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Strictly World Cup – Group A Results & Group B Poll ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿปโšฝ๏ธ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

It’s kick-off for our 2nd group stage tonight in our Strictly World Cup!

Before we kick things off, it’s time to reveal the winning dancers through to the next stage from Group A. You’ve voted in your thousands and your votes have been counted, checked and verified by our referee (Cinnamon the Cat.) We can now reveal the top 10 Strictly Stars from Group A through to the next stage are as follows:

Jay McGuiness

Jonnie Peacock

Mark Ramprakash

Susan Calman

Alesha Dixon

Louisa Lytton

Matt Di Angelo

Greg Rutherford

Denise Lewis

Caroline Flack

Congratulations to all 10 stars who make it through to the next stage! Now, let’s move onto the 2nd of our groups in this contest. We’ve picked the following celebrities who have all performed at some point in Strictly’s history to be in this group. They are:

Pixie Lott

Brian Capron

Kelly Brook

Natalie Gumede

Peter Andre

Colin Jackson

Ricky Groves

Abbey Clancy

Lynda Bellingham

Will Thorp

Matt Dawson

Judy Murray

Dominic Littlewood

Ainsley Harriott

Richard Arnold

Russell grant

Matt Baker

Lisa Snowdon

Diarmuid Gavin

Siobhan Hayes

Joe calzaghe

Alexandra Burke

Chelsee Healey

Patsy Palmer

Deborah Meaden

Debbie McGee

Julien McDonald

Phil Tufnell

Darren Gough

Kirsty Gallacher

In case you need some help choosing your favourite. Here are their best Strictly moments. Please note we couldn’t find all the couples’ dances, so some are missing:

Now you’ve watched all the couples, you can vote for your favourite celebrity in this poll. Now, here’s the important part. Voting will remain open until next Sunday at 6pm, when we’ll freeze the vote. You can vote once a day for your top 10 couples who will then go through to the next stage. Bill Payer’s currently on holiday, so don’t worry, he’s given you all permission to vote as much as you wish!

Get voting and Good Luck to all the celebrities in this group.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚

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Strictly Support Group – A Greatest Showman Themed Chat

Earlier this week, we were lucky enough to go and see The Greatest Showman at the cinema. It is (quite possibly) one of the best films we’d ever seen, so tonight decided to follow it up with a “Greatest Showman” themed chat on twitter.

We began our chat by asking you this: Strictly is the Greatest Show on Earth: Fact! What makes it so great in your opinion? Here are some of your wonderful answers:

For our second question, we moved on to ask you to tell us Who has shown the greatest showmanship of all during their time on Strictly? Which performance of theirs showed this best? Here are some of your fab-u-lous suggestions:

For our third question of the night, we asked If Strictly were a Circus act, what would it be and why? Here are some of your brilliant suggestions:

*imagines Bruno falling off the trapeze*

For our 4th question, we asked Which Strictly performance would be most deserving of a spot at the Circus? You gave us some wonderful dances. Here are our favourites:

For our penultimate question of the night we asked this question: Showmanship is all about taking risks. Who’s taken the most risks (choreographically) during their time on Strictly?

For our final question of the night, we asked you this question:

Here are your wonderful answers:

And with that ended our Greatest Chat ever! Thank you all for taking part. We hope you enjoyed it. If you didn’t get a chance to take part, don’t fear! You can still join in by tweeting @scd_support or commenting beneath this post. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚

Diary of a dancer – Week 2 – New beginnings

There have been a lot of changes in our house this last week.

Our 3 year old, Elodie started ballet for the very first time. She loves taking after her sister (Bella) and now calls herself a Bellarina. *inserts cute picture of her ballet outfit*

After a very nervous Saturday morning, my usually confident 7 year old moved up to the next ballet class and loved it too (despite a few tears on the way to her theatre school.)

After our first dance class last week, me and my husband were both very excited about what this week’s class had in store for us.

I managed to find a pair of the most beautiful dance shoes which are reasonably comfortable and arrived at the class after a stressful day at work ready to dance.

I must point out that if you are feeling stressed at all, take up dancing! It is good for the soul. One problem we did encounter this week, was due to my stress, my shoulders were very tense so my frame our teacher had praised last week, did not really happen this week.

This week we’re learning turns (including underarm turns) with our waltz. I was happy that we weren’t dancing too quickly. My balance has never been great particularly in turns. Our achievement is that we successfully complete the turns without either of us falling over!

