Category: karen clifton

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.


For the week 12 – Musicals week dance of. The semi final dance of is normally the best dance of in the seires, this is because both couples have made it so far and deserve to be in the final and they both fantastic dancers. This is o different with Charles & Ashley.

I know that others may have different views, these awards are decided by my own opinion


For their Samba routine, here we got to see Charles coming out of his shell and having so much fun. He was relaxed and confident and it really showed in the performance. It was definetly one of their best in the seires and who could forget their absolute joy to the scores they recieved for this routine.

I know that others may have different views, these awards are decided by my own opinion


It was such a shame to see them go as they had made it so far in the competition after having some really rough weeks. It was amazing to see him grow as a dancer and witness some really outstanding and hapeartwarming moments from him.

I know that others may have different views, these awards are decided by my own opinion


For their couples choice street dance routine in Week 5, the reason for this is because up until that point they had been scoring 25 each week and you could tell it had started to really bring them down. So to see Charles still fighting and then to perform an outstanding routine such as this one was so fantastic.

I know that others may have different views, these awards are decided by my own opinion

Charles & Karen – 35 (8,9,9,9) – Rumba

I definitely agree with the judges that it was one of the best male celeb rumbas on Strictly. So masculine and strong but whilst still maintaining the hip action and subtle ness that the men always struggle to master. Such a beautiful dance that really captured the musical and had again such wonderful stroytelling.

This week we have to say goodbye to Charles & Karen. They have an extraordinary run on the show, surviving multiple dance offs, scoring 25 I don’t know how many times in a row, to performing the first ever street dance on Strictly and Karen getting her first ever 10 in her 7 year history on the show. They have been a fantastic pair to watch and Charles has grown in confidence and improved each week. He definetly shows that Strictly is all about and has been a joy to watch each Saturday night.

Charles and Karen – Rumba

So it’s no lie that I hate the rumba but I love Charles and Karen so hopefully something can click with them and they won’t have the dreaded rumba curse. You know what, apart from the weird song, this was one of the most natural male rumbas I’ve seen in a long time. He was so strong, he moved in such a beautiful way from the steps to those hips, he led Karen across the floor and for once, I saw such emotional and felt the romance in this dance. I can definitely agree that it may just be one of the bets male rumbas I’ve ever seen. It didn’t feel too forced, it didn’t feel rigid and it just oozed grace and romance which is what the dance needs. It’s one rumba I wouldn’t mind watching again – I’m so proud of him and I couldn’t ask for anymore for this dance.

Charles & Karen – Samba – (9,9,10,10)

What a dance, they completely knocked it out of the park. Full of rhythm and musicality and we can’t forget that hip action !! It most definitely deserved the 10s, it was the biggest surprise of the night for me.