ULTIMATE STRICTLY Advent Calendar 2018

Thursday 6th December 2018

The paso doble is my favourite Strictly dance, and we’ve seen some absolute crackers over the years, but the ones I love most tend to be to traditional music and have a classic feel to the choreography, so this year I’ve chosen the spectacular paso from Susanna Reid and, in his first year of Strictly, Kevin Clifton.

When Susanna took part in Strictly, she was still working on the BBC, and was another one of the BBC Breakfast presenters to take to the dance floor. She showed early promise in the competition, and was always in the top half of the leaderboard, without ever standing out from the rest of the dancers … that was until they took a trip to Blackpool. Kevin pulled out all the stops, and Susanna showed a completely different side to her performance with this dramatic and powerful paso doble, coupled with excellent technique and it brought the house down. The couple earned not only their first 10s and a total score of 39 points, but also topped the leaderboard for the only time in the competition.

They reprised the dance in the series final, and again scored 39 points, but for the sheer impact of such a brilliant dance and the Blackpool Tower ballroom setting, I’ve picked their first performance as my advent calendar treat today.