Strictly Come Dancing 2016: THE FINAL

This is it folks. Months of training and glitter all comes down to this.

The 2016 Strictly Come Dancing Final. All in one go.

A whole professional-cast dance kicks us off with the three finalists (yes, three, thanks Will!) being dropped down from on high. It’s pretty and cute but nothing spectacular because it is – largely – the same every year. So we go straight into it.

Judges’ Choice

Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton – American Smooth to ‘Singin’ In the Rain’ by Gene Kelly from Singin’ In The Rain

This dance was one of the best Ore and Joanne produced through the weeks, and so I can see why they chose to see it again. Ore seemed more at ease with the dance as he has grown through this series. His frame was better, his hold was smoother and he moved around the floor in swift action. But I wish they had banned that umbrella dancing section. Jeez. Way to shave off precious dancing time.

And it is bad luck to open inside. Cue the backlash…

Scores: Craig 9, Darcey 10, Len 10, Bruno 10 = 39/40 (35 last time)

Louise Redknapp and Kevin Clifton – Cha Cha to ‘Flashdance… What A Feeling’ by Irene Cara from Flashdance

This was pretty bad the first time around and so I relished the opportunity to see it again. But I was disappointed – it didn’t feel much better. Louise seemed stiff and awkward throughout her movements but her facial expressions did seem to, at least, seem like she was having fun. Still, there was improvement. Would have liked to see something else – Cha Cha is a bleh dance, make of that what you will…

Scores: Craig 9, Darcey 9, Len 10, Bruno 10 = 38/40 (31 last shot)

Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse – Quickstep to ‘I Won’t Dance’ by Fred Astaire

I remember commenting at the time that this dance deserved 40, so seeing it again was perfect. As was all the dancing. The frame, the movement, the footwork…everything. His musicality has only improved since week 4 as has his partnership and chemistry with Oti. And Oti was the only of the three professionals to address the criticism from last time (too much faffing) in the preparation for this week (binned it), which highlights what a truly fantastic teacher she is.

But it is a real shame it went awry at the end. Significantly. Sigh.

Scores: Craig 9, Darcey 9, Len 9, Bruno 9 = 36/40 (snap)


Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton – Showdance to “I Got Rhythm” by George and Ira Gershwin

Wow that was fast! Joanne choreographed another almost American Smooth but with Ore’s best bits of dances along the way. Too much faffing about on drums at the beginning for my personal taste but it was glamorous, fluffy and perfectly executed (right down to the bannister slide). Ore’s definitely more of a ballroom babe though and Joanne knows that. She is a fabulous choreographer, all credit to her.

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

Louise Redknapp and Kevin Clifton – Showdance to “One Moment in Time” by Whitney Houston

The thing about this showdance was that it was, for me, a shining example of how too many lifts can spoil a dance. Louise’s feet hardly touched the ground, which made it hard to see her dancing as much as it would have been lovely to see. Not really finding the words to say here – nothing took my breath away. I felt like it was more about Kevin.

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

Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse -Showdance to “Set Fire To The Rain” by Adele

The theme of the routine was Danny’s journey. So it started off ‘slow’ and then burst into life, colour and fire. Danny threw himself at the routine which was mainly Paso and AT thrown together. Oti capitalised on Danny’s strengths and didn’t give him a moment to gather his breathe. Bravo.

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

Favourite dance:

Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton – Jive to “Runaway Baby” by Bruno Mars

A fantastic jive first time around but this was sheer brilliance. Fast, full of energy, excellent technique and him and Jo looked like a professional couple. I struggled to spot any mistakes, they’ve undeniably had a cracking evening.

Scores: Craig 10, Darcey 10, Len 10, Bruno 10 = 40/40 (39 before)

Louise Redknapp and Kevin Clifton – Argentine Tango to “Tanguera” by Sexteto Mayor

Okay, cards on table. I really enjoyed Louise’s Argentine Tango. Last time I thought it was lacking in passion toward the end, but this time I felt that the routine told the story it wanted and Louise really threw herself into it. And it was all about her. Kevin was background to his partner, for once. This dance showed Louise off – her clean and crisp technique – and the talent that we all know is there.

Scores: Craig 10, Darcey 10, Len 10, Bruno 10 = 40/40 (39 last go)

Danny Mac and Oti Mabuse – Samba to “Magalenha” by Sergio Mendes


A really good watch – ramped packed with choreography and musicality. Simply amazing. Not much more I can write. I loved it before and I love it now. Best Strictly Samba. Period.

Scores: Craig 10, Darcey 10, Len 10, Bruno 10 = 40/40 (same)

The bit between the dances and the crowning:

Emeli Sandé turned up in a nightdress to sing a song about…oh I have no idea. Giovanni and Katya spun along to it.

We then paid tribute to Len Goodman as, of course, tonight was his last show. I’ve not always agreed with Len, but he is a lovely guy and a great judge – helpful, calming and knows his stuff. He’s given his life to dance, and so we gave him our show. Head Judge Len, happy retirement!

The professional dancers then did their own ballroom routine in his honour.

So from the first-class dancing we went to….the annual final dose of chaos. The group dance. An utterly loveable mess. That is how best to describe it.

Minus Will Young, who declined the invitation to appear for some reason or another. The singer was also removed from the ridiculously long recap we had to sit through prior to it.





Posted on December 17, 2016, in Strictly Come Dancing, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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