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Strictly 2017 – Farewell to Ruth and Anton

Here at the Strictly Support Group, we love the underdog and we love the underdog even more when they’re paired with Anton. This year, it was the turn of Ruth to be paired with Anton and we got to see Anton do what he does best, making us smile through dance.

Over the past 8 weeks, these two have come and entertained us at home. Although their dances may not have won over the judges, each week they have won us over with their dancing.

Ruth has grown in confidence as a performer and we’ve watched her performances improve each week. She has shown us mums at home that we can dance. Her partnership with Anton has been a moment of Strictly magic and whoever paired them together deserves a gold medal. They will be missed in Blackpool and it’s always hard to say goodbye to a couple this close to such a major week, but we’re pretty sure they’ll remain the best of friends (and think Anton may even take her to Blackpool with him!)

Here are their best bits in picture form:

We’d like this post to become a tribute to Ruth and Anton. Comment down below with your messages of support for them and we’ll make sure they see them.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚


Strictly 2017 – Week 8 – Performance Review ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

Tonight was our Pre-Blackpool party. It was week 8 and a chance for the remaining 9 ๐Ÿ™„ couples to fascin-8๏ธโƒฃ us with some dancing in a hope to make it to Blackpool! The outfits were stunning, the music was spectacular, the dancing was gr-8๏ธโƒฃ, the judges were somewhat ir-8๏ธโƒฃ but here’s what we thought of this week’s dances, performance by performance.

Susan and Kevin were first to perform tonight with their Tango. It was a chance for us to see a different side to Susan. It was a chance for us to see her serious and intense side. Kevin had choreographed a traditional tango with loads of great steps which Susan performed brilliantly. We loved the emotional side of this Tango, although we did want to give her a hug as she did seem ever so slightly emosh. We gave her an 8 as we thought it was just great! The judges awarded them 27/40.

Joe and Katya were next onto the floor to perform their Rumba. My 7 year old thought Katya looked like a bird, but this was one of the most beautiful rumbas from a male celebrity we’ve seen in a long time. Joe mastered the figure 8 hip movement and his acting skills helped him with this dance. It was gorgeous and in our eyes deserved a 9. The judges awarded them 33/40.

Ruth and Anton then trotted around the floor with their Foxtrot. Ruth looked stunning in her dress and the music was fab-u-lous. The judges seemed a little confused by the dance liking her to a horse, to a swimmer but not to a fox. It was the slow foxtrot but we do agree with Shirley that there were a few too many quicks and not enough slows. We gave her a 7. The judges awarded them 18/40

We then got the chance to see what would happen if Mr SCD_Support let me go to the market in a fringed dress, as Davood and Nadiya performed a Charleston themed and set in a market. We loved the character that Davood portrayed and he mastered the swivel. The choreography was good and Davood did a great job performing the routine he was given. We loved it as did the judges. We awarded them a 10. The judges gave them 38/40.

Next up were Gemma and Aljaz with their Viennese Waltz (which brought a tear to our eyes.) The choreography was beautiful and we loved the dance overall, even though there was a little mishap with a shoe (we’re sure that won’t stop Cinderella (Gemma) from taking Aljaz to the Blackpool Ball-room!) It was a dance that truly got us in a spin and we thought they deserved a 9. The judges awarded them 28/40.

Alexandra and Gorka were next to take to the floor with their Argentine Tango. It was the first Argentine Tango of the series and with Vincent Simone in the audience (and acting as assistant choreographer) we expected great things. We were not disappointed. My 7 year old said their legs looked like scissors (meant as a compliment) and the whole dance smouldered and sizzled like sausages on the barbecue. It was truly gaw-jus. We gave them a 10. The judges gave them 38/40. We are now one hat down as we truly thought they deserved 40/40. The hat was delicious, but the judges were ever so slightly grumpy tonight, weren’t they?

Mollie and AJ were next onto the dancefloor with their Paso Doble. Mollie had to channel her inner bullfighter for this dance and it was great to see a different side to her. She truly slayed this dance so when the judges awarded her 22/40, we were ever so slightly miffed *stomps off to make herself a cuppa* We thought they deserved an 8/9.

Our penultimate couple to dance were Jonnie and Oti who were dancing a Foxtrot in Paris. Jonnie led Oti beautifully and she looked just like Belle in her dress. The dance was gorgeous and as ever Oti’s choreography was outstanding. We gave them an 8. The judges awarded them 21/40.

