Couch To Tango

The Strictly Spoiler has been approached by Ambassador Theatre Group who are currently hosting “The Last Tango” show featuring former Strictly Pros Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace at the Phoenix Theatre in London.

They are presently running a competition where you can learn to dance a professional Tango routine by following the guide in two videos on YouTube. Film your efforts and upload them to social media and you would be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to Vincent and Flavia’s show.

Please note this competition is not being run by The Strictly Spoiler and any queries should be made to ATG. Full details of the competition as well as how you can submit your entries and the training videos are below. Good luck if you do enter!

Couch To Tango

Two-part video tutorial

Learn to dance with stars of Strictly Come Dancing 
Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace

Part One:

Part Two:


Video Competition

Upload videos of your routines at home to win two free tickets to The Last Tango and a pair of signed programmes

Welcome to Couch to Tango! ATG Tickets’ very own dance tutorial series and exclusive competition, led by stars of The Last Tango Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace. Learning over two short videos – given to you in Part One and Part Two – you will be up off your sofa and up on your feet mastering a passionate tango routine and strutting your stuff along with these two Strictly Come Dancing superstars. So grab a partner and limber up as you learn the essential steps needed to perform your very own tango in the comfort of your home…

With our #CouchToTango video competition, your routine could even see you dancing your way to the West End with two free tickets to The Last Tango at the Phoenix Theatre and two signed programmes up for grabs! Vincent and Flavia may be dancing their last tango, and you may be dancing your first, but they want to see your routines. Perfect the steps, put a personal spin on it and upload a video of you and your partner dancing the full Couch to Tango routine, because their favourite will be winning this great prize.

Your deadline for submitting your videos is Friday 28th October!

If you want to show your tango to Vincent and Flavia and be in with the chance of winning two free tickets to see their show, follow these simple steps:

Step One: Choose your partner

It takes two to tango, and as Flavia has told us, patience is key. They want to see natural chemistry, so make sure you partner up with somebody you trust, can feel the heat for, and most importantly, have a bit of fun with!

Step Two: Watch the videos

Make sure you study both Part One and Two to build the full routine together. Remember, there’s no rush, so you can rewind and replay the videos as much as you like to nail every single move…

Step Three: Download the music

Visit the Couch to Tango page below download our Couch to Tango soundtrack. Why not download it onto your phone or iPod so you can familiarise yourself with the beat and listen to it on the go? There’s never a bad time for a rehearsal!

Step Four: Get creative

Vincent and Flavia want to be impressed. Think carefully about unusual locations where you might not usually see a tango, and most importantly, what your costumes are. As well as precision and synchronisation, they are looking for imagination and entertainment, so think outside the box!

Step Five: Record your routine

You can have as many takes as you like (they’ll never know…) so make sure you have the perfect video recording that you can upload for judging.

Step Six: Upload your video on social media

We are taking submissions on all three of our channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Just make sure you use the hashtag #CouchToTango for your video to be spotted and taken into consideration…

Mention and tag ATG Tickets in your posts as well or link to the Couch to Tango page (, so other people can get off their couches and try their hands at the tango also!


Twitter: @ATGTickets

Instagram: atg_tickets

We will compile entries so far on our pages (not here at The Strictly Spoiler) to see all the wonderful routines we receive! Remember, your deadline for submitting your videos is Friday 28th October, and we will be announcing Vincent and Flavia’s favourite on Monday 31st!

Good luck!

The Last Tango

Phoenix Theatre

22 September – 2 December 2016

Tickets:                     From £18.50

Performances:       Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm

Thursday & Saturday at 3pm

Address:                   Phoenix Theatre, 
Charing Cross Road, 
London, WC2H 0JP

Box Office:             0844 871 7629

Fresh from their sell-out hit shows Midnight Tango and Dance ’Til Dawn, Strictly Come Dancing  superstars Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace have created their most moving production yet as they prepare to dance in their final ever London show following a hit UK and Ireland tour.

Twenty years of dancing together has seen them become TV favourites, World Dance title-holders, create and star in their own West End productions – but now it is finally time for the nation’s best loved Argentine Tango Champions to say goodbye to the stage in a thrilling, new, live performance.

Don’t miss your last chance to see this beautiful couple do what they do best live, in an intimate, passionate and explosive experience – it’s time for The Last Tango.

Sunday Express

****‘Star presence and poise dance with exuberant delight’
The Independent

****‘A triumph’
Daily Telegraph

The Strictly Spoiler 2016 Competition

The new series of Strictly is underway soon and what better way to celebrate with a competition. With more prizes and more chances to win than in 2015 this is the biggest and best competition this site has run.

