We were a little gutted hearing that the phenomenal Flashmob tour had been cancelled, however when we heard Kevin and Karen from Grimsby were doing a one-off show in Grimsby it made us smile! Although we were unable to go, the lovely @chachadilton was there and agreed to review the show for us. Here are his thoughts:
An Evening with Karen and Kevin from Grimsby
12 July 2014
After the excellent Flashmob run at the Peacock Theatre in London, it was a huge disappointment to receive the news of the cancellation of many of the UK tour dates.
This has enabled a spectacular one off show of talent to raise from its ashes. It has taken a fortnight to deliver a show of incredible quality with the very hard working Keith and Judy Clifton (Kevin’s parents) behind the scenes. An amazing feat may thought impossible with the challenging timescale.
The show started with a very funny exchange of words between Kevin and Karen before the curtain was raised. Pure genius as it had the audience engaged right from the start.
The stars of the show open with a very rhythmic samba, Karen’s yellow samba dress accentuating the fabulous movement characterised in this Brazilian dance. This was followed by an expertly performed Irish dance fusion from Brosena. Tom and Erin are always a delight to watch.
Strictly 2013 winning professional dancer Aljaz and his partner Janette performed a modern paso doble. This was a masterful performance and Janette danced in a spectacular dress (one of her mother’s creations). Following this was the first dance from contemporary dancers Alleviate. A fantastic story of role reversal to the song ‘If I was a boy’.
Now for something very different. A troupe of young freestyle dancers perform several routines during the show. They demonstrate admirably the high tempo dance style. Very impressive and as they are local had a fabulous amount of support from the audience.
Kevin and Karen do an incredible hip rotating smouldering cha cha cha routine, followed by Alleviate performing a very touching routine. Aljaz and Janette then demonstrate their mastery of the rumba, Janette’s favourite style.
One of the highlights of the show, Kevin dancing with his sister Joanne Clifton (new strictly pro dancer and world champion ballroom dancer) dancing a highly amusing quickstep. We are in for a spectacular Strictly 2014, Joanne was rather good at ballroom. This was followed by another special moment, Aljaz and Janette dancing an American Smooth to ‘Forever Young’, their first dance together on Strictly.
Another fabulous demonstration of freestyle was followed by my joint favourite choreography in the show, Smooth Criminal. Kevin starts the piece solo, soon to be joined by the sizzling Karen in a stunning green dress. This was one dance every Strictly fan needs to see, it was exceptional. Brosena follow with an Irish and classical fusion dance, very well performed.
Kevin wanders on stage adorned head to foot in that incredible matador outfit and announces the star guest, Susanna Reid. This was a huge surprise. They perform a very impressive Paso Doble straight from Strictly Blackpool. This deserved the standing ovation from the receptive Grimsby audience.
Interval, chance to grab a glass of bubbly.
Aljjaz and Janette start the second half with a sensational cha cha cha. This was my favourite performance from them. Top class.
A large focus of this show was Grimsby and given then chance to perform with Kevin, Joanne and Karen are Helen, Steve and Mark. These lucky people are winners from a local newspaper competition and all three perform the most fantastic routines for a couple hours of rehearsal. Susanna comperes this section of the show and judges Aljaz and Janette are very good, watch out Len! With a mix of judges scores and audience cheers Joanne and Steve from Grimsby are awarded the glitter fish. This presentation was incredibly funny but Steve and Joanne we seriously good in their tango.
Alleviate perform their excellent routine with a very touching story following a tragic death. Must admit it brings a tear to my eye. This was followed by Karen and Kevin’s Paso Doble. Now, this was my other joint favourite routine. Incredible routine performed to Roxanne. The best exhibition of this style I have witnessed. Outstanding.
Aljaz and Janette return for a stunning tango, followed by Karen and Kevin’s contemporary rumba. Another tear jerker. Brosena demonstrate another fabulous routine and then all dancers come back on stage for a very well deserved standing ovation. Very moving to see this talent being fully appreciated.
One very lovely touch was the opportunity to meet the stars, have a programme signed and photos taken with them. A great finish to a phenomenal show. This one off was a great concept and very well received. Kevin and Karen’s witty and emotive personalities shine throughout the show. It will be remembered for a very long time.
Sounds like an unforgettable evening, just like Flashmob! It’s got us extremely excited about Strictly 2014. Thank you @chachadilton for reviewing the show!