Strictly Launch Show 2015

Last weekend the Strictly season began again when the launch show was broadcast on Saturday night. After the couples are paired up on the launch show, they have about 3 weeks to train before the first live shows at the end of September. The programme returned with all the campness, cheesiness and dancing that we have come to expect and I loved the sketch at the beginning with all the pros in the house and then the train with Bruno shovelling glitter.

Despite a lot of the press bemoaning the “lack of stars” in this year’s line up, I am quite looking forward to it. The only celeb I didn’t know before was Daniel O’Donnell as I don’t think I am the right age demographic to be one of his fans. There has also been moaning that many of the celebs are employed by the BBC. I don’t see the problem with this as although I enjoyed last year’s line up many of last year’s celebs wouldn’t have been recognisable to the older, more constant members of the audience. I think it’s also quite clever to use BBC stars in a time when the BBC is under scrutiny by the government as it showcases the talent that the BBC uses. Generally, from a dancing point of view, none of the contestants look to be completely awful or obvious comedy contestants so there will hopefully be more focus on the dancing and more spectacular dances! However, this could mean some shock boots in the early part of the series.

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Strictly 2014 Stats

I was so involved with Strictly 2014 this year. I watched the main shows, most of the result shows, most It Takes Two episodes, lurked but never posted on forums to see the opinions of others, blogged about it, read blogs especially the brilliant recaps by Monkseal, waited patiently every Wednesday on my lunch break for the music and dances to be revealed etc. I knew who all the contestants were this year so it was really engaging and entertaining for me.

I have decided to choose my favourite of each style of dance. For someone who isn’t a fan of too many props and overtheming, there are quite a few theme week dances in the mix. Click continue reading to see which ones I chose…

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The final four

After a shock boot in the quarter-finals (Team Trixie – my favourites and if the show was based purely on dancing ability, the clear winners) and a slightly less shocking but still a surprise boot in the semi-finals for Jake & Janette, the finalists of Strictly Come Dancing 2014 have been chosen.

I thought the public vote might have pushed Jake through to the final but I am not too bothered about him leaving because at this stage he was the least technical/improved dancer left. However, I feel that we may have been deprived of a fun showdance of gurning, bumwiggling and seeing how high he can throw Janette.

Obviously as a Team Trixie supporter I would have loved Pixie & Trent to win but I have had to switch my allegiance to another couple.

Click continue reading to find out my thoughts on the final four.

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Team Trixie

With just a few weeks to go until the final of Strictly Come Dancing 2014 I have finally chosen my favourites. I say finally but I was probably at the same stage last year, selecting Abbey and Alijaz as my favourites and winners after Mark and Iveta were knocked out of the competition. For the reasons below, Pixie and Trent (Team Trixie) are my favourites and I hope they win.

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Strictly week 1

So week 1 of the new series of Strictly Come Dancing is officially over. I have been so excited all week (this may have contributed to me winning the living room tv problem with my housemate – strictly vs xfactor) and was glued to my television this weekend. This weekend’s programmes definitely didn’t disappoint. The standard seemed to be the highest it has been for the debut weekend in the last few years – definitely better than the opening weekend last year despite still having a few dodgy dances!

I’m loving Tess and Claudia presenting it. There’s a few odd scripted jokes/puns that Tess has to say but on the whole there’s less joking around and more focus on the dancing which I am loving! I also love Claudia – she’s so funny!

One thing that’s really annoying me (already!) is the studio audience. Firstly, you do not need to give standing ovations in week 1. It’s just going to get boring seeing the audience stand up everytime someone dances and by the time in the series when a couple really deserve a standing ovation for an excellent routine or closer to the final when they’re almost professional standard, the sentiment and appreciation behind the standing ovation will not be felt. The novelty will have worn off and standing ovations will not mean anything important. Secondly, do not boo the judges unless they are being intentionally mean or insulting. As it’s week 1 none of the celebrities are perfect dancers so constructive criticism is needed. Just because the judge is not praising the celeb does not mean the information isn’t important, the criticism helps the dancers! Audiences need to work out when the judge is being useful and when they’re actually being mean. In my opinion, all the criticism this week was constructive and none of the judges deserved to be booed for expressing that criticism. If the audience wants to jump to their feet after every performance or listen to judges who only praise the contestants then they should attend x-factor or itv talent shows and NOT strictly!

Ok. Rant over! Click on continue reading to see who my favourites are and what I thought of the dances…

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Strictly speaking

As a massive Strictly Come Dancing fan I am so excited that the series is nearly upon us. The launch show took place about two weeks ago and officially introduced the competitors of 2014. This series looks to be the best yet from the line-up. I’ve been worried the last few years that they were running out of credible celebrities but I have actually heard of ALL this year’s contestants and know who they are!

During the launch show the celebrities are paired with their professional partners and they will have been training for 2-3 weeks before the series starts next Friday.¬† I was going to write this blog post sooner but having started a job 2 weeks ago and various other things going on, I haven’t found much time or made the effort to sit down with my laptop and just write. At least I’ve got round to it before the series properly starts or I don’t think I ever would!

I’m going to discuss the pairings based on the launch show and the First Steps clips available on the programme’s website¬† but before that I just want to say how happy I am about the all-female presenting team. Sir Bruce Forsyth decided to retire from presenting duties earlier this year although he is still returning for charity and Christmas specials to maintain some sort of presence and continuity. I’m happy to see Bruce go. I appreciate his contribution to the show but I have felt he has been a bit all over the place for the last two series at least.


I’ve preferred the shows where Claudia had to step in which makes me so excited for her and Tess to be the official presenting team now. I also think it’s a bold move from the BBC to have an all-female presenting team. Yes I know they already have Mel & Sue presenting bake-off on a Wednesday night but I’m pretty sure this is the first female presenting team for a primetime Saturday night slot!

Now back to the couples…

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