Here are some great photos from their Final night:
Judges’ Choice: Jive
You have to hand it to Denise, who comes out each week, smiling and all guns blazing, despite the difficult press she has experienced throughout the show. This Jive was sharp, amazingly energetic and full of bounce. Len thought she “combined athleticism with artistry”, Bruno said is was a “premium grade Jive” and Craig called Denise a truly great dancer.
9,10,10,10 = 39
Showdance to ‘What A Feeling’
This dance began with pretty much every dance trick in the book, gravity defying lifts, spectacular spins, the works! “Epic” Bruno exclaimed, “You went all in” said Len. There was some Tango in the middle and an eye-watering splits at the end. They certainly showed what Denise’s body was capable of, but it seemed to me to be a great big ‘show off’ dance rather than a well-considered routine.
10,10,10,10 = 40
Judges’ choice: Tango
An intense, fiery tango from the diminutive dancing divas! Bruno ad Craig praised her excellent, clean and precise technical skill. She did make a few minor errors, but who can blame her with the pressure she must be feeling! Len said Dani is “the spirit of the show…what Strictly is all about”
9,9,9,9 = 36
Showdance to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
For me, this was much more like it! As the judges kindly pointed out, it was not perfect (lumpy transitions in and out of lifts etc) but it was energetic, fast-paced and showcased lots of the moves from classic Ballroom and Latin dances. Very entertaining!
8,9,9,9 = 35
Judges Choice Viennese Waltz to A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
Showdance to Crazy in Love by Beyoncé
Judges Choice Jive to Tutti Frutti by Little Richard
Showdance to What A Feeling by Irene Cara
Judges Choice Tango to Rumour Has It by Adele
Showdance to Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
The judges’ scores were combined with the results of the viewers’ votes to decide the lowest scoring two couples. When all the judges scores and viewers votes were combined, Lisa Riley and Robin Windsor and Denise Van Outen and James Jordan became the next two couples to face the final and most important Dance-off of Strictly Come Dancing 2012.
Both couples performed their highest scoring dance from Saturday night, for Lisa and Robin this was the American Smooth to All That Jazz from Chicago, and Denise and James performed their Tango to Roxanne by Sting and The Police.
After both couples performed to standing ovations, the judges delivered their verdict.
A classic, polished American Smooth from a confident and relaxed Dani. She was a little uncertain getting in to the lift positions and I did think the routine was a little bland; Darcey said “a bit safe”. Bruno said if she carried on like this her wish (presumably to win?) may come true!
8,8,9,9 = 34
American Smooth to ‘Fever’ & Charleston to the theme from ‘Magnificent men in their Flying Machines.’
Tango to ‘Roxanne’ & Rumba to ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.’
Foxtrot to ‘Somebody I Used to Know’ & Jive to ‘Why Do Fools Fall in Love?’
American Smooth to ‘All That Jazz’ & Salsa to ‘Best Years of Our Lives’.
American Smooth to ‘I Just Haven’t Met You Yet’ & Argentine Tango to ‘Libertango.’
Here they all are in training:
With only a couple of weeks until we decide who lifts that glitterball, tensions are running high in Strictlyland! The Daily Star has reported that after the dance off on Saturday night, Denise Van Outen and Karen Hauer had words!
Karen was apparently very unhappy about leaving the show and reportedly said that Denise was all “jazz hands, teeth and no substance”!
James Jordan, Denise’s pro partner was on hand to defend her, but this girl can really fight her own battles! She has also made the papers this week after claiming that Chris Evans has damaged her chances of winning the prestigious ‘Strictly champ’ title.