Strictly Come Dancing 2013: launch show

After a week of predicting ideal pairings and months of yearning for the sparkles, Strictly Come Dancing 2013 is here and shimmied back into our lives with a spectacular launch show.

Click more to relive the excitement and find out those pairings we were all dying to know!

Launch show summary

The studio may have changed but Tess’s antics have not. Poor Daly still cannot get her leg straight up at the beginning with Bruce and still appears to have problems pronouncing Ola Jordan’s first name (although she has no problem with Aljaž, it seems)

We saw the five newbies – Aljaž, Iveta, Janette, Kevin and Anya – dance but they were sometimes either covered by their own VTs or masked when infiltrated by the other professional dancers. The whole thing had kicked off with the most impeccable of dance routines along the carpet and on the studio floor so that is our decent dancing quota filled for tonight.

Jessie J and Rod Stewart sung (separately) accompanied by glow-sticks for the former and professional couples for the latter.

Last year’s champion Louis Smith and his then-show professional Flavia Cacace performed their ‘turning point’ Charleston for us again. We saw our first (and last) shine of personality in Louis during this dance so naturally we had to sit through it again. I don’t know, I guess it was technically good. Just. Blah.

The cast dance at the end wasn’t the usual car-crash horror of past years – possibly because of the bigger studio. Some nice synchronisation actually. Could be a good year…


Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Brendan Cole

Abbey Clancy and Aljaž Skorjanec

Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev

Vanessa Feltz and James Jordan

Fiona Fullerton and Anton Du Beke

Deborah Meaden and Robin Windsor

Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev

Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton

Dave Myers and Karen Hauer

Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanoff

Tony Jacklin and Aliona Vilani

Mark Benton and Iveta Lukosiute

Julian Macdonald and Janette Manrara

Ashley Taylor Dawson and Ola Jordan

Patrick Robinson and Anya Garnis

Side point: five of my predictions were correct.

Tasha’s talk

I think Aliona Vilani meeting Tony Jacklin was a fairly obvious match given that Aliona is only back on injury cover and Tony is considered very much the write-off (although I do hope not).

Vanessa Feltz and James Jordan shall make a wonderfully explosive couple as they both are highly opinionated and need to be right. Fireworks could ensue, duck and cover.

One does hope Ben Cohen will be a real contender this year following in the talented footsteps of Austin Healey and Gavin Henson who both finished very high indeed. Maybe he can win – he certainly has a great teacher in Kristina Rihanoff – but it’s way too early to tell. (and he’s pretty scrummy as well…sorry)

I hope I am wrong on this one but I fear Fiona Fullerton may be another Nancy Dell’Olio/Jerry Hall type. So of course she gets Anton Du Beke.

And finally, I’m excited to see Mark Benton dancing because he was the lovable head-teacher from ITV’s Britannia High and more recently the useless case in BBC’s own Waterloo Road.

I’m so excited! When do we get to see all these fantastic celebrities in action?

In two weeks and six days.

Series 11 of Strictly Come Dancing kicks off properly on Friday 27 September 2013 in a special Friday evening slot. Half the couples will dance on the Friday evening while the remaining couples (probably eight) will take to the floor the following evening on Saturday 28 September. Nobody will be eliminated this first weekend.

For now it’s what an ex-colleague of mine once dubbed ‘the three week phoney war’.


Posted on September 7, 2013, in Strictly Come Dancing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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