Strictly Come Dancing 2017: The final!

Yes it is officially the end of the road, but which of our final four will be lifting the trophy?

It’s time. To Face. The…..oh wait, wrong programme! I’m blogging this live, so expect a pretty erratic round-up and reflection on pretty much everything. That is generally what happens when you give me my own platform for over two hours and shows with a lot of filler in.

And I’m getting it in now: I WANT SECOND, THIRD AND FOURTH.

As ever, the finalists enter after half a professional dance and they take up their place on what look like giant Amazon Echo’s and it’s all very fabulous. This, of course, being after 75 montages about how great being in the final and the journey here was.

Right, here we go! It’s going to be a long one…

JUDGES’ CHOICE

Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez – American Smooth to Wouldn’t It Be Lovely? from My Fair Lady

So this was a decent choice, I’d say, and my only issue with it the first time around was Alexandra looking too much like Mary Poppins, which has been fixed. She has a lovely red dress this time.

It’s light and fluffy, as we’ve come to expect from Alexandra and Gorka. It’s no better or worse than the first time as I recall and it’s about standard. Pretty.

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

Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice – Salsa to Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Boys Town Gang

DEBBEHHHHHHHHHHH.

I mean, clearly Giovanni’s start was the reason we have to get this again but it’s good to have the choice under the guise of correcting those dodgy lifts.

The lifts went off well this time around, so it’s nice to see improvement, and it was a lot cleaner and sharper than the first time around. So, that was good.

Scores: Craig 9, Darcey 10, Shirley 10, Bruno 10 – 39/40

Gemma Atkinson and Aljaž Skorjanec – Paso Doble to Viva La Vida by Coldplay

I was on holiday when this routine was first on, so I don’t really know what to say about how much she’s changed.

Such a weird song choice but it worked somehow. Well, to a point. Maybe on mute would be even better. But Gemma’s fierce with a good structure and strong lines.

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

Joe McFadden and Katya Jones – Viennese Waltz to Somewhere My Love from Dr Zhivago

Never saw this the first time around either but, wow, was this beautiful. They make such an elegant pair and Katya’s choreography is just on the inventive side of traditional. The characterisation and the theme of the dance was just a joy to watch.

Scores: Craig 9, Darcey 10, Shirley 10, Bruno 10 = 39/40

SHOWDANCE

Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez – There’s No Business Like Showbusiness by Ethel Merman

It wasn’t anything overly spectacular but it was full of life, energy and things Alexandra does well – which is about where a showdance should be. Alexandra gave it her everything and just oozes class about her dancing.

Scores: Craig 9, Darcey 10, Shirley 10, Bruno 10 = 39/40

Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice – One Day I’ll Fly Away by Vaults

Debbie, being a trained ballet dancer, produced a totally beautiful showdance full of stunning choreography from Giovanni. Yeah, there were a lot of lifts and a bit more hold may have been nice but, you know what, you play to your strengths and they did that amazingly.

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

Gemma Atkinson and Aljaž Skorjanec – Show Me How You Burlesque by Christina Aguilera

On song alone, this one wins out for me but it was even better technically than I imagined it would be. There was a good balance of lifts and footwork, they pushed the boundaries and even turned their hand to styles we haven’t seen before. She attacked it with gusto and that is what is about, after all.

Scores: Craig 8, Darcey 9, Shirley 10, Bruno 10 = 40/40

Joe McFadden and Katya Jones – You Make My Dreams by Hall & Oates

Well, it’s the most themed of them all and that always makes a decent showdance for the majority. I mean, look at Tom Chambers. Arguably, his offering won it for him and Camilla. Still my favourite ever, in case anybody is wondering (still reading).

This, however, missed the TomCam boat and went a bit off on its own. Wild lifts, weird facial expressions and just a bit weird. Sorry, didn’t like it.

Scores: Craig 9, Darcey 10, Shirley 10, Bruno 10 = 39/40

COUPLES’ PICK

Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez – Jive to Proud Mary by Tina Turner

Just wow. In every single way. What else can I say?

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

Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice – Argentine Tango to Por Una Cabeza

Always good to hear the Fawlty Towers theme tune again. And, anyway, I can see why they loved this dance because Debbie and her legs were ON IT. And they really threw everything at it once again, I think their AT’s will go down in Strictly history.

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

Gemma Atkinson and Aljaž Skorjanec – American Smooth to Downtown by Madilyn Bailey

Again, no more or less changed from the original except for the fact that Gemma held her posture and elegance well without the springy floor of Blackpool.

Scores: Craig 9, Darcey 10, Shirley 10, Bruno 10 – 39/40

Joe McFadden and Katya Jones – Charleston to Alexandra’s Ragtime Band by The Andrews Sisters

A good way to end the competitive dances, with Joe and Katya having the time of their lives out there. I enjoyed it a lot more than the first time because Joe seemed more comfortable and polished.

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


So that’s all the dancing we can vote on over. Now it’s time for the Class of 2017 to reunite and some music from Ed Sheeran…

MONTAGE!

The annual ‘this is what the public really liked’ montage, which allows us all the regroup and have a wee or get a drink (after you’ve left the loo).

Ed Sheeran

!!!!!!!!!

SO. MUCH. LOVE.

Karen and Pasha also appeared to do a dance, which was nice. But a bit weird. I don’t put them together as a dancing couple. Maybe Kevin was still competing at the time of this dance being choreographed.

BUT, Chloe and Neil’s night surely?!

Poor benchers. I don’t think we saw much of Neil this series, at all, and we saw even less of Chloe.

Class reunion

Yeah, that.

It ends, quite predictably, with a Ruth and Anton ‘stumble’ and a pile-on.

WINNER!!!!

Joe McFadden and Katya Jones take home the glitterball.

We’ll never know 2nd-4th.

 

 

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