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Strictly Support Group – 10 things that 2017 on Planet Strictly Taught Us πŸ’ƒπŸ»

The Last 12 months on Planet Strictly have been… eventful. After heading to numerous tour shows during the early part of the year (to cure our post-strictly blues) Strictly samba’d back onto our screens this September with what has quite possibly been the best series ever. I know we say it every year, but this year was the Best Series ever! Here are 10 things we learnt from Strictly 2017:

1) Don’t judge a book by its cover

Let’s face it! When we heard that Debbie McGee would be on Strictly, we had expectations and no way did we expect her to be as good as she was. I was always told as a child, never to judge a book by its cover. Week after week, she came back and amazed us with technically brilliant performances. She performed death defying lifts which took risks, even made Craig speechless (πŸ™ŒπŸ») and earned the earliest 40 ever awarded on Strictly with her Tango in Week 7. Credit has to go to Giovanni for giving Debbie such beautiful choreography too and pushing her week after week to take her all the way to the final.

2) It doesn’t matter if you’re not a good dancer, but capturing the spirit of Strictly is what will get you far. Not everyone is a natural dancer. Some dances suit some people and others, well don’t! It is the luck of the draw what dance you get given, but if you embrace the Strictly sparkle it will take you far. One person who stands out for us when we say this is Susan Calman. Again, we did not expect much, but she was what Strictly is all about and watching her joy performing every week on the Strictly floor was refreshing and did make us feel all warm and fuzzy. For us, a particular favourite was her Quickstep with Kevin:

3) Brucie may be gone but a part of him will still live on in Strictly We were away when we heard the sad news that Sir Bruce had passed away. He was a Strictly legend who will never be forgotten and we feel that a part of him will still live on in Strictly. The touching tribute from the Strictly pros, as well as some gorgeous Ballroom choreography this year showed that:

4) Katya Jones is the Queen of Choreography When we saw her choreography last year with Ed Balls, we knew that given a good celebrity she would work magic, and she did just that! We’re pretty sure that that Argentine Tango lift (aka Strictly Core Challenge) helped them lift the Glitterball, but throughout the season Katya’s choreography has been outstanding. We’re awarding her our sparkly tiara for Choreography.

5) We πŸ’– Shirley We did think before the series we would miss Len’s catchphrases and his pickled walnuts, but Shirley has been refreshing. Her technical knowledge and encouragement of all the couples along with her constructive criticism has made us love her as a judge. We’re even tempted to get t-shirts with “I πŸ’– Shirley” printed on them.

6) Buttongate Those of you who follow our blog and follow us on twitter during the Strictly season will know my 7 year old worries about the pro dancers when they have no buttons on their shirts! It has become known as Buttongate in our house. We’re hoping that she’ll grow out of this phase *inserts a lovely picture of Aljaz, Gio and Pasha*

7) Kevin Clifton is the king of choreography, however a final without him was missing something. Over the past 4 years we had seen a Kevin Clifton Showdance in each and ever final. Sadly, this year he did not reach the final. Yes, it was magical, but we felt the showdances were missing a little Kevin from Grimsby magic *crosses fingers he’s back next year* We must point out that his choreography was πŸ‘ŒπŸ» perfect this year. The game of thrones Foxtrot, Morecambe and Wise inspired Quickstep, Wonder Woman Samba and Strictly Ballroom Paso Doble at Blackpool all deserve a glitterball in their own right.

8) Craig can do the best Bruno Tonioli impersonation (ever!) We had one brunoless week this year *falls off her chair in shock* However, Bruno may not have been there, but Craig became Bruno for one night only:

9) Bruno can stay on his chair for a whole 13 weeks. This year, Bruno only fell off his chair once! Yes, once! That was in the final. It’s a pretty impressive achievement in our books and my 7 year old wants to give him a glitterball of his very own!

