Strictly Come Dancing Grand Final | Part Two

December 17, 2011

Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing Grand Final Part 2

So, Chelsee, Harry and Jason have each danced twice – a dance chosen by the judges and their Show Dance.  Now one couple faces elimination, after which the remaining two couples will dance again twice – a new dance and one of their choosing.

Harry & Aliona

Aliona Vilani and Harry Judd win Strictly Come Dancing 2011 Photograph : BBC Pictures

On a day when it’s been estimated that Christmas shoppers have been spending a million pounds a minute, the Strictly audience should be a large one as weary and spent-out viewers collapse on the sofa.

Jessie J

Jessie J Photograph : BBC Pictures

What does Tess have on ?  Curtains & the drapes ?

The results are in…

The sound gremlins are back – Wembley was also tricky for the BBC and tonight the Strictly team have to broadcast in 3D – are any of you watching in cinemas or on a 3D enabled tv ? Let me know how you found it !

Pasha Kovalev, Chelsee Healey, Jason Donovan, Kristina Rihanoff, Harry Judd, Aliona Vilani

l-r Pasha Kovalev, Chelsee Healey, Jason Donovan, Kristina Rihanoff, Harry Judd, Aliona Vilani Photograph : BBC Pictures

The couple with the lowest votes and leaving, is Jason & Kristina. As we watch Jason’s highlights, it occurs to me that all through It Takes Two, and this series, Jason has never shied away from watching himself on television in the way that some of the other celebrities have.  I don’t know a single dancer who likes to watch themselves in a videoed performance.

Results Jason Donovan, Kristina Rihanoff, Tess Daly and Bruce Forsyth

Results Jason Donovan, Kristina Rihanoff, Tess Daly and Bruce Forsyth Photograph : BBC Pictures

Harry and Chelsee go head to head, and the phone lines re-open. Both look dazed and scared.

Harry and Aliona dance the  America Smooth to Can't Help Falling In Love by Michael Buble

Harry and Aliona dance the America Smooth to Can't Help Falling In Love by Michael Buble Photograph : BBC Pictures

Harry & Aliona dance the American Smooth, their new dance, to I can’t help falling in love. Beautiful lifts from Harry with Aliona curling into him.  I’m still not seeing much emotion from Harry but the dance is beautiful. Bruce seems pretty confused tonight.  Len saw an American Smooth to a Viennese Waltz, which he said was unbelievable. Alesha thinks the nation has fallen in love with Harry.  Bruno thought it was the perfect fit for his charms. Craig said ” well if it wasn’t the final there would be a plethora of things I could say about your hands darling” but he loved it.

They score : 39

Chelsee and Pasha dance the Rumba to Because of You, Kelly Clarkson

Chelsee and Pasha dance the Rumba to Because of You, Kelly Clarkson Photograph : BBC Pictures

Are Chelsee and Pasha very brave or very mad to take on a Rhumba in the final ?  The dance of death for most celebrities on Strictly. It’s beautiful, and she has the running splits that so tricked her earlier in the series because she was nervous.  It’s assured, very grown-up for such a young couple, and all the emotions are there, plus all the dance. Well done. Great story telling and really fantastic dancing. Alesha picked up on how Chelsee puts her heart and soul into the dance and said it was “dramatically romantic.”  Bruno said Chelsee acted it like a movie star and he loved it.  Craig thought it was “absolutely magnificent.” Len watched it and he couldn’t find a thing wrong with it.

They score : 39 (Craig gave it a 9)

Jessie J

Jessie J Photograph : BBC Pictures

Harry & Aliona return with their Argentine Tango. It’s every bit as focused and fierce as it was first time around.  Bruno said “so cutting, like a steel blade.” Craig said “I have fallen in love with you too darling.” Len said Harry delivered the intensity that was lacking when Harry performed it last. Alesha said “exquisite.”

They score : 40

Chelsee & Pasha’s Quickstep was their favourite dance, and they dance it again for the final. Check In desk.  Tick.  Rushed commuter.  Tick. And they are off, whirling around the floor – flying, even ! Perfectly judged from Chelsee, who collects the ticket yet again ! Craig said “First Class.” Len said it could well be his favourite dance as well. Alesha loved everything and Bruno said “Strictly stunning.” They are going to score 40, aren’t they ?

They score : 39 to very loud boo’s at Craig’s 9.

Harry & Aliona lead the judges with 156, Chelsee & Pasha with 153. But it’s the public who will decide who is the winner tonight.

The cast of Strictly 2011 take to the floor together – certain trouble ! Robbie gets his crotch thrust in, despite warnings not to, though it looks a bit weak, Nancy emerges from the coffin, and Russell camps it up in pink to I want to dance with somebody.

And so the moment arrives .. has Chelsee or Harry accumulated the most public votes to win the competiton and lift the Glitterball Trophy with their professional partners, Aliona and Pasha ?

The Glitterball is in the house.

Millions have voted.

And the Strictly Come Dancing 2011 Champions are …. Harry & Aliona. They take to the floor with Tina Turner’s Simply the best.

harry Judd

Aliona & Harry - winners of Strictly Come Dancing 2011 Photograph : BBC Pictures

Strictly catch up

christmas treeThere’s no need to miss so much as a sequin on Strictly; if you didn’t catch any of the shows, you can catch up here!

The Strictly launch show

Strictly week’s 1, 2, Strictly’s Broadway night, week 4, Halloween week 5, Bonfire Night week 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, Grand Final Part One

Strictly Results show

Week 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

 

In other Strictly News

Strictly Fabulous

Kara & Artem – Strictly Champions 2010

Strictly final in 3D and in cinemas

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2011

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall visits Strictly studio

Ex-Strictly professional dancers Darren Bennett & Lilia Kopylova

Strictly’s Artem to join Strictly Cinderella

Strict in the rehearsal room ? Interview with Artem Chigvintsev

Strictly Come Dancing on Swan Lake

Things you don’t know about Swan Lake

The Strictly Come Dancing Annual

 

All photographs © BBC Pictures.  No unauthorized reproduction.

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And that’s it for another year. I hope you’ve enjoyed the coverage here on Ballet News.

The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special will be published on Christmas Day, so check in for all the photographs if you can.

Thank you all for being such enthusiastic supporters – Happy Christmas !

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