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Saturday, 30 October 2010

Strictly Come Dancing, The Official 2011 Annual

"Strictly Come Dancing Series 8" has arrived and with it come more sequins, glitter and sparkle than ever before. Bringing glamour back to our television sets, 14 new celebrities take to the dance floor. Matt Baker, Tina O'Brien, Paul Daniels, Goldie, Gavin Henson, Felicity Kendal, Patsy Kensit, Scott Maslen, Jimi Mistry, Peter Shilton, Pamela Stephenson, Kara Tointon, Ann Widdecombe and Michelle Williams are ready to dazzle and entertain, but who will waltz their way to the Glitter Ball Trophy and who will be crowned the clown of the dance? Get your strictly fix with interviews with the judges about what they really thought of last year's competitors and that nail-biting finale; exclusive interviews with series 7 winner, Chris Hollins and heart-throb finalist Ricky Whittle; behind-the-scenes photos and gossip capturing the action, emotion and drama at the dress rehearsal and live quarter finals of Series 7; profiles of all the new contestants and their professional dance partners; brand-new games and quizzes to test your "Strictly Come Dancing" know-how. Keep dancing!

Along with many millions of people, I love the weekend's installments of Strictly Come Dancing. I love the music, the costumes, the celebrities and the professionals and this book contains all of that as long with many more.

The book contains a summary of series 7, both the high and low points along with who goes out when. There are brilliant photographs capturing the magic of the show. Next follows a great section on the new dances included last year - this was really interesting reading with the history of the dance and also the moves you can expect to see within a dance.

The book then seems to get a bit confusing - meeting celebrities and professionals are intermixed with great articles on each of the judges, behind the scenes tours - including a great article on my favorite area, the costume department. I love the outfits and when watching It Takes Two, Claudia Winklemann's BBC2 show. I love the chats with the designer and seamstresses. There are also pages on Americas Dancing With the Stars, both series 9 and 10, and the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour and Series winner, Chris Hollins.

All the articles are full of great facts and interesting stories and I really enjoyed reading through the annual. As with all annuals there are a number of quizzes and puzzles at the end of the book.

This is a book for Strictly fanatics everywhere!

Thank you to Prima Magazine for sending me this book.

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