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Strictly 2016 – The Semi-Final – A performance review!

Tonight the fantastically, fab-u-lois final four couples took to the Strictly Ballroom floor for the Strictly Semi-Final. We were treated to two dances from each couple and they all did spectacularly in our opinion! Here’s what we thought in our own words:

CzV41ONWgAALHon.jpgFirst to take to the Strictly floor tonight were Louise and Kevin who performed a Tango in the first round and a Samba in the second round.

Their Tango was set in a Glitterball Factory (where my little girl wants to work as a Saturday job when she’s old enough) and was full of energy, aggression and so so speedy. There was a bit of a moment during one of the turns but she recovered quickly and overall we thought it was an incredible performance to start the night off. We loved it and thought they deserved a 9. The judges awarded them 37/40!

Their Samba was inspired by the Rio Carnival and was full of party spirit. Kevin always dances with so much energy and Louise did so well keeping up with him. Her confidence has grown in bucketloads and this dance showed that. It was packed full of Samba content and we loved the feel of the dance. We thought she deserved a 10. The judges gave them 37/40.

Danny and Oti were second to dance tonight. Their first dance was a sensational and saucy Salsa. They then followed this with an amazing American Smooth in the second round.

Their Salsa was super cool, laid back and reminded us of one of those Salsa clubs. Although it was laid back it was incredibly precise and technically excellent. Oti gave Danny some challenging choreography and lifts. He was perfectly matched to Oti and the whole dance was just brilliant. This year Oti’s choreography has been excellent and has excited us week after week. In our opinion they deserved a 10, the judges gave them 37.

Their American Smooth was (to quote my 6 year old) the most beautiful Strictly dance ever. It was romantic and so sophisticated. Fred and Ginger would be exceptionally proud of this awesome couple. There were some innovative lifts and moves in a dance that was essentially a Viennese Waltz which made it even more beautiful to watch. It was a dance that moved us to tears (not that it takes much to do that anyway!) We thought they deserved a perfect 40, but some judges were feeling less than generous (no names mentioned) and awarded them 39/40.

Third to take to the floor were Claudia and AJ. They were performing a Rumba followed by a Quickstep.

Their Rumba was romantic but innocent and pure and had some beautiful moves. It was a Rumba I felt happy letting my 6 year old watch. It was beautiful and gave us goosebumps. Claudia always executes choreography with precision. The judges criticised her for a lack of passion, but we disagreed and thought it was near-perfect. in our opinion she deserved a 9. The judges awarded her 35/40.

Their Quickstep was light, bright and super fast. Claudia performed her best dance yet and really connected with the performance. For the first time my 6 year old was deadly silent and mesmerised by their performance. It was a dance that truly deserved to be in the final. In our opinion she deserved a 10. The judges awarded them 38/40 – their highest score (including a 10 from Len.)

The last couple to dance tonight were Ore and Joanne. They performed a Quickstep followed by an Argentine Tango in the second round.

Their Quickstep rocked our socks and was truly brilliant. Joanne gave Ore some challenging choreography which he mastered. We loved the feel of the whole dance thinking they should get a 10. The judges awarded them 38/40 (including an 8 from Craig – not sure what planet he was on tonight!)

Their Argentine Tango was exquisite and full of passion. Ore connected with Joanne brilliantly and they were glued together like superglue! We loved the feel of the dance and it gave us goosebumps for the second time in one night. We loved it and awarded them a 10. The judges gave them 39/40!

So that ended tonight’s show. It was possibly the most closely fought semi-final ever. We’d love to save all 4 couples as they all deserve to be in the final, and to quote my 6 year old earlier “I think they are all winners!”

We’d love to hear who were your favourites tonight. Simply tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

We’ll be back tomorrow night from 7pm tweeting along with the live results show. We hope to see you then.

Cassie 🙂

Strictly 2016 – It’s Musicals Week *Jazz Hands* – A Performance Review! 💃🏻🐱💃🏻

Tonight, whilst myself and Bella spent the evening at the Jingle Bell Ball, we left twitter in the capable paws of Cinnamon, our cat! Cinnamon is a huge Strictly fan and regularly sits down to watch the show with us. With the help of one of her other humans, tonight she tweeted along with the Musicals Week special. She thought the show was meowgnificent and purrfectly pawsome! Thank you Cinnamon (you deserve lots of treats for your efforts tonight)

We had the chance to watch the performances back on our way home. Here’s what we thought of each of the dances:

The Opening Routine – We’ve always wondered what a Strictly the Musical would be like, and tonight we got a glimpse. It was a mix of every single musical we’ve ever watched, and featured Anton singing, yes he can sing and can dance! It was just like Strictly and had something for everyone. We loved the work and effort the costume team must have gone to, especially seeing Karen Clifton’s incredible Cats-inspired transformation!

Ore and Joanne’s Foxtrot – Despite being taken over by some large dancing flowers, this routine was a proper and traditional Foxtrot. It was beautifully choreographed and even more beautifully danced and truly sweet like chocolate. Ore’s portrayal through dance of Willy Wonka was brilliant. We know that it was a dream of his to perform to this musical and it showed with every step he took! The flowers did get in the way a bit for us, but they coped brilliantly with this. In our opinion they should have got a 10, the judges awarded him 36/40.

