As she is so honest, I’ve decided to let her reveal her best bits every week on the blog *gulps* Here are her top six moments of Strictly 2017, Week 1:
1) Joe and Katya’s Jive
I loved this dance as it looked like Joe was having a lot of fun and it was really fast and so so good. I liked Katya’s sparkly jeans in this dance too *asks mummy for a pair.* I think he was scared about doing the dance which helped Ore win last year, but he didn’t need to be scared because he’s just as good as Ore.
2) Susan and Kevin’s Viennese Waltz
If I was dancing with Kevin, I think I’d be like Susan and wouldn’t know what to do with my popcorn. Kevin did look like he’d been drinking hot chocolate before because he had a funny moustache. The dance really made me smile a lot and I can’t wait to see what they do next week. Part of being on Strictly is having fun and that’s just what these two did.
This dance was so good Aston looked like a professional. I liked the bit at the start where he slid down the stairs. He looked really cool and this dance really suited him. It was awesome! Janette’s dress made her look like Belle from Beauty and the Beast (my favourite movie.)
4) Chizzy and Pasha’s Cha Cha Cha
This dance looked like a lot of fun. I’m not sure why Craig didn’t like it but maybe he needs to see a doctor to cheer him up, because he was really grumpy this week. Chizzy looked really happy dancing and I really liked her dress. I want Chizzy to get really far on Strictly because she makes me happy when she dances.
5) Richard and Dianne’s Cha Cha Cha
This dance made me smile a lot. Mummy was laughing throughout this dance, so I had to tell her off because it’s not nice laughing at people when they’re dancing. They looked like they had a lot of fun and I liked that Richard learnt how to fly too.
6. Simon and Karen’s Paso Doble.
The Paso Doble is all about being really angry, so I think Karen stole Simon’s dinner before they performed this dance. He was so powerful and Karen had unicorn hair so I loved it. I don’t know why the judges didn’t like it so much, because it was really awesome.
So there you have Bella’s best bits. Which moments were your favourite on this week’s #Strictly? Comment below or tweet @scd_support to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.
It’s that time of year again. Time to clear our Saturday night (and Sunday night) diaries to dedicate ourselves to one cause… the Glitterball.
Tonight, we sat down for a sparkly marathon, complete with Strictly Snacks for what was to be an uh-may-zing show. We say it every year and Strictly never fails to surprise us. From tonight’s show, it has set the standard of this show really high.
Kicking off this year’s show were Gemma and Aljaz (or as they’re known in our house, Gemma and Eyelash.) Gemma was nervous but came out and performed a respectable and cheeky cha cha cha. My 7 year old thought it was a real sassypants dance.We awarded them a 7, our judges gave them 20/40
Next in the spotlight were Brian and Amy with their Tango. We learnt that Amy had been pushing Brian hard and he’d been struggling most with the Tango Face. His Tango Face was a picture on the night and his expressions were full of drama. My girls are convinced that Amy is a magician (after the shoe trick) and for us if the dance was down to acting skills alone, we’d award him a 10. Sadly the judges were looking at technique and he achieved a somewhat lower score of 16/40
Our third couple to take to the floor were Alexandra and Gorka. We learnt that Alexandra had brought a lot of coffee to rehearsals and had a lot of energy. They were performing a waltz which she dedicated to her late mum *sobs.* The dance was beautifully performed, elegant, romantic, soft and one of those dances which made us turn into an emotional blubbering wreck on the sofa. We’re pretty sure Alexandra’s mum would be truly proud of her and in our eyes the dance deserved a 9, our judges awarded them 24/40.
Our 4th couple to dance were Simon and Karen. They were performing a Paso Doble. Paso Doble in Week 1 is a challenging dance and Simon’s timing and rhythm were spot on. He had power and drama and Karen’s choreography was challenging. We loved the outfits (and Bella especially loved Karen’s “unicorn hair.”) Ok, it wasn’t technically perfect, but for week 1, he did a damn good job. For us, we gave them a 6. Our judges awarded him 17/40.
