When it comes to glitz and glamour, nothing quite compares to a Saturday night of Strictly Come Dancing. But for true super fans, the magic doesn’t stop there. The Strictly live tour offers an opportunity to witness the dazzling performances in person, and I had the pleasure of taking my super-fan mum to the tour on Friday night. From our box seats at the O2 arena, sipping crisp white wine, we were treated to a night of pure entertainment that set the perfect tone for the weekend.
A Night of Glitz and Glamour
The Strictly live tour featured some of the most accomplished celebrity contestants of 2023, including the finalists Bobby Brazier, Layton Williams, and Ellie Leach, alongside fan favorites Angela Rippon, Annabel Croft, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, and Angela Scanlon. Each couple took to the floor to perform two of their best numbers from last season, while dazzling pro numbers added an extra touch of magic to the show. The grandeur and glitter of the live tour made it an unforgettable experience.
An All-Star Host and Judging Panel
Former Strictly pro Janette Manrara took on the role of the evening’s host, presenting the show with grace and charm. Not only did she flawlessly guide the audience through the performances, but she also showed off her own dancing skills, proving she is a woman of many talents. The judging panel, featuring Shirley Ballas, Anton Du Beke, and Craig Revel-Horwood, added their expertise and undeniable chemistry to the night. Their light-hearted humor kept the 10,000-strong audience entertained throughout the evening.
From the stunning routines of the professionals to the impressive dances by the celebrity contestants, every performance left a lasting impression. Annabel Croft’s breathtaking American Smooth with Graziano Di Prima showcased her grace and elegance. Channel 4 newsreader Krishnan Guru-Murthy, dancing with 2022 champion Jowita Przystał, kicked off the celeb dances with a sensational Cha Cha Cha. Angela Scanlon’s Charleston with Carlos Gu was lighthearted and full of energy, while Angela Rippon’s daring leg extension wowed the crowd.
A Touching Family Story
One of the most heartwarming moments of the night came from former Corrie star Ellie Leach, the reigning champion. She shared an anecdote about her father’s love for Strictly, who had watched the final countless times and even placed the glitterball trophy in the middle of the dining table for family selfies. It was a reminder of the joy and connection that Strictly brings to people’s lives.
Supporting Cast and Musical Magic
The supporting cast of professional dancers, including Nadiya Bychkova, Katya Jones, Karen Hauer, Neil Jones, Nancy Xu, Robbie Kmetoni, and Jake Leigh, added their flair to the performances. The live singers, Tara McDonald, Tommy Blaize, and Andrea Grant, accompanied by the live band conducted by Allan Rogers, provided the perfect musical backdrop for the evening.
The Strictly live tour is a must-see for any fan of the show. From the glitz and glamour to the incredible performances, it offers an immersive experience that surpasses even the magic of a Strictly Saturday night. Witnessing the talent and dedication of the contestants and professionals up close is a truly unforgettable experience. So, if you’re a fan of Strictly, why not extend the fun into the New Year and catch your favorites on tour? You won’t be disappointed.