Strictly Come Dancing Review 2016

Reviewed on 15 Jan 2016
  • Event review

    The perfect line-up, the perfect host, the perfect show…it was a 10 from us! If you didn't get chance to see the Strictly Come Dancing Live 2016 show, you've got to give this read! 

    The Stage described the show as "pure entertainment" and they were certainly not wrong. Taking over the arena for the whole weekend, we popped down for the opening night to see our favourite celebrity and professional dancers hit the floor for the very first time.

    Right from the word go we knew we were in for a top quality evening as the full ine-up performed an entertaining opening routine...finishing with Great British Bake Off's, Mel Giedroyc, popping out of a giant cake!

    Now, we know Mel is not the usual SCD host, but she was absolutely brilliant. Her wit and humour added so much to the show and kept us engaged whilst we were waiting for the next routine. Well done Mel, maybe it's time to swap the cakes for the dance floor.

    Taking place under a huge chandelier and ceiling full of glitter balls, our arena fully transformed into a set you'd expect to see on your telly box on a Saturday night. One by one the dancing duos took to the floor, full of fake tan and sequins, to perform for the Birmingham crowd.

    One thing which suprised me, which probably shouldn't have, was the standard of the routines, not only from the pro's but from the celebrities themselves. Of course, they spent months and months training for the show and now for the tour, but their ability to perform was simply amazing.

    The Guardian agreed with us on that one "their performance of the dance was every bit as thrilling as the first time, their cool characters perfectly synchronised and showing an outstanding level of technique."

    The celebrity dancers – Ainsley Harriott, Jay McGuiness, Jake Wood, Anita Rani, Frankie Bridge, Helen George and Georgia May Foote - all gave the crowd a reason to cheer with their breath-taking performances...especially Mr Harriott and his tomatoes.

    Ainsley would be the first to admit he's probably not as technical as some of the other dancers, but what he may lack in finesse, he more than makes up in entertainment value...I mean c'mon, who doesn't love Ainsley Harriott. 

    It wouldn't be Strictly Come Dancing without the judges and the line-up, consisting of Bruno Tonioli, Len Goodman and everyone's favourite villian Craig Revel Horwood, all played their part perfectly, giving feedback in their typical hilarious fashion.

    So then, who got the best reaction of the evening? Celeb wise, I reckon the current SCD winner, Jay McGuiness, just edged it...but if we're talking about best overall reception, I think that had to be the Russian professional Gleb Savchenko - the handsome dancer sent the crowd into mayhem and attracted wolf whistles and screams from almost every lady in the arena (and a few gentlemen too).

    There were SO many unforgettable moments during the evening including the current champions Pulp Fiction-inspired jive, Eastenders star Jake Wood's impressive lifts, amazing technique demonstrated by Georgia, Frankie, Anita & Helen AND perhaps my favourite part of the evening, Ainsley's entertaining tango...whilst he was dressed as a prowling Frenchman. Perfect!

    The show was brought to close as the final votes were counted and verfied. The dancers waited nervously for Mel to reveal the winner of the first show on the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour...and guess who it was...JAY AND ALIONA OF COURSE! And to be fair, they absolutely deserved it.

    Verdict would I describe the show in three words? FAB-U-LOUS. (Okay, not technically three words, but you get the drift).

    Reviewed by   Todd Newton