Next up were Charlotte and Brendan with their Foxtrot. Charlotte oozed elegance and performed Brendan’s choreography beautifully. For us, she somewhat reminded us of Katie Derham. The dance was classy, elegant, and everything you could ask for in a foxtrot. We predict this pairing will go far and gave them a 7. The judges awarded her 22/40.
Chizzy and Pasha then performed a Cha Cha which was just what the doctor ordered. It was cheeky and Chizzy showed off her natural rhythm and dance ability. Bruno thought she was crazy and Craig’s scoring was even crazier. We love Chizzy and with Pasha we think she’ll go far in the competition. For us she deserved at least a 7. The judges also awarded her 22/40.
It was then the turn of Oti and Jonnie to perform. Sportsmen always do well on Strictly, and Oti’s choreography protected Jonnie whilst making us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It was a truly beautiful dance. We felt they deserved an 8. The judges gave them 20/40.
Joe and Katya (strictly 2017’s most adorable partnership number 1) then wowed us with a polished jive full of energy and kicks and flicks. It not only wowed us but also wowed the judges, earning them 29/40. We cannot wait to see this couple’s next dance and predict they will go all the way to the final. Craig even got out his 7 paddle. We’re pretty sure most of the UK (including the cameraman) fell off their chairs.
Our next couple to take to the floor were Susan and Kevin (Strictly 2017’s most adorable partnership number 2.) They were performing a Viennese Waltz. As well as a tour of Glasgow in their pre-dance VT, we saw them start something we’d love to see – Strictly Carpool Karaoke. Kevin’s choreography always plays to his celebrity’s strengths and this dance was no exception. It had comic moments, as well as moments of choreographical genius. The dance itself was endearing and really made us smile. My 7 year old did point out If I was on Strictly, I think that’s how I’d dance with Kevin mummy!” In our eyes it deserved a 7. The judges gave it 20/40
Debbie and Giovanni (Dark Horses of Strictly 2017) then surprised and wowed us with a Paso which left even my two little chatterboxes speechless. When I’m Debbie’s age, I’d love to be able to dance like that. Her flexibility, lines and movement across the floor were perfect. She captured the drama, passion and agression of the Paso Doble perfectly. Giovanni choreographed a challenging dance, which Debbie mastered. In our eyes, they deserved a 9, the judges awarded them 30/40.
Davood and Nadiya (aka Strictly 2017’s hottest partnership) then performed a cha cha cha which was smoking! We needed a fan to cool down at home and the grown-ups at home were so distracted, we missed the score. Fortunately, my 7 year old had her eyes peeled and noticed the judges awarded them 27/40
Ruth and Anton were next to take to the floor with a waltz. As Anton said, Ruth didn’t go wrong, she did it differently! Ruth let her nerves get the better of her, but she did look stunning and truly lovely. In our eyes she deserved a 6, the judges awarded her 16/40.
Richard and Dianne (aka Team Beauty and the Priest) then took to the floor for a Cha Cha Cha. It was, as we predicted, one of those moments which truly made us smile and left us speechless. I did get told off by my 7 year old for laughing at them (sorry Bella) but it was a really entertaining dance and it could be in our eyes, this year’s Gangnam Style moment. One of the judges was less than complimentary about their dance, but in our eyes they deserved a 10 for entertainment. The judges awarded them 17/40.
Our penultimate couple to dance were Mollie and AJ who performed a Jive. It was super fast and Mollie did well keeping up with AJ. She looked pretty in pink and for a first dance, it was a sterling effort. In our eyes, they deserved a 7, our judges gave them 23/40.
Strictly then saved the best till last with Janette and Aston (aka Mr Foxtrot) performing their foxtrot. It was a confident dance full of natural flair and rhythm and showed Aston’s true ability and potential. It was one of those magic Strictly moments where everything comes together to create a perfect dance and reminded us very much of a dance we’d seen in Remembering Fred earlier this year. In our eyes they deserved a 9. The judges awarded them 31/40.
On a little side note, we must say that we love the new head judge Shirley Ballas. She is knowledgable, fair, constructive and also encouraging. It’s easy to see why they chose her to replace Len.
