Strictly Come Dancing 2012 – Launch show!

Series 10 is here!

This is the third series to have a launch show and I’m still undecided on whether I like the whole idea or not. It’s a bit, well, odd but I guess it brings home that competition vibe and we do get some brilliant dancing out of it. Plus, it’s Strictly! So on with the show!

Opening routine

Well, apart from the annoying lyrics intertwined with our favourite tune in the world, the opener was very…pink. Lovely to see a professional dance first thing and a very clever idea to dance around the building. Awesome moves as always, complex choreography but yet nothing is ever too much for our stars! I do love them and I am so excited to see some brilliant routines this year.

Professional routine

I never really know how to review these, so I don’t really bother too much. They’re professionals for a reason, and this is that reason. Karen seems very confident and that’s what we like to see. Excited to see more from her. On a less dancey note, what has happened to Pasha’s hair?

Ian Waite and Darcey Bussell

The first Adele of the series! Didn’t take long. I can’t help thinking that the BBC really regret shafting Ian, he appears back so much! Not that I’m complaining, he seems like a lovely guy and he’s a brilliant dancer. I was sceptical of Darcey upon first announcement on the grounds that she was a Ballerina – just how elegant is she on the ballroom front? The answer: very. I like her. Lovely showcase. Smile


Bringing your own dancers is an automatic black mark. Also, I don’t think I actually understood a word of that song. Except for ‘go home’.

The pairings – female celebrities

Fern Britton and Artem Chigvintsev

Dani Harmer and Vincent Simone

Victoria Pendleton and Brendan Cole

Kimberley Walsh and Pasha Kovalev

Jerry Hall and Anton Du Beke

Lisa Riley and Robin Windsor

Denise Van Outen and James Jordan

The pairings – male celebrities

Sid Owen and Ola Jordan

Nicky Byrne and Karen Hauer

Johnny Ball and Aliona Vilani

Michael Vaughan and Natalie Lowe

Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace

Richard Arnold and Erin Boag

Colin Salmon and Kristina Rihanoff

I got a total of SEV-ERN right. A couple were my second guesses but still, not bad going. Happy Aliona and Artem do not have the poster boys and girls again this year. Poor old Erin seemingly without a chance again and VERY happy that Victoria and Brendan are partnered – so excited to see where that goes!

Class of 2012

This is the first impression train. Well, partially. It’s so quick and their are so many it’s rather hard to follow it. However, at a glance, Louis looks like he’ll be able to handle the complexity and Denise Van Outen looks as if she might have this already. Not that it was possible to ascertain much from that dance – PEOPLE OVERLOAD.

And now…we wait.

We have 3 weeks until the first show on Friday 5th October 2012. In the mean time, training clips and snaps will ebb their way onto our computer/smartphone screens via BBC Strictly and the couples themselves. It’s these 3 weeks that give us some idea of what we are looking at because the group dance hardly shows us much. Always fun.

See you then,

Natasha x


Posted on September 15, 2012, in Strictly Come Dancing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. i got seven correct too, (MichaelNatalie, JohnnyAliona, DaniVincent, JerryAnton, LisaRobin, KimberlyPasha, VictoriaBrendan) but two of them were second guesses

    lol for artem and aliona, i think they’re not used to the older more challenging ones but you never know :p

    unhappy about denise and james, i wanted her to win, and james has been constantly annoying me in recent years
    unhappy about richard and erin, he is so camp and i wanted her to win!

    Dani&Vincent should be great,
    and Louis&Flavia, also Victoria&Brendan


    • Lots of people unhappy with Erin hitting a dud again this year! Only time will tell I guess. Seems like Ola has a dud as well, if what Craig said on the one show was anything to go by!


  2. Good report as usual and totally agree about the ‘people overload’ ~ did any one have a clue what was going on? xx


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