Strictly Speaking: the final

jay-mcguiness-aliona-bbc-guy-levyNever question the commitment of boyband voters. A final that zigzagged between possible winners (well, apart from Katie) ended up feeling somewhat redundant as Jay’s fans carried him over the finishing line regardless of his distinctly underwhelming performance. Aliona’s dubious choices – an unshowy showdance, not repeating their jive lest they sully a “perfect moment” – made it look like we were heading for another Puppetgate, but many viewers seemed happy to base votes on total series performance. Essentially the reverse logic of the dance-off; the judges following that in previous weeks would, of course, have given us a very different line-up in the final. And it was hard to not miss Anita and Gleb, who would have injected some much-needed energy into an evening that was, for the most part, fairly lacklustre.

Read my full Dance Today blog here

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