The final couple to dance this weekend were Debbie and Gio who went to the opticians to dance a salsa (*wonders why this never happens when she goes to specsavers*) It was a dance full of lifts and tricks as well as some great salsa technique too. For the fear factor, we thought she deserved a 9. The judges gave her 35/40.

So that ended tonight’s show. We have a couple of questions for you tonight. Firstly, we’d like you to vote in this poll:

Second of all, we’d like you to vote to tell us your favourite Week 8 dance:

We’d love to hear what you thought of tonight’s show. Comment down below to let us know if you thought Week 8 was over-r8๏ธโƒฃd or fascin8๏ธโƒฃing! We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚

Strictly 2017 – Two by Two/It Takes Two ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

A couple of weeks ago, my lovely Mum text me to tell me she’d got tickets to (to quote her) “That Strictly Show on BBC Two – Two by Two!” She meant It Takes Two of course.

At first, all I could think of was Noah and his Ark, but then she asked if I would mind accompanying her along to watch the show. Before she’d even finished her sentence I said yes (and then started counting down the days until we would be heading off to Planet Strictly!)

I was given some wise advice from my 7 year old, Bella, before the show:


I heeded to her advice and wore as much glitter as I could, and kept on my best behaviour as Gorka was present.

It Takes Two is now filmed inside the new TV Centre and it felt a little nostalgic heading back there (after visiting there when I was about Bella’s age) but also brought a touch of old Strictly Magic to proceedings. What’s more, it’s right near to Westfield shopping centre which meant we had some Christmas shopping planned after the show.

We arrived early to avoid disappointment and met many fab-u-lous Strictly fans whilst we waited.  If you are lucky enough to get tickets, make sure you get there early. I have to say Zoe Ball is possibly the loveliest lady you will ever meet and took time to speak to each and every one of us as we entered and before the show. Strictly is such a wonderful show and everyone involved in it makes it a truly memorable experience.

Our first thoughts were that the studio looks a lot larger than on TV which was good, as there were a good number of us in the audience. It also looked so sparkly that we knew we were in the right place! We want some of those cushions on our sofa at home and those sequins gave us interior design envy.

The show itself was hilarious and being with other Strictly fans certainly added to the atmosphere. The Celebs (Alex, Gemma and Susan) and Pros (Aljaz, Gorka and Kevin) are truly lovely and all will get our votes this week. The Friday panel were uh-may-zing and Tom Allen (comedian extraordinaire) made us laugh so hard my cheeks were hurting by the end of the show. My mum did tell me that laughter is the best botox and she’s right!

If you are lucky enough to get tickets to the It Takes Two, don’t miss it! The Friday show is magical. Here are my top tips from the day:

  1. Wear comfy but smart shoes – There is a lot of standing and wearing high heels is not a good idea.
  2. Wear sparkly smart clothes and a touch of glitter.
  3. Get there early to avoid disappointment.
  4. Don’t be frightened, Zoe is lovely as are all the crew & the cast of Strictly 2017.

After being lucky enough to watching It Takes Two, we now want tickets to the Live Show. *Makes a wish that next year she gets Live Show tickets*

If you’ve been to see It Takes Two, and would like to let us know what you thought, comment down below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚

10 Questions from Bella for Becca (@allenriverlove)

We know that Strictly fans are the sparkliest and loveliest people of them all. Little Bella being one of the smallest and sparkliest of them all. She is naturally inquisitive and decided she wanted to interview one of Strictly’s biggest fans. She chose to interview Becca (@allenriverlove) (who runs itsstrictlysecret.wordpress.com) Becca is a ballroom dancer herself and has been dancing for 14 years. Here are Bella’s questions for Becca and Becca’s answers!

1) What is your favourite Dance Style?

I prefer Latin because the dances are faster and very emotive – from a cheeky jive to a passionate Paso, you can create a whole new you and just become someone else for a few minutes ! I’m also not as graceful as perhaps I’d like to think ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™ˆ

2) What is your favourite of the Ballroom/Latin dances?

My favourite Ballroom dance is quickstep because it reminds me of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers and I love skipping around to classics like ‘Putting On The Ritz’. My favourite Latin dances are Jive (because you can let yourself go) and Samba (because I love carnival music and creating the Samba ‘bounce’ is very fun !). I also love the rumba because it’s great for telling a story.

