Abbey Wins The 2013 Strictly Come Dancing Final – after what was acknowledged as the highest quality competition in Strictly history Abbey Clancy was tonight crowned the 2013 Strictly Come Dancing champion.
In a very good-natured final it was for once true that all 4 girls were so delighted to have made it so far in the competition that they really did not seem to mind who out of them got to lift the glitterball trophy.
Just as we all expected the standard of dancing this evening was very high and right from the start it was clear that whoever was going to win was going to have to pull out something very special indeed.
The opening dance from each couple was a choice from the judges and Abbey and Aljaz scored a maximum 40 points for their waltz to Kissing You by Des’ree. Coming just a point behind Abbey was Natalie and Artem’s Cha Cha Cha to Boney M’s Rasputin’, which gave Artem a chance to get his pecs out again.
Rounding off the first section of the final Sophie and Brendan scored 30 points for their Viennese Waltz to My Favourite Things and Susanna and Kevin scored the least points from the judges for their Quickstep danced to Good Morning from Singin In The Rain.
Next was the popular showdance section which saw Natalie score a maximum 40 points for her routine to Fred Astaire’s classic track Steppin’ Out With My Baby. Scores of 38 for Abbey, 35 for Sophie and 36 for Susanna left Susanna at the bottom of the judges scorecards at the end of the first live show but as we were told throughout the judges scores were only for guidance tonight.
As we have expected Susanna was indeed saved by her loyal fans and it was Sophie Ellis Bextor and Brendan Cole who were the couple not destined to make it through to the second section of tonight’s final. Sadly this meant we lost the chance to see their wonderful Charleston from week 2 of the competition being performed again.
The final dances of the evening were the couples own choices of their favourite dance from the whole series. Susanna as expected picked her emotional Paso Doble and indeed it was an even more emotional performance this time than the last time they performed the dance.
Abbey picked her Quickstep danced to the ever popular Walkin’ On Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves. It was another great performance and brought the house down.
Finally it was Natalie’s turn and her American Smooth to And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going from Dreamgirls was quite possibly the most superb dance ever seen on Strictly.
It has drama, style, superb choreography from Artem and was quite simply a breathtaking performance. The judges were similarly impressed and scored it the full 40 points. You would have to say though that it was way ahead of many of the dances that achieved a maximum in this and other series and if they were able to you feel they would have given the routine an extra star rating.
With Abbey scoring 38 points and Susanna 39 points it was then down to the great British public to see if they agreed with the judges. The answer was a no as we had perhaps expected all along. It seems that the show likes a journey more than it is looking to reward the best overall dancer if that person started off too good to begin with.
That said few would disagree with Abbey Clancy getting to lift the trophy as she has grown consistently throughout this series and her performance last week had such sexual chemistry it even seemed to have Bruno Tonioli on the turn!
Abbey’s husband, Stoke footballer Peter Crouch, was there to see her last dance and win the title but missed the first 2 dances as he had to drive down from Stoke after today’s match finished at 5pm.
After this year’s incredibly high standard of dancing we think the BBC production team are going to have their work cut out over the next few months in trying to get a new group of celebrities that not only dance that well but also that get along together so well. With the high ratings that this season of Strictly has got you can bet they will be trying however.