10) 2017 was the best Series Ever! Strictly keeps getting better and better. Year after year we tell you this and this year’s show was the best series ever. The costumes were amazing, the dances even better, the new pro dance line up was awesome and this year’s cast were our favourite cast yet! If we were to award Strictly one thing, it’d be a glitterball award for continuing to get better and better each year.

There you have it, what we learnt from Strictly 2017. What did 2017 teach you? Tell us by commenting below or tweeting @scd_support to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie πŸ™‚

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Strictly Support Group – An End Of Year Chat!

We’re approaching the final 24 hours of 2017. For us, 2017 has been a really memorable year on Planet Strictly. We witnessed Strictly win a handful of (well-deserved awards,) said Farewell to Len and welcome to Shirley and also bid an emotional farewell to Brucie.

Last night, we hosted a chat focusing on the awesomeness of Strictly 2017 and asked you some wonderful questions focusing on Strictly related events this year.

We began our chat by asking this:

January 2017 saw the 10th anniversary of the Strictly tour. If you went, what was your favourite moment of the tour? If not, which moments would you have liked to have seen on the tour?

We had some wonderful answers, including these:

For our second question we focused on all the awards that Strictly had won this year (and well deserved they were too!) We asked If you could give another award to Strictly or to any one who has been on Strictly, what would it be for?

For our third question, we asked you to give your verdict on Strictly’s newest judge, Shirley! We have loved her honesty, technical expertise and words of encouragement. Here’s what you thought:

For our fourth question, we paid tribute to Sir Brucie, who passed away earlier in the summer. We asked you to tell us your favourite Brucie moments. Here are the moments you suggested:

For our penultimate question we asked you to tell us your favourite moments of Strictly 2017. For us it’s been the best series ever and there are so many memorable performances. Here are you favourite moments of the past 12 months on Strictly:

For our final question, we asked you to tell us your hopes for Strictly in 2018. Here were some of your wonderful answers:

And that ended our Chat of 2017. We hope that you enjoyed it! If you didn’t get the chance to take part, don’t fear! You can still take part and send us your answers to these questions by tweeting @scd_support or commenting down below. We look forward to hearing from you.

On behalf of all at the Strictly Support Group, we wish you a Happy, Healthy and Sparkly 2018. Hope all your dreams come true! We’re back next Saturday from 7.30pm for our next Strictly Support Group. Hope to see you then.

Cassie πŸ™‚

Strictly Christmas Special 2017 – Pic, GIF, Caption and Outfit Of The Night!

We love a good Strictly fix and when Strictly returned to our screens for one night only, for the Christmas Special, we could not resist picking out our favourite visual moments. There were some truly festive treats and we found it hard to pick just a few, but here they are for you, just like a sparkly festive stocking.

Picture of the Night

GIF of the Night

After eating a fab-u-lous festive lunch, we were left rolling onto the sofa. We think this is how we’ll be getting around from now until the New Year:

Caption of the Night:

Our caption of the night came from Alex (@thepensmith10 on twitter) who came up with this gem for this picture:

Outfit of the Night:

Lots of dresses gave us dress envy, but in addition to Bruno’s jacket and Darcey’s dress, this outfit gave us serious dress envy. My 7 year old has now decided that Katie is a unicorn!

That’s the last one of these posts for 2017 *sobs uncontrollably* We’ll be back with another post tomorrow, but will also have a chat on twitter on Thursday night to celebrate our 4th Birthday! Hope to see you then.

Cassie πŸ™‚

Strictly 2017 Christmas Special – A Review πŸŽ…πŸ»πŸŽ„- Spoiler Alert!

This evening, after eating our body weight in food and opening copious amounts of presents, we sat down to watch the Strictly Special. This evening, 6 former Strictly Stars returned to the ballroom for one night only. They were:

Robbie Savage (Series 9) with Dianne Buswell

Colin Jackson (Series 3) with Amy Dowden

Jeremy Vine (Series 13) with Karen Clifton

Judy Murray (Series 12) with Neil Jones

Katie Derham (Series 13) with Brendan Cole

Kimberly Walsh (Series 10) with Pasha Kovalev

We witnessed some fab-u-lous dances which truly got us in the festive spirit. We also witnessed some entertaining bits including Craig changing his score after Darcey gave him the death stare!