Judge Rinder and Oksana’s Samba – Oh what a Samba! It was Jersey Boy’s inspired and if there’s one thing that the Judge does, is come out and dance like his life depended on it. He always looks like he’s having fun and is a pleasure to watch. Technically it wasn’t perfect, but he entertained and gave his all, which we loved! Part of Samba is the spirit of carnival, and he captured this perfectly. It was his party and we wanted to join in with him on the dance floor. We thought he deserved an 8, the judges awarded him 31/40

Louise and Kevin’s Quickstep – Cowboy Clifton and Calamity Jane were truly brilliant in this dance. We loved the western style and all the Cowboy and hoedown accents. The music was a little slow for a quickstep, but Louise’s footwork was impeccable, the choreography was brilliant and overall we felt it was her best performance. Louise committed to the character and did an incredible job! It was perfect! Yeehaw! We thought she deserved a 10, the judges awarded them 37/40.

Claudia and AJ’s Salsa – These two are truly adorable human beings and looked like the cutest lion cubs we’ve ever seen on Strictly. The choreography was challenging and Claudia’s lifts (as always) were impeccable. Claudia looked like one of the professionals dancing along with the backing dancers and she gave her all and really performed to the best of her ability. We were so pleased that she earned her first 10s of the competition. The roarsome performance for us scored a purrfect 10 too!

Danny and Oti’s Tango – Possibly the fastest Ballroom tango we’ve ever seen on Strictly! Danny coped marvellously well with the choreography and speed as they were both challenging. It was a dreamy routine and Oti looked incredible as always. We loved the theme and concept (and his jacket – we want to borrow it if Danny will let us!) and thought he deserved a 10 too! The judges awarded him 38/40!

So that left Danny in 1st Place (our male lead), Claudia and Louise tied in 2nd Place (our leading ladies) with Ore in 4th position and Judge in 5th place!

The phenomenal Strictly professional dancers then treated us to a West Side Story inspired routine which was not just worthy of an olivier award but worthy of a place on the West End Stage too! Jason Gilkison really is a choreography god, the whole dance and routine were truly uh-may-zing!

Overall, we’d award tonight’s Musicals show as the best Musicals show ever, and would definitely give the Strictly team a 5 * (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) review! If you ever meet anyone who’s never watched Strictly, they really have to watch tonight’s show; it was the best live show ever!

What did you think of tonight’s show? We’d love to hear from you. You can tweet @scd_support or comment below to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie 🙂 

Strictly 2016 – 💃🏻 Week 10 Performance Review! 💃🏻

Strictly always amazes us week after week and tonight was no exception! It was a night of firsts with the very first Cha Cha Challenge and the first perfect score (ever!) for a Samba! It was a truly brilliant night of performances and exquisite choreography from the Strictly Professionals who really upped the game and gave their celebrities challenging choreography. Here’s what we thought of each performance, dance by dance:

Danny and Oti’s Samba

First to take to the floor this week were Danny and Oti. They were performing a “tribal and jungle” style samba. When we heard the words jungle our eyes lit up and we could not wait to see what magic Oti had choreographed. We love Oti’s creativity and this dance was testament to her impressive choreography skills. Danny has impressed us week after week and this dance proved his impressive skill, it looked good enough to be one of the professional routines we see on Sunday’s results show. We loved it and were so pleased when they were awarded 40/40 (not least because it meant we didn’t have to roar like this at Craig!)

Ore and Joanne’s Paso Doble

The two happiest and sweetest people on Planet Strictly tonight had the task of performing a Paso Doble. We loved Joanne’s choreography and it was really good to see an agressive performance from the pair of them. We have a feeling they may have had a falling out over a game of air hockey, given the setting of their dance. The choreography was innovative, and just like her brother, Joanne produced a beautiful Paso Doble. Ore performed the dance brilliantly, and we had hoped it would also get four tens. The judges were feeling less generous, awarding him a total of 36/40. It also led us to ask you this question:


Louise and Kevin’s Waltz

We love a bit of Buble, and Kevin from Grimsby choreography with Buble combined is true magic. Yes, we’ll admit it, we did blub like babies watching their waltz. It was truly beautiful and very fitting to the music. If you didn’t cry there was something seriously wrong with you! The pair of them shone like stars on the Strictly dance floor and it made us feel all warm and fluffy inside. We thought it deserved a 10, the judges awarded them 39/40! (Craig obviously didn’t feel the same way as us!)

Judge Rinder and Oksana’s Rumba

We learnt that this was a tribute to Oksana as a teacher, more than a romantic rumba. We love the Judge and his partnership with Oksana. This dance was an adorable and heartfelt Rumba. The storytelling was very emotional and moved us. The song was far too slow for a Rumba, but Oksana gave the judge some beautiful choreography which he danced very well. In our opinion he deserved an 8, the judges awarded him 29/40.

Ed and Katya’s Tango

The anticipation of watching this couple week after week is the stuff of legend! It’s something we look forward to. Ed embodies all that is brilliant about Strictly. Yes, he’s not the best dancer, but he knows how to perform and entertain. He was channeling Zoolander in this dance and it was a lot of fun to watch. It may not have made Mr Grumpy (Craig) smile, but it did make us smile. We thought it deserved a 7. The judges awarded him 23/40.

Claudia and AJ’s Argentine Tango

We love Argentine Tangos and this specimen was no exception to the rule. The choreography was sharp, and had the perfect balance of tricks and steps. Together they smouldered on the floor and the lifts were truly exquisite! We even picked one as our Strictly GIF of the week, it was that good:

A slightly longer than normal #strictly GIF of the week, but this one was truly uh-may-zing! Great work @claudiafrag @aj11ace.

