I’ll have to go back to having a social life after tonight (well on my one day off anyway!). It’s been one of the best series of Strictly ever and any three of these finalists would have been deserved winners.
The phone lines are closed…the hearts are beating…either way Artem’s going to cry!
It’s the moment of truth…
The Strictly Come Dancing champions of 2010 are………Kara Tointon & Artem Chigvintsev.
Well deserved and a brilliant end to the best series ever!
Go on Artem, have a cry, you know you want to!
Did the best couple win, would you have given it to Matt or Pamela, how about Ann?
Until next year (or the Christmas Special next week anyway), just remember KEEEEEEEP DANCING (PS contact us for details of our classes in the New Year lol)
1. 150 points – Kara & Artem
2. 144 points – Matt & Aliona
I do think that Kara is a better dancer than Matt, but something tells me Matt might just win the audience vote though…who do you want to win?
Kara has a dodgy arm, and Artem probably still a dodgy neck, it’s going to be an interesting American Smooth!
I can see now what Emma saw in her arms earlier, she’s doing extremely well to keep smiling. It’s going really well but then it’s head down just before the standing slide and a very shaky section.
A true professional to keep going but unfortunately not perfect, just a 9.
Craig: 10 “I would kill to be able to dance like that”
Len: 7 “Hint of Tango, bit of Foxtrot…unfortunately should be a certain amount in hold…think your dancing is brilliant”
Alisha: 10 “You have been a delight…I think you are a beautiful woman…together you are first class”
Bruno: 10 “Whatever happens, this was an inspired performance…blend of what you did in this dance was incredible”
Total Score: 37
I wasn’t entirely sold on this first time round, if I remember correctly (haven’t time to go back and look). Shoulder line loses it a little bit, and it’s a bit too clipped at times. Can’t quite tell if they miss a hand at the end or not.
Another good performance, but not perfect, just a 9.
Craig: 9 “Thank you darling for those thumbs, gorgeous, unlike your head placement”
Len: 9 “Excellent ballroom dancer…little pickle with your fleckerl”
Alisha: 10 “A beautiful performance…impressive from the very beginning”
Bruno: 9 “Dashing, elegant…very nice Waltz.”
Total Score: 37
I still wish Kara would keep her head up during spins, she always looks off balance, and this is a very shaky start, there doesn’t appear to be any confidence there. She keeps dropping her head.
As Emma puts it, there’s just something not quite right there, she injured her arm in the Show Dance and Emma can see she’s just throwing the arm out rather than placing it. The look on Artem’s face at the end suggests things were not quite to plan and Kara was obviously dancing through the pain.
I didn’t enjoy the performance like I thought I would, and actually think I can only give it an 8.
Craig: 9 “An occasional wobble…missing most, if not all of your heel leads…spot the floor [during turns] which is a no-no”
Len: 9 “Such musicality when you dance…truly lovely to watch…few foot things”
Alisha: 10 “Constantly pushing yourself…so relaxed and at ease watching you dance”
Bruno: 10 “It’s quality, quality of movement…a pleasure to watch.”
Total Score: 38
A bit too high if you ask me.
Some nice strong Spanish lines at the start, there’s a bit too much posturing around, even for Paso if you ask me, and the Chasse Capes look a little awkward. I’m not sure on the rolling hands from Matt during Aliona’s back bend, that’s usually the girls role.
A very good Paso, not perfect so just a 9.
Craig: 9 “Actually I rather liked it…wonderful Flamenco”
Len: 8 “I liked it, but I wasn’t over struck on it…kept getting your chin down…ok but wasn’t fantastic”
Alisha: 9 “I think this dance was made for you…for me a solid performance”
Bruno: 9 “It had the aggressive power, it was flamboyant…lose artistry…good but not brilliant”
Total Score: 35
So our third place couple is Pamela Stephenson & James Jordan, can’t say I’m surprised as the voting was unlikely to go with her, but I still think she deserved to win it.
It’s a real shame but you can’t say either of the other two finalists don’t deserve to be in the top two.
So we have two more dances to see before our 2010 winner is announced. First up (again) Matt Baker & Aliona Vilani.
1. 77 points – Pamela Stephenson & James Jordan
2. 75 points – Kara Tointon & Artem Chigvintsev
3. 72 points – Matt Baker & Aliona Vilani
So Pamela has ended up on top so far, as I predicted, though I think her Show Dance was possibly over marked. It’s up to the viewers to decide who stays for the final two dances though…who gets your vote?
I must admit this dance has me worried but I’m hoping Pamela pulls it out of the bag like she’s done so many times this competition.
We have the theme from Dirty Dancing, and most of the moves…shame that James just catches himself on Pamela’s foot. A slight slip getting up from the floor spin and James appears to knee Pamela in the back when they get up off the floor.
A bit of a mixed bag but just an 8 from me I’m afraid.
Craig: 9 “Big old stumble…extremely natural dancer and so watchable…fantastic”
Len: 9 “Little element of Waltz, bit of Salsa, little touch of Foxtrot…very very good, charming”
Alisha: 9 “You’ve sparkled every week…perfectly played for you…most dance content of all the Show Dances”
Bruno: 10 “A truly terrific uplifting tribute to a movie classic…showcased her ability…after this hard to beat”
Total Score: 37
I actually think these guys could produce the best Show Dance tonight, but let’s see what happens.
I LOVE QUEEN!
A bit of a strange section after Kara’s backflip with Artem randomly sliding across the floor, but they soon get back on track. A missed hand during one of the final lifts and another couple who’s end timing was all wrong.
Better than Matt’s Show Dance but only a 9 for me.
Craig: 9 “Sadly you missed a lift…timing at the end looked like it was off…courage to do a routine like that”
Len: 9 “Routine did have the potential to get top marks…just one or two little incidents”
Alisha: 9 “Fantastic combination of dance…think you’re a true athlete”
Bruno: 9 “Going beautifully…some incidents, you lost timing…work you did was splendid”
Total Score: 36