ULTIMATE STRICTLY Advent Calendar 2018

TUESDAY 18th December 2018

It’s only a week until Christmas, and I’m sure you’re suffering from withdrawal symptoms now that the main series has finished with no It Takes Two either, so I thought I would double your Strictly fix to keep you going until the Christmas Special. I’ve picked one of my favourite Charleston’s, as well as a Christmas Special dance, both from the lovely Sophie Ellis-Bextor. First up is that Charleston from series eleven when she danced with Brendan Cole. Sophie wanted to go back to the original 1920s flapper style dance and steer clear of the comedy routines that abound on the show normally, and the result was this classic and classy Charleston evoking the period and bringing a style we’d never seen before on Strictly. It was only her second dance but was so impressive that the judges scored them 36 points for this routine, and I for one, will measure all future Charleston performances against it.

Sophie returned to the ballroom in the Christmas Special of 2014, this time dancing with Aljaž Skorjanec, where they performed a beautiful American Smooth to ‘White Christmas’ and earned 39 points from the judges.