3) Of all the series on Strictly, what’s been your favouriteย performance or dance?

Tough question ! I’m gonna cheat and do several across different series’ ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™ˆ there are definitely several Jives that will go down in history: Darren & Jill, Jo & Ore, and Alex & Gorka. These stood out for me because of the sheer endurance needed and the flawless technique, but also for the fact that if you didn’t know Strictly, it would be hard to distinguish which one was the pro! Caroline & Pasha’s Showdance holds a special place in my heart just because it was so beautifully different – it wasn’t just Caroline that was crying during the performance; I was too ! Other highlights for me: Aljaลพ & Abbey’s Samba; Kevin & Kellie’s Viennese Waltz; many of Georgia & Gio’s dances (Showdance and Charleston in particular) all of Ore & Jo’s, Showdance and American Smooth in particular; Kevin & Louise’s Charleston, Paso and Argentine Tango. These were highlights for me because not only was the technique incredible, but it was enjoyable to watch as well. You could tell that the celeb was having fun dancing it ๐Ÿ™‚

4) Who’s been your favourite celebrity to watch on Strictly?

Ooh ! I tend to love celebs for different reasons: I loved Daisy Lowe & Ore Oduba’s love for dance; I loved watching Louise Redknapp’s confidence grow; and Georgia May Foote was just incredible to watch.

5) Who have you enjoyed watching most on this year’s Show?

This year I am loving Susan, Alex, Gemma & Aston for their dedication, commitment and their routines. I look forward to seeing their routines each week and I’m never disappointed!

6) What’s been your favourite dance of the series?

For me, it’s between Alex and Gorka’s Jive (will go down in history as one of the greats); Susan and Kevin’s quickstep to ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ (filled me with so much joy and was a lovely, touching tribute); Aston & Janette’s Paso (I couldn’t find a single flaw no matter how much I looked and I loved the Appel section with the claps !); and Gemma and Aljaลพ’s foxtrot, which moved me to tears the first time I watched it !

7) Who would you like to see lift theย glitter ball this series?

There’s definitely some strong contenders this year. There’s 4/5 that I would like to see get near the final but in the end I think it’s going to all come down to a battle between Alex and Gorka & Aston and Janette – they have not had a single bad dance yet !

8) What got you interested in dance?

I started Disco Freestyle when I was 3 years old, just for fun. Strictly started when I was 4 and it had me hooked from Week 1 ! I then decided to swap Disco for Ballroom and Latin and I’ve been dancing it ever since. Strictly was what kicked it all off, but one of the main factors that has really kept me going is Jo Clifton๐Ÿ’• I owe her so much. Although I can’t afford to compete, my whole life I’ve kept up with the rankings and I watched Jo and Paolo win more and more medals. By the time it got to the World Ballroom Showdance Championships, which was being held in Stuttgart of all places (I have relatives there) and I watched their Top Hat inspired routine, I have NEVER been more in awe in my entire life ! It was the most beautiful and unbelievable thing I had ever seen and I’ve never seen anything like it since. It is still my favourite routine in the world. When they won, and Jo started crying on the podium (it’s not just Ore that cries๐Ÿ˜œ) I realised that I wanted dance to mean that much to me. I later found out that she gave her medal to her Dad, which moved me and inspired me even more. Whenever I get frustrated by a hard figure, I just think of that and it keeps me going. I’ve looked up to her for the last four years and I am so lucky that today I can say that not only do I know her, but I’m one of her girls๐Ÿ’•

9) What advice would you give to anyone interested in becoming a dancer?

My advice would be: “don’t let anyone tell you to give up or that you can’t do something. If it means that much to you, you will find a way. No dream is too big or out of reach, and if you’re worried about whether to go for it or not, listen to Alex Owens: ‘it’s better if you leap and fall, then to never leap at all.'”

10) Describe Strictly in 3 words!



Thank you Becca. Becca also had the chance to ask some of Bella’s questions to her dance teacher, Argo. Here’s what he said:

His advice to anyone interested in becoming a dancer – It’s great fun and teaches lots of different aspects of life: Discipline, Coordination, Manners, Musicality, Etiquette and much more. Go for it and make new friends and memories. Don’t worry too much!

