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Strictly 2017 – Performance Review – Week 4!

From past series, Week 4 has always been truly fab-u-lous so a lot was riding on this week. We had very high hopes which were lived up to and even surpassed on certain accounts.

Here’s what we thought of tonight’s fab-u-lous night full of fantastic dancing. We’ve reviewed each of the dances, performance by performance:


Debbie and Giovanni’s Cha Cha Cha – Debbie was a secretary and Giovanni a delivery boy. I feel very disappointed that our Tesco delivery wasn’t delivered by him this week. The dance was good, and we love that week after week Debbie surprises us. The judges criticised her leg action, but we think that with a lower heel she’d perfect it. We awarded her an 8, the judges gave her 27/40.

Brian and Amy’s Paso Doble – Brian looked oddly familiar this evening. He had the look for Julian Clary. We think it was the Bri-Liner. On a side note, he rocked the Paso Doble. Amy’s choreography suited him well and he performed the steps he was given really well too. We think Brian could be the dark horse of the competition. We awarded him a 7. The judges gave him 21/40 and he had the best reaction!

Mollie and AJ’s Salsa – Mollie looked absolutely stunning, mind you, she could wear a binbag and look a million dollars. The Salsa music was great, the lifts were brilliant and her dress looked wonderful. There was attack but it sort of disappeared half-way through the dance. We think that next week Mollie needs to focus and maybe if AJ got her an acting coach she’d have more confidence. We gave her a 7. The judges awarded her 27/40.

Davood and Nadiya’s Viennese Waltz – After last week’s Samba, we did wonder if Davood would do sophistication and he did and nailed it. He was dizzy and could see 8 people when stood by the judges’ desk (seeing one set of judges is scary enough!) Anyway, we digress, the performance was sophisticated, but intense and romantic Viennese Waltz. We loved the storytelling and choreography as well as the outfits too. In our eyes they deserved an 8. The judges gave them 29/40.

Charlotte and Brendan’s Jive – They were getting married. Brendan was wearing pink and Charlotte looked like she was having the time of her life. It showed that she was having fun and it was an improvement on the past weeks. We thought she deserved a 6. The judges gave her 19/40

Joe and Katya’s Cha Cha Cha – The choreography was brilliant, the outfits were superb but Cha Cha Cha is a really hard dance which Joe did well with, despite what the judges said. There was a lot of content in the routine which challenged Joe but we thought he was uh-may-zing. In our eyes he deserved an 8, the judges gave him 24/40.

Ruth and Anton’s Tango –  Anton felt hot in his velvet suit, Ruth nailed the choreography and didn’t go wrong once. *Does a Victory Dance*  She played the part of the Tango Temptress perfectly and performed with drama and passion. The Tango is her dance. It earned her 24/40. *Does another Victory Dance as she realises they scored over 20/40*

Aston and Janette’s Quickstep – Last week he was a troll, this week he felt like bambi, next week he’ll be a minion. This dance was so fast and Janette put so much quickstep for Aston in it. We loved the fact that he flew and travelled across the ballroom. The judges mentioned his footwork, but we didn’t notice it and it was perfect for us. We loved Janette’s dress *feels pestered by her 7 year old to make one* We awarded him a 9. The judges gave him 32/40. 

Simon and Karen’s Samba – Ok, it did go wrong, but we loved the choreography, the costumes (my 7 year old would like me to wear it when I run the marathon next year), the music and the bananas. It was one of those must-see Strictly moments and Simon did shimmy like a pro and gave it his all! We gave them a 7. The judges awarded them 19/40

Gemma and Aljaz’s Paso Doble – Aljaz did look like Aladdin (again) this week. We loved the choreography and Gemma looked truly fierce and fab-u-lous. It was a gawjus routine which we loved and could not fault at all! We gave her a 9. The judges gave them 35/40.

We said it last year and will say it again. You know when you wait ages for a bus, and well 3 come at once? Well this seems to happen with 10s. Last year it happened in week 4 and tonight, #Team Alorka (Alexandra and Gorka) wowed us with the Jive to rival the Jives which have defined their series. It was such a phenomenal dance that even my husband (who’d nipped out to make a cuppa) walked in and said “wait a minute, is that a pro dance?” I did correct him, and we then decided it was worthy of at least 1, if not 2 tens, but the judges were all in a good mood and gave her 39/40. Alexandra got emotional, but we’re pretty sure that her mum would be proud of her and what she’s achieving.

