By News Team
6th October 2021
One of the viewers’ favourite weeks of the show, Musicals Week on Strictly Come Dancing has always captured the attention of the judges and the votes of the audience, in the dancer’s quest to lift the Glitterball trophy.
With Strictly back on our screens, we’ve taken a look back at the history of the show’s Musicals Week.
What is Musicals Week?
The Musicals Week special on Strictly Come Dancing sees the professional dancers and their celebrity couples perform their allocated dances as usual, but to a musical theme, inspired by some of Broadway’s finest. The professional dancers are challenged to choreograph a classy performance, equipped with relevant costumes and props, to please the judges.
As usual, they are judged on a scale out of 10 by the judges – this year featuring Anton Due Beke, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas – which will then help create a leaderboard. The public votes are then added to the judges’ scores once the voting is open, putting the bottom two pairs in the dance-off on the Sunday evening results show.
When is Musicals Week?
Musicals Week usually takes place in the seventh week of the series, when the celebrity dancers have been whittled down after six eliminations and over six weeks of gruelling training. Often in Musicals Week, the strong contenders have made a name for themselves, and the standard of performances very much increases, with some high-scoring dances taking place.
What makes Musicals Week special?
Looking the part is key in Musicals Week, as with many of the themed Strictly weeks. The wardrobe and make-up teams backstage do a fantastic job transforming the dancers into the characters they star as. Alongside Movie Week, and the Halloween special, Musicals Week sees the contestants bring out some of the best costumes, hair and make-up that Strictly has ever seen, as well as heart-warming dances reminding viewers of their favourite show tunes.
Musicals Week features some excellent choreography from the professional dancers, paying tribute to the theatre shows they feature as characters in. The fantastic live music is overseen by Musicals Director, Dave Arch, who has recorded with legendary artists including Tina Turner, Elton John and Paul McCartney.
Who has performed well in Musicals Week in the past?
Some of the best dances in the Musicals Week edition of the show have seen dances that feature music from The Sound of Music, Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Les Misérables and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, to name only last year’s performances!
Notable performances in the history of Musicals Week include the opening dances by the professional dancers, celebrities and judges at the start of each Musical Week episode. One notable performance has to be that of the 2018 Musicals Week opening dance to the mixed soundtrack of Mamma Mia! In terms of individual couple performances from Musicals Week specials, Maisie and Gorka’s Jive to Little Shop of Horrors is remembered fondly from the 2020 series, as is HRVY and Janette’s American Smooth to One (Singular Sensation). The latter performance scored a near-perfect 29 points, whilst Maisie and Gorka’s Jive only scored one point less.