Our Online Marketing Executive, Rebecca lived the dream this month and visited The O2 Arena for the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour! Find out whether she loved it or loathed it ‘dahhling’ in her fab review…
After much anticipation on my behalf, and a month of regional tours, it was time for the cast of SCD 2013 to dance their final foxtrots and show us their killer moves.
I arrived at the O2 in plenty of time, after getting a tube from Selfridges (Oxford Street) direct to the arena, and found myself overwhelmed with options for food and drink, the sheer size of the arena is unbelievable from a small-town girl like myself!
After getting a bite to eat, I decided we had enough time to grab a drink, before being dazzled with sequins, glitters and of course, all those crystals! Thanks to a conveniently named mocktail menu, I was able to enjoy a ‘cha cha cha’ at the bar!
The show began with an extraordinary performance from the Strictly singers and a tasteful Latin number from the professional dancers, who blew everybody away.
The true star of the show, and host, Lisa Riley then made her way onto the dance floor and gave those female professionals a real run for their money before reigniting one of my favourite EVER strictly pairings, I of course am talking about Robin and Lisa.
It was then time for the celeb stars to show us all they’d learnt before getting judged by the iconic Len Goodman, the hilarious Bruno Tonioli and the man we love to hate, Craig Revel Horwood.
The standard really was phenomenal, the current champ Abby Clancy made us all envious as she danced a sexy salsa, whilst Mark Benton got his groove up to ‘Can’t touch this’ – a true series highlight! Susanna Reid performed a fierce Tango and Ben Cohen wowed us all with a topless appearance! 2012 westlife star Nicky Byrne also joined the tour, and Natalie Gumede showed us all what we missed when she was taken ill during the live shows.
However, my personal favourite was Deborah Meaden who touched us all with her hard-work, commitment and steely determination and was crowned the winner of the final show!
After an exciting evening, I then had to find my way back to the Tower Bridge area of London – something I thought would be a challenge as I am relatively unfamiliar with London’s complex transport system! However, after a short journey on the jubilee line and DLR, I found myself tucked up in bed 40 minutes after setting off ready to dream about Charlestons and Cha-cha’s!