November 16, 2021
Rio Lounge Sofa Hire for BBC Strictly Come Dancing!
Here in the Rio Lounge office we love a bit of Strictly. In fact, there are some among us that you could call superfans! So, imagine how excited we were, to receive a call from Bobby Warans, BAFTA-winning prop master on BBC Strictly Come Dancing for many years; requesting sofa hire for the popular Saturday night show.
Taking the furniture hire booking
Bobby asked, ‘Can we hire a sofa for this week on Strictly? We need it delivered on the Thursday to Elstree as they practice with it on the Friday before the show.’ We of course joked to our delivery crew that they would need to do a tango on the way out after dropping it off!
All our usual booking formalities were completed (and we even cheekily asked Bobby for tickets for the show!) But sadly, due to Covid the audience is still limited. Ah well, it was worth a try!
Showtime for our sofa hire!
Naturally, we were all wondering who would be using our sofa on Saturday. Everyone was a little apprehensive, because that week we had heard of two contestants having to pull out of the show. One due to a positive covid test, and the second due to other health reasons….. so we did hope that our sofa would still feature!
Good news – it did! AJ Odudu (partnered with Kai Widdrington) used our signature white rattan Marrakesh sofa for their stunning Samba, performed to Camila Cabello’s ‘Don’t Go Yet’. You can check out the full performance here.
Two weeks of Strictly fame…..
Then, after our sofa’s starring role, we were absolutely overjoyed when Bobby called again, wanting to hire sunbeds the following week. McFly’s Tom Fletcher and his partner Amy Dowden used them as a prop for their sunny Salsa (performed to Harry Styles’ summer smash hit ‘Watermelon Sugar’). Therefore, Rio had a full two weeks of Strictly fame!
Rio Lounge sofa hire – looks great indoors or outdoors
Props master Bobby Warans told us he was delighted to have found our cool furniture collection. So, we hope for more Strictly appearances in the future. As you can see, our rattan furniture looks just as good indoors as outdoors. Perfect for creating that Ibiza beach club vibe, whatever the weather outside! If you are feeling inspired to hire for your winter events, we want to hear from you. You can call us on our usual number 0845 46 77483 or send an email to the furniture hire team.