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We really felt the dance was worthy of tens, but the judges disagreed and awarded her 36/40!

Cha Cha Challenge

Yes, in past years the couples have heard, rehearsed and practised their steps for the swingathon, waltzathon, quickstepathon etc. This year we learnt that the rules had changed in so far as they had not heard the music before. It was just like a latin competition! We saw impressive steps from Claudia, Ore, Danny and Louise and some interesting steps from Ed!

The judges chose this as the order:

6th – Ed

5th – Judge Rinder

4th – Claudia

3rd – Ore

2nd – Danny

1st – Louise

This then left Danny and Louise tied in 1st place, with Ore in 3rd place, Claudia in 4th, Judge Rinder in 5th and Ed in 6th!

My little girl did make me smile when she declared “Ed and Katya didn’t come last mummy, they came 6th (which is better than last!”

And that ended tonight’s show. We’d love to hear who your favourites were tonight. Just vote in this poll below:

We’ll be back tomorrow night from 7pm, tweeting along with the live results show. We hope to see you then.

Cassie 🙂 

Strictly 2016 – Week 8 Performance Review by Bella (aged 6 1/2) 👸🏻

Tonight, I bravely let my little Strictly Superfan take over our twitter feed and give her verdict on Week 8 of Strictly 2016. If there’s one thing she loves to talk about, it’s Strictly. She’s as funny as Claudia, more honest than Craig Revel Horwood and tonight she put on her sparkly Strictly dress to tweet along with the live show! Here is what she thought about the show and each of the performances.


Tonight was a really magical Strictly show. It was more magical than my unicorn Samba and I loved it! I’m not sure if the judges really know how to dance yet, because they’re not very good when they enter and I think they only deserve a 6!

Tonight I really loved all the outfits, especially Louise, Oksana, Claudia and Natalie who all looked like princesses in their outfits. They were beautiful.

The show started with Daisy and Aljaz’s Salsa. I’ve always liked Daisy because she said she bathed in glitter when the show first started. I really liked this dance too. It looked a lot of fun and they had really bright clothes on too. I started dancing along at home.

I wasn’t happy when Bruno said that he wanted to see the dance again, because I don’t want Daisy to be in the dance-off. I voted lots for her, so I hope she’s safe. I gave her a 9, the judges gave her 31/40 (my mummy’s age!)

Next up were Greg and Natalie who were performing a Paso Doble. In the Paso Doble, you’re supposed to be really grumpy, so I was surprised they didn’t invite Craig Revel Horwood to their training session. The dance was powerful and very very dramatic. It had lots of turns and twisty bits! I really loved it. My mummy went really quiet but I gave her a cuddle and some tissues and she was fine. I gave them a 10! The judges gave him 31/40 too *stomps off angry at their scores.*

Judge Rinder and Oksana then danced a beautiful Foxtrot. I really like Judge Rinder, he seems really sweet and I think I’d like to dance with him because he has a lot of fun. This dance was really lovely too. I thought it was more magical than my unicorn! I thought they deserved a 10. The judges gave them 33/40. I like Judge Rinder lots because he answers Craig back when Craig is being horrible!

Ore and Joanne were next with their Rumba. Mummy doesn’t normally let me watch Rumbas but she let me watch this one. We found out that Ore was having problem sstroking Joanne’s face. He needs to pretend she’s a cuddly toy, then he won’t struggle. They danced to a song called Ordinary People, but I thought they were extraordinary. Their dance was more awesome than a pack of Oreos. Mummy cries just as much as Ore and got a bit teary eyed. I think Santa should bring them a box of tissues for Christmas. I gave them a 10, the judges gave them 35/40!

Next up to dance were Ed and Katya who performed a Salsa to Gangnam Style. It was a lot of fun and made me smile a lot. He did the lifts really well and the horsey bits! I was very quiet but I did say “Oh My Glitterballs, Team Glitterballs!” I was a bit unhappy that Craig gave him a 4 as I thought it deserved a 7. I’d like to see Craig do a Gangnam Style dance-off with Ed next week, as I think that’d be a lot of fun. The judges awarded him 25/40!

Claudia and AJ then performed the most beautiful Viennese Waltz ever. She looked like a princess out of Frozen, AJ was her prince and they twirled around and round the floor. It was really magical (and it made my mummy cry, again!) and I loved it. I really wanted her to get a 10, but the judges were feeling mean and only gave her 36/40!

The penultimate couple (mummy taught me that word) to dance were Danny and Oti. They were performing an Argentine Tango. They were really really fast and the dance was truly fab-u-lous! I think they must have eaten their greens before they danced their tango because it was a real Mango of a Tango! I gave them a 10. The judges gave them 38/40.

The final couple to perform were Louise and Kevin. They were dancing an American Smooth to a song called Hey Big Blender! It had a lot of feathers in it. I was worried Louise might fly away at first, but the dance was very glitzy and sparkly and glamourous! It was truly fab-u-lous and I loved it. I gave them a 10. The judges gave them 37/40.

Overall I think tonight was the best Strictly show ever. I don’t think anyone should go home tonight and they should all go to Blackpool. I even wrote Strictly a letter last week:

Who were your favourites tonight? Tell me by commenting below or tweeting @scd_support. 

I’ll be back on Sunday from 7pm (it’ll be past my bedtime but don’t worry, I’ll have a nap in the afternoon) tweeting along with the results show. I hope to see you then.

Lots of love and unicorn cuddles from 

Princess Bella of Unicorn Castle!