We then move onto Pivots! Or as they’re known in the world of Strictly, Pivots of Doom! Our teacher points out they weren’t planned for this lesson, but because some of us asked if we’d be doing a pivot (or two) she had to include them. Now, after completing about 6 pivots, I felt dizzy ๐Ÿ˜ต but I am told that we’re all doing really well.

At the end of the lesson, our teacher left us with a surprise. We’ll all be performing one dance together at the end of term party *gulps nervously* I liken it to the Strictly Waltzathon and realise we’ll probably end up bumping into one another. We head home where I begin a list to ask my 7 year old (who’s recently been in panto) on any tips for performing in public.

Her tips first thing this morning… Enjoy it. Be yourself (or a unicorn) and think of it as your last ever dance or performance!

I like those tips and may make them my mantra today!

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you recently taken up dancing? If you have, we’d love to hear your experiences too. Drop us an email to strictlysupportgroup@aol.co.uk or tweet us @scd_support. We look forward to hearing from you.

Bellas Blogs – Dancing on Ice vs. Strictly Come Dancing ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป โ›ธ

In our house nothing comes between us and Strictly. Long before her obsession with all things Strictly started, my 7 year old used to watch Dancing on Ice with me. When the series went off for a break a few years ago, we took her to see the tour and there were tears… lots of them (from her.) She loved rollerskating then but prefers dancing now.

She was keen to watch something last Sunday that filled the Strictly void, and asked me if she could watch Dancing on Ice last Sunday. Whilst watching it, she started comparing it to Strictly and asked me if she could write a post on our blog. I let her *gulps nervously* and here is the end result. Here is Bella’s Blog on Dancing on Ice Vs. Strictly Come Dancing.

I love dancing. Dancing on Ice is like Strictly but more dangerous and slippery. You have knives on your feet which is really dangerous, but handy if you need to cut an apple and haven’t got a knife. You couldn’t really dance quickstep on the ice because you’d fall over like Bambi!

I liked the opening pro routine. That looked really cool, as good as the Strictly Pro Dances.

The mean male judge is really really mean. I think he definitely should go on Santa’s naughty list. He makes Craig Revel Horwood look like a teddy bear!

The costumes are just as fab-u-lous as the strictly dresses. Mummy tells me the same people make the costumes for Strictly as do for Dancing On Ice. There’s a lot of glitter and sparkles.

Torvill and Dean are awesome. I’m sad they can’t perform on the show but they’re like Shirley and Bruno on Strictly and really nice to all the contestants.

One thing I don’t like is there’s no live band or singers. They make Strictly really sparkly and I think Dancing On Ice would be better with them. They can’t have the real Strictly band because they’ll be busy with the tour, but I can play the flute and I am in my school orchestra!

I give Dancing On Ice an 8/10 compared to a 10/10 for Strictly.

I like Strictly more but Dancing on Ice is almost as good and has made me want to go ice skating next weekend!

So there’s what Bella thought of Dancing on Ice! What did you think of it? Comment down below or tweet @scd_support to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you!

Bella and Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚

Strictly World Cup – Group Stages – Group A โšฝ๏ธ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

Welcome to the Strictly Support Group World Cup! As you’ll have just read, tonight it’s the chance for the couples in Group A to battle it out for the chance to be crowned the Best Strictly contestants ever!

As you’ll have just read on our main post, the celebrities battling for your votes in Group A are as follows:

GROUP A

GARY RHODES
MATT DI ANGELO
JAY MC GUINESS
LOUISA LYTTON
DANIEL Oโ€™DONNELL
RUTH LANGSFORD
ANASTACIA
JONNIE PEACOCK
ALESHA DIXON
KATIE DERHAM
SCOTT MILLS
RAY FEARON
CHARLOTTE HAWKINS
JASON DONOVAN
GAVIN HENSON
JADE JOHNSON
DENISE LEWIS
CHRISTOPHER PARKER
GREG RUTHERFORD
SUSAN CALMAN
DAN LOBB
CAROLINE FLACK
JAN RAVENS
ANTHONY OGOGO
PENNY LANCASTER STEWART
MARK RAMPRAKASH
PETER SHILTON
STEVE BACKSHALL
SARAH MANNERS
THOM EVANS
We couldn’t find dances for all these celebrities on youtube, but in case you need a reminder or a helping hand to pick your winners, watch this playlist below:

Once you’ve done this, you can cast your votes for your favourites in this poll below:

You can vote once a day for up to 10 couples on the list. Voting will remain open until 6pm next Sunday when we’ll reveal the top 10 who are through to the next stage and will unveil the poll for Group B!

