not much fun, however we’re still standing and determined to cure your (and our) hump day blues through the medium of dance!

For today’s Wednesday Warm-Up, we’re preparing you for this weekend’s fun with the fabulous Jill Halfpenny and Darren Bennett’s Jive, which became the first ever dance on Strictly to achieve a perfect 40 (wowsers!)

It has been the benchmark for all Jives since, and is one of our favourites (our personal favourite is green and features a certain Mr Kovalev dressed up as an Ogre.) We were speechless watching Jill and Darren Jive. It was one of those magical moments when Music, Dance and Performance came together to make sheer perfection. It was also very hard to tell Jill was a celebrity rather than a professional.

We loved it, and hope you do too. Here it is for you to enjoy once more, Jill and Darren’s Jive:

As always, we want to hear what you think of that dance. Tweet @scd_support or comment below to let us know.

Cassie 🙂