Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2010

December 25, 2010

Strictly Come Dancing

Fern Britton and Matthew Cutler

Fern Britton and Matthew Cutler Photograph : BBC Pictures

two presenters on stage
Tess Daly & Bruce Forsyth Photograph : BBC Pictures

Christmas Day means only one thing – the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, and this year’s line-up is filled with actresses, comedians, actors and politicians plus another chance to see Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev, Strictly Champions, along with others from the main show.

Tess and Bruce introduce the show for the final time this year.

Tess Daly & Bruce Forsyth  Photograh :  BBC Pictures

Tess Daly & Bruce Forsyth Photograph : BBC Pictures

The show opens with the Strictly show dancers sleeping next to giant presents.  Pajama dancing !  Who could be inside the presents ?  The Strictly Christmas Special contestants of course !  June Brown, Ronni Ancona, John Barrowman, Fern Britten & Vince Cable.

two dancers

Fern Britton and Matthew Cutler Photograph : BBC Pictures

Now, I’m going to say right off, isn’t that line-up slightly unbalanced in a way that wouldn’t be allowed on the main show ?  John Barrowman, up against the others ?  Well, we’ll see.  He’s partnered with Kristina and first up.

two dancers on stage

Erin Boag and The Rt. Hon Vince Cable MP Photograph : BBC Pictures

Brucie’s jokes are a little better – a little !  – as he introduces John’s training.  John says he was put on this planet to entertain.  And he’s not short of experience.  He is dancing the quickstep, which he’s finding crazy.

two dancers on stage

Kristina Rihanoff and John Barrowman Photograph : BBC Pictures

He’s in it to win it and I’d say he has quite an advantage already.  Musical theatre anyone ?  Kristina is in her trademark red and together they slash and burn across the floor.  He’s a good partner and makes certain to connect with Kristina as they end up sat at her dressing table.  Of course, it’s good.  What will the judges make of this ?  Len says that John jingled his bells; it was full on and a fabulous dance and a great start to the evening.  Alesha agreed, particularly with the lifts which were good.  Bruno said it was a cracker with “a huge, huge bang.”  Craig said he lost body contact in hold and he stumbled once, but he loved the homage to Bruce at the start.  They score 37 – a 10 from Bruno.

two dancers on stage on costume

Ronni Ancona and Anton Du Beke Photograph : BBC Pictures

Ronni & Anton are next.  Ronni, as you can see from these photographs, is dressed in a beautiful white dress with a lace bodice coloured in red.  They are dancing “a Viennese whirl”, according to Ronni.  It could be.

They start together at the top of the stage, launching into a big frilly lift.  Ronni’s not a natural turner, but she’s better in hold and giving it a good go.  Her feet are better, more secure, and there is a lot of whirling.  Alesha said it was a very good effort, with some really nice moments.  Bruno said it was a bit unsteady, but nice in hold.  Craig said that Ronni had a major balance problem throughout and Len thought, in hold, Ronni was an absolute Christmas cracker.  A bit like a duck on ice !  They score 28.

two dancers on stage

June Brown and Vincent Simone Photograph : BBC Pictures

Vince Cable is partnered with Erin Boag.  He says he loves dancing.

two dancers on stage

John Barrowman and Kristina Rihanoff Photograph : BBC Pictures

They are dancing the foxtrot.

two judges on Strictly, dancing

Alesha Dixon and Bruno Tonioli Photograph : BBC Pictures

Erin has her work cut out because Vince isn’t a singer, actor or performer.  And he’s serious.

two judges dancing

Len Goodman and Craig Revel Horwood Photograph : BBC Pictures

Erin is strict and they hope to do a great job.

the cast of Strictly dancing on stage

Erin Boag, The Rt. Hon Vince Cable MP and the cast of the SCD xmas special Photograph : BBC Pictures

They begin gracefully, with sleigh bells ringing, and head off into a spin which is pretty good.  I wouldn’t say Vince was leading but he’s holding his own.  He manages quite well with the lifts (this is a foxtrot – are lifts allowed ?) and they continue the winter wonderland theme, glistening across the floor elegantly.

two dancers dancing

The Rt. Hon Vince Cable MP and Erin Boag Photograph : BBC Pictures

He gets a standing ovation.

two dancers on stage

The Rt. Hon Vince Cable MP and Erin Boag Photograph : BBC Pictures

Bruno thought it was charming; Craig said had beautiful rise and fall, and joked that Vince had a tendency to lean to the right !  Len thought it was great.  Technically it was sound, though his posture needs a bit of work.  Alesha loved it, and she’s danced with Vince before.  They score a 10 from Len, and 36 overall.

