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As a strict Strictly fan with a strict Strictly routine, I am at a bit of a loss at the moment. We're having work done on the house, and all the rooms are topsy turvy, meaning my mum and I can't perform our usual ritual for watching Strictly Come Dancing or It Takes Two. Instead we are forced to watch on iPlayer early in the morning and struggle to hear half of it because of drilling.

Distressing as this may be, I know there is no need to fear, because even after the show is over, it isn't really. Just as with every year, the winner of series eleven will be announced in December, and then that will be followed by the Christmas special. But what happens after that? It is the usual bout of withdrawal symptoms.

That is of course, until, Strictly Come Dancing: The Live Tour 2014. That's right; between 17th January - 9th February your favourite dancers, celebrities, and judges will be travelling up and down the country, delivering fancy (and not so fancy) footwork and hilarious one-liners.

I must admit that there is something comforting about watching the show snuggled up warm on a Saturday night, but it doesn't compare to the excitement you feel when your in the audience, with surround sound music, strobe lighting, and the dance taking place right in front of you. I have been numerous times, and each is a delight.

Head judge, Len Goodman will be there to offer words of encouragement and have a jar of walnuts waiting to be pickled just in case of an emergency. The bombastic Italian, Bruno Tonioli, will need to be glued to his chair, and the brutal, but honest Craig Revel Horwood will be pulling faces of disdain throughout the run.

Although the line-up has not yet been announced, it is usually a mix of celebrities from the current series and previous shows. They mix it up up so you have a range of abilities - the very best to the very worst. Both of which are showstoppers for very different reasons.

It is well worth going. I mean how many people can say they've seen Ann Widdecombe being thrown across the floor after sinking on the Titanic?

The one couple you can guarantee to make an appearance is this year's winners. Who do you think it will be? At the moment Sophie and Brendan look like the front runners, but that can all change. Tickets vary depending on where you see the show, but cost between 25-66. Have a look at the schedule to see when they are performing near you.
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Why? See your favourite dancers live
When: 17th Jan - 9th Feb
Phone: 0843 316 1155
Where: Across the UK
Cost: 25-66
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