Strictly Talking: The ultimate – Dancing Occasions

Posted on December 19, 2021

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Properly, serves me proper for taking such pleasure in our excellent Strictly remaining. I ought to have identified that 2021 would have one remaining intestine punch in retailer: poor AJ and Kai having to drop out by way of damage. It made the outcome much more of a foregone conclusion – by way of public assist, nobody stood an opportunity in a head-to-head battle with Rose – and added a tragic notice to a different in any other case celebratory end.

This has been a season of extremes. As soon as once more Strictly pleasure wrestled with coronavirus angst, and we had remarkably high-standard dancing versus medical dropouts, trailblazing and progressive contestants versus… nicely, Dan Walker. New professionals triumphed, the judges regularly misplaced their minds, or their seats, and Couple’s Selection virtually ate the present fully.

HOWEVER. General this season was an exhilarating watch and our remaining three (even when solely two danced) had been a fab-u-lous trio – not only a plea for inclusion, however emphatic proof that it makes all the pieces higher. We had extra ingenious routines, extra of a spread of tales, and contestants who had been extra themselves and thus extra unbelievable performers as a result of Strictly supported them. Who doesn’t need to stay in a world like that?

So, as ever: be extra Strictly – and hurrah for our vastly deserving champions, Rose and Giovanni! Sensible winners of a superb collection.

Different hits and misses:

  • Montages, montages, get yer montages right here. Additionally recaps, and montages of recaps, and recaps of montages, and slowly, inexorably, we slid into the previous – which, given all the pieces, might be a candy aid. MISS
  • Hey, previous pals! The category of 2021 pitched up for a gloriously chaotic group quantity, minus Robert, nonetheless benched for well being causes, and Tilly, who has COVID-19. Additionally Karen was injured so did her visitor spot sitting down like a boss. Different highlights: Gorka the dalmatian and… sorry, I misplaced my prepare of thought. HIT
  • I don’t understand how they may have handled the AJ state of affairs nicely. In fact she deserved to be honoured within the remaining, however the highlights reel simply added to the pre-packaged materials, and the stay interview was virtually too uncooked. Nonetheless, we beloved her on the present, and I can’t wait to see tons extra from Kai. HIT/MISS
  • Ed Sheeran – sigh – however candy to have a visitor look from Janette, as soon as once more teaming up with Aljaž. HIT/MISS

Finest in Present

  • Finest efficiency: Rose’s Couple’s Selection Although John’s showdance and paso had been each shut contenders.
  • Finest costume: John’s pirate wig This actually was Yr of the Wig.
  • Finest transfer: Nikita randomly banging his chair within the background Not less than he stored his shirt on.
  • Finest line: Each one in every of Claud’s makes an attempt to jazz up the leaderboard Not a lot you are able to do with two contestants and matching scores.


Tess’s costume: impressed or depressed?

Actually simply wrapped in a bedsheet. The pandemic is hitting us all in several methods. Claud: sparkly silver with a slit.

Judges’ Selection

Rose and Giovanni – A-door-able

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I wouldn’t have picked their Musicals Week quickstep out of all of Rose’s superb dances, however this did have an apparent error to appropriate, which lent itself nicely to the ultimate’s redemptive narrative. It was additionally one which Craig missed, so at the very least we acquired a recent critique. As soon as once more a really endearing riff on their Frozen characters – and in equity, that is in all probability the closest to Rose’s personal persona – together with majestic ballroom that includes the 2 glued collectively all through. This duo actually are the epitome of accomplice dancing and the way it elevates you each: they’ve achieved issues collectively that they by no means may have managed aside. Totally joyful.

Tune: “Love Is an Open Door” from Frozen

Judges’ feedback: Shirley stated it was Strictly magic. Anton praised her immaculate traces and stated that we’d decide future ballroom dances on the present in opposition to Rose. Craig loved watching it stay and praised Rose’s body and storytelling. Motsi beloved their characterisation.

Judges’ scores: 9, 10, 10, 10 – 39 (up from 10, 9, 9, 9 – 37)

John and Johannes – Feeling free

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An incredible selection right here: the Week 7 rumba, which was a memorable second for these two but in addition left plenty of room to replicate John’s development as a dancer and performer. I positively felt he was extra fluid and liberated this time round – extra comfy with being expressive. Once more, fantastic consideration to the method, from the velvety footwork to the fantastically positioned arms and beautiful little particulars within the exchanges between them. It struck an ideal stability between a slick, competition-worthy routine and natural, reactive connection. A rumba within the remaining would possibly look like a non-starter, but it surely confirmed {that a} whisper can have as a lot influence as a shout, and that vulnerability is energy.

Tune: “Form of My Coronary heart”, Sting

Judges’ feedback: Anton stated it was the most effective rumba ever on Strictly. Craig beloved the category and understatement. Motsi was moved by it. Shirley handled us to an extract from her upcoming romance novel and invited John to rumba along with her.