So that ended tonight’s Strictly. Who are your favourites after week 1? Vote below in this poll to help us decide:
We’d also love to hear what you thought of tonight’s show. Comment below to let us know. We’ll be back on Monday with Bella’s Best Bits of Week 1! Hope to see you then.
Over the past few months whilst we’ve been eagerly waiting the next series of Strictly *starts a 5 month countdown* we’ve been reliving some of your favourite Strictly moments of all time.
Some couples are remembered for one of their dances, whilst for other many of their dances stay etched in our memories for life.
Starting this week, over the next few weeks every week we’ll pick one couple and will share one of their dances every day. At the end of the week, we’ll ask you to vote for your favourites in a special poll, so we can crown your favourite of their moments. To give you a sneak peek, here are just some of the couples who you will be seeing over the coming weeks.
It’s now time to reveal Strictly Couple Week one will be dedicated to Zoe and Ian, who graced our screens in series 3 (2005 *feels her age*)
Each day we’ll share one of their magical dances. Today’s dance is their lovely lovely foxtrot! Ian has always been the king of the ballroom and this dance showed his beautiful choreography and also showcased Zoe’s skill as a wonderful dancer. Here it is just for you:
We’ll reveal our next dance fix from the archives tomorrow, so watch this space to find out more and get involved.
Over the past 14 series on Strictly, we have seen moments that have been true dance floor delights and that have captured the nation’s and judges’ hearts. Yes, they’ve even made Craig Revel Horwood dust off his 10 paddle. We’re talking of those goosebumps, perfect scoring moments that have made us want to join in at home, and have left some of our favourite couples earning a perfect 40 from the judges!
It is the score that all our couples aspire to achieve and when it happens, we have been known to scream and shout (and even get our neighbours knocking on the door to make sure we’re ok!)
After Danny and Oti performed THAT sambalicious Samba, we now have at least one dance in every style (apart from the Rumba) that has scored a perfect 40! You know how here at the Strictly Support Group there’s nothing more that we like than a poll, so we’d like to put these perfect scoring dances into battle and find out the dance you feel is the best perfect scoring dance ever!
We’ve divided the dances into categories and each week we’ll invite you to vote for two categories. Voting will remain open for one week and will close at 6pm the next Sunday, when we’ll eliminate the dance/dances with the lowest number of votes until we are left with one dance in each category! The top scoring dance in each category will then go on to battle in the final to be crowned the best perfect scoring dance ever!
For week 1, we’re going back to the olden days when Cha Chas and Waltzes used to battle it out in week one on Strictly! We’ve chosen the top perfect scoring Cha Cha Chas and Waltzes to battle it out for a place in the grand-final.
Competing for a place in the final, it’ll be Caroline and Pasha Vs. Lisa and Brendan in the Cha Cha Challenge and Abbey and Aljaz vs Matt and Flavia
So who will win the Cha Cha Challenge and the Waltz-Off? All you need to do is click on the video below to see all 4 dances, then vote for your favourite from each of these two categories in the polls below:
Voting will remain open until 6pm next Sunday when we’ll freeze the vote before revealing the couples who will go through to battle it out with the other dances in the grand final!
Irish eyes were smiling last night as Ireland’s own answer to Strictly hit TV screens across the Emerald Isle. We may not be able to watch it here in the UK (due to geoblocking 😢) but we have our very own Irish Reporter, Sarah, who will be bringing us some Dancing with the Stars magic this series! Here’s what she thought of show one:
DWTS Ireland – the wait is over
Last night DWTS Ireland hit our screens on RTE One, with much hype surrounding it. It boasted Darren Bennett as Creative Producer and Lilia Kopylova as Choreographer and in my opinion didn’t disappoint.
Now I sat down to watch this thinking it will never be Strictly but you know what, I was surprised. It opened with a great pro number to Putting on the Ritz which ended as a group number. We were then introduced to our hosts Amanda Byram (Wipeout UK) and Nicky Byrne (Westlife & Strictly Season 10), followed by the Judges – Julian Benson (tried a bit too much to be Bruno), Brian Redmond & Loraine Barry. Had never heard of them before but seem to know their stuff and its nice that they are Irish.
