Review: BBC Strictly Come Dancing

Glitter, sequins, sparkle and SEVEN! – When you hear these words that can only mean one thing – you’re stuck in the costume cupboard.

Only kidding. Of course, it is simply that time of year again when Strictly Come Dancing is back on our screens. Friday 25th September saw the official start the show, and what a show it was.

Some shining stars

I am quite impressed with the line up this year. Usually, it is obvious at the first show who is going to go out early and who may win the competition but, after watching the first episode, right now it’s anyone’s game.

If you haven’t seen the show before a) where the heck have you been? and b) thank glitter that Kettle is here to fill you in on all the knowhow.

How it all works

Strictly works like this: 15 celebrities (sometimes questionable) are paired with 15 professional ballroom dancers, and they have to learn dances like the tango, the waltz and (a particular favourite of mine) the rumba, in order to win the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom glitter trophy. Throughout the competition the judges, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and Len Goodman, score the dancers on their performances to guide the public with their vote and the couple with the lowest scores wave goodbye to the competition.

A glittering start

On Friday night, it was quite a start to the series. First on was Kellie Bright, Eastenders’ Linda Carter and, as I quote from Len, ‘Kelly Bright she’s alright’. Performing with professional dancer, Kevin Clifton, they danced the tango with a 70s rock and roll theme. The audience and people at home loved it. It was great to see her on-screen TV husband, actor Danny Dyer, there to support her. 



It wasn’t just the celebs that were taking a liking to the dance floor. Twitter went #cray too for professional dancer Gleb Savchenko. Apparently, he is quite a hottie on the dance floor. Personally, I don’t see it, plus he is already taken but hey ho.





Yet, after his performance with TV presenter, Anita Rani, Craig Revel Horwood was impressed. She may be the one to watch.

Classic Strictly

Admittedly, some of the dances were cliché, playing on what the celebrity does for a job. Rani’s dance was set around hay stacks and blades of grass, not so subtly telling us that she’s a Countryfile gal.

Similarly, we all know Carol Kirkwood for her BBC Breakfast weather predictions, but I bed she didn’t predict that sort of performance last night. From weather reporting on stage, to her partner Pasha Covalev travelling by thunderbolt, there were too many weather jokes for me.



Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One, Saturdays and Sundays at 6:20pm.