Director: Craig Revel Horwood
Reviewer: Steph Rowe
It’s become as traditional as the TV series itself, once the Glitter Ball Champion has been crowned and the Christmas celebrations have come to an end, the stars of the screen take to the road and dance their way to victory in arenas up and down the UK.
Strictly Come Dancing Live follows the same format as the hit primetime television series with each couple performing two dances, one in each half of the show. The Judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and of course Craig Revel Horwood (Darcey Bussell sadly missing from the tour line up) share their thoughts and views and of course don’t let the celebrities and their partners have an easy ride, but in the end the decision as to who gets crowned each night is in the hands of the audience who partake in live voting from their own mobiles.
The show opens with a bang the Strictly Singers belt the songs out while the professional dancers boogey and shimmy across the stage before being joined by Lisa Riley – who takes on rôle of presenter, she handles the rôle brilliantly even after a slightly mishap with a stair which threatens to steal the limelight. But like the true professional she laughs it off and has the audience on side throughout.
Joining the tour this year is Dragons Den’s Deborah Meadon partnered with Robin Windsor, Natalie Gumede fresh from the cobbles of Corrie dances alongside Artem Chigvintev. Liverpool lady Abbey Clancy sashay’s on home turf with Aliaz Skorjanec and Rugby Player Ben Cohen brings some weight to the stage with partner Kristina Rihanoff. Mark Benton brings the laughter and comedy alongside Iveta Lukosiute and new boy Kevin Clifton joins newsreader Susanna Ried and as a special guest on the tour Westlife’s Nicky Byrne is joined by Karen Hauer.
Strictly Come Dancing Live has all the glitz and glamour that we have come to expect from the show, and under Craig Revel Horwood’s direction the production flows effortlessly and showcases the best of dance with the grandeur of Ballroom, the sizzle of a sexy Latin, the sultry Argentine Tango and a comical Charleston all given their moment to shine.
Judges Goodman, Tonolini and Horwood add their own unique humour and critiques to proceedings from Lens saucy remarks, the flapping and excitable arms of Bruno to the blunt and to the point musings of Horwood… but If you think the Judges stay behind their desk then you will be mistaken, for even they got up and joined in the fun and shown that even they know how to have a laugh and get involved in this business we call show.
The costumes have all the sparkle, sequins and crystals that we could expect and under the bright lights the really do “Razzle and Dazzle” and in Liverpool only one dancer was sure to come out as champion… Ill give you two guesses as to who!
Strictly Come Dancing Live still proves to be one of the best live arena events there is and this comes in at a strong four out of five stars! Magnificent!
Photo: Manuel Harlan |Reviewed on 23rd January 2014