Our penultimate couple of the night were Jonnie and Oti with their American Smooth. We loved Oti’s dress, but also love her Choreography *crosses everything out* We love Oti! This dance was sizzling and what we look for in an American Smooth and more. Oti’s choreography challenged Jonnie and he performed a brilliant routine. We thought he deserved an 8. The judges gave him 31/40.

The final couple to take to the floor were Susan and Kevin. We love that they danced on the “sleepy train” and that they have matching unicorn masks. Susan gives us so much joy whenever she performs we just want to give her a hug. Their quickstep was Morecambe and Wise themed but was a true quickstep with a lot of content. Susan flew across the floor and it was her best dance yet. The judges gave her 30/40. We thought she deserved 9/10.

That ended tonight’s show. If you haven’t already, click on this link below to vote for your top three dances:

We’ll be back tomorrow night from 7pm tweeting along with the live results show. WE look forward to seeing you then.

Cassie 🙂 





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Strictly 2017 – Week 2 Performance Review 💃🏻🕺🏻

Tonight, all 15 couples took to the floor battling for our votes for the first time. Tomorrow night, one couple will be eliminated *begs Strictly to change the rules* and their very short journey on Strictly will come to the end.

It was a night full of surprises, nerves and shocks as well as slay-age!

 

Here’s what we thought of each performance on tonight’s show:

Chizzy and Pasha’s Foxtrot – As first to take to the floor this week, they did not disappoint. Chizzy performed what my 7 year old called “a sassypants dance.” It was a Foxtrot full of sass. Yes, foxtrot should be elegant but in our eyes, it worked and we loved the performance overall. In our eyes, she deserved a 7. The judges awarded her 16/40 for the dance, and have lead my 7 year old to ask for Strictly Cereal for breakfast tomorrow morning!

Aston and Janette’s Salsa – This was one dance we were extremely excited about, and it did not disappoint. A dance, performed to an albeit faster version of the song of Summer 2017, set in a festival where Janette resembled a unicorn and was so fearless giving Aston some daring and challenging lifts and choreography which he nailed. It was amazing and if that’s what he can do in week 2, we want to see his showdance in the final. We awarded him a 9. Bruno agreed, with the judges awarding him 32/40.

Susan and Kevin’s Charleston – As the third couple to perform, Susan did look visibly nervous before performing and Kevin appeared to have turned into a judge. The routine was set in a courtroom and my 7 year old was disappointed that Judge Rinder didn’t come and join in. We love Susan’s joy and love of learning to dance, and yes, she didn’t master the swivel and the judges were cruel, but we loved the whole performance. It filled us with joy! Even our cat wanted to award a higher score than some of the judges awarded. We gave her a 7. The judges awarded her 22/40 (including a 7 from Shirley!) 

Charlotte and Brendan’s Cha Cha Cha. It was a moment where Cha Cha Cha, turned Cha Cha Cha-rgh! Mistakes do happen on the dancefloor and we wanted to reach into our TV screens and give Charlotte a hug. She looked stunning, but sadly there was a bit of a slip up and after that point, her nerves got the better of her. In our eyes, she deserved a 6. The judges awarded her 12/40.

Joe and Katya’s Tango. Joe entered the magical world of Narnia Planet Strictly, going through the wardrobe. It was a super speedy tango and Joe did really well. The music was a little too fast for a Tango but Joe coped with it and the overall feel of the dance (despite the judges comments) was just lovely! It was one of those moments which made us feel all warm and fuzzy inside, especially with the hug at the end. We loved it and gave it a 7. The judges awarded them 22/40.

Brian and Amy’s Cha Cha Cha. If there’s one thing that Brian does well, it’s entertaining us and creating a performance. This dance was charming, entertaining and full of disco. It even featured a moonwalk. For the fun factor, we awarded him a 10. The judges gave him 20/40

Gemma and Aljaz’s Waltz. Aljaz’s waltzes are always brilliant and we’ve decided he’s king of the waltz. Earlier we asked you to vote in this poll which will remain open until tomorrow evening at 7pm:

The dance was everything you could ask for in a waltz and did make our eyes leak… a lot! It was romantic, soft and gorgeous. We thought it deserved a 9. The judges awarded her 26/40.

