Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Sunday night launching

The wait is finally over. Autumn is here. Sparkly spandex is in the air. Christmas is a’coming.

Yes it’s that time of year again. Time for the long-awaited but ill-placed 20 minute press call strung out into a 75 minutes in some weird non-event Blind Date-esque launch format. But we love it anyway.

Strictly Come Dancing 2014 kicked off this evening with X Factor firmly against it on the other side and avid viewers of the show secretly resenting the hour-and-a-half taster of what’s to come before having to wait 19 days before the competition really kicks off and we see some, er, dancing.

Bruce Forsyth came back to haunt us for one last time (we hope) at the beginning (but didnt leave until the end) of the show in the form of a handover sequence that began with a terrible VT ‘phoning’ all the professional dancers to get them to attend the show (that pays them), telling some jokes about bingo (which would have perhaps been funnier had the Daily Mail not told them this morning) and ended with a mass depiction of *that* Brucie pose. The reins of the show’s presenting are now firmly – and hopefully safely – in the hands of newly-promoted to number one host Tess Daly and promoted results show co-host Claudia Winkleman. 

Our opening professional dance of the series was to ‘I’ll Never Stop Dancing’ and was some sort of weird-fringe movement (literally, I mean) that started on the carpet and ended in the studio (a day later?) involving the professionals, the judges and then, weirdly, Tess and Claudia were carried in on chairs and spun around like the host and hostess at one of my family functions. But isn’t it great to see the dancers back doing what they do best? Plus the three newbies: Trent, Joanne and Tristan.

5SOS – 5 Seconds Of Summer if you’re uneducated like me – performed their newest hit ‘Amnesia’. Which was ironic really because it was completely forgettable. Imelda May and Smokey Robinson sung for us which was nice of them really. Abbey and Aljaz reunited for one last dance. And then CAR CRASH CAST CAMEO. Always a laugh. Never particularly talent-laden.

THE PAIRINGS (in announced order)

Gregg Wallace – Aliona Vilani

Jake Wood – Janette Manrara

Steve Backshall – Ola Jordan

Thom Evans – Iveta Lukosiute

Caroline Flack – Pasha Kovalev

Jennifer Gibney – Tristan MacManus

Pixie Lott – Trent Whiddon

Simon Webbe – Kristina Rihanoff

Tim Wonnacott – Natalie Lowe

Scott Mills – Joanne Clifton

Mark Wright – Karen Hauer

Alison Hammond – Aljaz Skorjanec

Judy Murray – Anton Du Beke

Sunetra Sarker – Brendan Cole

Frankie Bridge – Kevin Clifton


ONE out of 15.


You have to wait 19 days.


I am sure there will be plenty of chat on Twitter, Facebook and Digital Spy both officially and fan-based. Let the games begin.

Strictly Come Dancing returns with the standard Friday evening (9pm? Not confirmed) show on Friday 26th September 2014.


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