Christmas Choir on Strictly come dancing

ONLY MEN ALOUD Photograph : BBC Pictures

The audience vote will be combined with the judges score, as usual.

two dancers

John Barrowman and Kristina Rihanoff Photograph : BBC Pictures

Fern Britten is dancing the jive.  She is partnered with Matthew Cutler.  Training looks like fun but it’s one of the fastest dances.

two dancers

John Barrowman and Kristina Rihanoff Photograph : BBC Pictures

Dressed in turquoise,  they make a good start.  Fern is sassy and sure of herself, if not the steps.  Timing is a little enthusiastic.  They look like they are having fun and try some tricks.

two dancers at a dressing table

John Barrowman and Kristina Rihanoff Photograph : BBC Pictures

Fern’s husband is in the audience.  Craig says the kicks and flicks were a little lame but he thought she coped very well with all the changes of rhythm.  Len loved it; Alesha thought it was cheeky and flirty, and it could have been sharper but was full of personality.  Bruno thought it was lively and vivacious and Fern has a great musicality.  They score 30.

the four Strictly judges, sat at their desks

Craig Revel Horwood, Len Goodman, Alesha Dixon and Bruno Tonioli Photograph : BBC Pictures

The judges have christmas tree paddles for this show.

two dancers waltzing

Anton Du Beke and Ronni Ancona Photograph : BBC Pictures

The class of 2010 will be dancing later !

two dancers on stage

Anton Du Beke and Ronni Ancona Photograph : BBC Pictures

June Brown, actress from EastEnders who is in her 80’s, is partnered with Vincent Simone.

two dancers on stage

Anton Du Beke and Ronni Ancona Photograph : BBC Pictures

June is incredible, and I’m delighted to see her on the show.

two dancers on stage

Anton Du Beke and Ronni Ancona Photograph : BBC Pictures

She is delighted to have Vincent as her dance partner.

two dancers on stage

The Rt. Hon Vince Cable MP and Erin Boag Photograph : BBC Pictures

They have the Tango – of course !

two dancers on stage

The Rt. Hon Vince Cable MP and Erin Boag Photograph : BBC Pictures

June wants castanets !

two dancers on stage

The Rt. Hon Vince Cable MP and Erin Boag Photograph : BBC Pictures

She has fun in training.

Fern Britton and Matthew Cutler

Fern Britton and Matthew Cutler Photograph : BBC Pictures

What will the dance be like ?

Fern Britton and Matthew Cutler

Fern Britton and Matthew Cutler Photograph : BBC Pictures

Dressed in purple and standing on her own, June has a fan and sits next to a ‘Strictly Square’ signpost !

Fern Britton and Matthew Cutler

Fern Britton and Matthew Cutler Photograph : BBC Pictures

They are  quite funny together !

Fern Britton and Matthew Cutler

Fern Britton and Matthew Cutler Photograph : BBC Pictures

They pretend to rub noses Eskimo fashion in accordance with the words of the song.

Fern Britton and Matthew Cutler

Fern Britton and Matthew Cutler Photograph : BBC Pictures

June dances well, and the lifts are great.

Fern Britton and Matthew Cutler

Fern Britton and Matthew Cutler photograph : BBC Pictures

Elegant and graceful, it’s the perfect fun dance for the pair of them.

Fern Britton and Matthew Cutler

Fern Britton and Matthew Cutler Photograph : BBC Pictures

Another standing ovation !

June Brown

June Brown Photograph : BBC Pictures

Len loves the story of the Italian waiter trying to persuade June to sample his bolognaise.  Alesha loved the drama of the dance.

June Brown and Vincent Simone

June Brown and Vincent Simone Photograph : BBC Pictures

June is an inspiration, according to Alesha.

June Brown and Vincent Simone

June Brown and Vincent Simone Photograph : BBC Pictures

Bruno said she played hard to get, and enjoyed it.