Strictly 2016 – Week 7 Performance Review!

Bonfire Night always promises to be full of surprises and spectacular displays and tonight’s Strictly did not disappoint. It had more twirls and spins than a Catherine Wheel and left us beaming with delight. My little girl declared it her favourite Strictly show ever! Here’s what we thought of the performances tonight!

The show kicked off with Danny and Oti performing a fast and furious Jive. Danny did look like a smart Danny Zuko and lead us to search our cupboards for our pink ladies jacket. My little girl commented that Oti looked like a Christmas tree, but the performance got the party started and for us was the best Jive of the series. It was technically and stylistically accurate and was super cool. Week after week Danny and Oti amaze us with their performances. Danny looks like a professional and we love what they bring to the show. They even became our GIF of the week. Please don’t try this at home, you could cause yourself a nasty injury!

We gave it a Strictly 10, the judges gave them 38/40 and their first 10s of the series!

Next up were Daisy and Aljaz who performed a Viennese Waltz. The whole dance was themed around a flower stall and performed to “Daisy Belle” (whoever chose the song for them this week deserves a medal!) It was bloomin’ lovely overall. Aljaz’s choreography was traditional but had some lovely original bits (including them dancing Viennese Waltz whilst pretending to be on a tandem bike! We love watching Daisy in ballroom. Together with Aljaz they ooze style, elegance and class. In our eyes this dance was perfect and deserved a 9.5! The judges gave them 34/40!

We then went on a trip to Cuba with Ore and Joanne who performed a spicy salsa! We were treated to our first quote of the night as Jo told Ore he looked like a cute little jellyfish! The choreography was challenging and Joanne put some risky lifts which goes to show how trusting she is of Ore. The dance had a true party spirit and got us dancing along at home! We thought they deserved a 9, the judges awarded them 34/40!

Next up were Ed and Katya who performed a Quickstep to “Help” by the Beatles. It was time for quote 2 of the night where Ed said he told his family he was off to work every Saturday morning. We love Ed and love how he has truly embraced the Strictly Bug. He tries hard and is improving week after week. We’d really love to see him get to Blackpool. This quickstep was no exception. It was full of great choreography and we loved the whole silent movie characterisation and storytelling in the dance. In our opinion it was worthy of a 7. The judges gave him 27/40.

It lead us to ask this question:

Next up were Laura and Giovanni who were performing a Samba. This had to be the fastest Samba in the history of Strictly ever. Laura coped very well with the choreography that Giovanni gave her. Like Len we would have liked to have seen some Batucadas in the routine but overall it dazzled and shimmered on the dancefloor. In our eyes they deserved an 8, the judges gave them 32/40.

Judge Rinder and Oksana then took to the floor with a Quickstep. Over the weeks we’ve loved Judge Rinder grow as a dancer. He has turned his hand to any dance and is really good. This dance was no exception. It had style, flair and panache and he looked like Fred Astaire up there. The judges criticised his facial expressions, but for us these just show how much joy he gets from dancing (like he said.) We gave him a 9, the judges awarded him 33/40.

Next up were Louise and Kevin with an Argentine Tango. Yes, the first Argentine Tango of Strictly 2016. It did not disappoint and gave us goosebumps. The choreography was challenging and Louise proved that she could do dramatic and passionate as well as happy and smiley! Her progress as a performer and a dancer this series has been incredible. We loved it and gave her a 10. The judges gave them 39/40 (the joint highest score of the series!) 
Our penultimate couple to take to the floor were Greg and Natalie who performed a Viennese Waltz. We learnt Greg had been getting dizzy in training so brought his baby in to training *cute baby alert.* Natalie’s choreography has always been beautiful and this year she is excelling herself. The Viennese Waltz choreography was sublime, the music was beautiful and the dancing was brilliant. The whole dance was beautiful. In our eyes they deserved a 10. The judges awarded them 32/40
Our final couple to take to the floor were Claudia and AJ who were performing a fierce Paso Doble. We never thought a pink costume or a modern song would work with the Paso, but it did and the whole dance was brilliant. We loved the choreography and thought together they were on fire. We thought they deserved a 10. The judges awarded them 33/40!

So that ended a fab-u-lous night of dancing. Everyone was so good, we don’t want to say goodbye to anyone! Who were your favourites tonight? Tell us by voting in the poll below.

We’ll be back tomorrow night from 7pm tweeting along with the Strictly results show. We hope to see you then.

Cassie 🙂 

Strictly 2016 – A Halloween Week Performance Review! 🎃💃🏻👻💃🏻🎃

Yes tonight we swapped our Glitterballs for our Pumpkin lights and sat down to watch the spooktacular Strictly Halloween show!

We LOVE Halloween. It’s the show where Strictly adds even more glitter than is humanly possible. The make-up, hair, costumes and choreography always amaze us and tonight’s show was no exception! Despite a lack of 10s we loved it! 

The show began with a brilliant tribute to the late Pete Burns and we took a trip to the Strictly funfair *books her ticket there for next week* It was fun, fantastic and fab-u-lous and we’re sure that Pete would be really proud of that performance.

Once we’d done the obligatory introductions, it was then time for the first competitive performance of the night, from Louise and Kevin! They were performing a Charleston to the Emeli Sande cover of Crazy in Love, dressed as the Joker and Harley Quinn! It was set as a comic themed Charleston and there were elements of comedy and more action than a Batman flick! We loved it and thought they deserved a 10! The judges awarded the 35/40!

