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Strictly Come Dancing: The Final

Series 16.  Saturday 6:30pm – 9pm, BBC iPlayer.

Part of the pleasure of Strictly is seeing apparently hopeless hoofers transform into modern-day versions of Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers. While we’ve not had the eye-watering entertainment of an Ed Balls or the infectious joy of a Susan Calman, we’ve certainly gone on some wonderful journeys-of-improvement with Joe Sugg and Stacey Dooley. Neither had any previous dance training but by the time they got to Blackpool, they were dancing like pros.

There have been nice surprises along the way, too: the introduction of a Couples’ Choice category added a bit of spice; Dr Ranj Singh turned out to have more rhythm than anyone could have guessed (and lasted until week seven), while Charles Venn survived three dance-offs to shoot up the leaderboard in week nine for a near-perfect samba.

So tonight’s final will be interesting. There are only four couples left on the dancefloor and they must perform three times. Will viewers agree with the bookies and vote for the consistently high-scoring celeb or are the stats correct and we’ll see a lower-scoring but more popular dancer lifting the trophy? As always with the final, the judges can express an opinion, but it’s the viewers’ votes that count.


Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman host the final of the pro-celebrity contest. Ashley and Pasha, Faye and Giovanni, Joe and Dianne, and Stacey and Kevin are the remaining couples and they must all rise to three challenges – a routine of their own choosing, one set by the judges and finally a show dance. However, while Shirley Ballas, Dame Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood will be reviewing their efforts, only viewers’ votes will count to determine the winner. Michael Buble provides the music. Last in the series.

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