For us, seeing Pasha dressed as Rudolph made our evening and our Christmas *hopes he wears this costume when he goes back on tour.* Here are our thoughts on each performance, dance by dance!

Robbie and Dianne’s American Smooth – Robbie and Dianne opened the show with this dance which made us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It had great showmanship and was full of ballroom flair. We loved it, even if one of the judges (Mr Grumpy) didn’t and thought they deserved an 8. The lifts were sublime and the dance was super smooth! They scored a total of 31/40.

Judy and Neil’s Charleston – In 2014, Judy performed many dances. Tess referred to them as “ace” performances. Some were good, some not so good. This, however was by far her best dance! Her swivel was exceptional and she captured the character of the naughty elf/toy elf perfectly. Neil’s choreography was imaginative and took risks which paid off. It saw her achieve her highest score of the competition ever, 31/40!

Colin and Amy’s Rumba – When my 7 year old learnt that Colin performed on the show all the way back in 2005, she could not believe their was Strictly before she was born. She was impressed that Colin was magical (like Debbie) and managed to light the christmas trees with his dancing. The dance was a beautiful Rumba which was technically perfect. We’d hoped it would have got a 10, but we’re pretty sure that Craig had lost his 10 paddle, so they only achieved 4 9s (36/40.) This resulted in me eating the hat from my cracker.

Jeremy and Karen’s Quickstep – Jeremy was a star on top of the tree (and not cheese on toast as some people stated!) He was performing quickstep and it was a joy to watch. He even emulated us leaving the dining room table after our Christmas lunch:

It was light and bright and we loved it. We nearly had a fall out from the judges after Craig awarded him a 2. After Darcey gave him the death stare, he quickly changed this to a 7, meaning they scored 31/40.

Katie and Brendan’s Viennese Waltz – This was a magical dance and as magical as (if not more magical than) when Katie performed Viennese Waltz with Anton. Katie always oozed elegance and looked gorgeous performing ballroom dances and this was one of those magical, perfect Strictly moments. It did make our eyes ever so slightly leaky but we loved it and thought it deserved a 10. The judges awarded them 37/40.

Kimberly and Pasha’s Jive – The two reindeer (who made our Christmas) performed, with Santa, one of the most fab-u-lous Christmas performances ever. It was truly adorable and had a lot of bounce and some great choreography. We’d love Pasha to dress up as Rudolph when he goes on tour. We thought they deserved a 10, the judges awarded them 39/40.

So that ended the Christmas Special. There were magical group routines and we then saw Katie and Brendan crowned Strictly Christmas Champions! Congratulations to them!

We’re back tomorrow with our Pictures, GIFs and Caption of the Christmas Special! We’ll also have a special Birthday Chat on Thursday from 8pm, to celebrate the Strictly Support Group’s 4th Birthday.

Hope to see you then!

Cassie πŸ™‚

Strictly 2017 – My Favourite Moments Of The Series

Over the past few months, those of you who follow our blog will know that my little 7 year old Bella has been revealing her favourite moments on Strictly each and every week. Whilst asking her to tell me her favourite moments of the series earlier on in the week, she asked me the same. There have been so many wonderful moments this year on Strictly and it was hard to pick just five, so I didn’t, I picked 7 (Len would be proud!) Here are my top moments of Strictly 2017:

1) Joe and Katya’s Argentine Tango

We love it when dancers on strictly break boundaries and try something different. Katya has proven she is the queen of choreography with her brilliant choreography this year. This dance was epic for so many reasons, but the main one was the lift right at the end. It was my moment of the series and in my eyes, the dance that helped Joe win the series.

