Midnight Tango


Flavia and JillLulu called me and invited me to the opening night of Flavia and Vincent's midnight tango. With dance being my first love how could I say no?

I am a huge Strictly Come Dancing fan and went last year to support Lulu and met Flavia. She is my favourite dancer on Strictly and, having been a dancer myself, you can just spot a dancer who has that special something. You are drawn in by her every move. She feels every beat in every muscle of her body right to the end of her toes and fingertips. She is just an incredible dancer. Vincent, her partner on Strictly Come Dancing, has you mesmorised too. So I was not surprised when they made it to the West End last week opening their own show 'Midnight Tango'.

Lulu and JillShe made her entrance in true style and her dress was perfect, showing every muscle to perfection. Lulu (pictured left) kept screaming at some of the lifts and I whispered in her ear "when do rehearsals start?"

Flavia's boyfriend (rather handsome) was gleaming with pride. Many of the Strictly dancers were there to support her amongst many other celebs for the opening night including Gloria Hunniford, Louie Spence, Russell Grant, Felicity Kendal, to name but a few.

We braced ourselves for the second half and could it really get any better. It was breathtaking. The moves got faster, the lifts unbelievable and without a doubt a couple who were not only born to dance but to dance together. They are truly sensational when they dance together. They dance as one. It could be something to do with the fact that they were once romantically linked. Whatever the special bond, I hope they never lose it.

After two hours it ended with a standing ovation and everyone wanting more. We left with such admiration for such a talent that they made look so easy.

During the final dance you could have heard a pin drop. I whispered to lulu "I have decided I am coming back as Flavia." She howled and with the distinct sound of Lulu it was very obvious where it came from.

Jill, who looks after Lulu's skincare range on qvc, and myself headed to the aftershow party and it was such a fun night. Jill is adorable and it was great to catch up and not talk work.

Jill and LouieThe venue had the most incredible chandeliers but far too big to fit in my handbag. It was great to see Flavia again as we got on great at Strictly. She looked stunning and everyone was so proud of her and Vincent. I bumped into Louie (Dancing on Ice judge, pictured left) who is fabulous. We have met before and both have fond memories our Pineapple Studio days. It was a huge part of my life as a dancer as it was the place we took class, did our auditions and caught up with all our dance colleagues. I think he is fab on Dancing on Ice and adds real flair and personality to the show. He is loving every moment of it. He is also a big QVC fan and we also met on another occassion doing Patsy Palmer's fitness DVD.

It was a great night and sadly had to come to an end.

I finally have the picture of Lulu and I that was taken when we worked together in 1987 in a Royal Variety Show at West End's Drury  Lane. I managed to dig it out after my moving house was complete. I will show it in our next show, or try and get it scanned for my next blog.

Mr B and ScruncherHope you all survived the snow. My boys (pictured left) loved it. Here's a picture of them taking a walk. Mr B thinks it's edible and Scruncher can't bear the fact that his paws are getting wet.

Keep warm


  1. Sabrina February 10, 2012 at 9:47 am -  Reply

    hi Jill hope you are keeping warm in this cold snap, you are certainly keeping the guys in our office warm enough, they were all talking this morning about your figure hugging outfit on last nights show, i did nt see it myself. but you fan club here in the city did.lol
    keep good

  2. Sarah Cox February 17, 2012 at 11:16 am -  Reply

    Jill, I love the coat you are wearing in the QVC ‘Q-Cut promotion clip’. I love it!

  3. Sarah Cox February 17, 2012 at 11:33 pm -  Reply

    Sorry, got carried away above saying how much I love your belted coat with big puff collar that I forgot to ask you where it is from. You always look so stylish! Sarah

  4. Sarah Cox February 18, 2012 at 12:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jill, I was so busy saying how much I love your coat above – the one in the Q cut promo with the belt and puffy collar, I completely forgot to ask you where you got it from. Please let me know, I love your style! Sarah

  5. Susan March 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jill,
    What a fab blog! I love Flavia and Vincent but couldn’t buy tickets at the minute for their show but hope they will do another one!! Your photo of Louie and you is hilarious! He is brilliant on Dancing on Ice..best time for Dancing on Ice!!
    Chat soon

  6. karen June 3, 2012 at 2:47 pm -  Reply

    hi Jill, how do you keep so fit and trim, you have a fantastic fugure, is it pilates or the gym, do tell, enjoy the weekend

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