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Review: Strictly Come Dancing, The Live Tour, SSE Hydro, Glasgow

Marianne Gunn's verdict: Three stars

The trouble with TV shows going into live entertainment spaces is that the audience may forget how to behave as certain boundaries are blurred.

Whether the Top Gear massive brought their own salted nuts or not, certain members of the Strictly crowd were convinced they were in the private - not public - sphere as they aired their considerable dirty laundry while quaffing their cider and generally creating a nuisance of themselves.

That's where - when notified - the team at The Hydro should have stepped in and resolved the issue, which was unfortunately not the case during this matinee, yes matinee, performance.

There was some bittersweet irony, however, as the noisy Westlife "super fan" was unblissfully unaware that she was ruining the show for not only vast swathes of the Level 2 audience but also the individual experience of Nicky Byrne's mother who was seated directly in front of her.

Back to the show, the matinee's finalists Susanna Reid and Natalie Gumede - with dance partners Kevin Clifton and Artem Chigvintsev respectively - provided the more memorable moments, specifically Reid's Paso Doble and Gumede's Jive (the one she infamously failed to perform on the last series due to ill health).

Presenter Lisa Riley continued her Strictly journey (following last year's Strictly Confidential tour) while Aussie dancer Natalie Lowe was vastly under-used, only appearing in the slightly disappointing professional numbers.

Kristina Rihanoff and Robin Windsor were the other familiar Strictly faces (and bodies), as the past season seems to have been one of welcoming new blood from Slovenia, Lithuania - and Grimsby.

Overall, judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and director Craig Revel Horwood were the pivots upon which the glitter ball continued to successfully turn - and the reason why prime time continues to 'Keep Dancing!' almost 10 years after the show's 'Come Dancing' meets 'Strictly Ballroom' reboot.

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