Next up were Judge Rinder and Oksana who were performing a Paso Doble. Oksana was a butterfly and Judge Rinder was a moth. We have it on good authority that moths are in fact manly butterflies. 🤔 The dance was full of drama and was definitely entertaining. Judge Rinder sure can dance and he is coming out of his cocoon and emerging as a beautiful dancer! We gave him an 8. The judges gave him 32/40! On another note, we’d like to be made up like Oksana everyday! We love the butterfly make-up! 

Third to perform were Claudia and AJ. They were performing an American Smooth. Claudia was a teenage witch *has memories of Sabrina and Salem before realising these two are probably too young to remember them* and AJ was a frog. They were performing to Black Magic by Little Mix. We were a little unsure about this song being used for an American Smooth but these two never fail to impress us. The dance was spellbinding, enchanting and bewitching. It was super smooth and the lifts were perfectly executed. We thought she should get a 10 but the judges awarded her 36/40 *eats a witches hat that a witch let her borrow this week*

Next up were Anastacia and Brendan who were performing a Jive! They were bats and possibly the sparkliest bats this side of Planet Strictly. We absolutely love Anastacia’s spirit and the lady knows how to sell a performance. It wasn’t technically perfect, but it was a joy to watch. We loved it and thought she should get a 7. The judges awarded her a disappointing 25/40.

Danny and Oti then took to the floor with a hauntingly beautiful Foxtrot. They were tied together with (what my 6 year old described as) a dog lead! It was a gorgeous dance, and even though Danny made some mistakes he covered them up well! The Foxtrot is a very difficult dance and he did an amazing job especially as the choreography he was given was super difficult! We gave him a 9. The judges awarded him 31/40.

Next up were Laura and Giovanni who were performing a Tango to Paint it Black. Forget painting it black, they painted the town red! The dance was super fast and freakishly awesome. We loved it and together they were on fire! We gave them a 10. The judges awarded them 36/40.

Next up were the second couple performing a Charleston… Ore and Joanne! *prepares herself for a Clifton Charleston-off*

Well they were awesome. Despite my husband commenting that Ore looked just like Chewbacca, we thought the dance was fast, fab-u-lous and fun! We love Ore’s ability to make every dance his own. The judges commented on his lack of swivel. We didn’t notice it and htought they deserved a 9. The judges awarded them 32/40

Greg and Natalie then performed a Rumba to “Bring me to Life” by Evanescence. We always thought this song fitted a Paso Doble better than a Rumba, but credit has to go to Natalie whose choreography was stunning and brilliant. The dance was powerful and not raunchy but strong as a Rumba. It showcased Greg’s strengths perfectly. We thought he should get an 8. The judges awarded them 26/40 (including a 4 from Mr Nasty! 🙄)

The penultimate couple to take to the floor were Daisy and Aljaz who were performing a mexican Dia de los muertos inspired Paso Doble. We loved Daisy and Aljaz’s halloween make-up and look, it was wonderful. The dance itself was powerful and dramatic and we loved it! We thought they deserved a 9, the judges awarded them 33/40!

Our final couple of the night and the performance of the night came from Ed and Katya who performed a Cha Cha Cha. Ed was a mad scientist and the performance was crazy but charming! It really made us smile and reminded us what we really love about Strictly. It made Craig laugh 🙄 and also earned Ed his highest score in the competition so far, 26/40! 

Overally we loved the whole show and thought it was truly fab-u-lous!  There were however certainly some spooky goings on tonight as the couples at the top of the leaderboard found themselves in a dangerous middle section of the leaderboard! 🙄 We also saw a distinct lack of 🔟s!

What did you think of Strictly Halloween week? Who were your favourites? Who do you think is in danger? Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you!

Cassie 🙂 

Strictly 2016 – Week 4 Performance Review

There’s a new Jive King in town

Tonight saw the couples take to the floor for the 4th time, with the noticeable absence of one pro, Will, who has withdrawn from the competition. #weloveyouwill

Tonight was a night of Rumbas, Quicksteps, Foxtrots, Charlestons and Salsa, An eagerly anticipated Paso Doble, a Jive and the first three tens of the night!

Here’s what we thought of each performance:

Greg and Natalie’s Salsa – The Salsa has to be the most dangerous dance on Strictly. We’ve had 2 injuries so far this year from a salsa, Greg’s wrist being one of them. The pair of them got the party started with a superb salsa with brilliant lifts, great choreography and full of spice! In our opinion they deserved an 8, our judges awarded them 28/40

Laura and Giovanni’s Quickstep – We loved the rock’n’roll feel of this dance. It was edgy, super fast, furious and fab-u-lous. Laura should also win a glitterball for having the cutest pet dog, who happens to be called Mick Jagger! Giovanni always choreographs innovative and exciting quicksteps and this dance was no exception. We felt they deserved a 9, the judges awarded them an impressive 33/40

Anastacia and Brendan’s Rumba – She looked hot (and has officially become one of our girl crushes) and the choreography from Brendan played to her strengths. She has gorgeous arms and it was by and large a beautiful Rumba. In our opinion she deserved an 8. The judges awarded them 27/40

Claudia and AJ’s Foxtrot – We weren’t sure of the song choice for a Foxtrot at first, but loved the theme. It was set in a school and the pair of them looked like prom king and queen. The judges commented it was a bit american Smoothish, but we really loved it. It was gorgeous and we thought they deserved a 10. The judges awarded them 30/40

