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About the author
Joanne Clifton is known in the UK as a professional dancer, presenter, actress, and singer and, of course, as the sister of fellow Strictly Come Dancing star Kevin Clifton. She has won many ballroom dancing competitions and was a professional dancer on the BBC TV series Strictly Come Dancing from 2014 to 2016. She won the Christmas Special in 2015 with Harry Judd and the fourteenth series in 2016 with Ore Oduba. She also appeared as an expert presenter on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two in 2015 and 2019 and is its lead host of Choreography Corner for the 2022 series.
Strictly Come Dancing Semi-final Review
It’s Getting Real I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the 5 couples who danced in this semi-final were all strong contenders. They all have different strengths in different areas. Take Hamza and Fleur for example. One absolute personality-plus-firecracker of a dancer, and one calm, elegant and technical dancer. Any combination of four out of these five couples could have made it and no one could really have...
Dec 13, 2022
Strictly Come Dancing Musicals Week Review
Musical Theatre is my absolute passion. It was actually the reason I decided to leave Strictly after winning with Ore Oduba. It’s been a love of mine since I was a child and so it comes as no surprise that Musicals Week on Strictly is the one I look forward to the most. My two biggest passions coming together! Foxtrot-ting Off? As for my own experience of it, as much...
Dec 5, 2022
Strictly Come Dancing Week 10 Review
How Has It Gone So Fast? Guys! Blackpool has come and gone. We only have one more themed week left and then it’s the SEMIFINAL! It doesn’t seem 5 minutes since the launch show. I was sat Sunday night thinking of all the other celebrities we’ve seen and who, one by one, have been knocked out of the competition. But let’s not dwell on that. There’s still four more glorious...
Nov 28, 2022
Strictly Come Dancing Blackpool – Week 9
What’s all the hype about Blackpool? On my way back to the train station, I was asked a question by a taxi driver in Blackpool with a thick northern accent: “Why does everyone get so excited about coming to Blackpool?” Now, I’m not sure EVERYONE gets excited about the seaside town, but what people have to understand is that, for dancers, Blackpool is the goal. It’s where dreams come true. ...
Nov 21, 2022
Strictly Come Dancing Week 8 Review
Blackpool Was So Close!!! Week 8 could seem to be just like any other week. However, it is far more important than that… Blackpool is the home of Ballroom Dancing and Strictly’s Blackpool Week is held in the country’s most beautiful ballroom. The atmosphere is magical. To get to dance on that dancefloor is a once in a lifetime experience that you’ll never forget. This is why week 8 is...
Nov 14, 2022
Strictly Come Dancing Week 7 Review
Talk About FIREWORK NIGHT! Remember, remember the 5th of November…and it certainly was a night to remember! Hamza started the night off with a BANG with his incredible Cha Cha Cha! I mean, the way he moved and co-ordinated his body, and the way he used his feet in such a fast dance was second to none. Helen was an absolute firecracker in her Jive. Such a shame about the...
Nov 8, 2022
Strictly Come Dancing Halloween Week
Frighteningly Fun Aside from the most amazing costumes, concepts, and music, one of the main things I noticed this Halloween week was that everyone’s energy dialled up a few notches. We had better performances than last week, we heard shouts and screams of happiness from a lot of the Pros, and the judges seemed to be having a wonderful time! It was, for sure, one of the most fun weeks...
Oct 31, 2022
Strictly Come Dancing Week 5 Review - 100 Years of BBC
100… but no 10s You know what? This week we saw a brilliant celebration of the BBC and the whole evening took us down memory lane with the songs and the costumes. It was a really lovely episode and yet no-one quite blew our socks off and was able to get a 10. Why? It could have been for a few reasons. It was a new themed week, and we...
Oct 24, 2022
Emotions Run High in Strictly Come Dancing Week 4
Bar Well And Truly Raised I think everyone can agree that this was the best week yet! I was just as shocked as the judges. It was as if a dancing fairy had waved their magic wand over everyone! Just when you thought one couple had smashed it then the next one came on and raised the bar. This happened again and again! The highlight was Hamza and Jowita. I...
Oct 17, 2022
Strictly Come Dancing – Movie Madness - Movie Week Review
Movie Madness on the Dancefloor! WOW! WOW! WOW! What a week! Right from the opening group dance to Encanto we knew it was going to be one heck of a night! We had the first 10s of the series! Now I have said since the beginning that I didn’t like the couples getting such high marks this early on, but I have to admit that those 10s for Tyler and...
Oct 10, 2022
Strictly Come Dancing - Week Two Brought Ballroom Bliss!
Ballroom Bliss! This week we seemed to have a lot more couples dancing Ballroom than Latin, so we got a much clearer idea of their abilities. In Ballroom you need precision, good footwork, strength and control in the frame, some softness AND storytelling as well. New Ones to Watch Tyler was GREAT. That jive was my favourite actually! If he can keep going like this, then he may be one...
Oct 3, 2022
Strictly in My Own Words - Partnerships - Week One
Every fan of Strictly Come Dancing has their own opinions about each episode, the partnerships, the ups and the downs and the judges. We thought we would dig a bit deeper this year and get the opinion and inside info on every episode from someone who knows the workings of the show and is qualified to pass judgement… Ladies and Gentlemen, here’s the first weekly Strictly Come Dancing roundup from...
Sep 27, 2022
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