Strictly Come Dancing 2013: the final, part one

After thirteen weeks of fabulous competition the final of Strictly Come Dancing 2013 has arrived.

In the first part of the final, the couples performed their judges’ choice dance and their showdance each for us.

We begin with a professional dance in which everybody is dressed like a red balloon and it all goes a bit X-Factor with flashing finalist names and soon the girls join it choreographed to ‘I’m Every Woman’ which has clearly been the moment the producers have been waiting for all bloody series.

Bruce them fumbled about with his iPhone and took/tried to take a ‘selfie’ with a mortified looking Tess Daly. Then he fluffed his lines and called Brendan ‘Brenda’ (hiya Monkseal) and then he made Grimsby in to a country.

On with it.

Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton – Quickstep to ‘Good Morning’ (Tommy Steele)

YES! (To echo Kevin’s sentiments at the end of the dance). Much better. I’m glad this was chosen for them because I so desperately wanted to see it done like I know Susanna can because the first take didn’t go so brilliantly – and she almost stacked it over that ruddy sofa (which, sadly, wasn’t allowed to be cut from this).

This time no stacking, no stumbling and more energy and finesse throughout. Snappier footwork but frame dipped a little bit in places.

My score: 9

Actual score: Craig 8, Darcey 9, Len 10, Bruno 10 = 37/40

Abbey Clancy and Aljaž Skornajec – Waltz to ‘Kissing You’ (Des’ree)

Beautiful to watch. Again.

Elegant, classy and glamourous. These two are superb in hold because they create such a lovely frame together which glides around the floor so effortlessly.

My score: 10

Actual score: Craig 10, Darcey 10, Len 10, Bruno 10 = 40/40

Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev – Cha Cha Cha to ‘Rasputin’ (Boney M)

I didn’t enjoy this the first time around. I wasn’t particularly taken the second time. BUT that’s personal taste.

Technique wise, yeah it was all there. It flowed. And – most importantly – Natalie took onboard the first week criticism and acted upon it.

My score: 10

Actual score: Craig 9, Darcey 10, Len 10, Bruno 10 = 39/40

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Brendan Cole – Viennese Waltz to ‘My Favourite Things’ (Julie Andrews)

Now this was my favourite out of the JC dances this evening the first time around (did that make sense?) because of Brendan’s choreography, really. Suits Sophie so well by putting her where she is clearly most comfortable and therefore does best.

Enjoyed it just as much the second time around – couldn’t find fault the last time so definitely cannot find it today. Superb.

My score: 10

Actual score: Craig 9, Darcey 10, Len 10, Bruno 10 = 39/40

Potential carcrashing time.

Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton – Showdance to ‘Your Song’ (Ewan Mcgregor)

I especially loved the bit Susanna put her arms around Kevin’s neck and clung on for dear life as Kevin swung her around. Impressive.

I liked that Kevin played to Susanna’s ballroom strengths and incorporated a bit of everything from that genre in there.

My score: 10

Actual score: Craig 9, Darcey 9, Len 9, Bruno 9 = 36/40

Abbey Clancy and Aljaž Skornajec – Showdance to ‘Sweet Child O Mine’ (Guns N’ Roses)

Paso Doble style! Tango style! But sadly, I only made out them jumping about the stage and doing some weird lifts. The rest? Blinded by foggy smoke.

I never ever want to hear that song sung by the band again. Ever.

My score: 8

Actual score: Craig 9, Darcey 10, Len 9, Bruno 10 = 38/40

Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvintsev – Showdance to ‘Steppin’ Out With My Baby’ (Christina Aguilera and Tony Bennett)

It encompassed just about everything and just about every single prop in the toybox. Full of bits of technique from all different styles and covered all grounds.

I can’t find fault in it. Except for the pole dancing bit (not in that way). Don’t get the pole really.

Spectacular.

My score: 10

Actual score: Craig 10, Darcey 10, Len 10, Bruno 10 = 40/40

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Brendan Cole – Showdance to ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ (Whitney Houston)

Ooft, talk about lifts. Really impressive ones as well. And they all went with the dance, which is a rarity this series. The energy Sophie brings to the table is second-to-none. Effortless for her to go out and give it 110%.

It was just so much fun – couldn’t help but smile.

My score: 10

Actual score: Craig 8, Darcey 9, Len 9, Bruno 9 = 35/40

 

 

END OF PART ONE.

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