Strictly Obsession

September is greeted with bated breath
for the start of our annual dancing fix.
Saturday nights in take on new meaning
as all invitations are refused
to find us glued to ballroom scenes,
of rivalry, slips,  dramas and smiles,
glamour in the briefest of costumes,
hunky chaps and chunky dames.
All the excitement chewed over and over
next day with friends and all week
at six on It Takes Two,
with learned discussions about the lambada,
the tango or somebody’s jive.
Christmas comes as an anti-climax –
it’s all over for another year –
by Boxing Day we won’t even remember who won.

The UK’s Strictly Come Dancing is the model for the US series Dancing with the Stars

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5 Responses to Strictly Obsession

  1. I am an anomaly in that I’m probably the only person in America (besides my husband) who does not watch reality TV of any kind. I did view a duo on the British version of Idol, a portly young man with grizzly hair who sang so beautifully I cried… but in general, most of American TV is now reality series.

    We watch PBS because they get the Brit shows like “Sherlock” and “Downton Abbey,” all sorts of shows billed under either “Masterpiece Mystery” or “Masterpiece Classics.” BBC ROCKS!

    Viv, your description of the whole affair is about what takes place here, too. No one remembers who won or lost or anything, but the adrenaline of the moment keeps them hooked! Amy


    • vivinfrance says:

      On the whole, I agree with you about the reality TV thing, but the BBC’s Strictly is different, and I love it, because of the grace and sheer hard work that goes into it.


  2. Jinksy says:

    I must say, I enjoyed watching ( ‘glued to ballroom scenes’!) the original episodes more than the Christmas Special…


  3. Tilly Bud says:

    Every time I’ve tried to watch it, the clunky singing puts me off.

    Do you like Dancing On Ice as well?


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