The competition will run every single week this series with a £20 Amazon UK voucher given away to one lucky winner each week. There will also be additional spot prizes on Facebook and Twitter some weeks so watch out for them. Each month one lucky person who won the weekly competition or a spot prize on Facebook or Twitter will also win the monthly prize of an Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet.

Entry to the competition is quite simple, you simply have to join the discussion on any of the posts on this site or its associated social networking channels. Details of the specific entry routes are as follows:

Strictly Spoiler Website

To enter on this website simply join the discussion by commenting on any of the posts on this site during each competition period to be entered into that week’s competition


Like The Strictly Spoiler on Facebook and then simply like and comment on any of the posts made on that page during the competition period each week

Also keep an eye out for special spot prize posts with a like/share requirement. If the post receives more likes and shares than the requirement by the closing time/date the prize will unlock and one person who has liked/shared that post will win the prize.

There will also be occasional spot prize posts where you need to guess an answer. These won’t have a like/share requirement and full entry requirements will be detailed on the posts themselves

Entry for the first Facebook spot prize is closed but there will be plenty more exclusive Facebook spot prizes later in the series


Follow me on Twitter and reply to any of my Strictly Come Dancing related tweets. Remember to include the hashtag #StrictlySpoiler and tag @davejthorp in your tweet for the entry to count.

Please don’t include any other hashtag especially if your tweet is discussing the spoiler. Please remember Twitter is a public medium and others can view your tweets especially if they are posted to official Strictly hashtags. Please be considerate of those that may wish to wait until the not live results show to learn the results

Also keep an eye out for special spot prize tweets with a retweet/like requirement. If the tweet receives more retweets/likes than the requirement by the closing time/date the prize will unlock and one person who has retweeted/liked the tweet will win the prize.

There will also be occasional spot prize posts where you need to guess an answer. These won’t have a like/share requirement and full entry requirements will be detailed on the posts themselves

The first Twitter spot prize is open right now and you can find more details here!

The second Twitter spot prize has opened. If the spoiler tweet on 1st October 2016 receives over 150 retweets one person who has retweeted the tweet will win a £20 voucher. Check my twitter feed here for more details


Finally, I recognise that not all of this site’s audience will be users of social networking but I don’t want to exclude anyone from having the chance to win a prize this series. So you can enter by email by sending an email with your name and address with the subject “Competition” to

This entry route is limited to one entry per person/email address per week. Multiple entries will be discounted.

