Sparkling Strictly show is FAB-U-LOUS!

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21:  Helen George (L) and Aljaz Skorjanec perform during the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour rehearsals, Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour opens tomorrow, 22nd January at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham and then tours the UK until 14th February, at Barclaycard Arena on January 21, 2016 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Helen George; Aljaz Skorjanec

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Helen George (L) and Aljaz Skorjanec perform during the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour rehearsals, Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour opens tomorrow, 22nd January at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham and then tours the UK until 14th February, at Barclaycard Arena on January 21, 2016 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Helen George; Aljaz Skorjanec

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It was time to dust down the glitter ball and get the sparkle and spray tan out as Strictly came to town!

Professional dancers and their celebrity partners waltzed, tango-ed and quick stepped into Sheffield Arena for its annual visit as part of the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21:  Georgia May Foote (R) and Giovanni Pernice perform durign the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour rehearsals, Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour opens tomorrow, 22nd January at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham and then tours the UK until 14th February, at Barclaycard Arena on January 21, 2016 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Georgia May Foote; Giovanni Pernice

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Georgia May Foote (R) and Giovanni Pernice perform durign the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour rehearsals, Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour opens tomorrow, 22nd January at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham and then tours the UK until 14th February, at Barclaycard Arena on January 21, 2016 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Georgia May Foote; Giovanni Pernice

Ably hosted by Bake-Off presenter Mel Giedroyc, the glittering show mirrored the usual Saturday night spectacular with dances, voting by judges Len, Bruno and Craig and the chance for the audience to text in their favourite.

The evening started with a show-stopping group number by the professionals and celebrities. Scattered through the evening, these brought the house down and ranged from a Hollywood spectacular to a swimming pool-themed routine.

The dances included a stunning Viennese Waltz by Call the Midwife star Helen George and partner Aljaz Skorjanec and a comical number from celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott and Karen Clifton who stood in for injured Natalie Lowe.

Current champion Jay McGuiness, dancing with Aliona Vilani, performed a couple of amazing routines including an incredible jive – bringing top scores from the judges and making him the worthy winners of the Sheffield glitterball trophy.

My seven-year-old daughter was stunned by the show, describing it as one of the best nights of her life.

And although the crowd may have waited nearly all evening for hard-to-please judge Craig Revel Horwood’s top score, we definitely gave the whole show a ten.