Strict Come Dancing has returned to Blackpool in dazzling fashion with professional dancers performing among the seaside resort’s fairground attractions in some special openings.
Tuesday’s episode sees the BBC’s competition return to the town’s prestigious Tower Ballroom for the first time since 2019 following a pandemic hiatus.
The show opened with a special dedication to the area by locals, who reflected on the importance of their town’s relationship to the show.
After that, the professional dancers and judges exploded with New Radicals’ vibrant performance of You’ve Got The Music In You.
Introducing the live show, co-host Tess Daly said: “Hello and welcome to Strict Come Dancing, it’s been three years and we’re finally back in the ballroom home. .”
Hamza Yassin and Jowita Przystal opened the Blackpool special in sophisticated style by performing a smooth American take to New York, New York by Frank Sinatra.
In a tail suit, the wildlife cameraman performed dizzying lifts and turns to earn a score of 38.
Referee Shirley Ballas deemed him the one to beat, saying: “Hamza shines brighter than all the jewels, necklaces and bracelets in the world.”
Ballroom expert Anton Du Beke added: “That’s great. Tails, feathers, back dancers, smooth fine, Blackpool, gorgeous legs. Welcome to Blackpool.”
Molly Rainford delivered an upbeat, upbeat song to Barry Manilow’s Bandstand Boogie for her Blackpool special.
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With a big band, the singer-actress hit the stage with her dance partner Carlos Gu for a score of 35.
New professional Gu said it was “the highlight of his life” when performing at the Tower Ballroom.
Du Beke described their dance as “wonderful” and he felt he was learning more about Rainford’s personality during the performances.
Craig Revel Horwood felt it needed to be “lighter” and “more precise” but commended her for selling the number.
Kym Marsh brought drama to the Blackpool stage when she performed a powerful paso doble in Rihanna’s We Found Love featuring Calvin Harris.
Along with backing dancers, the actress and presenter moved vigorously on the dance floor with her dance partner Graziano Di Prima to achieve a score of 33.
Motsi Mabuse said Marsh looked “great” and praised her control and energy.
Ballas added: “I feel like you’re in warrior mode. You are here and you are fighting. What I love, it’s strong but you still have that feminine side.”
Tyler West paid homage to bygone eras as he salsa to KC and The Sunshine Band’s Megamix while wearing an afro wig and flared pants.
Kiss FM’s DJ practiced and performed challenging lifts with partner Dianne Buswell for a score of 35.
Ballas praised the DJ for trying to pull off his difficult lifts and fluidity, adding, “You’re a star.”
Revel Horwood said he wanted to see more hip rotations but felt his final lift was “amazing”.
Seriously come dancing continues on BBC One.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/strictly-come-dancing-returns-to-blackpoolss-tower-ballroom-in-dazzling-fashion-42157778.html Strict Come Dancing returns to Blackpools’ Tower Ballroom in dazzling style