Get voting everyone. Your favourites are not safe without your votes.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚

The Strictly World Cup – Opening Ceremony! โšฝ๏ธ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป

I have a question for you all. Have you ever wondered what would happen if every contestant to have ever stepped onto the Strictly Dancefloor were to compete together to be crowned the ultimate champion?

If the answer is no, look away now! If it’s yes, our next challenge will excite you… a lot!

Welcome to the Strictly World Cup which is about to kick off (in fab-u-lous fashion.) Think of it like the World Cup but with glitter balls rather than footballs *inserts picture of a sparkly football*

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Each week over the next few months, we’ll put Strictly Contestants head to head in an attempt to decide who is the best Strictly contestant ever!

We’ve gone through all the contestants ever to have taken to the Strictly Floor and by a random draw we have put them into 7 groups! Each week we’ll ask you to vote for your favourite contestants in each group. At the end of the week we’ll reveal the top 10 in each group, who will go through to the next stages, where we’ll whittle them down until we have 2 finalists for each group who’ll then compete to be crowned the best Strictly contestant ever.

Here are the groups with their respective contestants:

Group A:

GARY RHODES
MATT DI ANGELO
JAY MC GUINNESS
LOUISA LYTTON
DANIEL Oโ€™DONNELL
RUTH LANGSFORD
ANASTACIA
JONNIE PEACOCK
ALESHA DIXON
KATIE DERHAM
SCOTT MILLS
RAY FEARON
CHARLOTTE HAWKINS
JASON DONOVAN
GAVIN HENSON
JADE JOHNSON
DENISE LEWIS
CHRISTOPHER PARKER
GREG RUTHERFORD
SUSAN CALMAN
DAN LOBB
CAROLINE FLACK
JAN RAVENS
ANTHONY OGOGO
PENNY LANCASTER STEWART
MARK RAMPRAKASH
PETER SHILTON
STEVE BACKSHALL
SARAH MANNERS
THOM EVANS

Group B

PIXIE LOTT
BRIAN CAPRON
KELLY BROOK
NATALIE GUMEDE
PETER ANDRE
COLIN JACKSON
RICKY GROVES
ABBEY CLANCY
LYNDA BELLINGHAM
WILL THORP
MATT DAWSON
JUDY MURRAY
Dominic Littlewood
Ainsley Harriott
Richard Arnold
Russell grant
Matt Baker
Lisa Snowdon
Diarmuid Gavin
Siobhan Hayes
Joe calzaghe
Alexandra Burke
Chelsee Healey
Patsy Palmer
Deborah Meaden
Debbie McGee
Julien McDonald
Phil Tufnell
Darren Gough
Kirsty Gallacher
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Group C
Nicky Byrne
Lulu
Jimi Mistry
Jodie Kidd
Carol Vorderman
DJ Spoony
Alison Hammond
Fiona Fullerton
Bill Turnbull
Letitia Dean
Carol Kirkwood
Tameka Empson
Gemma Atkinson
Jerry Hall
Nancy Dellโ€™Olio
Kara Tointon
Phil Daniels
Stephanie Beacham
Verona Joseph
Don Warrington
Natalie Cassidy
Anita Dobson
Johnny Ball
Tim Wonnacott
Kellie Bright
Cherie Lunghi
Zoe Ball
Chris Hollins
Danny Mac
Group D
Gethin Jones
Edwina Currie
Georgia May Foote
Laura Whitmore
Claudia Fragapane
Richard Coles
Paul Daniels
Rachel Stevens
Kate Garraway
Emma Bunton
Patrick Robinson
David Dickinson
Christine Bleakley/Lampard
Martina Hingis
Alex Jones
Dani Harmer
Iwan Thomas
John Barnes
Davood Ghadami
Holly Valance
Ann Widdecombe
John Sargent
Carol Smilie
Aston Merrygold
Willie Thorne
Mica Paris
Patsy Kensit
Jake Wood
Richard Dunwoody
Ore Oduba
Group E
Jamelia
Tina Oโ€™Brien
Craig Kelly
Roger Black
Jo Wood
Victoria Pendleton
Chizzy Akudolu
Sunetra Sarker
Rory Bremner
Goldie
Jessie Wallace
Fiona Phillips
Peter Schmeichel
Mark Wright
Mollie King
Gabby Logan
Andrew Castle
Simon Webba
Martin Offiah
Heather Small
Zoe Lucker
Robbie Savage
Louis Smith
Mark Benton
Jaye Jacobs
Claire King
Frankie Bridge
Simon Rimmer
Felicity Kendal
Group F
Lisa Riley
Scott Maslen
Ali Bastian
Esther Rantzen
Rachel Riley
Dennis Taylor
Laila Rouass
Jeremy Vine
Gloria Hunniford
Ed Balls
Harry Judd
Natasha Kaplinsky
Austin Healey
Audley Harrison
Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Melvin Odoom
Daisy Lowe
Gregg Wallace
Fern Britton
Tom Chambers
Aled Jones
Jennifer Gibney
Brian Conley
Sid Owen
Tony Jacklin
Louise Redknapp
Ricky Whittle
Ben Cohen
Michael Vaughan
Group G
Lesley Garrett
Helen George
Denise Van Outen
Kenny Logan
Claire Sweeney
Jill Halfpenny
Michelle Williams
Anita Rani
Naga Munchetty
Susanna Reid
Rav Wilding
Quentin Wilson
Nicholas Owen
Ashley Taylor Dawson
Lesley Joseph
Vanessa Feltz
Mark Foster
Julian Clary
Kimberly Walsh
Jason Wood
Colin Salmon
Joe McFadden
Judge Rinder
Will Young
Georgina Bouzova
Pamela Stephenson
Gillian Taylforth
James Martin
Dave Myers
So there you have our groups! This week it’ll be the turn forย Group Aย to battle for your votes! Click on this link to go to our next post where you can vote for your favourites in Group A.
Get voting people! Your favourites are not safe without your votes. Who would you like to see crowned the overall winner? Comment down below to let us know.
Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚

