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Strictly Come Dancing Final: Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani crowned Champions

21st December 2015

Strictly Come Dancing Final: Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani crowned Champions
Strictly is over for another year... nooooooooo! But don't worry, there's a Christmas special and moreover, we were treated to a blockbuster of a final on Saturday night!

It was a four way dance-off for the glitterball as Jay McGuiness, Kellie Bright, Katie Derham and Georgia May Foote went toe-to-toe.

Let's recap the action dance by dance!

Round One:

It was advantage Kellie and Kevin after round one! Their tango brought in the FIRST perfect score of the competition as Craig Revell Horwood finally found his 10 paddle!"You really got me" by the Kinks played as the pair tangoed around the floor, and it certainly got the judges going.

Following in joint second were Georgia and Jay. Jay was the favourite going into the final and his an Aliona's Quickstep won't have harmed his chances. Straight 9's were awarded by the judges to him and his partner Aliona. “It was divine, light, you led her beautifully" said Darcey.

Georgia and Giovani reprised their stunning 007 themed Rumba from earlier in the series and it delivered once again. Len, who had been critical the first time, was much happier this time. He was pleased with the increased content and described it as “Double 00-Heaven".
Bottom after round one and some way of the pace were Katie and Anton, who scored 31 points for their Quickstep. It was much improved from their prior performance of this dance. “Fast, full on, flat-out. Love your posture, but you did lose it in a couple places." was Darcey's verdict.

Round two
It just kept getting better for Kellie and Kevin in round two, as they brought in another maximum haul of 40 points and extended their lead at the top of the leaderboard. Their high energy, entertaining show dance thrilled the judges. “Extraordinary", “OMG Darling, amazing!", “Exhilarating". It's fair to say they were impressed.

This left Georgia and Jay battling it out for second place ahead of the public vote. It was Georgia and her partner Giovanni that edged it. Their showdance to Coldplay's"Fix You" was awarded straight 9's by the judges. “Lyrical, smooth start, like a spinning installation, emotion and intent throughout" says Darcey.

Despite coming in third, they were only a point behind second place after being awarded 35 points for their showdance. Unfortunately, Len felt it lacked a bit of excitement and Craig agreed, stating that it had been a bit of a “cop-out".

Remaining bottom of the leaderboard was Katie and Anton. Their dramatic showdance was intense and powerful, but like her opening dance, there were a few too many errors to give her a really competitive score. “All conquering at the beginning, but stumbles at the end" was Bruno's view. Craig was very honest; “You don't have the skill level of the other finalists, but you've done yourself proud". They received an identical score of 31.

It all then fell into the publics hands. One act would leave before the other three danced again for the judges. Unsurprisingly, it was Katie and Anton who went home. However it was Anton's first Strictly final and him and Katie were just delighted to be involved.

Round Three
Back down to business. The three couples had one more dance to impress the judges and public. They were all pulling out their favourite routine from the series.
Up first were Jay and Aliona, who decided to dance their Pasa Doble to"It's my life" by Bon Jovi. It was their best dance of the night and joint best of the series. They scored 39 points, just missing out on a perfect 40, thanks to of course, Craig. “Goodness gracious, great balls of fire. Bigger, better and some of the best arm movement we've seen from any male contestant ever" exclaims Bruno. Darcey was equally impressed and confessed Jay was her number one.
Next up was Georgia and Giovani who re-performed their Charleston. They got a near perfect 39 last time round, and this time round they went one better and scored a perfect 40! “You've had one of the biggest Strictly journeys - you've gone from insecure to putting in all that acting, all that personality and telling stories through dance. I'd be proud to put you in any of my west end shows!". Huge praise from Craig and Georgia was reduced to tears.
Finally, it was current leaders Kellie Bright and Kevin Clifton who cleverly reprised their Star Wars themed Charleston from week three! It scored 32 back then, but this time it was on a whole other level and hauled in 39! “Perfection!" says Darcey, “You continue to surprise me and deliver the ace when it's necessary. That's being a champion!" states Bruno.

So that was it, the dances were done and it was all in the public hands. And the winner is.... Jay and Aliona!

Yes, it was the Bookie's favourite, popstar Jay McGuiness who takes the glitterball in series 13! He'd been the most consistent dancer from week one and even though he may not have been the best one the night, he was a worthy winner nonetheless!

How to find a ballroom dance class

So that's it for another year! The nations favourite Ballroom dancing competition is over. We've loved every minute of it and judging by the viewing figures for Saturday night, so did a lot of you! So why not give it a go yourself?

On Dance Near You, we've got hundreds of ballroom dance classes around the UK being taught by qualified dance instructors and dance studios. Whether you danced as a child and are inspired to take it up again, or whether you're a complete beginner, there is a class to suit you.

With the New Year just around the corner, why not try something new? You can exercise, get fit and have fun in an exciting way with Ballroom dancing classes. There are a host of different styles and classes for all ages.. so go on, give it a try!
Source: Dance Near You