Strictly Come Dancing, one of the UK’s most popular and longest running TV shows will feature the Icelandic smash hit “Think About Things” as Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing and his Venezuelan partner Karen Hauer will dance the Cha-Cha-Cha to the song.
On Saturday it’s Launch Show was watched by 8.9m viewers. That’s impressive seeing as 42.2% of the UK tuned in to watch. So you can see this is a big deal!
About “Think About Things”
“Thinking About Things” was meant to have represented Iceland this year at Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Performed by & Gagnamagnið. The contest was due to take place in Rotterdam this May but due to the Covid_19 pandemic however the contest was cancelled. The contest was rescheduled for May 2021 as well as taking place in Rotterdam. It has currently not been announced if Daði Freyr will represent Iceland in 2021. “Think About Things” also spent four weeks in the UK singles chart this year, peaking at 35.
This isn’t the first time Eurovision has been performed on Strictly Come Dancing. In fact this is the sixth time, here are the other five occasions Eurovision has featured.
The first time came all the way back in Series 6. Tom Chambers and his Danish partner Camilla Dallerup performed the Jive to “Waterloo” by ABBA. Similarly to ABBA who won in Brighton in 1974, Tom went on to win the series.
Afterwards we had to wait a little while longer for the second Eurovision song. Five years to be exactly when in Series 11 businesswoman Deborah Meaden and her partner Robin Windsor danced the Jive to the British 1981 winner “Making Your Mind Up” by Bucks Fizz.
Only two years followed until Eurovision song number three appeared. In this instance Georgia May Foote and her Italian partner Giovanni Pernice danced the Samba to “Volare”. “Volare” was known as “Nel blu, dipinto di blu” and represented Italy in 1958. This Grammy winning song came in third place.
A year later we had Eurovision song number four. When Robert “Judge” Rinder danced the Viennese Waltz to “Boom Bang A Bang” by Lulu. Lulu one of the four co-champions of 1969 actually participated on Strictly herself with her New Zealand born partner Brendan Cole.
Last time a Eurovision song was performed on Strictly was the 1996 world wide smash hit “Ooh Aah…Just A Little Bit”. Coming in eighth place for the UK performed by Australian singer Gina G. This was performed by Stacey Dooley and her partner Kevin Clifton. They went on to win Series 16. They are a real life couple now.
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