He started dancing to get away from school classes (kids school matters too!) and two girls he liked went to dancing!

Thank you Becca and Bella.

If you’d like to get involved in a Q&A with Bella, send us an email to strictlysupportgroup@aol.co.uk or tweet @scd_support. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚

Strictly 2017 – Week 8 Predictions ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

It’s Tuesday and that means one thing… time for us to learn the songs and dances that we’ll be seeing this Saturday. Earlier tonight, the wonderful people on Planet Strictly revealed the songs and dances which will be performed on Saturday. We’ve added the songs to our Spotify playlist. If you’re not following us, you can by clicking this link:

Anyway, here are the dances our couples will be performing this Saturday along with our predictions on what we think will happen on Saturday night. 

Alexandra and Gorka will dance the Argentine Tango to Mi Confession by Gotan Project 

The 2017 Argentine Tango drought is over. Alex and Gorka will be performing our very first Argentine Tango this series. It promises to be smoking. These two always produce performances which excite us and we think this may be the dance of the series so far. Could it score their first perfect score of the competition? We think so! *Makes sure Craig Revel Horwood’s 10 paddle is visible under his desk*

Debbie and Giovanni Salsa to I Canโ€™t Take My Eyes Off Of You by Boys Town Gang

Debbie has been our surprise contestant of this series. Her ballroom dances are always poised, but her Cha Cha Cha lacked freedom of movement and hip action. Salsa needs to be loose and free. We know her lifts will look effortless, and think this could be a good dance for her, provided she relaxes and gets into the rhythm of the dance. We predict 8s and 9s for this dance.

Gemma and Aljaz perform the Viennese Waltz to You Donโ€™t Have To Say You Love Me by Brenda Lee

After last weekend’s Viennese Waltz debacle we’ll be hoping we don’t have a repeat this week. Gemma is one of our journey contestants and her ballroom dancing is always strong. Aljaz always choreographs beautiful dances. Gemma did admit to having motion sickness during the Salsa, so we’re hoping she’s not too badly affected by the spinny Viennese atlz this year. We predict she’ll get 8s and 9s for this dance.

Mollie and AJ Paso to Layla by Derek and the Dominoes

Mollie’s Tango was strong, she’s just been in 2 dance-offs so we predict this dance will be the dance she’ll come back and fight with. We love the song and we think that provided she shows her strength this could be a great dance for her. We predict 7s and 8s for this dance.

Ruth and Anton will Foxtrot to Mack The Knife by Bobby Darin

A traditional Foxtrot from Mr Ballroom himself, Anton Du Beke and Ruth. After last week’s comedy Paso Doble, we think this dance will be full of Hollywood glamour. Ruth may not be a natural dancer but in Anton’s hands we’re sure this will be a classy dance which will capture our hearts and make us vote. We predict 6s and 7s for this dance.

Susan and Kevin will dance the Tango to Firework by Katy Perry

We’d never thought of this dance for a Tango, and they’re one week late for Bonfire Night but never mind! We love the joy that Susan brings each week. Tango is supposed to be fiery but she has proven her ability to turn to any dance she’s been given, so we think she’ll do brilliantly, especially with the brilliant choreography of Kevin (from Grimsby!) We predict 7s and 8s for this dance.

Davood and Nadiya Charleston to The Lambeth Walk by The Pasadena Roof Orchestra

Nadiya’s choreography takes risks, Davood is an actor so is used to lots of expression. We predict this could be a great dance for them. Davood’s improving week after week and we think the Charleston will allow him to come out of his shell and perform a showstopper of a dance. We predict 9s for this couple!

Joe and Katya dance the Rumba to One by U2 and Mary J. Blige
Rumba is notoriously difficult for male celebrities but as an actor, we think Joe will be able to bring a sensitivity to the Rumba which will move us to tears. We love this song and think this could be a tearjerker of a performance *grabs the kleenex in preparation* We predict 9s and 10s for this dance.

Jonnie and Oti return to Ballroom with a Foxtrot to Someone Like You by Adele

Jonnie is back in the ballroom *does a happy dance.* Ballroom suits Jonnie perfectly and with Oti’s choreography we predict this will be an emotional dance where we’ll be searching for the kleenex again. We predict 8s and 9s for this couple.

