Having danced twice, one couple’s dream of holding aloft the Glitterball is over.
Our three finalists are lined up in front of the Glitterball – one of them is about to leave. The couple with the lowest number of votes will be eliminated.
First of all, Tess introduces a retrospective on the drama of the evening so far. And then… the first moment of truth.
The couple leaving is Pamela & James. So Pamela will not get to dance her Argentine Tango….
The phone lines are re-opened and the voting for Matt & Aliona and Kara & Artem begins again.
We have two more dances from these two finalists, a new dance in a style they’ve never done before, and a dance whihc they hope will be their strongest. Matt & Aliona tackle the Paso Doble. Matt really does seem to want to win, he’s very earnest. It’s a fast dance, with strong shaping from Matt. Red and black costumes. Matt is still too light on his feet; he’s not using the floor enough but he has the intensity of the dance.
Len liked it but he wasn’t overstruck about it, it was a little jerky. It was ok, not fantastic. Alesha thinks this dance suits him. Bruno agrees with Len, because it was flamboyant but the hip has to be forward, the line extended and the elevation higher. Craig liked it ! He noticed the difficult Spanish port de bras shaping. They have split the judges and score 35.
Kara & Artem take to the floor with a waltz, which they have not danced before. It’s mesmerisingly beautiful. Kara has a purple and gold dress. It’s full of romance and fluidity. Bruno says it’s quality, as though Kara is playing the music with her body. It’s a pleasure to watch. Craig noticed that Kara missed her heel leads, but he says that she is the most amazing dancer he’s ever seen. Len says that Kara’s musicality was great, though there were some ‘foot issues’. Kara is injured (from her showdance) and doesn’t feel she did as well as she could have. They score 38.
They have the American Smooth next – the dance where Artem was injured in Blackpool.
Matt & Aliona’s second dance in this section is the Viennese Waltz. We’re back under the bower, with Aliona on the swing. It’s quite balletic – Matt is so light on his feet, and it goes smoothly and ends with Aliona back on her swing. They both look pleased. Bruno thought it was dashing and elegant. Craig agreed, and noticed the ‘thumb’ improvement, but his head placement wasn’t quite right. Len loved it, wide elbows, flat back, but he noticed an issue with the fleckel. They score 37.
Kara & Artem return with their American Smooth.
Will it be enough to dance them to victory ?
They made the lift without mishap !
It’s glorious. Gorgeous and perfect. Craig has to get his 10 out now.
Kara looks shellshocked. Craig said he’d kill to be able to dance like that. It was amazing. Len loved the lyrical nature, but he wants more of the dance in hold. Len said it was still a great number and that her dancing is amazing. Alesha feels proud & thinks that Kara is a beautiful woman inside and out and that together with Artem, they are first class. They score a 10 from Craig, a 7 from Len, and overall 37.
So, Artem and Kara are practically in tears, having danced to Cry Me a River. They lead the judges board, but the winner is decided by viewers votes alone.
All of the Strictly 2010 class are reunited for one last dance – will it be chaos or crowning glory ? It’s good fun. Widdy does her floor spin, Gavin strips, and they are all mostly together.
The phone lines are now closed, which means it’s just moments before we know who is crowned Strictly Champions. Matt or Kara ?
And the winners are : Kara & Artem (yes, I typed this before the announcement). Kara & Artem are such a team – and perhaps the best thing of all is that Kara has never questioned Artem’s choreography or reasons for doing things – she has embraced the competition completely and is a total star. With Artem’s choreography there was never any doubt. Both of them were in tears by the end – what a team.
Well done Kara & Artem !