Judges’ scores: 9, 10, 10, 10 – 39 (up from 8, 8, 10, 9 – 35)

Favorite Dance

Rose and Giovanni – Making historical past

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This Couple’s Selection was the unparalleled second of the season, so it truly felt a bit dangerous to repeat it. Fortunately, it was simply as highly effective the second time spherical, though I wasn’t fully satisfied by Craig’s reasoning for upping his rating (when you truly nitpick Rose’s up to date dance method, it’s not actually excellent – however that’s actually inappropriate for this specific quantity, sacrilegious although that sounds on this weblog…). An exquisite instance of how dance can convey some issues extra clearly and viscerally than some other artwork kind, and the way Rose each represented a group whereas additionally sharing herself on this present. One for the Strictly historical past books.

Tune: “Symphony”, Clear Bandit ft Zara Larsson

Judges’ feedback: Craig praised how Rose used the ground. Motsi adored Rose’s reference to Gio and with us. Shirley stated she wore her coronary heart on her sleeve. Anton thought it was simply excellent.

Judges’ scores: 10, 10, 10, 10 – 40 (up from 9, 10, 10, 10 – 39)

John and Johannes – Treasure island

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Ooh I beloved this paso in Week 3 and I beloved it much more within the remaining. John gave it EVERYTHING: it was sharper, stronger, had extra resistance, the leaps had been sky-high, and he actually fought for it. As soon as once more it felt like a extremely defining quantity for this partnership, proving that not solely ought to two males dance on Strictly, however that it might make the entire present come alive in new methods. It’s evident, too, that the expertise has opened up a lot for each John and Johannes, and this was a dance worthy of them. Sidenote: actually that wig is the third particular person on this marriage, what a personality.

Tune: “He’s A Pirate” from Pirates of the Caribbean (COPYCAT KLAXON: Peter Andre and Janette)

Judges’ feedback: Motsi stated he’d smashed it. Shirley agreed, and John actually felt it. Anton…waffled for thus lengthy that Shirley almost handed him the maple syrup. Craig did a comedy fake-out, the wag.

Judges’ scores: 10, 10, 10, 10 – 40 (up from 9, 10, 10, 10 – 39)


Rose and Giovanni – Down with love

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Properly, sigh. I questioned why we had this silly gloopy romantic theme… after which Jason Gilkison appeared and all of it grew to become clear. In fact the person who refuses to place any ballroom right into a ballroom present would suppose that these two had been Romeo and Juliet – and that that may be a crowd-pleaser within the remaining. Plus: ROSES as a result of ROSE, get it? So, it was properly executed, because the balletic high quality was just like their Couple’s Selection, and the lifts had been critically spectacular, plus these two are all the time heartfelt and mesmerising collectively. I simply don’t suppose they wanted the flowers and the smoke monster and schmaltz – they’re too good for that. I wished to see them: no distractions.

Tune: “The Rose”, Bette Midler

Judges’ feedback: Shirley stated that Rose had melted her coronary heart. Anton was blessed to look at them. Craig discovered it large. Motsi thought it confirmed we may do something we put our minds to and signed “I like you”.

Judges’ scores: 10, 10, 10, 10 – 40

John and Johannes – Our story

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Ah, that’s extra prefer it. This routine felt like a greater reflection of the couple: it had their tenderness by way of to the exuberance and celebration of their accomplished J phrase. I beloved seeing all of the highlights from their previous dances, just like the Charleston and Argentine tango – a decide ’n’ combine method that may look messy however was easily executed. The gospel choir additionally labored a lot better right here, although I don’t suppose it’s wanted for future finals. Just like the over-theming in Rose’s showdance, it took away consideration from our {couples}, and once they’re as implausible as this, that’s a frustration – simply give them the well-earned highlight, however I DID love the black-and-white ballroom photos: honouring heritage, whereas additionally marking an vital second of progress.

Tune: “You Acquired the Love”, Florence and the Machine (COPYCAT KLAXON: Abbey Clancy and Aljaž)

Judges’ feedback: Anton pulled out the J phrase. Craig stated John got here out and went “Bam”. Motsi praised Strictly for altering lives. Shirley known as them a groundbreaking pair.

Judges’ scores: 10, 10, 10, 10 – 40


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Rose and Giovanni – 39, 40, 40 = 119

John and Johannes – 39, 40, 40 = 119

Properly, you’ll be able to’t get nearer than that. Unsure our judges actually supplied a lot steerage, however then this was an exhilarating duel.

Ultimate outcome

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Our new champions are… Rose and Gio, hurrah!! It couldn’t have gone some other means actually, but it surely was nonetheless an thrilling remaining and a extremely fantastic second. As soon as once more, our ballroom present has been a beacon of hope in a darkish time, and our profitable couple actually epitomise that.

What did you make of the ultimate? Did the fitting couple win? How did you discover the entire season? Get in contact on Twitter to share your ideas: @mkmswain

See you subsequent 12 months for extra Strictly magic. Within the meantime… maintain dancing!

{Photograph}: Man Levy, courtesy of the BBC.