So that’s what we think will happen this weekend. Do you agree? Comment down below to let us know what you think. Whose performance are you most looking forward to see this weekend? Vote in this poll below to let us know:

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Strictly 2017 – Photo, GIF, Outfit and Quote of the Week – Week 7

It’s Tuesday and whilst we look forward to another week of Strictly, it’s time for us to reminisce over Saturday night’s show with some visual treats for you all! It’s time for us to unveil our Photo, GIF and Outfit of the week. This week we also have a special surprise with a Quote of the Week, which stuck in our mind from one of the pros ๐Ÿ˜ข.

Photo of the Week

A photo sometimes speaks a thousand words and this action shot from Gemma and Aljaz’s Salsa is one of those moments:

GIF of the Week

Our GIF of the week, was this spectacular moment from Jonnie and Oti’s Salsa. We’ve nicknamed it… The Incredible Spinning Oti. We’ve always loved Oti’s choreography and this is one example:

Outfit of the Week

One dress gave us serious dress envy (although we doubt we’d fit an arm into it) and that’s Nadiya’s goregous American Smooth dress. It summed up everything we love about Strictly and Ballroom dancing. It had sparkle, class, elegance and beauty!

Quote of the Week.

We like to think that Janette is always full of lovely words and advice (if you follow her on Instagram you’ll know just what we mean!) It may have been her last week in the competition with Aston, but this piece of advice she gave him before their Viennese Waltz is a piece of advice we follow & my little girl has said she’ll follow it when she’s in Panto next month:

And finally…. (don’t worry we haven’t forgotten) Caption of the Week time. This week, our Caption of the Week comes from @Georgia_Hannell on Instagram who said to this video from Ruth and Anton:

When your responsibilities all get too much!

Those are our visual treats of the week! We’ll be back tomorrow to give our predictions for Week 8 of Strictly 2017.

Hope to see you then.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Strictly 2017 – Bella’s Best Bits – Week 7

It’s Monday & little Bella has spent almost as much time writing this post as she has doing her maths homework! She is a dedicated Strictly fan and loved the show this weekend! Here are her Top 5 moments along with what she thought of the other dances!

1) Alexandra and Gorka’s Cha Cha Cha

Now this was a real Sassy Pants routine and Alexandra looked as good as one of the pro dancers in this dance. I really liked the music because it made me want to get up and dance, and the dance looked a lot of fun to perform. I’d like mummy to wear a dress like she wore on the school run…. with some wellies (๐Ÿ˜ฑ!) and a coat of course because I don’t want her to get cold.  It was also good that the costume people gave Gorka shirt buttons this week because it’s been very cold and I don’t want him to get ill.

2) Susan and Kevin’s Jive

This dance looked so much fun. I wish we could get decorators like them to come to our house and decorate my bedroom. Decorators should dance and not just whistle or sing. Susan did a lot of proper Jive steps too and she always looks so happy dancing, it makes me want to join in at home. I wonder if the number we use to vote for them is the number I need to call to get them to come round and paint my room all sparkly! 

3) Joe and Katya’s Charleston

I loved this dance as it looked a lot of fun and their outfits looked really cool. They looked like they should be on a Christmas Tree! I went to see the Nutcracker with grandma last year and they didn’t do a dance like this, but I’d have loved them to have done a dance like this one. There were some really cool tricks and lifts. I tried them with my unicorn but they’re really difficult. I thought they deserved a 10, but I think the judges had lost their 10 paddles at this point. They need to be really careful though because Santa’s watching and if he finds out that they were being mean, they (the judges) may not get any presents.

4) Davood and Nadiya’s American Smooth

When I grow up, I’d like to dance a dance like this one and wear a dress like Nadiya’s dress. It was a proper princess dance. It even made my mummy cry a little bit because it was so beautiful. I thought Davood deserved a 10, because he lifted Nadiya really high up and that’s really brave.

5) Mollie and AJ’s Foxtrot

I was really sad that Mollie was in the dance-off last week and thought this dance was really beautiful. She looked like she was floating on a magical unicorn. It was a shame there was a little mistake and even more of a shock and sadder to see her in the dance-off. I think that next week we all need to vote for Mollie to make sure she’s safe and goes to Blackpool.