2) Debbie and Giovanni’s American Smooth

Musicals week always brings out the best in performers and Giovanni choreographed this routine brilliantly, tailoring it to Debbie’s strengths. It was beautiful, emotional and watching it in the studio made it even more magical and memorable. If you didn’t cry watching it, there is something wrong with you!

3) Davood and Nadiya’s American Smooth

Every series, we see one celebrity that goes on a journey. For us, this year it was Davood. He had no dance experience yet grew with confidence each and every week. This routine was for me his breakthrough dance and showed he was a true contender. I’ve also picked it as I would love a dress just like Nadiya’s *Asks Father Christmas nicely*

4) Alexandra and Gorka’s Quickstep

As a result of this dance, Gorka is now forever known as Gorka Glitterpants/Glitterbottom in our household. Blackpool is the home of ballroom and of all the performances that night, this one stands out for me. It was first class and captured all the elegance, glitz and glamour of a west end performance. Alexandra was (to quote my 7 year old) A Dancing Unicorn, who could take to any dance like a Duck to Water and this dance proved her ballroom skill.

5) Susan and Kevin’s Quickstep

There are moments of pure joy on Strictly and this is one of them. Susan captured what Strictly is all about this series. She had fun, she tried her hardest and made us want to dance along with her at home. This dance was an inspired choice and Kevin’s choreography had a lot of quickstep content in it, along with the nods to Morecambe and Wise. I loved it and if I was a judge I would have awarded her a 10.

6) Alexandra and Gorka’s Paso Doble

Those of you who follow us during the Strictly live shows, will know that my 7 year old does worry when Gorka’s shirts are buttonless. When he performed this Paso Doble in week 2, we were amazed and wowed (and slightly distracted by his Gorkaness) It was one of my moments of the series and one word can be used to sum it up… #Slay

7) Aston and Janette’s Waltz

I am prone to the odd emotional outburst whilst watching Strictly. Think Ore, but 100 times worse. I do watch the show armed with a pack of Kleenex Mansize. This dance did make my eyes leak a lot. Janette’s choreography is always original and creative and in this waltz she allowed Aston to take the lead but show what an amazing Ballroom dancer he had become. It was a shame that he did leave the competition so early as he was a contender in our eyes. For me, this was his best dance.

So there you have it, my moments of Strictly 2017. What were your favourite dances? Comment down below to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie πŸ™‚

Strictly 2017 – Bella’s Best Bits πŸ¦„πŸ’ƒπŸ»

Saturday night saw Strictly 2017 come to an end with what we think was quite possibly the Best. Final. Ever! It was a very closely fought battle which saw Joe and Katya crowned champions.

Lots of you who follow our blog will know that over the past 3 months, my 7 year old has ventured into the world of blogging, revealing her favourite moments of the shows each week! In her words, on Saturday she loved every dance, but has decided to come back for one last time *sobs* this year *sobs* to reveal her top 5 dances and moments of the series. Here are her Best Bits of Strictly 2017:

1) Joe and Katya’s Showdance

I really like fairytales and loved this showdance because it was just like Cinderella. It had bits of quickstep and charleston and jive, my 3 favourite dances. I also really liked Katya’s dress. It had magical powers and I think that helped them win Strictly. I’m asking Santa for a dress just like Katya’s for Christmas. I wonder if his elves can help him make it?

2) Debbie and Giovanni’s Showdance

This dance was also really magical. I have a jewellery box that has a ballerina in it. I wonder if she comes to life at night and dances with my teddy bears. When I grow up next year, I want to dance that dance with Giovanni and I want Giovanni to be my partner, because he’s the kindest pro ever.

3) Susan and Kevin’s Quickstep

There are people on Strictly who always make you feel happy and Susan was one of them. This dance made me smile and I think they deserved the glitterball for making people smile. I may even make them one.

4) Joe and Katya’s Argentine Tango

This is the dance with the lift that I tried at home and it was really difficult. They had legs like scissors and were really really fast. When I grow up, I want to be able to dance a dance like this. I think Katya’s the best choreographer on Strictly… ever!

