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Strictly Couple Weeks – Jeremy and Karen – Day 4

It’s Thursday and time for us to take a throwback to the dance where it all began for Jeremy and Karen! Yes, we’re reliving their charming Cha Cha Cha which we loved from the first moment we saw it.

We loved that, although out of his comfort zone, Jeremy still had some election graphics going on to make dancing on Strictly for the very first time ever so slightly less frightening.

Yes, there was some dad dancing, but he was in time and performed the steps brilliantly. Our favourite moment still has to be the “Brucie Bonus.”

I think this is a dance which words cannot describe. In case you missed it earlier, here it is again for you all:

We’d love to hear what you thought of this routine. Tweet @scd_support or comment below to tell us. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

Strictly Support Group – Strictly Couple Weeks – Georgia and Giovanni – Day 4

We love nothing more on a Thursday than a good old nostalgic look back at some of our favourite Strictly moments. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll have probably guessed that this week we’ve put Team GG in the spotlight with their wonderful dances.

Today for our Thursday Throwback, we’re reliving their Viennese Waltz which was a runaway success. Not only did it have fleckerls and more turns than a waltzer at the fairground, but the music was beautifully romantic and the whole dance had an ethereal quality which made us feel all warm and gooey inside (like a chocolate brownie!) Together Georgia and Giovanni floated across the floor (*realises she’s about to sound like Len*) and it was smoother than a hot chocolate!

*Craves some chocolate so sips on a cup of hot chocolate* We loved it and in case you missed it earlier, here it is again for you:

We’d love to hear what you thought of this routing. Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie πŸ™‚ 

Strictly Support Group – Strictly Couple Weeks – Danny and Oti – Day 4

Over the past few days, we’ve put one couple in the Sparkly Spotlight, featuring all the dances of Team Doti.

Today as a Throwback Thursday, we’re going back to where it all began and showing their brilliant Cha Cha Cha. When this was performed in Week 1 it amazed us. Danny’s ability amazed us, he looked just like a professional and Oti’s choreography was creative, imaginative and original. It set the standard high for Strictly 2016 and showed Danny as a true contender. We loved this dance so much we’re sharing it with you again today. 

We’d love to hear what you thought of this dance. Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie

Thought for Thursday – What makes a πŸ”Ÿ performance

A very rare sight! Yes, Craig Revel Horwood really does have a 10 paddle

Last Saturday we saw a Strictly first, the highest ever score awarded in week 4. Yes, Ore and Joanne were awarded not one, not two but three tens and an impressive 39/40 for their Jive! We saw the first 10s of Strictly 2016 and had to apologise to our neighbours for screaming so loudly (admittedly she was so concerned when she heard our screams that she rushed over to make sure we were ok!)

When it comes to giving out tens, we know that some of the judges are more generous than others. Some look at the technique and the overall content of the dance. Some look for the performance value and some seek perfection. It got us thinking, what makes a perfect πŸ”ŸπŸ’ƒπŸ» performance?

For us, great technique and execution alone don’t just score a πŸ”Ÿ in our book. The dance does not have to be perfect but there has to be an element of showmanship. For us, a dance deserves a 10 when it becomes one of those perfect strictly moments where choreography, song choice, costume, performance and storytelling all come together to give us goosebumps! 

For us, that happened twice on Saturday, during Danny and Oti’s quickstep *stomps feet that they didn’t get a ten and remembers she needs to go hat shopping to replace the one she ate* and during Ore and Joanne’s truly awesome Jive.

Both these performances not only had challenging choreography which the celebrities mastered but they also were exquisitely  danced to the extent we couldn’t tell the pro from the celebrity. The speed at which they danced made them fly across the ballroom floor (as Bruno would say if they were driving on the M1 they’d get a speeding ticket!) and both pro and celeb were so well matched in their dancing, credit has to go to their amazing professional partners Oti and Joanne for their great teaching of the technique of each dance.

Both dances also were performed brilliantly. Danny captured the role of conductor and looked just like Fred Astaire quickstepping around the Strictly ballroom floor. Ore has a unique ability to be able to capture the character of any performance and make it his own. They are both born showmen and brilliant at storytelling. It comes as no surprise as Danny is an actor, but Ore is a Sports Presenter (so not really used to performing.) That made Ore’s 10s even more deserving in our opinion. He is doing something out of his own comfort zone and he is pretty good at it too!