What she thought of the other dances

Bella on Jonnie and Oti’s Salsa – This dance really suited him and he looked like he was having a lot of fun at a disco. I think the judges would have given him an 8 but he had no buttons on his shirt. Oti looked like a spinning top. I tried to do her spins and nearly fell over. Don’t try this at home people.

Bella on Debbie and Giovanni’s Tango – This dance was really magical and I liked it a lot. Giovanni is King of the Tango. The dance and choreography gave me Geese Bums (Goosebumps) but I didn’t really like the music. It sounded a bit stupid.

Bella on Gemma and Aljaz’s Salsa – This dance reminded me of holidays. Gemma can do the splits and can fly like a unicorn which is really cool and I liked her swimming costume she was wearing too! (*reminds 7 year old it’s really a dress*)

Bella on Ruth and Anton’s Paso Doble – The judges thought it was funny, but I saw a lot of proper Paso Doble and Ruth looked really grumpy which helped. I think she was grumpy because Anton was being naughty.

Bella on Aston and Janette’s Viennese Waltz – I felt sorry for Aston and Janette because that dance was worth a lot more than a 4. It was worth 4, 7s at least! Craig needs to go on Santa’s naughty list. I think the judges complained that he didn’t move a lot, but that’s only because they didn’t want to trip over the big chair that was in the way. Now that would have been a real disaster.

The Dance-Off

I love everyone this year so I don’t want anyone to go home and was really upset that Aston and Janette had to go home. Nobody is safe and everyone needs your votes, so keep voting for your favourites (but ask Bill Payer’s permission first!) One good thing is that how he can watch Strictly with his bestie, Brian (Conley.)

So there are Bella’s Best Bits for week 7. In addition to this, Bella has a question for you all:

Do you agree with Bella on her best bits for this week? Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you. 

Cassie (and Bella) 

Strictly 2017 – Farewell Aston and Janette ๐Ÿ˜ข

This year, we do love each and every couple. We had a feeling that week 7 would bring a shock exit. After all it was this time last year when we bid farewell to Laura and Giovanni who we thought had a number of weeks left on their journey.

Tonight, we were met with a shock dance-off that proves that nobody is safe and everyone needs our votes, when Aston and Janette met Mollie and AJ in the dance-off. Sadly, in the end it was time for Aston and Janette’s Strictly journey to come to an end.

We thought Aston and Janette were true contenders in the series and it is with great sadness they have left the show. We’re not going to blame the judges or the public for them going home, but would like this post to become a tribute to them to remember how amazing they have been.

Over the past 7 weeks, Aston and Janette have wowed us with some wonderful performances including that Salsa in Week 2 which made us wonder how amazing their showdance could have been, that near perfect Cha Cha Cha in week 3, the waltz which gave us goosebumps and that perfect Paso Doble last week. Their dances have set the standard for the series really high and given everyone something to aim towards.

Janette’s choreography (as always) has been truly outstanding this series and Aston performed all the steps he was given with style, panache and perfection. We’d have loved to have seen him reach the final, but all good things must come to an end, and their journey on Strictly is one of them. They will be sorely missed next week *grabs a new box of kleenex* ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข We’re pretty sure they will be friends for life and that Aston will keep dancing. 

Normally on these posts we’ll put a collage of their best bits, but given the number of wonderful dance moves they performed, it seemed apt to give them their very own video full of their best bits. Janette and Aston, here are your best bits:

We’d like this post to become a tribute to Team MnM. Comment down below with your messages of support for them. We’ll make sure they see each and every one of your messages.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Strictly 2017 – Week 7 Performance Review ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ”Ÿ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ”Ÿ๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

It’s the weekend before Bonfire night, and tonight as we sat down to watch Strictly (with the volume on our TV up extra loud to drown out any neighbouring firework displays) we were sure that tonight’s show would go off with a bang, literally! It proved to be an amazing night with 7, yes 7, 10s being awarded and us seeing 10 brilliant dances. The dances were all so good, we don’t want anyone to go home tomorrow.