Ed and Katya’s Paso Doble – Ed sums up what Strictly is all about. He is loving learning to dance. Admittedly he may not be the best dancer, but he puts his all into every routine and that showed in this dance where he threw everything he had into his Paso Doble. Yes there were errors, but we still enjoyed it. It deserved a 6 in our opinion. The judges awarded them 16/40

Naga and Pasha’s Charleston – This was by far Naga’s best dance. She was a mermaid and truly embraced the character of the Charleston. My lovely 6 year old said “Naga was a great mermaid, she was mermazing. Mermaids love swimming but dancing is hard for them. She did a very good job!” I couldn’t agree with her more. In our opinion she deserved an 8. The judges awarded her 24/40

Louise and Kevin’s Foxtrot – Kevin’s choreography is always brilliant and excites us. His foxtrots are always exquisite and this was no exception. In fact, we struggled to pick one GIF of the week the whole dance was amazing. Louise’s confidence is growing week by week and this dance was stylistically and choreographically excellent. We gave her a 10. The judges awarded her 33/40

Danny and Oti’s Quickstep – This was a dance of flair that Fred Astaire would be proud of. It was exceptional and we were surprised he didn’t get a 10. He did however earn a respectable 36/40 from the judges. In our opinion it was perfection summed up in a dance.

Daisy and Aljaz’s Rumba – Let’s face it, Daisy could look gorgeous wearing a Bin Bag. Her dress was beautiful and the dance overall was fluid and beautiful. Rumba is a hard dance for anyone to do well. It was a dance that I felt happy letting my 6 year old watch. I think there’d have been tears if I didn’t let her, but we really enjoyed it. She deserved a 9 in our opinion. The judges awarded her 31/40

Judge Rinder and Oksana’s Viennese Waltz – We love Judge Rinder & thought this dance was charming. He can dance and is a born performer. We thought he deserved a 9. The judges awarded him 27/40

Lesley and Anton’s Charleston – Take a moment to appreciate this woman is 71 and has more energy than me! I want whatever she’s on. Her timing and dance skill were impeccable. She was perfectly matched with Anton and the whole routine was very impressive, granted that she didn’t have much time to train this week. She got a 9 from us. The judges awarded her 31/40

We then had the Performance of the night from Ore and Joanne who performed a perfect Jive! Ore has a unique ability to pick up a dance style and a feel for a dance. His performances come across as natural and not forced. His technique is brilliant and we loved it. Luckily the judges saw the same as we saw too, and awarded them 39/40. Yes, you wait 4 weeks for a 10 and 3 come at once. It got us so excited, this happened: 

So that ended what was an awesome night! Who were your favourites tonight? Comment below or tweet @scd_support to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie 🙂

Strictly 2016 – Week 2 Performance Review

Pandas, Anton’s Trousers and Charlestons

Earlier tonight, the fab-u-lous fifteen couples took to the floor for the second time in what was a mammoth Strictly Show!

Tomorrow night we will have to say goodbye to one couple. We wish that everyone could stay, as we love them all and it seems far too soon to be saying goodbye to someone. Many couples upped their game. There were injuries and changes to choreography but all in all it was a fab-u-lous show!

The show opened with Ore and Jo who became firemen for a day and performed a very hot Cha Cha Cha. It was smoking and they opened the show up warming up a cold evening with a sizzling dance. Ore’s performance ability is brilliant and we feel this will get him far. The judges awarded them 27/40 (which my little girl pointed out was 3 9s (999.) In our opinion they deserved a 9!

Next up were Claudia and AJ who performed a romantic, elegant and fluid Waltz which truly lit up the ballroom. We loved Claudia’s dress, as did many of you, and loved AJ’s inventive choreography. The judges awarded them 27/40 and in our opinion, they deserved a 9 too!

Third up tonight were Will and Karen with a fifties inspired Rock and Roll Jive! We loved the feel of this dance and thought they captured the spirit and feel of the dance perfectly. Karen’s choreography was inventive and challenging for Will and he did very well. The judges had a bit of an argument over the performance but we disagreed. Will also pulled a muscle, and we wanted to #helpwill from home. The judges again awarded them 27/40. In our opinion he deserved a 9.

Lesley and Anton then took to the floor with a cheeky Cha Cha Cha! We must make a point that Anton’s trousers stole the show (once again!) We’d love a pair of trousers like those from Santa for Christmas *adds to her Christmas list* We admire Lesley’s energy and how she commits to a character in every dance. Technically it wasn’t perfect but in our opinion she deserved a 7! Our judges awarded her 26/40. We also thought Anton’s trousers deserved 40/40 themselves!

Greg and Natalie then took to the floor for their Tango, to a surprising song choice (Jump by Van Halen.) The choreography was good and the costumes left us green with envy. Greg’s stick-out bum did become a bone of contention with the judges. We really enjoyed the dance and loved Greg’s focus and agression in the dance. In our opinion, he deserved an 8, the judges awarded him 26/40.

We were then taken on a trip to the seaside with Tameka and Gorka and their fun Charleston. Tameka, as an actress, does really well in the character driven dances, and this was no exception! It was truly awesome, entertaining and epic! We love this partnership and can’t wait to see what other dances they have up their sleeves. They deserved a 9 in our opinion. The judges awarded them a well-deserved 30/40!

Laura and Giovanni then wowed us with a beautiful, elegant waltz which made our eyes ever so slightly leaky. It was gorgeous. We really do love Giovanni’s choreography and the dance he choreographed suited Laura’s strengths perfectly. In our opinion it was worthy of a 10. Our judges awarded them 32/40.

