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Strictly Come Dancing the Professionals

Yesterday I went and saw the Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals Tour, and it was absolutely amazing!

Each dancer got to talk about their experience on Strictly as well as their background and how they got into dancing. We got t9 learn a little but more abou them all which was lovely. They also showed bits from the show including some of the funniest moments, the most dramatic as well as a montage of Blackpool performances.

The dancers were Dianne, Karen, Nadiya, Katya, Oti, Neil, AJ, Gorka, Pasha and Giovanni. And they were all fantastic (as always)

The highlights for me were;

. Giovanni – he was so funny and had some great interaction with the audience and his performance was absolutely stunning.

.Oti – It was a joy to get to see her dance, she is just phenomenal and didn’t put a foot wrong.

. The singers – Patrick Smyth and Alison Jiear were outstanding! Such incredible voices and they interacted with the dances and were incorporated in the routines which was brilliant to see and much better that them just standing at the back with the band

. Pasha’s farewell – Nadiya came out and delivered a lovely speech about Pasha, he then performed some of his best bits including the Charleston he performed with Caroline Flack and the Salsa he did with Ashley last year. At the end of his performance he received a standing ovation from the entire theatre.

It was a brilliantly put together show, very well thought out and a lovely concept. And the dancers were all fantastic, you could see that the were loving performing all together and talking about there pasts and Strictly.

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Lauren & AJ – 31 (7,8,8,8) – Tango

Another great ballroom dance from Lauren, they were definetly her strong suit. She has definetly grown in confidence and I think that it is partly due to her having to get into characters, like she did for this one, it allowed her to become someelse and not be so vulnerable. She was a powerhouse and I really enjoyed this dance.

Samba – 23 (5,6,6,6)

Unfortunealy, her Latin has never been her best and this Samba was no different. There were a few awkward moments and she didn’t look as comfortable out of hold and without a character.

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Unfortunately, we have to say goodbye to Lauren & AJ this week. They were so close to the final and I really believe that they should have been in it. The journey that Lauren has been in has been incredible to watch, to see how much she has improved in her dancing but also how much she has grown in confidence as well. She most definetly captured the spirit of Strictly and what being part of the show is really all about, seeing someone who has never danced before be transformed into a fully fledged performer.

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Dance 2 – Lauren and AJ – Samba

Poor thing, i could see that she put everything into this dance but it didn’t really go her way but i did see that she was trying to enjoy herself. There were a few mistakes with her foot placements and there were some timing issues throughout which really shouldn’t be happening in the final. However, she had a massive smile on her face and I just love seeing her and AJ together and it was great how when she made the mistakes, she got back on board and tried to continue the dance. She should really be proud of herself of how far shes come and i can see how much she has improved and how hard she’s trying

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Dance 2 – Lauren and AJ – Samba

Poor thing, i could see that she put everything into this dance but it didn’t really go her way but i did see that she was trying to enjoy herself. There were a few mistakes with her foot placements and there were some timing issues throughout which really shouldn’t be happening in the final. However, she had a massive smile on her face and I just love seeing her and AJ together and it was great how when she made the mistakes, she got back on board and tried to continue the dance. She should really be proud of herself of how far shes come and i can see how much she has improved and how hard she’s trying

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Dance 1 – Lauren and AJ – Tango

After last week, i had such high hopes for Lauren but i just dont think this was her dance. I mean her characterisation is getting better and better but you could tell that she struggled. You could see her head going a bit floppy and her miss a few steps. The main thing for me was that you could see AJ guiding her through the moves or counting and that sort of got rid of the drama. However, apart from that, she attempted to drive throughout and I loved the choreography from AJ – it is crazy to see how much she has improved but it was definitely not her best but it wasn’t bad at all.

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Dance 1 – Lauren and AJ – Tango

After last week, i had such high hopes for Lauren but i just dont think this was her dance. I mean her characterisation is getting better and better but you could tell that she struggled. You could see her head going a bit floppy and her miss a few steps. The main thing for me was that you could see AJ guiding her through the moves or counting and that sort of got rid of the drama. However, apart from that, she attempted to drive throughout and I loved the choreography from AJ – it is crazy to see how much she has improved but it was definitely not her best but it wasn’t bad at all.

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Guys, it’s semi-final night and I don’t know whether I’m excited or it’s going to annoy me with favouritism

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Lauren & AJ – 35 (8,9,9,9) – American Smooth

Most definetly Lauren’s best dance. It was well acted and executed, she was able to show some character and a storyline for the first time. Ballroom is her strong suit, she looks more relaxed and confident and is able to have more control.

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Lauren and AJ – American Smooth

I am so proud at how much Lauren has grown and we can definitely say that ballroom is much better for her. She had a really nice top line, she was pivoting beautifully around the floor and letting AJ lead her throughout the dance. The biggest thing for me is that we are starting to see Lauren’s story telling skills because I actually believed that I was watching a true love story between her and AJ. She was smooth, controlled and it looked like she absolutely loved dancing it – it’s crazy to see how far she’s come from week one and even how far she’s come from those Latin dances