ULTIMATE STRICTLY Advent Calendar 2018

THURSDAY 20th December 2018

Ah, two of my favourites coming together at Christmas - Gethin Jones and Flavia Cacace - dancing a fabulous American Smooth. I can’t believe this is nine years ago now! Flavia choreographed such a classy routine for this dance, and Gethin was back on in the swing of it like he’d never stopped dancing. I could watch this all day … and I probably will!

Theme weeks can sometimes result in dances being shoehorned into inappropriate songs, but one couple that had the perfect marriage of theme, song and dance were Mark Benton and Iveta Lukosiute back in series 11. Iveta included plenty of samba basics into this routine to ‘I Just Can’t Wait To Be King’ from The Lion King in Musicals week, but still managed to bring us a story in the choreography, which Mark performed with joy. Unfortunately, in a very high scoring week, it was the bottom of the leaderboard, but I love it it because it sums up the essence of Strictly for me, taking a non-dancer, teaching them to dance, and watching them enjoy it immensely. Mark was the perfect example of this.