It was Strictly Come Dancing Final time with Louis Smith, Kimberley Walsh, Dani Harmer and Denise Van Outen battling it out for the Glitterball trophy.
Denise Van Outen and James Jordan opened the final with the judges choice of a Jive to the song Tutti Frutti. They scored 32 with this dance in week 2. A score of 39 this time was just for fun as the judges scores count for nothing in the final.
Len: To be a dancer you have to have artistry with athleticism. Fantastic jive!
Bruno: A premium grade Jive packed with energy
Craig: Sharp, Clean, you truly are a great dancer
Darcey: Your style is perfect for the Jive. Fast and furious.
Dani Harmer and Vincent Simone tackled their judges choice dance, the Tango, from week 6 when they scored 33. The music was Rumour has it by Adele. A good rather than a great performance that was scored at 36 by the judges.
Bruno: The depth of character and the intensity was great but there were a couple of wobbles. But great dance.
Craig: Apart from the minor stumbling your dance has always been good.
Darcey: You were a cool sophisticated woman. You looked beautiful together.
Len: You are the spirit of this show. You have become consistent, every week dancing to a high standard.
Kimberley Walsh and Pasha Kovalev had the Viennese Waltz as the judges choice to A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. They scored 34 last time they danced it. It was a great performance which scored 39 with Craig keeping his 10 under wraps to the audience’s displeasure.
Craig: You have grown so much in this series. Your top line is very very strong. Darcey and I grabbed each when you did the spin.
Darcey: Not just a beautiful dancer but also a great actress.
Len: Last time I liked it. This time I loved it. Well done.
Bruno: Shining like a diamond. It had everything. Grace skill elegance. Perfection.
Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace had the Salsa as the judges choice, which they had scored 30 for before. They were dancing it to the theme of Dirty Dancing, The Time of My Life. This time the judges scored it at 39.
Darcey: 100% better. It wasn’t safe it was spiced up. It was all happening.
Len: Flavia. I shall now call you Flavulous. You captured the spirit of Dirty Dancing. Louis you are like an eagle.
Bruno: Louis you snake-hipped wonder. More content and more power. You sold it like a pro.
Craig: I didn’t like the shoulder roll but the rest was fantastic.
So after the first round of dances we have a three way tie as far as the judges are concerned with three couples scored at 39 with only Dani and Vincent a little off the pace on 36.
So it was on to the showdances with Denise Van Outen and James Jordan who were dancing to Flashdance. Some spectacular lifts and poses made it a spectacular routine whcih brought the audience to their feet for the fifth time! It also brought out a 10 from Craig to give a score of 40 overall. Remember though. The judges scores were just for fun.
Len: You just put all your chips on the table. It had everything. You deserve to be in this final.
Bruno: What a feeling. What a dance. Lifts with an incredible level of difficulty. An absolutely perfect Tango section. Epic.
Craig: Incredible. I cannot believe what your body did.
Darcey: That was flashy. You could travel the world doing that. So many lifts. Incredible. James, you made her look light as a feather,
Next up were Dani Harmer and Vincent Simone, dancing their showdance to Bohemian Rhapsody. If the viewers agree with the judges score of 35 then it may not be enough to get them into the final three. I think their chance of winning has probably gone but they are a lovely couple to watch nevertheless.
Bruno: A little bit nervous. Not quite as slick as we usually see. Very brave though.
Craig: The transitions were slightly lumpy but the content was absolutely extraordinary.
Darcey: That choreography was difficult. Incredibly well done.
Len: You may be small but your talent is huge. A dancing cocktail. Rumba, Paso Doble and a few lifts. Intoxicating.
Kimberley Walsh and Pasha Kovalev showdanced to Crazy in Love by Beyonce. It was well received by the studio audience and the judges agreed by giving it a 39 with Craig giving it a 9.
Craig: Indecent, improper, absolute filth. I loved it.
Darcey: That was wild. It was hot. Beautiful pressage.
Len: It was Kimberley’s greatest hits. Full on, flat out, fabulous
Bruno: Yes Kimberley. I loved the wild passion. It was smoking hot. It’s a hit.
Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace closed the show with their showdance to Rule The World by Take That. Louis decided not to wear a shirt and this didn’t seem to hurt his chances with the audience. It was a spectacularly gymnastic display and Louis and Flavia certainly brought something to Strictly with this dance. Stunning and mind blowing. Wow! A perfect score of 40 from the judges does not really do it justice.
Darcey: You blew me away. Grace. Fluidity and sensual. That was brave. It was cool and calm. It was special. It had a contemporary art feel.
Len: I don’t think we will ever see a showdance that was as magical as that if the show goes on another 20 years
Bruno: Deeply felt and effective. A memorable dance.
Craig: Fab-u-lous. Am-a-zing.
So Louis and Denise are top of the fun leaderboard with Kimberley just behind. Dani is lurking in fourth place and much though I love her and Vincent, I think the other three probably deserve it more.
For full detail on the judges scores see Strictly Come Dancing Results.