Strictly wouldn’t be strictly if it wasn’t for the live band and singers, the fabulous costumes and hair and make-up. On saturday night they did an awesome job of bringing all the music to life as always.

I’m going to single out Ore’s song choice and the 1960s theme. As soon as we heard this was going to be the song he and Joanne would perform a Jive to, we were extremely excited. In our opinion, Ore’s personality fitted the song choice perfectly and the band and singers did an amazing job of performing this song (as they did others throughout the night.) 

The costume in Ore and Joanne’s dance had a 60s feel. It was simple and made us concentrate more on their dancing than the outfits and hair (as some did on Saturday night.) For many celebrities this could have revealed many dance  disasters, but in this performance it helped us see what an uh-may-zing dancer Ore has become.

In our opinion both these dances on Saturday night deserved 10s for many of the same but also different reasons. One dance did achieve them and deservingly so, whereas the other did not (and may receive a ten this week!) Tens are earned through hard work as well as committing to a character and giving us entertaining performances. Judges will award 10s for different things. Some look at the choreography and technique whilst others look at the overal performance value. Some judges are harder to please than others but ultimately it is us the viewing public whose votes count the most.

What makes a 10 performance for you? Tell us by commenting below or tweeting @scd_support. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Cassie πŸ™‚

Throwback Thursday – A Master(chef)ful Paso Doble For Your Tastebuds!

Tonight sees the launch of Celebrity Masterchef and we’re cooking up a treat for your tastebuds with today’s Throwback Thursday.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last month, you’ll probably know that the wonderful Natalie Lowe will be competing and being judged by none other than Gregg Wallace. We’ll be watching the show and having a short Masterchef themed chat from 7pm, however for today’s Throwback Thursday we’re watching the inspirational Paso Doble which won the People’s Strictly this year.

This dance had the perfect recipe for a Paso Doble:

1) It was Strong and Powerful like a Mature Cheddar Cheese

2) It had more Fire than a Scotch Bonnet Chilli Pepper

3) It had traditional choreography and cape work, just like the family lemon drizzle cake recipe!

4) It had great music and drama! Just like the Masterchef kitchen

5) It also had a heart-warming heroic story which made us all a little emotional, just like chopping an onion!

We loved this dance and it’s easy to see why watching it. Here are Cassidy and Natalie with their wonderful Paso Doble.

We’d love to hear what you thought of that dance. Tweet us @scd_support or comment below to let us know.

We’ll be here from 7pm with our Masterchef chat! We hope you can join us then.

Cassie πŸ™‚

Domestic Goddess in Training!

πŸ’› 30 Day Challenge – Bella’s A – Z of Strictly – Y is for Yellow! πŸ’›

I like the colour yellow lots and lots! It reminds me of bananas which I like eating and also the sunshine which means I can go outside and play!

On Strictly there have been lots of dances with yellow costumes. I loved them all! They made me smile even more than Strictly normally does *grins like the cheshire cat.*

I did like two yellow dances more than any others on Strictly! One is Susanna and Kevin’s Viennese Waltz, because she looked like Belle from Beauty and the Beast and the other one is Trishna and Aljaz’s Jive. I really liked that dance because it looked like so much fun and there were people on rollerskates too.

Here are my favourite yellow dances as a video for you all. Mummy said it made her smile, so I hope it’ll make you smile too:

I want to know which of the yellow dances made you smile most. You can tweet me @scd_support or comment below.

Have a great day!

Bye for now, Bella πŸ™‚

30 Day Challenge – Bella’s A to Z of Strictly. R is for Rumba!

I’m only 5, so normally if there’s a Rumba on Strictly, Mummy tells me to close my eyes, because the Rumba isn’t a nice dance for little girls to watch. Last year, I was allowed to watch one Rumba and I really liked it!

I was allowed to watch Frankie and Kevin’s Rumba last year. I liked Frankie’s dress as she looked like a Ballerina and with Kevin together they looked like they were out of a Fairytale.