Rev. Richard and Dianne’s American Smooth – The anticipation of waiting for Richard to take to the floor always makes us look forward to his performances. This performance may not have been extremely smooth, but for entertainment and joy they won us over. It was one of those moments which makes you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. We loved Richard’s bribery of the judges with cupcakes at the end. In our eyes, they deserved a 6. The judges gave him 17/40

Ruth and Anton’s Charleston – Can we all take a moment to appreciate how amazing Ruth looked tonight? She shone and sparkled in her outfit and nailed the swivel action despite her hamstring injury yesterday. It was a marked improvement from last week and she did look significantly less nervous. We awarded her a 7. The judges gave her 20/40

Simon and Karen’s Waltz – An emotional tribute to The 96 which did make us shed a tear (or two million!) It was beautiful, and Simon’s technique was good. There was a small mishap with a spin at the end, but they overcame it to perform a dance which gave us “the feels!” We loved it and thought they deserved an 8. If it was down to emotion alone, we’d have awarded them a 10. The judges gave them 19/40. We also wanted to give them a hug, just like Shirley did.

Mollie and AJ’s Tango. Mollie turned Talulah the Tango Temptress in this dance. She performed a fiery dance full of agression, passion and challenging choreography. We loved it and it was a marked improvement from the week before. In our eyes she deserved a 9. The judges awarded her 25/40 (including a 4 from Craig and an 8 from Shirley.)

Jonnie and Oti’s Jive. Team Glitterblade wowed us with a dance full of sharp kicks and flicks, complicated choreography. It was truly brilliant and wowed us. Jonnie is our Strictly Superhero and we do have a rather large girl crush on Oti! We loved the speed of this dance as well as the performance aspect. In our eyes, they deserved a 9. The judges awarded him 29/40.

Debbie and Giovanni’s Viennese Waltz – If this dance didn’t move you to tears, there is something wrong with you. Giovanni choreographed a routine to play to Debbie’s strengths but also to show his respect for this uh-may-zing lady. My 7 year old thinks Debbie’s magic strictly dust is helping her dance well. It earned the first u-may-zing from Craig (surely a record) and earned 34/40 from the judges overall.

Davood and Nadiya’s Quickstep – It was set in a library. *stomps feet* Why weren’t we ever allowed to dance in the library when I was at school? It was super fast and a dance of two halves. The first part was fast and furious. The second half featured a bizarre strip tease which we weren’t sure about. It wasn’t technically perfect but pretty good and left us and Bruno speechless. We felt it deserved a 7. The judges awarded Davood 27/40.

Alexandra and Gorka’s Paso Doble – She was the mermaid. He was the matador. It was a mermaid, bull-fight paso doble. It was fast, fierce and fab-u-lous. There’s one word to sum it up #slay! We thought it deserved 10s, but the judges weren’t that generous, awarding it 36/40.

That ended tonight’s show. Who impressed you most? Who gets your vote? Who do you think could be in danger? Vote in this poll below to help us decide.

We’re back tomorrow night tweeting along with the results show, when one person will go home!

Cassie 🙂 







Strictly 2017 – Week 1 – Performance Review

It’s that time of year again. Time to clear our Saturday night (and Sunday night) diaries to dedicate ourselves to one cause… the Glitterball.

Tonight, we sat down for a sparkly marathon, complete with Strictly Snacks for what was to be an uh-may-zing show. We say it every year and Strictly never fails to surprise us. From tonight’s show, it has set the standard of this show really high.


Kicking off this year’s show were Gemma and Aljaz (or as they’re known in our house, Gemma and Eyelash.) Gemma was nervous but came out and performed a respectable and cheeky cha cha cha. My 7 year old thought it was a real sassypants dance. We awarded them a 7, our judges gave them 20/40

Next in the spotlight were Brian and Amy with their Tango. We learnt that Amy had been pushing Brian hard and he’d been struggling most with the Tango Face. His Tango Face was a picture on the night and his expressions were full of drama. My girls are convinced that Amy is a magician (after the shoe trick) and for us if the dance was down to acting skills alone, we’d award him a 10. Sadly the judges were looking at technique and he achieved a somewhat lower score of 16/40

Our third couple to take to the floor were Alexandra and Gorka. We learnt that Alexandra had brought a lot of coffee to rehearsals and had a lot of energy. They were performing a waltz which she dedicated to her late mum *sobs.* The dance was beautifully performed, elegant, romantic, soft and one of those dances which made us turn into an emotional blubbering wreck on the sofa. We’re pretty sure Alexandra’s mum would be truly proud of her and in our eyes the dance deserved a 9, our judges awarded them 24/40.

Our 4th couple to dance were Simon and Karen. They were performing a Paso Doble. Paso Doble in Week 1 is a challenging dance and Simon’s timing and rhythm were spot on. He had power and drama and Karen’s choreography was challenging. We loved the outfits (and Bella especially loved Karen’s “unicorn hair.”) Ok, it wasn’t technically perfect, but for week 1, he did a damn good job. For us, we gave them a 6. Our judges awarded him 17/40.

