Strictly Speaking: the final

caroline-and-pashaPerhaps not a vintage year, but Strictly ended on a high with a closer than expected final, bananas returning contestants encore, and a deserving winning couple in Caroline and Pasha.

It was a show noticeably light on ballroom – because nothing says telly gold like ropey Week 1 disco cha chas! – but that sums up a series in which trad dancing gave way to circus themes and fever dreams. Yet several standout final numbers featured a good blend of entertainment and technique, proving you don’t need to sacrifice one for the other. (Or to satisfy THE GREAT GOD OF SATURDAY NIGHT RATINGS.)

Read my full Dance Today magazine blog here

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