Boring Legal Bit

  1. This competition is open to all UK and Republic of Ireland residents with the exception of any family members of the promoter
  2. The competition runs from Saturday to Friday each and every week from 23/09/16 until 16/12/16 with the exception of the first week which will run from Friday to Friday (23/09/16-30/09/16)
  3. There is 1 (one) prize each week which consists of a £20 (twenty pounds) voucher for use on the Amazon UK website
  4. There is 1 (one) prize during each of the months of October, November and December which consists of a Kindle Fire 8GB Black tablet without promotional offers (amazon issued adverts on the home screen and screensaver). The tablet will be delivered unregistered and you will be required to register it to an Amazon UK account during the setup process
  5. The promoter reserves the right to substitute any prize with one of equal or better value/specification
  6. Entry in each promotional period closes at 00:00 on Friday Night/Saturday Morning
  7. Entry to the competition can be made using any or all of the entry routes described above by following the instructions above for each route. Entries must comply with all the requirements described above including liking or following any particular posts, profiles or pages and the use of any applicable hashtags in order to count
  8. Additional spot prizes will be made available to users of Facebook/Twitter who follow or like the respective social profiles of this site at the promoters discretion.
  9. Some spot prizes will only unlock if selected posts on the social network receive a predetermined number of likes/shares/retweets before the time stated on the posts. Should a post not reach the predetermined number of likes/shares/retweets the prize will be forfeit.
  10. Spot prize values will vary at the promoters discretion and will be detailed in the respective posts on the social networking sites
  11. Winning a voucher spot prize will enter the winner in that month’s monthly prize draw to win a Kindle Fire Tablet
  12. Entrants are permitted to enter the weekly competition through more than one entry route and more than once per entry route with the exception of email entry which is limited to one entry per person per week through that entry method. Email entrants may still receive additional entries through the other entry methods each week
  13. Whilst entrants are permitted to enter the weekly competition multiple times, should anyone be judged by the promoter to be spamming the comments system on this site or spamming on social networking sites in order to artificially inflate their number of entries, the promoter reserves the right to disqualify these entries. The aim of this competition is to promote discussion about the spoiler and Strictly in general both on this website and on the applicable social networking profiles. As long as entrants keep to the spirit of this it is unlikely an entry will be disqualified
  14. Weekly prize draws will take place on each Saturday during the competition period. Monthly prize draws will take place on the final Saturday of each month during the competition period or in the case of December it will take place on the date of the Final of the 2016 series of Strictly
  15. Weekly winners will be selected at random from all qualifying entries across all entry methods and will be announced on the first spoiler post following the draw
  16. Spot prize winners will be selected at random from all qualifying entries and announced on the respective social network.
  17. Monthly winners will be selected at random from all weekly winners and spot prize winners who have won since the last monthly draw, including the weekly winner drawn on the same day as the monthly draw and will be announced on the first spoiler post following the draw
  18. Winners will be contacted by email or on the applicable social network and will be required to provide any details required to deliver their prize, and confirm their acceptance of the prize within 7 days of being contacted otherwise the prize may be forfeit. In the event of a prize being forfeit a redraw will take place and the prize will be offered to another participant
  19. Prizes will be delivered within 1 month of acceptance of a prize. Amazon UK voucher prizes will be delivered to an email address provided by the winner and will be delivered directly by Amazon. Kindle Fire Tablet prizes will be delivered to an address provided by the winner and may be delivered directly by Amazon or directly from the promoter. UK winners will receive their prize by Royal Mail Special Delivery or by a courier of Amazon’s choosing. Republic of Ireland winners will receive their prize by Royal Mail International Signed For or by a courier of Amazon’s choosing. Winners may also be given the option to have their prize delivered to an Amazon Locker location of their choosing.
  20. Any personal information provided during entry or as a part of fulfilling a prize will only be used for the purposes of this competition and will not be stored beyond the completion, used for marketing purposes for the Strictly Spoiler or any other enterprise operated by Dave Thorp nor will it be passed onto any 3rd party with the exception of Amazon where it is necessary to fulfil a prize. Emails via the email entry route will be deleted each week once a draw has taken place
  21. Entrants will require an account with Amazon UK or will be required to register for an account with Amazon UK in order to redeem or use any prize and will be required to agree to any terms and conditions set by Amazon when using their products or services
  22. Kindle Fire tablets are covered by a 1 (one) year limited warranty which is provided by Amazon UK. Winners should contact Amazon directly in the event of any warranty issue with their prize. The promoter cannot accept any liability in the event of any fault with a prize. The 1 year warranty period may run from the date the prize is purchased by the promoter which may be different to the date of delivery of the prize but will be no earlier than 19th September 2016
  23. The name of all winners will be announced on the Strictly Spoiler website and/or its associated social networking channels
  24. The promoter reserves the right to alter these terms and conditions or amend any entry methods should it become necessary to do so for any reason outside of the promoter’s control including but not limited to removal of social networking profiles by the BBC
  25. The promoters decision in all aspects of this competition is final and no correspondence will be entered into
  26. This competition is promoted by Dave Thorp, trading as The Strictly Spoiler (// and is not connected with Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, The BBC or any other party

The Strictly Spoiler 2016 Competition Is Coming Soon

We’re well over halfway through the contestant announcements and I’ve been promising you more details on what I have in store for a competition this year. I’m still working out the final details so the full announcement will come in the next few weeks but I can reveal some information.

Last year there was one prize across the whole series of a £50 gift voucher. This series there should be about £500 worth of prizes to be given away! This really will be the biggest competition this site has ever run!

Earlier this year I asked you if you would prefer to see weekly, monthly or series long competitions. The vote was pretty split with 44% wanting weekly, 42% wanting monthly and 14% wanting series long. Given the closeness between weekly and monthly in that poll I’ve decided to accommodate both groups.

There will be weekly competitions throughout the 2016 series with an Amazon UK gift voucher prize. Anyone who wins one of these prizes during the course of a month will be entered into a draw at the end of the month to win a Kindle Fire tablet. There will also be occasional spot prizes on Facebook and Twitter so make sure you follow/like the profiles on those networks for more chances to win! Winning a spot prize will also earn an entry into the monthly draw to win the tablet.

Like last year the competition will be open to all UK and Republic of Ireland residents. Apologies to the few of you who visit the site from Europe or all around the world including as far reached as The USA and Australia but the gift voucher prizes will only be available to use in the UK or ROI.

The main focus of this competition will be to promote discussion about the spoiler and Strictly Come Dancing using the social features of this site, including the new and improved comments system, as well as the social networking profiles on Facebook and Twitter and you will receive entries simply for discussing Strictly and the spoiler here or on those social network profiles. There will also be an email entry route as I recognise that some of this site’s audience may not be users of social networks or this site’s comment system and I don’t want to exclude anyone from having a chance to win a prize this year.

Running a competition is one way that I try and give something back to everyone who visits this site and has helped turn something that was previously a bit of fun on my personal blog into the huge success that it has become.

More details including full details on the prizes and on how to enter coming soon so watch this space!