We took a trip from the seaside back to a hotel next, for Melvin and Janette’s Tango. Janette’s choreography is always inventive and Melvin perfomed with agression and passion. It wasn’t the best technically, but he gave his all and improved a lot from the first dance. In our opinion it was worthy of a 7! The judges awarded them 23/40.

Next up were Louise and Kevin with a beautiful Viennese Waltz. The Team Louvin (as they are known) Fist Bump has become a thing in our house now, so whenever they perform we give a fist bump. Once again, Kevin’s choreography was inventive, original and played to Louise’s strengths. It was beautiful, fluid and elegant and the whole dance got us in a whirl. My 6 year old was super quiet whilst watching this dance she enjoyed it so much. The judges awarded them 32/40. In our opinion, they deserved a 10!

Anastacia and Brendan then performed a sassy Salsa. We learnt that she had an accident in rehearsals and they had to change the choreography at the last minute. Anything like that would normally shatter a person’s confidence, but team Sassypants (as they’re known in our house) or Team Latinastacia performed brilliantly and deserved an 8 in our opinion. The judges awarded them a disappointing 22/40.

Next up was the most eagerly awaited dance of Strictly 2016, from Ed and Katya. Yes, Team Glitterballs performed a Charleston. Most of you agreed that it was worth the licence fee alone. It was pure entertainment and Ed did a spectacular job. He is what strictly is about; trying your hardest and embracing all that glitters. We loved it and felt it deserved a 9. The judges awarded him a respectable 23/40!

Naga and Pasha then channeled Tina Turner for a Cha Cha Cha full of attitude. Naga looked gorgeous and we loved her dress and hair! The dance itself was good and Naga performed it with great rhythm. We really enjoyed it, but once again felt that nerves got the better of her. We awarded her an 8. The judges awarded her 21/40.

Judge Rinder and Oksana then performed the most adorable American Smooth ever. My 6 year old has decided that should she ever perform an American Smooth, she wants to perform it to this song and wearing Oksana’s dress. We loved it. This guy can dance and can perform. We predict he will go very far. We gave him a 9. 

Our penultimate couple of the evening were Daisy and Aljaz who performed a cheeky Cha Cha Cha which was as cute as cherry pie! It was precise and another brilliant performance from Daisy. We did love the choreography, the outfits and felt it deserved a 10. The judges had a dispute about a ‘lift’ and awarded her 30/40. We must also point, there was a panda in their training room. If you want to get our votes, put a panda in the room. 

The final couple performed the dance of the night in our opinion. It was Danny and Oti with a Viennese Waltz which had a great story behind it. It had passion, agression and romance all in one. It was truly wonderful and this moment from it, has to be our GIF of the week:

In our opinion, he deserved a 10. Our judges awarded him a very well deserved 32/40!

At the end of week 2, we had Louise and Kevin and Danny and Oti in the top spot with Team Glitterballs at the bottom. 

Who were your favourites this week? Comment below to let us know or tweet @scd_support. 

We’re back tomorrow from 7.15pm for the Strictly results show. We hope to see you then.

Cassie 🙂

Strictly 2016 – Week 1 – Show 2 – Performance Review

Corkers, Cha Chas and Chess!

Tonight we saw the remaining 9 couples take to the floor to show us their first dances! There were surprises and an overall air of awesomeness! Here are our thoughts on each dance for you to peruse:

The evening began with a lovely, lovely group routine featuring young dancers, more mature dancers and our wonderful pros! Seriously, we have never seen so many people on the floor and it had an air of loveliness that only Strictly could produce. My 6 year old has now made it her ambition to appear on Strictly next week! 🙄

We were then treated to a truly awesome Jive from Kevin and Louise! Kevin is the King of Jive and gave Louise a truly challenging routine with wonderful choreography which she mastered! They were fast, fab-u-lous and fantastic. In our opinion, they deserved a 9! Our judges awarded them a very impressive 31/40! Craig Revel Horwood even got his 8 paddle out *asks a nurse to take his temperature*

Next up were Melvin and Janette who took us to Mexico for a Carnival of a Cha Cha Cha. It was a lot of fun and even though we needed our sunglasses to watch it as Melvin’s trousers were that bright, we loved it. OK, it wasn’t technically perfect but he put his all into the performance and we do love people who put their heart and soul into a dance. They also had a piñata on stage with them! It deserved at least an 8 from us. Our judges awarded them 22/40 (including a rather low 4 from Craig Revel Horwood – now that’s more like Craig’s usual scoring)

We were then treated to an unforgettable waltz from Daisy and Aljaz. We learnt that Daisy was dancing this dance in memory of her Grandad who passed away on her first day of Strictly. *Sends her a virtual hug through her computer.* The dance was truly beautiful and had an ethereal quality. It was filled with emotion, elegance and made us blub like a baby it was that good. In our opinion they deserved a 9, our judges awarded them the highest score of the night 32! I’m not one to compare dances, but my husband did point out that her dance reminded him of another great first dance, Abbey and Aljaz’s dance in 2013.

Danny and Oti then wowed us with a wonderful Cha Cha Cha. It was such a good dance, we thought we were watching two professional dancers perform and not a pro and a celebrity. Oti’s costume gave us serious dress envy. He deserved a 10 in our opinion. The judges awarded him a respectable 31/40.