I liked the music and the dancing as well *sucks thumb* it had a good story to it and the dancing looked beautiful. I would have given it a 10 like Bruno, but the other judges didn’t like it as much. I think I need to tell them when to put out their 10 paddle this year, especially Craig!

If this is what all Rumbas are like, I don’t know why mummy doesn’t always let me watch them *stomps feet and pulls a paso face.* Here are Frankie and Kevin with their beautiful Rumba:

I hope you liked watching that dance. I’d love to hear what you liked about it. Tweet @scd_support or comment below to let me know. I look forward to hearing from you.

Bella πŸ™‚

Throwback Thursday – Happy Chinese New Year!

Today is Chinese New Year. It’s the year of the goat and we’re pretty sure if this little guy went on Strictly, he’d get 10 from all of our judges, Craig Revel Horwood included.

*Thinks why we’re here* Going back to the subject, as it’s Chinese New Year, we’ll be making sweet and sour chicken later turning back the clock 2 years and watching today’s Strictly Fix from Strictly 2013.

There’s no doubt about it, our professional dancers are incredibly talented and always amaze us with their wonderful routines whilst Strictly is on. This routine was truly wonderful. We loved it for several reasons:

❀️ The costumes and make-up were brilliant. We want a kimono just like that and have to say the male pro dancers looked strong and powerful in their outfits!
❀️ The music, although not oriental really fitted the style of dancing. We never thought we’d say this but this BeyoncΓ© song added atmosphere to the dance.
❀️ The choreography was wonderful and perfectly executed. It was like a bento box full of delights!

We’re pretty sure you will agree, but here are our Geisha Girls and Monks Strictly Professional Dancers performing to BeyoncΓ©’s Halo. We hope you enjoy it:

We’d love to hear what you thought of that. Tweet us @scd_support or comment below. We look forward to hearing from you.

We must also add that it’s the lovely Aljaz Skoranjec’s birthday. So on behalf of all of us, we wish you a very Happy Birthday Aljaz. Here’s some cake we prepared earlier

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From all at the Strictly Support Group we wish you a very Happy Chinese New Year or Shinyen Hao!

We’re not around tonight, but join us on Saturday night for a Chinese New Year chat starting from 7.30pm on twitter @scd_support. You just need to follow us to take part. As always, once the chat has finished we’ll put a wonderful recap up on here for you to comment on (if you’re not on twitter.)

Cassie πŸ™‚

Throwback Thursday – This is how to dance a Tango!

For today’s Throwback Thursday, we’re watching Series 9 (2011) champion Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani take to the floor with a thrilling Argentine Tango.

They danced to a song called Asi se baila el tango (meaning This is how to dance the tango in Spanish) and this routine was a true masterclass in Argentine Tango. It was full of passion, tension and aggression and flowed across the floor seamlessly.

We loved Aliona’s dress and the choreography was fab-u-lous. The whole dance was slick, sharp and superb. Harry looked like a real professional and performed the role of a Gaucho perfectly.

It’s one of our favourite dances and we hope you’ll like it too. Here are Harry and Aliona with their wonderful Argentine Tango:

We’d love to hear what you thought of it. Tweet @scd_support or comment below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie πŸ™‚

Throwback Thursday – We’re (quick)stepping out with two of our tour judges!

Today excitement levels in my house are off the scale! My 4 yr old strictly fan , Bella, is off to see the tour with her grandma and auntie, and it’s been the topic of conversation all day in our house.

To get her in the mood for tonight’s show, I decided to show you lovely people (and her of course) this wonderful quickstep from two of our tour judges, Tom and Camilla. She wasn’t even born when these two competed and won Strictly, so (as a mum) I felt it only fair to show her some of their best bits.

For today’s Throwback Thursday, she’s picked her favourite of their dances, their Quickstep. Bella liked this dance because they were really fast and ran across the dance floor so quickly, they should have won a medal (as well as a glitterball!) She also liked Camilla’s dress because it was pretty and orange (not pink!) She liked the music and choreography and wants to dance like that when she’s older.

I think she’s chosen a great dance and I hope you will too. Here is Bella’s choice for today, Tom and Camilla’s quickstep. We both hope you enjoy it:

We’d love to hear what you thought of that dance. Tweet @scd_support or comment below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cassie and Bella πŸ™‚