Strictly Come Dancing | The Final (week 12)
And then there were four.
The Strictly Come Dancing Final has landed, and each of the couples has spent the week polishing two of their previous dances and perfecting a new show dance. The judges have picked one dance and the couples have picked their favourite from the series. The judges will be scoring, but only fir guidance tonight. The winner will be chosen by the voting public.
The show begins with a pre-record of the four finalists with the pro dancers, all in glittering gold, and segues into a highlights review of the series.
The finalists will begin with the dance chosen for them by the judges, and then they’ll follow up with their show dance. After that, one couple will be eliminated and the final three will dance their favourite dance to win the glitterball.
Denise & James are first up, with their Jive. It’s a high-octane way to launch the final and it’s very well danced right to the end. Len loved the combination of athleticism and artistry and Bruno was equally impressed, saying “that was a premium grade jive packed with excitement and energy.” Craig loved the dance and Darcey thought it was fabulous and spotted the work Denise had focused on with her previously tense shoulders.
They score 39
Dani & Vincent dance next, and this time the judges have chosen their Tango as the dance where they’d like to see improvement. – more heel leads. Vincent is back in the phone box and Dani has lost he stroppy teenager look from last time, as her experience on the show has developed her characterisation. It’s another great dance in character but nerves perhaps got the better of Dani and there were wobbles. Bruno loved the depth of character and intensity but there were a couple of wobbles this time. Craig said that apart from the minor stumbles the dance finished on time and Darcey enjoyed the sophistication from Dani. Len said that Dani has become consistent and danced to a high level.
They score 36
Kimberley & Pasha dance the Viennese Waltz, and the judges want to see an improved topline and frame. Back in that gorgeous pink and pewter ballgown, the intense connection between the two of them is evident, as is the improved frame. Craig thought the dance was unbelievable and the promenade turns were perfect. Darcey agreed and loved the feeling in the dance, saying “you moved me.” Len said “last time I liked it; this time I loved it.” Bruno melted “beautiful and shining like a diamond. It had everything. Perfection.”
They score 39
Louis & Flavia dance the Salsa, which is based on the iconic dance film Dirty Dancing. There is a lot more drama and character this time, much more salsa content, and they nail the difficult final lift to an absolute roar from the audience. Darcey said “100% better. It was all happening.” Len said “Flav-ulous.” Bruno said “snake hips wonder. It was worth waiting. You sold it like a pro.” Craig wasn’t keen on the shoulder roll, but the audience drowned him out with disapproval.
They score 39
Phone lines are now open.
Denise & James are the first couple to reveal their no holds barred show dance. Dressed in glittering black catsuit, and starting off with high lifts that showcase Denise’s strength, they blast through the routine and rock the studio. Len said they put all the chips on the table with danger and drama. Bruno said “what a feeling, what a dance! That was epic.” Craig, aka Mr 9, thought it was incredible. Darcey said “that was flashy, wow!”
They score 40
Dani & Vincent’s black & white show dance didn’t quite have the style of the previous dance and the transitions weren’t quite slick enough. Very ambitious, as Bruno commented, and Craig picked up on the lumpy transitions, although he thought the content was extraordinary. Darcey loved the musicality but not the transitions in the speed of the music. Len said “your talent is huge. This was a dancing cocktail. Intoxicating.”
They score 35
Kimberley & Pasha’s show dance, with outfit change from black suit to pink sparkling Kimble special spectacular dress, is on fire. Craig said “indecent, improper. I loved it.” Darcey said “you certainly brunt up that dance floor.” Len said it had impact, flair, “full on, flat out.” Bruno “I love passion. It was deliriously sexy.”
They score 39
Louis and Flavia round off the show dance section, and Louis says that he wants to show his strength in this dance. Do they have a show stopper ? A globe takes centre stage. Bare-chested Louis balances on top, into a handstand, and their Rhumba style dance showcases just what they wanted it to – Louis’s strength. So brave to showcase something so cool and serene for the show dance. Bruce hopes that The Royal Ballet were looking in, though Darcey said he doesn’t have a high enough instep. Darcey said “you blew me away. That had grace and fluidity. It was special and very different and I really, really liked it.” Len loved the slow lift in the middle of the routine “I don’t think we’ll ever see a show dance as magical as that.” Bruno said “nobody was disappointed. Diabolical flexibility. Deeply felt, extremely effective and memorable.” Craig said “fab-u-lous and a-mazing.”
They score 40
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Tonight’s Strictly dance & music notes….
Dani & Vincent danced the Tango to Rumor Has It and the Show dance to Bohemian Rhapsody
Denise & James danced the Jive to Tutti Frutti and the Show dance to What A Feeling
Kimberley & Pasha danced the Viennese Waltz to A Thousand Years and the Show dance to Crazy In Love
Louis & Flavia danced the Salsa to I’ve Had The Time Of My Life and the Show dance to Rule The World
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