Here’s what we thought of each of the performances dance by dance:

Alexandra and Gorka’s Cha Cha Cha – A dance full of sass, soul and cheeky. We all know that Alexandra can dance and in this dance it was impossible to tell who was the pro and who was the celebrity. We loved the costume, the music and the performance overall. It was for us, one of those perfect Strictly moments and they really got the party started. We awarded them a 10. The judges gave them 39/40. *Wondered where Craig had hidden his 10 paddle*

Mollie and AJ’s Foxtrot – Mollie does elegance and class effortlessly. This dance was almost perfect, despite a small tiny tiny error. Mollie looked the every part Hollywood film star and the dance made us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. We felt this dance deserved a 9. The judges awarded them 27/40. *Gives the judges some sweeties to make them award dances higher*

Joe and Katya’s Charleston – We love The Nutcracker and watching Joe & Katya enter in Nutcracker-esque themed costumes has really got us excited for Christmas. Katya’s choreography once again was imaginative and original. Joe’s timing was precise and technically this dance was superb. It was one of those Strictly moments which made us smile and want to join in at home. We thought they deserved a 10. They got 4 9s from the judges giving them 36/40. *Marches off with a toy drum and feels disappointed they didn’t achieve a 10*

Gemma and Aljaz’s Salsa – They had a holiday vibe and a party feel in this dance. There were some great steps,  lots of tricks which she pulled off really spectacularly, however we agree with the judges. Gemma just needs to relax more and the lifts will look at a little more comfortable.  We gave them an 8. The judges awarded her 26/40. *Gives them both a cocktail*

Aston and Janette’s Viennese Waltz – A Michael Jackson themed dance, where a chair appeared to get in the way. The dance was beautifully choreographed and we thought Aston attempted the steps brilliantly. Ok, it wasn’t his strongest dance, but we have a feeling he was a little worried about tripping over that chair, which explains the lack of movement. The dance did give us the Feels and did move me to tears it was so beautiful. In our eyes, they deserved an 8. The judges gave them 25/40 including a 4 from Craig. It was worth a lot more than that Craig. *Asks her 7 year old to get Santa to put Craig on his naughty list* 

Ruth and Anton Paso Doble – There are moments on Strictly which are pure entertainment and this is one of them. Anton’s storytelling was brilliant but it was a dance that words could not describe and a dance that left us crying with laughter throughout the performance. The Paso Doble parts were good and Ruth’s Paso Face was just as good. For us, Anton’s fall at the end made us laugh even harder. It was a moment of TV Magic, worth the licence fee alone and we gave them a 7. The judges awarded them 22/40.

Debbie and Giovanni’s Tango – When we first heard the song this dance would be performed to, we were concerned how Tango-esque this routine would be, however Dave Arch and his orchestra performed a gorgeous arrangement. Debbie has surprised us week after week and this dance gave us goosebumps. Giovanni’s choreography is always wonderful and this Tango was perfection. The music, steps, dancing and costume along with the overall performance came together to give one of those perfect Strictly moments. Debbie even had Craig bow down to her. We knew that meant that she’d helped him find his 10 paddle again. We awarded them a 10. The judges gave them 40/40. Our first perfect score of the competition.

Jonnie and Oti’s Salsa – Jonnie’s natural rhythm and strength were showcased in this dance. Oti’s choreography protected Jonnie but also gave us some showstopping lifts and salsa which got us dancing along at home. We loved this dance and love watching Jonnie’s improvement over the series. We gave them an 8. The judges gave them 26/40.

Susan and Kevin’s Jive – If there’s one thing this couple do, they bring us joy every week and make us want to dance along with them at home. This week they were decorators dancing to Shakin’ Stevens. The dance was light, bright and full of fab-u-lous kicks and flicks. Kevin is King of the Jive. Forget Mother of Dragons, but Susan should be called Queen of the Jive in our eyes. We loved the dance and thought they deserved a 9. The judges gave them 29/40.

Davood and Nadiya’s American Smooth – We love Nadiya’s choreography. She takes risks and although the judges may not always agree, we think they’re worth it in the long run. Rules are there to be broken, after all! This dance is the one dance where they can do lifts, and they did some spectacular  ones which took risks. We loved the costumes, music, outfits and Davood’s performance. It had a Gene Kelly-esque feel to it and was almost as good as Jo and Ore’s American Smooth last year! We thought they deserved a 10. The judges gave them 35/40.

So that ended tonight’s show. Although we missed Simon and Karen, we did eat Sweet Chilli chicken drumsticks in their honour!

Who were your favourites tonight? Vote in this poll below and leave us a comment below to let us know what you thought of Week 7 of Strictly. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Strictly 2017 – Week 7 Predictions ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿป

It’s that time of the week again, time when we reveal our predictions for Saturday night’s Strictly.