We finally got to meet the 11 Stars and here we had some confusion as I had only heard of 6 of them but in my defence I don’t watch any soaps, Irish or otherwise, Strictly is my only reality and I’m a bit passed my boy band (Hometown) stage.
The ladies had an easier night as they had a group dance to do at the end of the show with the lads being centre stage doing their individual dances.
Comedian Des Bishop & Giulia Dotta – Tango – 18 points
Big brother star Hughie Maughan & Emily Barker – Cha Cha – 15 points
They ended the show with another pro number and the the girls group dance with Nicky talking to the Stars and judges in between.
In fairness to DWTS Ireland Strictly Come Dancing has spoiled us so you have to watch it with an open mind and think back to Strictly Season 1, where you didn’t know the judges or the professionals and they are now celebrities in their own right. It wasn’t without its issues as the somehow managed to take 5 Stars dancing on week 1 and make it last for 2 hours – so many ad breaks and no live band or singers.
The first show is over and week 2 is Ladies night, hopefully everyone will be settled down and try to be themselves as we have no elimination till week 3. The next 11 weeks will be interesting but here’s hoping that it will be successful because I can finally vote and once its finished it wont be long till Strictly starts.
Sarah💚 Thanks Sarah for sharing your thoughts on DWTS Ireland. We may not have access to all the show but Sarah will be sharing moments from DWTS and giving us weekly reports on our blog! If you were lucky enough to watch the show we’d love to hear what you thought of it. You can comment below or tweet @scd_support to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.
If there’s anyone in my house who loves Strictly as much as me, it’s my 6 year old Bella. For months she has been begging mummy to let her write about Strictly on the blog. I have been extremely brave and will be letting her tell us her best bits from every week of Strictly! Here are her top 5 6 moment (because she’s 6 she tells me she needs 6 moments) from Week 1 of Strictly (in her own words!)
6. Judge Rinder and Oksana’s Cha Cha Cha
I really liked this dance because he came out and performed with lots of energy and looked like he was having so much fun. I also like his shirt because it has sparkly bits all over it. He also tried to copy Craig Revel Horwood and do lots of spins and did a really good job of it too. I think he’s very funny and I can’t wait to see their next dance!
5. Tameka and Gorka’s Paso
She is the emoji lady! 💃🏾 I think the Paso Doble is very hard because you have to look grumpy all the time. When you’re on Strictly that must be really hard because you’re having so much fun all the time. She did a very good job as she’s an actress and she can pretend to be anyone – even the emoji lady! Gorka is also magical, because he can fly!
4. Louise and Kevin’s Jive
I really liked this dance. Kevin always does the best choreography. It looked like a lot of fun and I loved the outfits too. It was really really really fast and Louise kept up with him very well too. He’s got to three finals and I think he could get to the fourth. I’d like him to win it, so I’m going to ask mummy nicely if she’ll let me vote for him lots!
3. Will and Karen’s Tango
Strictly really saved the best till last last night! I loved this dance and Karen was also the Emoji lady. I think they should do an emoji theme week! 🙄💃🏻
I don’t think they should play chess again because it’ll make them angry and I don’t want them to fall out because that’s not very nice on strictly people are supposed to be friends. Will is a very good dancer and if he can do this in week 1, I think next week he deserves a 10!
2. Ore and Joanne’s Tango
I know Len didn’t like the dance because it had fun bits at the beginning, but I thought this was good. Tango doesn’t always have to be angry, you can have a lot of fun too. I think Ore should get extra points because he rode his bike without stabilisers on Strictly! I liked the story of the dance and think it was a bit like a fairy tale too!
1. Daisy and Aljaz’s Waltz
Daisy is a princess. She bathes in glitter and even looks like a princess too! When I grow up I want to be like Daisy. I thought this dance was magical and looked like it should have been in a Disney film. I felt sad for Daisy because her grandad died. She can share my grandads with me if she likes! I loved it and thought it should have got a 10 from the judges!
So there you have it, Bella’s top dance picks from the weekend!
She’ll be back next week telling us her favourite Strictly moments of week 2!