June Brown and Vincent Simone

June Brown and Vincent Simone Photograph : BBC Pictures

Craig said there wasn’t a lot of dance to judge, but what she did was danced with passion and commitment.

June Brown and Vincent Simone

June Brown and Vincent Simone Photograph : BBC Pictures

Bruce loved it !

June Brown and Vincent Simone

June Brown and Vincent Simone photograph : BBC Pictures

June does a solo twirl on the way to Tess’s area.

June Brown and Vincent Simone

June Brown and Vincent Simone Photograph : BBC Pictures

June & Vincent score 28.

Craig Revel Horwood, Len Goodman, Alesha Dixon and Bruno Tonioli

Craig Revel Horwood, Len Goodman, Alesha Dixon and Bruno Tonioli Photograph : BBC Pictures

On the judges leaderboard, John and Kristina lead the five Christmas gifts. 

Artem Chigvintsev, Aliona Vilani, Pamela Stephenson, Gavin Henson, James Jordan and Matt Baker

Artem Chigvintsev, Aliona Vilani, Pamela Stephenson, Gavin Henson, James Jordan and Matt Baker Photograph : BBC Pictures

A reminder of the festive five follows.

Matt Baker and Aliona Vilani

Matt Baker and Aliona Vilani Photograph : BBC Pictures

The audience will vote, and those scores will be added to the judges to find the winner.

Kara Tointon and Pamela Stephenson

Kara Tointon and Pamela Stephenson Photograph : BBC Pictures

In the meantime, while the votes are counted, the winners of Last Choir Standing, Only Men Aloud, take to the floor.

Scott Maslen and Natalie Lowe

Scott Maslen and Natalie Lowe Photograph : BBC Pictures

They sing Silent Night.

Gavin Henson, Katya Virshilas, Artem Chigvintsev and Kara Tointon

Gavin Henson, Katya Virshilas, Artem Chigvintsev and Kara Tointon Photograph : BBC Pictures

Robin & Kristina accompany them.

 Kara Tointon, Artem Chigvintsev and Aliona Vilani

Kara Tointon, Artem Chigvintsev and Aliona Vilani Photograph : BBC Pictures

Kristina is dressed in a long golden robe with a white fur stole.

Fern Britton, Matthew Cutler and the cast of the SCD xmas special

Fern Britton, Matthew Cutler and the cast of the SCD xmas special Photograph : BBC Pictures

It’s the moment of truth.

Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth Photograph : BBC Pictures

The results are in.

Kristina Rihanoff, John Barrowman, Ronni Ancona, Fern Britton, Matthew Cutler, Erin Boag, The Rt. Hon Vince Cable MP, June Brown and Vincent Simone

Kristina Rihanoff, John Barrowman, Ronni Ancona, Fern Britton, Matthew Cutler, Erin Boag, The Rt. Hon Vince Cable MP, June Brown and Vincent Simone Photograph : BBC Pictures

Tess & Bruce recount the judges comments.

John Barrowman, Kristina Rihanoff and the cast of the SCD xmas special

John Barrowman, Kristina Rihanoff and the cast of the SCD xmas special Photograph : BBC Pictures

The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas champions are John and Kristina.

John Barrowman, Kristina Rihanoff and the cast of the SCD xmas special

John Barrowman, Kristina Rihanoff and the cast of the SCD xmas special Photograph : BBC Pictures

Well done to them, but I can’t say I expected any other result.

 Bruce Forsyth, John Barrowman, Kristina Rihanoff and Tess Daly

Bruce Forsyth, John Barrowman, Kristina Rihanoff and Tess Daly Photograph : BBC Pictures

John has considerably more dancing experience than any of the others.

John Barrowman and Kristina Rihanoff

John Barrowman and Kristina Rihanoff Photograph : BBC Pictures

And now … the class of 2010 take to the floor in festive high-spirits to end the show.

Erin Boag and The Rt. Hon Vince Cable MP  Rest of cast left to right:  Anton Du Beke, Ronni Ancona , John Barrowman, Kristina Rihanoff, Fern Britton, June Brownm Matthew Cutler, Vincent Simone

Erin Boag and The Rt. Hon Vince Cable MP Rest of cast left to right: Anton Du Beke, Ronni Ancona , John Barrowman, Kristina Rihanoff, Fern Britton, June Brown, Matthew Cutler, Vincent Simone Photograph : BBC Pictures

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