5) Aston and Janette’s Cha Cha Cha

They were trolls and they danced on Strictly. This is one of the best dances on Strictly ever. I really liked it and I think if they make a Trolls: Musical again, they should put Aston and Janette in the main roles because they were totally trollific.

So there you have it, Bella’s best bits from Strictly 2017.

I also asked her little sister, Elodie (aged 3) for her 5 favourite moments of Strictly. She is a huge Aljaz/Eyelash fan and voted this way:

1) Gemma and Aljaz/Eyelash’s Charleston

In her words: It had Eyelash in it and he was a teddybear who danced!

2) Gemma and Aljaz/Eyelash’s American Smooth

In her words: It had Eyelash in it and she looked pretty like a lollipop

3) Simon and Karen’s Quickstep

I like Toy Story a lot and he was good as Buzz Lightyear

4) Debbie and Giovanni’s American Smooth

She was a cat and he was a cat. They went round and round and round. It looked fun.

5) Debbie and Giovanni’s Foxtrot

She looked like a princess in her dress and it rained glitter on Planet Strictly.

So there you have it, Bella and Elodie’s best bits. What were your best dances of the series? Tell us by commenting below or tweeting @scd_support. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Cassie, Bella and Elodie

Strictly 2017 – The Dance Of The Series

Saturday night will see Strictly 2017, come to an end *sobs uncontrollably and grabs a huge box of kleenex to share with all our followers.*

It has been a wonderful series, full of great group dances and some standout performances.

As you’ll know, here at the Strictly Support Group, we love nothing more than a good poll, so earlier in the week, we asked you to tell us your favourite moments of the series so far! We had lots of wonderful suggestions from you all.

We’ve compiled these into a handy playlist. All you need to do is watch through the playlist (it may take you some time as there are 92 videos) and the vote for your top 10 in the poll just beneath that.

Voting will remain open until 6pm on Saturday when we’ll reveal our favourite dance of the series. Get voting people!

Cassie πŸ™‚

Strictly 2017 – Pic, GIF and Caption of the Week! – Semi-Final

It’s Tuesday & the last time this series *sobs uncontrollably* we’ll look at some photographic treats from the weekend. Our semi-final saw a few firsts… Alexandra’s first 40 from the judges, a lift we’d never seen before and not one, but two judges trying to emulate Len’s pickled Walnut Catchphrase! Without further ado, let’s look at the visual treats from Saturday night’s show.

Picture of the Week:

Some pictures capture perfect moments and this is one of them. A lift we’d never seen before on Strictly that took guts and strength. The risk paid off and created this magical moment.

GIF of the week:

Caption of the week:

We asked you this week to caption this picture:

Our winning caption came from Laura Sian Dixon on twitter, who gave us this pearl of wisdom!

Those were our visual treats of the week. We’ll have an unofficial post later same time next week with some treats from the final.

Cassie πŸ™‚

Strictly 2017 – Bella’s Best Bits – Semi-Final Week πŸ¦„πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ¦„

Those of you who follow our blog will know that every Monday this series, Bella has been sharing her best bits of the week with you.

Saturday night was the first time in a fortnight we’d watched the show together live, and Little Miss Bellaboo was quick to tell me her top 5 dances of the night. Here are Bella’s best bits (along with what she thought of the show overall):

1) Joe and Katya’s Argentine Tango

I’m not sure if the judges were watching the same dance as me because I loved this and thought it deserved a perfect 40! It was really awesome and they looked like one person dancing in a mirror. The lift at the end was unlike anything I’ve ever seen on Strictly and I’ve been watching Strictly for 4 years now (since I was 3.) I think this was the best Argentine Tango ever and I was upset the judges didn’t give them full marks.

2) Alexandra and Gorka’s Salsa

This was a real sassypants dance and I liked how Alexandra looked like she was having the time of her life dancing it. There were some really good lifts and tricks and spins. I think that a sloth would do the neck spin really well! I was really happy that Craig found his 10 paddle, because I thought he’d lost it, but that always happens. When you get another thing to replace it, the old one turns up.