Last night, after collecting a large loot of sweets whilst out Trick or Treating, we tuned into It Takes Two to see the songs and dances that would be performed on our screens this Saturday!

As always, we’ve added the songs to our Spotify Playlist, where you can see all the tunes from this series of Strictly. If you haven’t already, click here to subscribe/follow our playlist:

Here are this week’s songs and dances along with our thoughts and predictions:

Alexandra and Gorka will Cha Cha to I Got The Music In Me by Marcia Hines – From listening to this song we predict this dance will be filled with disco and soul and will suit Alexandra’s personality down to a tee. To quote my 7 year old, I predict this will be a sassypants dance! And may see Alexandra score 10s again. Could she get our first perfect score of 2017? It could be a possibility, if the judges are in a good mood!

Debbie and Giovanni dance the Tango to I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas – Now this song doesn’t particular spring to mind for a Tango. Giovanni’s choreography is always original and his tangos have always impressed us. We’re hoping this song has some “Dave Arch Tango Magic” put to it, or it could be a little bit awks! We predict 9s and 10s for this couple.

Gemma and Aljaz Salsa to Sun Comes Up by Rudimental ft. James Arthur – One of our favourite songs and a true summer song which will definitely suit a Salsa. Gemma is our journey contestant and we predict Salsa will really suit her. We predict 9s and possibly her first 10 of the competition.

Mollie and AJ perform the Foxtrot to Call Me Irresponsible by Connie Francis
– A true classic song which is perfect for a Foxtrot. Mollie always looks comfortable in ballroom and we think Foxtrot could be her dance. After being in the dance-off last week, we think she’ll have a true fighting spirit and could come back with her best dance yet. Could it see her score a 10 or two? Possibly! 

Ruth and Anton dance the Paso Doble to The Shady Dame From Seville by Julie Andrews
– I first heard this song a couple of years ago and had hoped Strictly would use it for a Paso Doble one day, and would you believe it? They have! We predict this dance will be filled with story telling and with Anton’s choreography it could be one of those magical Strictly moments which truly entertains us. We predict 7s and 8s for Ruth and Anton!

Susan and Kevin Jive to The Ole House by Shakin’ Stevens
– Last time this song was used on Strictly what’s when Michael Vaughan performed this jive:

This is a dance that always makes us smile when we feel sad, and hearing Susan and Kevin (the little rays of sunshine of Strictly 2017) made us extremely happy. Kevin is king of the jive and we have no doubt he’ll choreograph a routine which will bring out the best in Susan! Watching someone enjoy Strictly so much is truly brilliant and we think Jive could be Susan’s dance! We predict 7s and 8s! 

Aston and Janette perform the Viennese Waltz to Who’s Loving You by The Jackson 5 –
We’re saying it now, this will be the performance of the night! (No Pressure Team MnM!) We predict a lot of emotion and a dance of great beauty. Aston managed to pull off a really emotional Waltz a few weeks ago and we think this dance will be just as good, if not better. Could it see our first perfect 40 of the series? We think this could be a strong possibility! 

Davood and Nadiya will dance the American Smooth to This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) by Natalie Cole
– Davood is someone who has made a lot of progress this series. We love Nadiya’s choreography and this partnership so have no doubt this will be a showstopper of a performance. It is another of our favourite songs and we predict it could see this couple score 9s!

Joe and Katya perform the Charleston to Alexander’s Ragtime Band by Ella Fitzgerald –
Joe is another contestant who has made a lot of progress this series. We predict his acting skills and gorgeous smile will really help him in the Charleston. Katya’s choreography is (as always) outstanding, so we predict it may even score him his first 10s of the series.

Jonnie and Oti will Salsa to Turn Me On by Kevin Lyttle – Another great choice for a Salsa. After last week’s Cha Cha Ch-argh, as a sportsperson we predict Jonnie will come back fighting in the Salsa. Ballroom is definitely his strength, so we’re not too sure what to expect with the Salsa but with his strength, we’re sure Oti will give him lots of lifts and tricks to wow us (and the judges!) We predict 8s for this dance.

So there you have it, our Week 7 predictions. Who are you most looking forward to see? Who do you think will wow us this weekend? Do you think we’ll see our first perfect score of 2017? Comment below to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