Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Grand Final

How to even start this blog?

So here we are. Staring down the barrel of a fantastic finale to our 2014 series – one that feels like it has been the longest one yet but still somehow over before you could say ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

But I’m excited. I think. 

In this part, we see the judges’ choice dances that have been hidden from us this past week and the show dances which some people think will be the key to crowning this year’s champion. Not entirely sure why they were hidden from us but sure, it adds to the excitement.

I’m running this final blog as a live blog with the intention that you lovely people can read as we go along to distract yourself from trainingless and weird VTs. Or maybe if you pop to the loo and miss a score or something.

We begin with the white routine Vicky mentioned on It Takes Two which is backed by ‘Celebration’. The professionals appear in blue to signal they are still in the competition and then the celebrity finalists appear from behind a glitter ball.

Oddly, the judges seem to have chosen odd dances. Like, fI would have liked to see Ballroom and Latin from the couples and the choices sorted out better. That’s just my thoughts though. I think it would have made most sense – although I appreciate one couple would fall short of that or else we wouldn’t be getting anywhere with the final.

Judges choice!

Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton – Samba to ‘La Bamba’

Her worse dance by a country mile last time around, which is probably why they chose it.

Nice to see Frankie settle in to the dance a bit more this time and loosen up. Gave a solid performance which was much more convincing than last time around.

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

My choice? Tango.

And Twitter?

Mark Wright and Karen Hauer – Cha Cha Cha to ‘I’m Your Man’

Pretty sure they only chose this one for Right/Wright puns. Or maybe that’s just me for Twitter purposes.

Mark went so over-the-top that he broke his shoe.

Cheery and fast from Mark and Karen and, for the briefest of moments, I can see what the public see in him as a finalist. Mark – like Simon – takes all feedback on board and improves on it which is a good quality in a celebrity. Much more confidence in his performance this time.

JUDGES: Craig 8, Darcey 9, Len 9, Bruno 9 = 35/10

What would I have liked to seen? Waltz or Quickstep.

And Twitter?

Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev – Cha Cha Cha to ‘Can You Feel It?’

Week one dance – takes me back. I also had a mobile phone that played this song upon ringing.

I guess, in some ways, an early week dance is the best way to see improvement and my gosh has Caroline improved! In leaps and bounds. Almost looking professional now. The movement in her hips, the placement of her legs and the fast pace. I wonder if this competition is hers already.

JUDGES: Craig 10, Darcey 10, Len 10, Bruno 10 = 40/40

What did I was? American Smooth. Sans stumble, that dance could have been 40. The stumble knocked her for six.

The Twitter friends?

Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff – Charleston to ‘My Old Man’

Another fabulous Charleston from Simon and a chance to see that shining personality we all know is there but hid for a while. His confidence is really out now and it is lovely to see. Such an improvement in his footwork, balance and timing.

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

Me? Quickstep. Or actually this. I liked the Charleston and they have a Ballroom next, if they get there.

Twitterers?

Showdance!

Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton – Showdance to ‘Get Happy’

A wonderfully choreographed routine from Kevin and played to Frankie’s strengths superbly. An elegant and glamorous Quickstep fusion with an odd bench section in the middle which I’m willing to overlook because the rest was just fabulous. FABULOUS.

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

Mark Wright and Karen Hauer – Showdance to ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’

Come back to me in half an hour for my verdict on this one. Technically, I really am not sure I can say anything. I shouldn’t have liked it, but it was fun and energetic. Made me smile. Even if it was like a fitness DVD on acid – madness.

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

Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev – Showdance to ‘Angels’

Contemporary dance comes back again in the very emotional form of Caroline and Pasha’s show dance. Not as many steps as the previous dances but the most beautiful lifts I have seen in a long while on this show. It was tame, slow and elegant.

JUDGES: Craig 10, Darcey 10, Len 10, Bruno 10 = 40/40

Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff – Showdance to ‘A Little Less Conversation’

A very busy show dance for our last dance of the first half incorporating a little bit of apparently only three dances but felt like everything. Bits in hold, bits out of hold. Bits together, bits solo. Fast, furious and fun. Not to mention the lifts! The opposite of Caroline’s emotional lifts before…these lifts were oozing confidence. Great choreographic ideas from Kristina to take all his best dances and throw them together. My two favourite dances appeared, too- Quickstep and Jive – so ticked a personal preference box as well.

JUDGES: Craig 9, Darcey 10, Len 10, Bruno 10 = 40/40

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FOURTH PLACE: Mark Wright and Karen Hauer

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Couple choice dance

Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton – Paso Doble to ‘America’

I forgot how simply amazing the Paso Doble can be. Strong and commanding from Frankie and Kevin once again. Her first attempt was perfect and this was perfect and more.

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

Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev – Charleston to ‘Istanbul (Not Constantinople)’

Now this was out-of-this-world amazing during Around The World/THAT week. So it’s hard to see how she can get any better – although the whole thing felt better without the weekend surrounding theme. And we’ve seen the back of backing dancers which THRILLS me (even if their absence did make Pasha’s ‘Oops Upside Your Head’ moment very silly indeed). The swivel, the lifts, the timing…she’s just great.

JUDGES: Craig 10, Darcey 10, Len 10, Bruno 10 = 40/40

A clean sweep. Impressive.

Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff – Argentine Tango to ‘Roxanne’

Back of Blackpool week and a spectacular routine was had. Fast-forward to today and it is just as breathtaking. An incredibly strong and powerful performance. Completely with that great lift at the end.

JUDGES: Craig 10, Darcey 10, Len 10, Bruno 10 = 40/40

Craig in giving 10 to somebody other than Caroline SHOCKER. HELL YES.

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Now, we park the final and do something else for a bit.

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Take That appeared looking like lost Air Cabin crew and stood and sung while the professional dancers whizzed around. Nothing more noteworthy.

NEXT.

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CAR CRASH TIME as the cast of 2014 come back to haunt us one last time with some memorable moments such as the crab, Steve swinging on a rope and Judy jumping. To be honest, any excuse to see Brendan and Tristan again is fine with me.

Odd.

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And the winner…..of Strictly Come Dancing 2014…….is….

CAROLINE FLACK AND PASHA KOVALEV!!!!

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