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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Book Review: Strictly Come Dancing Annual 2016

While I enjoy the profiles of the participants, and hearing what Tess and Claudia have to say, the nicest thing about the Strictly Come Dancing annual each year is the peek behind the scenes of our favourite show.

This year, the focus is the Strictly 'look' - hair, make-up and costumes.

Vicky Gill gives away some wardrobe secrets. My favourite was the fact that Mark Wright would try on about eight shirts for a number, and then choose the one he tried on first!

There is a great feature on how the team manages the Halloween show. Frankie's green body paint, Steve's costume and Janette's 'horn' hair are all problems which the team have to resolve in the short hours between rehearsal and live show. How they do they get everything done? You have to see the show's epic spreadsheet! The book also shows you how to re-create Janette's Halloween look yourself, and how to make a wrap-around skirt worn by Flavia Cacace.

Other features include a look at Strictly's footwear, diet and fitness (Kevin's roasted salmon with avocado & quinoa salad, anyone?), Craig's dressing room and the infamous tanning booth!

The Strictly annual always makes a great gift. I was given a copy of last year's as a secret santa present!

With such a focus on hair in this edition, it is only fitting that the book is dedicated to Strictly's hair supervisor Neale Pirie, who passed away suddenly in August.


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