Review: A Christmas to Remember with Aljaz and Janette, Brighton Dome

Glitter, sequins and some holiday cheese were served up at the Strictly stars’ celebratory dance show.

As England and Wales were playing their very first World Cup match at the same time, I was surprised there weren’t a few empty seats An unforgettable Christmas.

Then again, maybe Strictly fans and football fans probably don’t overlap much.

When I spoke to Aljaz and Janette before the show, they promised Christmas classics and family fun.

And they certainly delivered.

The show was based on the 12 days of Christmas with a countdown to the big day.

Between each song and dance, Janette and Aljaz took the stage to share their Christmas memories and reminisce about their days as strictly professional dancers.

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The Brighton Dome was a great location for the show and the stable seating meant I had a good view of the action.

The skeleton set meant you were totally focused on the dancing as well as the screen behind it which was used for the 12 day countdown.

There’s no denying the two are brilliant dancers and Janette literally shone in an array of gorgeous, party ball gowns.

Janette is a born performer and she sang santa baby and baby it’s cold outside melodic.

She opened the show in a glittering gold dress and caused laughter when she had a wardrobe malfunction. Two of her glittery thongs fell off and she twisted them into tassels as she danced to them Feliz Navidad.

Janette shared stories of what could be described as a “chaotic” Cuban-American Christmas. Aljaz contrasted this with the “calmness” of a snowy Slovenian Christmas season.

The Argus: Aljaz with backup dancersAljaz with backup dancers (Image: Planet Earth Publicity)

I felt it would have benefited from a live musical accompaniment, but the singers Janine Johnson and Adrian Hansel were soulful and their voices complemented each other beautifully.

Sitting on the stalls, there was an intermission surprise with Aljaz and Janette coming down to say hello to the fans.

There was a good selection of songs, from classics such as Swing around the Christmas tree to Taylor Swift Lover.

The highlight for me was the Christmas medley at the end, where the audience was asked to get up and sing along.

It gave me that “warm fuzzy feeling” that Janette promised, and I’m glad it was this show that started the celebrations for me this year.

4/5 stars. Review: A Christmas to Remember with Aljaz and Janette, Brighton Dome

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