Next up were Charlotte and Brendan with their Foxtrot. Charlotte oozed elegance and performed Brendan’s choreography beautifully. For us, she somewhat reminded us of Katie Derham. The dance was classy, elegant, and everything you could ask for in a foxtrot. We predict this pairing will go far and gave them a 7. The judges awarded her 22/40.

Chizzy and Pasha then performed a Cha Cha which was just what the doctor ordered. It was cheeky and Chizzy showed off her natural rhythm and dance ability. Bruno thought she was crazy and Craig’s scoring was even crazier. We love Chizzy and with Pasha we think she’ll go far in the competition. For us she deserved at least a 7. The judges also awarded her 22/40.

It was then the turn of Oti and Jonnie to perform. Sportsmen always do well on Strictly, and Oti’s choreography protected Jonnie whilst making us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It was a truly beautiful dance. We felt they deserved an 8. The judges gave them 20/40.

Joe and Katya (strictly 2017’s most adorable partnership number 1) then wowed us with a polished jive full of energy and kicks and flicks. It not only wowed us but also wowed the judges, earning them 29/40.  We cannot wait to see this couple’s next dance and predict they will go all the way to the final. Craig even got out his 7 paddle. We’re pretty sure most of the UK (including the cameraman) fell off their chairs.

Our next couple to take to the floor were Susan and Kevin (Strictly 2017’s most adorable partnership number 2.) They were performing a Viennese Waltz. As well as a tour of Glasgow in their pre-dance VT, we saw them start something we’d love to see – Strictly Carpool Karaoke. Kevin’s choreography always plays to his celebrity’s strengths and this dance was no exception. It had comic moments, as well as moments of choreographical genius. The dance itself was endearing and really made us smile. My 7 year old did point out If I was on Strictly, I think that’s how I’d dance with Kevin mummy!” In our eyes it deserved a 7. The judges gave it 20/40

Debbie and Giovanni (Dark Horses of Strictly 2017) then surprised and wowed us with a Paso which left even my two little chatterboxes speechless. When I’m Debbie’s age, I’d love to be able to dance like that. Her flexibility, lines and movement across the floor were perfect. She captured the drama, passion and agression of the Paso Doble perfectly. Giovanni choreographed a challenging dance, which Debbie mastered. In our eyes, they deserved a 9, the judges awarded them 30/40.

Davood and Nadiya (aka Strictly 2017’s hottest partnership) then performed a cha cha cha which was smoking! We needed a fan to cool down at home and the grown-ups at home were so distracted, we missed the score. Fortunately, my 7 year old had her eyes peeled and noticed the judges awarded them 27/40

Ruth and Anton were next to take to the floor with a waltz. As Anton said, Ruth didn’t go wrong, she did it differently! Ruth let her nerves get the better of her, but she did look stunning and truly lovely. In our eyes she deserved a 6, the judges awarded her 16/40.

Richard and Dianne (aka Team Beauty and the Priest) then took to the floor for a Cha Cha Cha. It was, as we predicted, one of those moments which truly made us smile and left us speechless. I did get told off by my 7 year old for laughing at them (sorry Bella) but it was a really entertaining dance and it could be in our eyes, this year’s Gangnam Style moment. One of the judges was less than complimentary about their dance, but in our eyes they deserved a 10 for entertainment. The judges awarded them 17/40.

Our penultimate couple to dance were Mollie and AJ who performed a Jive. It was super fast and Mollie did well keeping up with AJ. She looked pretty in pink and for a first dance, it was a sterling effort. In our eyes, they deserved a 7, our judges gave them 23/40.

Strictly then saved the best till last with Janette and Aston (aka Mr Foxtrot) performing their foxtrot. It was a confident dance full of natural flair and rhythm and showed Aston’s true ability and potential. It was one of those magic Strictly moments where everything comes together to create a perfect dance and reminded us very much of a dance we’d seen in Remembering Fred earlier this year. In our eyes they deserved a 9. The judges awarded them 31/40.

On a little side note, we must say that we love the new head judge Shirley Ballas. She is knowledgable, fair, constructive and also encouraging. It’s easy to see why they chose her to replace Len. 

So that ended tonight’s Strictly. Who are your favourites after week 1? Vote below in this poll to help us decide:


We’d also love to hear what you thought of tonight’s show. Comment below to let us know. We’ll be back on Monday with Bella’s Best Bits of Week 1! Hope to see you then.

Cassie 🙂 

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:

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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.


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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 🙂