One of my most treasured television treats twisted, tangoed and shimmied it’s way back onto our screens last night. Strictly Come Dancing is back, and the new series already looks like being an absolute corker.
The first episode gave us the serious chemistry of Pasha and the gorgeous Caroline Flack, the swinging sixties appeal of Pixie Lott and lookalike partner Trent Whiddon, and the seriously impressive tango from Eastenders Max Branning, aka actor Jake Wood. We also had Tim Wonnacott who was adorable and hilarious, and could be this year’s John Sargeant. It was a seriously entertaining start to the new series, and with the judges on fine form too, this is the perfect lead up to Christmas.
I’m looking forward to seeing Mark Wright perform, and will certainly be cheering on Birmingham’s very own Alison Hammond, who I met a couple of years ago and just loved. Friendly, funny and sassy, she is sure to light up the screen.
I have to say that I had a serious style crush on the black Temperley London jumpsuit that the always impeccable Tess Daly wore. It was a very grown up, glamorous look. There was a lot of love for the outfit on Twitter, I was definitely not alone in thinking she looked great.
Of course, as well as the television series, we also have the live shows, which are always the perfect start to the new year. This year will be the eighth of the touring show, which is always expertly directed by the acerbic, but undoubtedly hilariously Craig Revel Horward. This year the live tour begins in Birmingham, arriving at the NIA on January 16th for a three day stay, before moving onto a series of dates around the country.
I go to the live shows every year and have to say they are just so entertaining. The final line up is not yet announced, but you can expect to see the best dancers there, as well as at least one of the comedy also rans. The setting of a large auditorium, the glamour and glitter, and, of course, the chance to vote on your phones for your choice of winner, all adds up to an unforgettable experience for Strictly fans.
Tickets for STRICTLY COME DANCING THE LIVE TOUR 2015 will be on sale from 29 September 2014.
16 – 18 January Birmingham: The NIA 0844 338 8000
(Friday 16th at 7.30pm, Saturday 17th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 18th at 1.30pm & 6.30pm)
20 – 21 January Nottingham: The Capital FM Arena 0843 373 3000
(Tuesday 20th at 7.30pm, Wednesday 21st at 2.30pm & 7.30pm)
22 – 23 January Leeds: First Direct Arena 0844 248 1585
(Thursday 22nd at 7.30pm, Friday 23rd at 7.30pm)
24 – 25 January Manchester: Phones 4u Arena 0844 847 8000
(Saturday 24th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 25th at 1.30pm & 6.30pm)
27 January Sheffield: Motorpoint Arena 0114 256 5656
(Tuesday 27th at 2.30pm & 7.30pm)
28 – 29 January Newcastle: Metro Radio Arena 0844 493 6666
(Wednesday 28th at 7.30pm, Thursday 29th at 2:30pm & 7.30pm)
30 January – 1 February Glasgow: The SSE Hydro 0844 395 4000
(Friday 30th at 7.30pm, Saturday 31st at 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 1st at 1.30pm)
3 – 4 February Liverpool: Echo Arena 0844 8000 400
(Thursday 3rd at 7.30pm, Friday 4th at 7.30pm)
5 – 6 February London: The SSE Arena, Wembley 0844 815 0815
(Thursday 5th at 7.30pm, Friday 6th at 7.30pm)
7 – 8 February London: The O2 0844 856 0202
(Saturday 7th at 2.30pm and 7.30pm, and Sunday 8th 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