Review: Strictly Come Dancing, Newcastle Arena

Robbie Savage & Katya Virshilas

Robbie Savage & Katya Virshilas

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I’VE never watched an episode of Strictly Come Dancing in my life.

The thought of has-been celebrities with two left feet prancing about lacks a certain je ne sais quoi for me.

However, during a festive trip to see the folks, I found my mum glued to the small screen for the show’s Christmas edition and her face lit up when I said I could get review tickets.

So this week I played the dutiful daughter and treated her to an evening watching the stars battle it out on stage to be crowned Tuesday’s dancing king or queen.

Hosted by Kate Thornton, the audience was treated to tonnes of flesh-flashing, fancy footwork, colourful costumes and dramatic dancing from seven celebs.

It seemed panto season was far from over with judges Craig Revel Horwood playing the villain, Len Goodman providing the comic one-liners and flamboyant Bruno Tonioli dishing out over-the-top theatrics.

Starting the show with a sultry salsa, former footballer Robbie Savage got off to a bad start when he said he nearly signed for the region’s “better team”, Sunderland. A bellow of boos ensued.

Anita Dobson pulled off the charleston, followed by a fun and flirty salsa.

Swimmer Mark Foster sauntered to a slow waltz and cha cha cha, and Nancy “diva” Dell’Olio put on a lavish performance of the tango, followed by a bizarre rendition of the salsa dressed as Cleopatra.

Jason Donovan wowed with an energetic jive and Argentine tango, Chelsee Healey gave a lively quick step and show dance, and reigning champ Harry Judd gave a passionate performance of the Argentine tango and quick step, securing top marks off all three judges.

But there could only be one winner, and after a vote from the audience, McFly’s Harry Judd kept the crown.

If a cheesy, fun-filled fest is what you’re after then this evening of entertainment is certainly for you.