Tonight we saw the remaining 9 couples take to the floor to show us their first dances! There were surprises and an overall air of awesomeness! Here are our thoughts on each dance for you to peruse:
The evening began with a lovely, lovely group routine featuring young dancers, more mature dancers and our wonderful pros! Seriously, we have never seen so many people on the floor and it had an air of loveliness that only Strictly could produce. My 6 year old has now made it her ambition to appear on Strictly next week! 🙄
We were then treated to a truly awesome Jive from Kevin and Louise! Kevin is the King of Jive and gave Louise a truly challenging routine with wonderful choreography which she mastered! They were fast, fab-u-lous and fantastic. In our opinion, they deserved a 9! Our judges awarded them a very impressive 31/40! Craig Revel Horwood even got his 8 paddle out *asks a nurse to take his temperature*
Next up were Melvin and Janette who took us to Mexico for a Carnival of a Cha Cha Cha. It was a lot of fun and even though we needed our sunglasses to watch it as Melvin’s trousers were that bright, we loved it. OK, it wasn’t technically perfect but he put his all into the performance and we do love people who put their heart and soul into a dance. They also had a piñata on stage with them! It deserved at least an 8 from us. Our judges awarded them 22/40 (including a rather low 4 from Craig Revel Horwood – now that’s more like Craig’s usual scoring)
We were then treated to an unforgettable waltz from Daisy and Aljaz. We learnt that Daisy was dancing this dance in memory of her Grandad who passed away on her first day of Strictly. *Sends her a virtual hug through her computer.* The dance was truly beautiful and had an ethereal quality. It was filled with emotion, elegance and made us blub like a baby it was that good. In our opinion they deserved a 9, our judges awarded them the highest score of the night 32! I’m not one to compare dances, but my husband did point out that her dance reminded him of another great first dance, Abbey and Aljaz’s dance in 2013.
Danny and Oti then wowed us with a wonderful Cha Cha Cha. It was such a good dance, we thought we were watching two professional dancers perform and not a pro and a celebrity. Oti’s costume gave us serious dress envy. He deserved a 10 in our opinion. The judges awarded him a respectable 31/40.
Next up were Tameka and Gorka, or as my daughter now knows her…
They were dancing a Paso Doble which was entertaining, full of drama and worth the licence fee alone. We also got to see Gorka do the impossible. He can fly!
On a more serious note, we loved the performance and their partnership. In fact, we cannot wait to see this couple progress in the competition and see what other dance delights they will treat us with. In our opinion it wasn’t just a corker, it was truly increíble! They deserved a 9 in our opinions. The judges awarded them 26/40!
We then got to see Anastacia perform Cha Cha Cha with Brendan! It was a dance filled with attitude and sass and suited Anastacia perfectly. We did get a little emotional and agreed with her that the band do an awesome job. We have to take a moment to appreciate the fringing on her outfit and also her ability to do the splits! Wowsers!
Team glitterballs (aka Ed and Katya) then took to the floor with an endearing and adorable waltz. Len stated Ed sums up what Strictly is all about, and we couldn’t agree more. His costume has now meant I’m going to have to keep my husband’s shirts out of reach of my 6 year old who is determined to put glittery stickers all over her daddy’s shirt colours. In our opinion he deserved a 7, our judges awarded him 21/40, which we must point out is still a respectable score for week 1!
Our penultimate couple of the night were the youngest couple of the competition, Claudia and AJ. They performed not only a precise, but an acrobatic Cha Cha Cha which impressed us at home. The judges felt there were a few too many tricks but we disagreed and thought the whole thing was adorable and lovely. In our opinion they deserved a 9! Our judges awarded them a respectable 26/40!
Strictly really saved the best till last in our opinion. We were treated to Will and Karen‘s Bowie inspired Tango. It was full of agression from the start (performed over a chessboard. Monopoly would have caused the same level of agression in our house) and had so much power and drama. My 6 year old (a huge Clifton fan) did say Mummy Karen and Will Slayed like Beyoncé! (She’s been spending too much time with her auntie!) but I agree. They did an awesome job to finish the show and deserved a 10 in our opinions. The judges gave them a very respectable 30/40!
So that ended week 1. We can honestly say this has to be the best first week of performances ever. The standard this year is so high, the competition could be anyone’s! It sure will be hard to say goodbye to someone next week.