3) Gemma and Aljaz’s Rumba

Mummy normally doesn’t let me watch Rumbas but she let me watch this one. Gemma looked like she was wearing a Glitterball and this dance was beautiful. It showed how much Gemma has improved as a dancer and how good she is. Rumba is a really tough dance because it’s a slow dance and Gemma did really well. I thought she deserved a 10, but I think the judges were feeling a little grumpy on Saturday night.

4) Debbie and Giovanni’s Foxtrot

There’s a Strictly Hotel on Planet Strictly! I want to go there on holiday. I love the foxtrot because it makes me happy. It’s like hot chocolate in a dance. Craig complained they were out of hold for too long, but he doesn’t realise that rules are there to be broken. I think Santa’s decided who is on the naughty list by now so Debbie and Giovanni will be safe and won’t be in trouble because they’re good dancers.

5) Mollie and AJ’s Waltz

When I grow up, I want to be able to dance a dance like this with AJ, or Gio or Kevin. Mollie’s dress was really beautiful and I think I may ask Santa for a dress like it for Christmas. It made my mummy’s eyes leak (she blamed the glitter) but I don’t know whether it was the glitter’s fault. I thought they deserved at least a 9, but maybe the judges’ eyes were leaking too so they couldn’t watch the dance properly.

Bella on the other dances:

Joe and Katya’s American Smooth – This was almost as good as Ore and Joanne’s American Smooth last year. I loved the lifts and think that Joe is as good as one of the pro dancers now.

Alexandra and Gorka’s Viennese Waltz – This dance made my mummy’s eyes leak. She blamed the sequins. It was a real princess dance and really beautiful, but I liked Mollie and AJ’s waltz more because of her dress.

Gemma and Aljaz’s Tango – This wasn’t a sassypants dance. Gemma was on fire. I loved the performance because it was very dramatic and Gemma showed off her acting skills.

Debbie and Giovanni’s Jive – It was really really fast. It wasn’t her best dance but it was a really good jive.

Mollie and AJ’s Samba – It wasn’t a disaster but was a little boring.

Bella on the dance-off:

Based on the judges’ scores, I think the right people were in the dance-off. I was sad that Mollie went home because AJ went home last year in the semi-final too.

Who is Bella’s winner this year?

I was supporting #TeamClifton but they went home. Now I would really like Joe and Katya to win because he has improved the most and has become a dancing unicorn. He can perform any dance that’s given to him and Katya’s routines always look fab-u-lous and a lot of fun.

So there you have it. Bella’s best bits from Saturday (and Sunday) night and Bella’s best bits for another year. Do you agree with her? Comment down below to let us know what you think. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie and Bella

Strictly 2017 – Farewell Mollie & AJ

It’s always horrible to say farewell to a couple this close to the final. Last year AJ left with Claudia at the same stage, and sadly tonight he and Mollie were eliminated following the closest dance-off ever with Gemma and Aljaz.

From the moment we first saw Mollie and AJ together we could see they had great natural chemistry on and off the dancefloor. They have become the hardest working couple this series and whatever happens we’re sure they’ll be soulmates and best friends forever.

Mollie’s growth as a performer has been immense and her confidence has grown with each step she took. From her tentative jive to her accomplished Waltz, Quickstep and Charleston for us she was one of the most improved contestants this series.

AJ’s patience and dedication helped Mollie’s improvement and his choreography protected her whilst also challenging her as a performer.

What we loved most about Mollie was how she always had something lovely to say about everyone who left and she was gracious in defeat too. We will miss seeing her in the final. Here are Mollie and AJ’s best bits in picture form:

We’d like this post to become a place where you can leave a message for Mollie & AJ. We’ll make sure they see each and every single one of your messages. Comment below to leave your messages. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie πŸ™‚