The past 12 months have been truly fab-u-lous thanks to the uh-may-zing world of Strictly Come Dancing. Here are 10 things we learnt about Strictly this year!
12) Claudia Winkleman is a Comedy Genius! Ok, we probably knew this one already, but this year Claudia surpassed herself. She dressed up as a Dolphin and an Ostrich amongst many other things and made us smile week after week with her antics.
11) Terms and Conditions can be interesting. This year Terms and Conditions became something to look forward to. Poor Bill Payer got made redundant, but we had Dave Arch speaking to the nation for the first time, Mary Berry reading the Terms and Conditions, Joanne from Grimsby dressed up as a dolphin, Jodie Prenger singing the Terms and Conditions and a Synchronised Terms and Conditions a-thon! I wonder how they’ll top it next year!
10) All good things come to those who wait. 10s from Craig are rarer than unicorns, but are worth the wait. Craig’s 10 paddle will only make an appearance in the final when he senses perfection! 😱 Yes, this was the year that Craig Revel Horwood avoided handing out a 10 right up until the final when he gave out multiple 10s. They were truly well-worth waiting for!
8) Dance-offs and results shows can be unpredictable! One couple (Jamelia and Tristan) became true dance-off survivors, being in the dance-off 5 times (that must be a Strictly record surely!) We also had shocks as Kevin from Grimsby survived his first 2 dance-offs with Kellie. Helen (one of the early favourites to win) was also voted out in the quarter-finals *gasps.* There was controversy too with fix rumours which were soon quashed by Stricly and many fans. Results can be unexpected and unpredictable.
7) Everyone loves Jeremy Vine. Jeremy Vine really summed up what Strictly is all about. You don’t have to be the best dancer, but as long as you try your hardest you will win the support of the voting public and their hearts. This was something he did very succesfully. He never scored more than a 4 from Craig Revel Horwood (which got the best reaction ever from him and his partner Karen) but his performances week after week entertained us and Blackpool did seem a bit dull without him. Credit has to go to Karen for her brilliant choreography and teaching. It must also go to Jeremy for all the hours of training he put in.
6) Anton can reach the final (with the right partner!) This year, he was paired with the wonderful Katie Derham. Together they were team Class and Elegance and made it all the way to the final. We can imagine Anton’s Christmas Shopping was a little bit rushed this year, but would love to see him lift the glitterball in the near future.
5) Props can be good (and bad) at the same time: There was amazing use of props in some of the dances, including Kellie and Kevin’s Star Wars themed Charleston, Jamelia and Tristan’s brilliant Barbie doll inspired quickstep and who could forget Jeremy and Karen’s terrific wild-west Tango (featuring Bertie the horse!) However props didn’t always behave. There appeared to be a lot of confusion in Georgia and Giovanni’s Foxtrot with a lost teapot and candlestick. Also hats can be unpredictable at the best of times. Think Katie and Anton’s final quickstep:
4) We learnt what a Gleb Special is! All our professional dancers always produce wonderful choreography, however this year we were introduced to Mr Gleb Savchenko 😍 whose choreography was inventive, creative and challenging. Anita managed to master it week after week. Gleb himself was a hit with the ladies too *fans herself* Here’s one such example of a Gleb Special:
3) If it ain’t traditional, Len won’t pickle his walnuts and will be grumpy! We know the judges all look for different things in dances, however some of our professionals were in for a shock this year as Len didn’t like their choreography. Len famously criticised Giovanni’s Rumba choreography for lacking content, and then saved Katie’s Traditional Waltz over Anita’s Death-Defying Showdancey Salsa in the semi-final. We also learnt that the choreographic genius that is Kevin From Grimsby that he puts a “Len step” in every routine, which is something traditional to impress Mr Goodman. This year more than ever, we learnt that the judges all look for different things with many routines being given varied scores across the board.
2) Theme Weeks are brilliant: We had Movie Week, Halloween and Musicals Week. In all these weeks the Strictly team surpassed themselves with brilliant dances, choreography, music, costumes, hair and make-up! They all quite frankly deserve a glitterball in our opinion for all the hard work they put in to make these shows incredible!
1) We should all keep dancing! Yes, this year Strictly opened up many opportunities for us fans to dance. We had the brilliant People’s Strictly in March featuring some truly inspirational people, then the clever folk at Strictly Come Dancing invited us to #dothestrictly. It got the nation on their feet and dancing and we’re sure it’s inspired many to start Ballroom dancing this year.
So that’s what Strictly has taught us this year. What have you learnt from Strictly? Comment below or tweet us @scd_support to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.