Next up were Tameka and Gorka, or as my daughter now knows her…

They were dancing a Paso Doble which was entertaining, full of drama and worth the licence fee alone. We also got to see Gorka do the impossible. He can fly!

On a more serious note, we loved the performance and their partnership. In fact, we cannot wait to see this couple progress in the competition and see what other dance delights they will treat us with. In our opinion it wasn’t just a corker, it was  truly increíble! They deserved a 9 in our opinions. The judges awarded them 26/40!

We then got to see Anastacia perform Cha Cha Cha with Brendan! It was a dance filled with attitude and sass and suited Anastacia perfectly. We did get a little emotional and agreed with her that the band do an awesome job. We have to take a moment to appreciate the fringing on her outfit and also her ability to do the splits! Wowsers! 

Team glitterballs (aka Ed and Katya) then took to the floor with an endearing and adorable waltz. Len stated Ed sums up what Strictly is all about, and we couldn’t agree more. His costume has now meant I’m going to have to keep my husband’s shirts out of reach of my 6 year old who is determined to put glittery stickers all over her daddy’s shirt colours. In our opinion he deserved a 7, our judges awarded him 21/40, which we must point out is still a respectable score for week 1!

Our penultimate couple of the night were the youngest couple of the competition, Claudia and AJ. They performed not only a precise, but an acrobatic Cha Cha Cha which impressed us at home. The judges felt there were a few too many tricks but we disagreed and thought the whole thing was adorable and lovely. In our opinion they deserved a 9! Our judges awarded them a respectable 26/40!

Strictly really saved the best till last in our opinion. We were treated to Will and Karen‘s Bowie inspired Tango. It was full of agression from the start (performed over a chessboard. Monopoly would have caused the same level of agression in our house) and had so much power and drama. My 6 year old (a huge Clifton fan) did say Mummy Karen and Will Slayed like Beyoncé! (She’s been spending too much time with her auntie!) but I agree. They did an awesome job to finish the show and deserved a 10 in our opinions. The judges gave them a very respectable 30/40!

So that ended week 1. We can honestly say this has to be the best first week of performances ever. The standard this year is so high, the competition could be anyone’s! It sure will be hard to say goodbye to someone next week.

At the end of the night, we were left with a glittery sandwich on the leaderboard. Daisy (the girl who bathed in glitter) was at the top and Team Glitterballs were at the bottom! 

There’s no official vote this week, but we’d still like to know who were your favourites. Simply vote in this poll to tell us:

You can also comment below or tweet us @scd_support to let us know. Bella will be revealing her favourite dances on Monday as part of Bella’s Best Bits. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie 🙂 

Strictly 2016 – Performance Review – Week 1 (Night 1)

Frogs, Flamboyance and Feathers

After what has felt like months of waiting, tonight we sat down to watch the eagerly anticipated first live show at Strictly and it certainly didn’t disappoint!

After watching the opening titles we realised that this year’s Strictly class of 2016 look set to be the best class yet and the competition will be closer than ever!

Tonight we were treated to 2 Cha Cha Chas, 2 Waltzes, a Tango and a Jive!

The show opened with Laura and Giovanni who performed a polished and fun Cha Cha Cha which had a lot of content. It also featured Giovanni wearing part of a tree in his hair (as my 6 year old cleverly pointed out!) we thought it was fantastic and deserving of an 8 at least. Our judges awarded them a respectable 25/40!

Next up were Naga and Pasha who performed an elegant, graceful and emotional waltz. We must point out we want Naga’s dress, it’s gorgeous! It had us blubbing on the sofa like a baby. This girl takes instruction from Pasha really well and is determined to do well, so we predict she will go far. In our eyes, it deserved a 7. The judges awarded them 23/40.

We were then surprised by Judge Rinder and Oksana who entertained us in dramatic style with their courtroom Cha Cha Cha. This guy has great rhythm and energy. The judges told him he put the boy in flamboyant. We agree. It was the surprise performance of the night for us (and the judges) and earnt them 25/40 too.

The legends that are Lesley and Anton took to the floor with an endearing and emotional Waltz to the Birds of a Feather theme. They are two legends who dance brilliantly together and as a partnership were born to dance together. We want to be able to dance like Lesley when we’re in our 70s! Yes, the nerves may have made her shoulders raise up, however there is a big height difference between her and Anton. We were impressed and in our opinion they deserved a 7. The judges awarded them 23/40.

Ore and Joanne then performed an adorable Tango which featured a bicycle, balloons and a park bench! What more could you ask for? It had great storytelling and the Tango part was brilliantly choreographed and performed. Ore is a serious contender and we predict this couple will go all the way to the final! From us they got a 9, our judges awarded them 27/40.

For our final dance we saw what was quite possibly the best week 1 Jive ever, from Natalie and Greg. It was fast, had big jumps, great footwork and lots of content. For a tall man, Greg pulled this dance off brilliantly and his performance was polished and technically excellent! It was so good it left us speechless and we thought they should have got a 9, our judges awarded them 27/40! It also saw Darcey compare him to a blue frog!

We personally don’t see the similarity!

The standard has officially been set for Strictly 2016, and we feel it’s going to be the best Strictly ever. The class of 2016 are born to dance and we predict anyone could lift the glitterball!

After tonight who were your favourites? Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We’re back tomorrow from 6pm tweeting along with the 2nd live show! Hope to see you then.

I’ll leave you with these pearls of wisdom from my 6 year old:

Kids really do say the funniest and most adorable things. 
Cassie 🙂