At the end of the night, we were left with a glittery sandwich on the leaderboard. Daisy (the girl who bathed in glitter) was at the top and Team Glitterballs were at the bottom!
There’s no official vote this week, but we’d still like to know who were your favourites. Simply vote in this poll to tell us:
You can also comment below or tweet us @scd_support to let us know. Bella will be revealing her favourite dances on Monday as part of Bella’s Best Bits. We look forward to hearing from you.
After what has felt like months of waiting, tonight we sat down to watch the eagerly anticipated first live show at Strictly and it certainly didn’t disappoint!
After watching the opening titles we realised that this year’s Strictly class of 2016 look set to be the best class yet and the competition will be closer than ever!
Tonight we were treated to 2 Cha Cha Chas, 2 Waltzes, a Tango and a Jive!
The show opened with Laura and Giovanni who performed a polished and fun Cha Cha Cha which had a lot of content. It also featured Giovanni wearing part of a tree in his hair (as my 6 year old cleverly pointed out!) we thought it was fantastic and deserving of an 8 at least. Our judges awarded them a respectable 25/40!
Next up were Naga and Pasha who performed an elegant, graceful and emotional waltz. We must point out we want Naga’s dress, it’s gorgeous! It had us blubbing on the sofa like a baby. This girl takes instruction from Pasha really well and is determined to do well, so we predict she will go far. In our eyes, it deserved a 7. The judges awarded them 23/40.
We were then surprised by Judge Rinder and Oksana who entertained us in dramatic style with their courtroom Cha Cha Cha. This guy has great rhythm and energy. The judges told him he put the boy in flamboyant. We agree. It was the surprise performance of the night for us (and the judges) and earnt them 25/40 too.
The legends that are Lesley and Anton took to the floor with an endearing and emotional Waltz to the Birds of a Feather theme. They are two legends who dance brilliantly together and as a partnership were born to dance together. We want to be able to dance like Lesley when we’re in our 70s! Yes, the nerves may have made her shoulders raise up, however there is a big height difference between her and Anton. We were impressed and in our opinion they deserved a 7. The judges awarded them 23/40.
Ore and Joanne then performed an adorable Tango which featured a bicycle, balloons and a park bench! What more could you ask for? It had great storytelling and the Tango part was brilliantly choreographed and performed. Ore is a serious contender and we predict this couple will go all the way to the final! From us they got a 9, our judges awarded them 27/40.
For our final dance we saw what was quite possibly the best week 1 Jive ever, from Natalie and Greg. It was fast, had big jumps, great footwork and lots of content. For a tall man, Greg pulled this dance off brilliantly and his performance was polished and technically excellent! It was so good it left us speechless and we thought they should have got a 9, our judges awarded them 27/40! It also saw Darcey compare him to a blue frog!
We personally don’t see the similarity!
The standard has officially been set for Strictly 2016, and we feel it’s going to be the best Strictly ever. The class of 2016 are born to dance and we predict anyone could lift the glitterball!
After tonight who were your favourites? Tell us by tweeting @scd_support or commenting below. We’re back tomorrow from 6pm tweeting along with the 2nd live show! Hope to see you then.
I’ll leave you with these pearls of wisdom from my 6 year old:
Bella: Greg is a long jumper. He did lots of jumps & a high jump and he will go a very long way on #strictly! Wise words from a 6 year old!
Strictly is coming, and we’re not sure about you, but we’re more excited than we are when we start to see the Coca Cola Christmas advert!
This week, Strictly Pro rehearsals started which means it’s officially time to count down to Strictly 2016! There is now less than a month until the Launch Show and we can smell the glitter *starts sniffing around for glitter*
On a more serious note, judging by the week’s tweets, this year’s pro dances are going to be better than ever! #boom. Here are 10 things we learnt this week from the Strictly Come Dancing pro rehearsals.
1) The pros have officially smashed their rehearsals! They are truly uh-may-zing:
So that’s what we learnt from this week of Strictly pro rehearsals! We’ll have more of these coming this series, as well as some little surprises courtesy of my super Strictly fan Bella! Watch this space.
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