Strictly Support Group Chats – A Hopes and Dreams Chat!

We are all missing Strictly and cannot wait until it returns to our screens later this year. New Year is a chance for reflection of what we want in the year ahead. Tonight we hosted a hopes and dreams chat, fresh from successfully keeping all of our New Year’s resolutions, because in our eyes, you lovely people make our dreams come true. *imitates this dance but without the magical dress*

We began our chat by asking you to tell us The Strictly moment which made your dreams come true. We had some wonderful suggestions. Here they all are in a handy playlist form:

For our second question of the night we asked you to tell us the Strictly contestant who you had the highest hopes for. Did they impress you? Here are some of your fab-u-lous suggestions:

For our 3rd question of the night, we focused on Strictly dreams and asked you to tell us if you could dance one dance with a Strictly pro, what would it be and who would you dance it with. We would dance Salsa with Gorka ๐Ÿ˜ Here are our favourite answers of the night:

For our fourth question of the night, we asked you to tell us your hopes and dreams for Strictly this year. Here are some of your superb suggestions:

For our penultimate question of the night, we asked you to tell us which celebrities you’d like to see on Strictly 2018. Here are some of your suggestions:

For our final question, we asked you to share your strictly-related dreams with us. We’ve dreamt being chased by a giant glitterball whilst running the London Marathon, but here are a couple of your wonderful suggestions:

That ended our hopes and dreams chat tonight. Thank you to all who took part! If you didn’t get a chance to take part, don’t fear! You can still join in by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below to let us know what you think. We look forward to hearing from you.

We’re back tonight from 7.30pm for the launch of our Strictly World Cup competition. Hope you can join us.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚

The King And Queen of Strictly – Poll!

Today has been Three Kings Day!

Earlier today we asked you to send us your suggestions for the King/Queen of Strictly. You know that here at the Strictly Support Group, we love nothing more than to decide the overall winner with a poll! We have put all your suggestions into one handy poll to help us decide! All you need to do is pick your top three! We’ll reveal the winners just before our Strictly World Cup launch tomorrow:

Get voting people!

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚

Diary of a (Beginner) Dancer – Week 1

A Dancerโ€™s Diary

Week 1

Iโ€™m not afraid to admit that I do have the grace of a baby elephant. Iโ€™ve run marathons, have lots of stamina but grace and elegance are something that have never come naturally to me.

I recently started a new job, and when leaving my previous job, was given a 10 week intensive ballroom and latin dancing course as my leaving present (along with some theatre tokens too.)

About 4 years ago, my husband surprised me by booking some ballroom dancing classes. He was a natural and took to it like a duck to water. I on the other hand nearly broke his foot a number of times (heโ€™s asked for steel toe capped shoes this time) and seemed to find the most basic of steps really difficult. I was told my frame and posture were good, but my footwork wasnโ€™t the best.

