Strictly Come Dancing Live returns to wow the crowds

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Strictly Come Dancing  The Live Show returned to wow a capacity crowd at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena last night. With Mel Giedroyc as the new host, and judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood returning to the judging panel, it was a night of classic entertainment, the biggest and best Strictly show yet.

The Strictly live shows are the glitziest and most glamorous events held at the Barclaycard Arena, with the arena transformed in a ballroom, complete with a huge glitterball, pink chandeliers and a series of props that turn a rather industrial auditorium into a vintage Hollywood setting for one group dance, and transports the audience to the seaside for another.

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This year the quality of the celebrity dancers is particularly high. This year’s winner Jay McGuinness is joined by finalists from 2015 and 2014, the excellent Georgia May Foote and Frankie Bridge, with snake-hipped semi finalist Jake Wood, and Anita Rani with her delicious partner Gleb, also part of the ensemble. Glamorous Helen George and super chef Ainsley Harriot complete the line up, with Ainsley definitely providing the comic value – although that doesn’t mean he’s not good because he can genuinely move and shake with the best of them.

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Every dance is a classic, but of course, some performances just stand out as truly memorable. The highlight of the night was Jay and Aliona repeating that amazing Pulp Fiction Jive, not just the best dance of this series, but one of the best Strictly dances ever. This also provided one of the most hilarious moments of the night when host Mel managed to pull Jay’s ponytail off and it ended up on ’10 from Len’s’ head. (Maybe you had to be there, but it was super funny and was an indication of just how much fun and verve Mel brings to the show). Another amazing dance was the sensual, sexy Paso Doble performed by Anita and Gleb, this one certainly raised the temperature in the Arena a few notches, although at least some of this was due to Gleb’s bare chested look. Georgia and Giovanni had earlier got the show off to a super start with a traditional Charleston performed ‘Chicago’ style, while Jake Wood reprised the Salsa that had alerted viewers to his snake hips that he had hidden so well on Eastenders.

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The whole evening is pure entertainment from start to finish, with stunning costumes, beautiful renditions of the show tunes by the incredible resident singers and dances that sparkled and shimmered, entertained and delighted. If you have a ticket to the Strictly Tour, you are in for a treat, an amazing night. If you haven’t got a ticket, get one – you totally deserve it.

For a full list of dates and venues, and all ticket information, click here.

 

STRICTLY COME DANCING THE LIVE TOUR – IT’S ALMOST TIME

With Christmas almost out of the way, the glitterball is being polished, the sequins are being sewn onto dresses and jackets, and those dancing shoes will soon be getting an outing once again. Yes, January can only mean the launch of the glitziest show in town, ‘Strictly Come Dancing – The Live Tour’ will soon be back in town for the ninth star spangled year.

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The very exciting news is that two of this year’s finalists will be taking to the huge dance floors, with both fan favourite and winner Jay McGuiness and the wonderful Georgia May Foote being confirmed as part of the tour with their professsional partners Aliona Vilani and Giovanni Pernice. They will be joining some of the other contestants from 2015, Helen George and Aljaz Skorjanec, Ainsley Harriott and Natalie Lowe and Anita Rani and Gleb Savchenko. Also joining the tour are two stars from previous seasons, the snake- hipped Jake Wood with Janette Manrara, and one of the stars of last year, The Saturday’s Frankie Bridge with partner Kevin Clifton. Frankie was due to star in the live show last year, but was forced to withdraw due to pregnancy, so it will be great to see her this year.

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The tour opens at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham on 22 January 2016. This time around, there is a brand new host, with Mel Geidroyc, fresh from ‘The Great British Bake off’ taking the helm. Original judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horword are also returning, great for those who missed a ‘ten from Len’ last year.

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Strictly Come Dancing – The Live Tour

22 – 24th January Birmingham: The Barclaycard Arena  0844 338 8000  

(Friday 22nd at 7.30pm, Saturday 23rd at 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 24th at 1.30pm & 6.30pm)

 

26 – 27 January  Sheffield Arena   0114 256 5656   

(Tuesday 26th at 7.30pm, Wednesday 27th at 7.30pm)

 

28 – 29 January   Leeds: First Direct Arena    0844 248 1585

(Thursday 28th at 7.30pm, Friday 29th at 7.30pm)

 

30 – 31 January     Manchester Arena   0844 847 8000

(Saturday 30th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 31st at 1.30pm)

 

2 February   Liverpool: Echo Arena  0844 8000 400

(Tuesday 2nd at 2.30pm & 7.30pm)

 

3 – 4 February   Newcastle: Metro Radio Arena     0844 493 6666

(Wednesday 3rd at 7.30pm, Thursday 4th at 2:30pm & 7.30pm)

 

5 – 7 February   Glasgow: The SSE Hydro    0844 395 4000

(Friday 5th at 7.30pm, Saturday 6th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 7th at 1.30pm)

 

9 – 10 February   Nottingham: Capital FM Arena     0843 373 3000

(Tuesday 9th at 7.30pm, Wednesday 10th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm)

 

11 – 12 February     London: The SSE Arena, Wembley   0844 815 0815

(Thursday 11th at 7.30pm, Friday 12th at 7.30pm)

 

13 – 14 February    London: The O2  0844 856 0202

(Saturday 13th at 2.30pm and 7.30pm, and Sunday 14th at 1.30pm and 6.30pm)

 

Tickets costs: £35 – £65 (bands venue dependent) 

The O2 prices are £36 – £66 (Inclusive of a £1 per ticket venue facility fee)

All ticket prices are subject to a booking fee

To book tickets please contact the venue or call 0844 875 8758

For online bookings visit www.ticketzone.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk . For more information visit www.strictlycomedancinglive.com

Strictly Come Dancing is back

Normal television service is resumed tomorrow night. After a summer of pretty shoddy Saturday night television, tomorrow the sequins, the bare toned torsos and the ‘ten from Len’ all return as Strictly Come Dancing returns to the screen. With the likes of Peter Andre, Ainsley Harriot, Kellie Bright and Jeremy Vine in the line-up, it promises to be a vintage year, with the beautiful and the hilarious meshing to make TV Gold. I can hardly wait.

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It seems Strictly fever is about to hit in some style. The Live show tickets will be on sale from 9am on Monday 28th September, returning for it’s 9th year, this seasons shows will see the return of the TV judges Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli, after a brief leave of absence for the last tour. There will be a post next week which will focus on ticket information, you can also read about my experiences on the live tour last year here.  If you think you are a Strictly Superfan, you can also check out the fun quiz put together by Which Bingo which tests your knowledge of all things #SCD, there are questions about current contestants, previous winners, dances and professional dancers. You can find the quiz here, so have a go!

One of my favourite things about Strictly is the fashion. I really look forward to seeing what Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will choose to wear. I have put together a style parade of some of my favourite looks from previous series – the ladies have such different styles, but they compliment each other so well. Strictly Come Dancing is never less than a supremely stylish season, and I cannot wait to see what this year brings.

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Are you looking forward to the return of Strictly? Do you have a tip for a winner? Have you tried the quiz yet? (I have, I got 12 out of 20 which is 60% and just a little disappointing!) Would love to know your thoughts.