This weekend sees the start of one of my all-time favourite shows, Strictly Come Dancing. I think I have watched every series from the very beginning! Every year it seems to get bigger and better.
What really makes the show for me is the celeb and pro partnerships, I like how the producers always choose the right partnerships, they seem to always gel and after a few weeks, you can’t imagine the celebs partnered with anyone else.
In this post, I want to share with you my favourite partnerships and stand out dances from the Strictly past. So let’s get ready to rumba! (Sorry I could resist a dance-inspired pun)
Chris Hollins and Ola Jordan – 2009
Everyone seems to love an underdog and that’s exactly what Chris Hollins was in 2009 competition. He didn’t have a great start and many of his first dances were a bit difficult to watch, as he made quite a few mistakes. But what I really liked about him was that each week he came out and gave the dance his all. He knew he wasn’t great but he worked hard and we all loved him for it, he was so entertaining. And when he did well, I was so pleased for him!
I loved his partnership with Ola chops as he called her and their training footage and it takes two interviews were always a highlight for me. She really whipped him into a dancer. His stand out dance for me was his Charlton, it was made for him, his facial expressions were great and he pretty much nailed it. I was so pleased when he won the series!
Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev – 2010
Even 9 years later this partnership was still one of my favourites. From the start they had great chemistry, Kara had a natural talent, she made every dance look effortless, but at the start had trouble with really letting go.
As the weeks went by she grew in confidence and I loved the are they aren’t they rumours as they looked like such a great couple. I also loved how humble Kara came across on it takes two and in all the training footage, I was really rooting for her to do well.
They became my favourites after their American Smooth in Blackpool week. Their routine had it all, daring lifts, drama, and the choreography was amazing. It also divided the judges with Craig loving it and Len telling them off as they weren’t in hold for most of the dance. (Very bad) But I loved it, for me, it was the stand dance of that year.
Mollie King and AJ Pritchard – 2017
Strictly 2017 was a strong year for celebs I knew who most of them were for a start, I had a few favourites that series but I think the stand out for me was Mollie and AJ. They looked so cute together.
She started off with great potential but had a few weeks where she had some tough criticism from the judges and she was so upset when she made a few mistakes.
But I think that’s why I loved her. She was so sweet and was the first to laugh at herself. I think at times she was undermarked and she got a lot of mixed comments.
Her rumba especially split the judges but as it was musical week and she was playing the sweet character of Sandra Dee, I thought she nailed it. Maybe I just like the underdog or the celebs who just have that one standout dance, but Mollie and Aj were my standout partnership of 2017.
Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell – 2018
To be honest, I hadn’t really heard of Joe Sugg before strictly, then he was well known as Zoella’s little brother, but now he has catapulted into the limelight. Firstly I thought it was genius of the Strictly producers to cast a YouTuber, Instantly they made Strictly appeal to a newer, younger and wider audience.
When he signed up I wasn’t expecting much from Joe (not in a horrible way of course) but just because he seemed like a normal lad that didn’t have any stage school experience like so many other constants do. When his first dance was a jive I was surprised by his coordination and energy. Each week he listened to the judge’s feedback and improved so much, I really wanted him to win.
I loved watching his Vlogs in which him and Diane would talk about their training from the week before and show you BTS footage. You could see each week ho close they were becoming and the sweet way they looked at each other ( I love a good love story).
The dance that really stood out for me was his Quickstep in Blackpool, Diane did a great job with the choreography and from his Vlogs he said he did a massive mistake in the dress run, so to see him smash it on the night was great! Go on Joe – as DIIANNE would say.
I couldn’t really write a post without mentioning these standout performances. These dances for me have to be counted as some of the great moments of Strictly.
Abbey Clancy and Aljaz Skorjanec 2013 – Salsa amazing
Aston MerryGold and Janette Manrara 2017 – Foxtrot
Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev 2014 – Showdance
Jill Halfpenny and Darren Bennett – 2005 Jive
I hope you have enjoyed this post. Are you looking forward to the new series? Who do you think will be the ones to lift the trophy?
See you on the next one