When I called to book our classes, I was asked if Iโ€™d had any prior experience. The moment I said โ€œyesโ€ I was told that I should join the intermediate class. Given my lack of grace, that word filled me with dread.

The day arrived for our first lesson and I dug out my ballroom shoes. I then remembered my feet have shrunk a size since I bought said shoes 4 years ago. I do not wish to sprain my ankle, so head on the hunt for a new pair. It seems that the whole of London are a size 5 1/2 and I fail in my efforts. I call my husband to ask his advice. His answer โ€œwell canโ€™t you wear your trainers?โ€ I remind him that he is nearly a foot taller than me, so me in trainers may not work well. He suggests I try the trainers and buy some insoles instead, which I do.

I arrive at the dance class and change into my trainers, and wear a long flowy skirt. I feel like Ginger Rogers, but am sure that with the trainers I look more like a Dancing Dalek.

Weโ€™re told weโ€™ll be eased in gently with… the Waltz and begin to learn basic steps apart from our partners first. That all goes to plan. Then we try and put the basic steps together as a couple which was not as bad as Iโ€™d thought it would be. I did not step on my husbandโ€™s feet once (Iโ€™m writing this on the blog for posterity so he can be reminded that there was one dance lesson where we did not tread on eachotherโ€™s toes) and the feel of the dance makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. I did feel extremely small, yet Iโ€™m complimented on my frame and posture which is lovely as I was expecting some Craig Revel Horwood-esque comments telling me โ€œIt was a dance disaster!โ€

We approach the end of the lesson (which flew by so quickly) and despite my reservations before the lesson, I loved it! Iโ€™m pretty sure Iโ€™ll never get a 10 from Craig, but I enjoyed myself and will be back next week.

So thatโ€™s Week 1 of my quest to learn to dance. Come back next week to find out what happened in Week 2. If youโ€™re learning to dance weโ€™d love to hear from you. You can tweet @scd_support, comment below or email strictlysupportgroup@aol.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚

Strictly Support Group’s New Year’s Resolutions – 2018!

Yesterday we talked about what Strictly had taught us in 2017. If you missed the post, clickย hereย to read it. As a New Year dawns, here at the Strictly Support Group we wanted to wish you all a very happy, successful, healthy and prosperous 2018. Hope all of your dancing dreams come true.

New Year is also a time for change and a time for making Resolutions. Aside from the usual ones (eat more healthily, do more exercise etc.) we’ve made some Strictlified resolutions which we want you to hear about. Here is what the Strictly Support Group will be doing in 2018:

1) Take more chances to dance (and go to Dance Shows.)ย We thought that 2017 was the year of the tour, but we were wrong… 2018 will be the year of the tour. We already have 2 Strictly Live Shows, 2 Remembering Fred shows a Giovanni Show and 2 Kevin and Karen dance tour shows booked. We will of course bring you our reviews of each show as we see them. We’ll also be learning to dance again, and will be bringing you a weekly diary to tell you our challenges each week.

2) Bring a little sparkle to every day of your year.ย Here at the Strictly Support Group, we like to spread joy and a little Strictly Sparkle every day of the year. If you follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram we’ll bring you your daily Dance Fix and much more to keep your sparkle going all year long.

3) Create a Podcast –ย Over the past 2 years, my 7 year old has fallen in love with podcasts, especially when they relate to Strictly. Last year, we wanted to make you a Strictly related podcast, but sadly did not find time. This year we’re planning on making a podcast for you all.

4) More Challenges –ย This year will be the World Cup. We’re not avid football fans, but it’s not going to stop us making a Strictly World Cup. Starting this Sunday, we’ll bring you the Strictly World Cup. We’ll put contestants from over the years up against one another in a battle to decide who will be the overall Strictly World Cup champion. It’s a little like the Champion Of Champions, but this time, Every contestant to have ever taken to the Strictly floor will battle it out in an attempt to decide who will be victorious. We’ll have other challenges through the year but this will be the first of many!

5) Blog Takeovers –ย As my lovely little Strictly Superfan grows up, she wants to be more involved in the Strictly Support Group. I will let Bella take over our blog, twitter, instagram and Facebook from time to time *gulps nervously*

Finally, the Strictly Support Group would not be what it is if it wasn’t for you, our wonderful fans! If you can think of anything you’d like to see us do on our channels, please drop us a message by email to strictlysupportgroup@aol.co.uk or tweet @scd_support to let us know. You can also leave your comments down below and we’ll try to do as many as we can.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions for 2018? Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Cassie ๐Ÿ™‚