The Strictly Come Dancing 2016 Christmas special is but days away...
The Strictly Come Dancing finals have become the stuff of legend of the years – often – when talking about them we can’t stop using capitals to express our OVERWHELMING EXCITEMENT. This year’s heady mix of sequins, tears and fake tan has – yet again – dominated our Saturday nights and on Christmas Day we’ll finally find out who gets to take home that glitter trophy in the Christmas Special.
After Louise Redknapp, Ore Odube and Danny Mac fought it out to the bitter end in 2016, with a few memorable moments from Ed Balls and Judge Rinder thrown in along the way for good measure, there’s been more than a few memorable dances over the years: Who could forget Jeremy Vine’s tango to Go West? Or Ainsley Harriot’s vegetable-shaking salsa to Don’t Touch My Tomatoes? And as for presenter Claudia Winkleman’s fringe, well, we’re still crushing quite hard.
In celebration of all things Strictly, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite ever dances to keep us entertained until Saturday’s final. Ready? Let’s get daaaaaaaaaaaaancing…..
Jill Halfpenny’s Jive, 2004 (Series 2)
Alesha Dixon’s Cha-Cha, 2007 (Series 5)
…killed it shaking those sequins to Crazy In Love. That dress, those legs. We could watch this one over and over and over again.
Mark Ramprakash’s Salsa, 2006 (Series 4)
It went so wrong and then they got it so right. A wardrobe malfunction meant that Mark and his professional dance partner, Karen Hardy, had to beg for a second try. Good job the judges agreed because those Ramprakash hips don’t lie.
Jay McGuiness’s Jive, 2015 (Series 13)
Millions jumped off the sofa and cheered on their feet like it was the Wimbledon tennis final when shy-boy Jay seemed to undergo a personality transplant for this Pulp Fiction inspired utter masterpiece of a jive. LOOK AT HIM SPIN. Dammit, we’re abusing those capitals again.
If this had been in the semi-final he would’ve got straight out 10s across the board: Discuss…
Jake Wood’s Salsa, 2014
Who knew this Eastender had snake hips like that? In 2014, Jake really did rule the Latin. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to get him through to the final but we still remember this scorching ‘Mambo No 5’.
Harry Judd’s Quickstep, 2011
True to his band name, McFly’s Harry flew (*see what we did there) around that ballroom like a pro when he danced this quickstep with professional partner, Aliona Vilani.
John Sergeant’s Paso Doble, 2008 (Series 6)
John Sergeant FTW!
Caroline Flack’s Charleston, 2014
She had a pretty flawless rise to the top before she won the trophy last year – and this Charleston wowed both critics and public alike.
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Frankie Bridge’s Paso Doble, 2014
Frankly who wouldn’t want to stamp their feet, clap their hands and sashay their dress like Chita Rivera in West Side Story? In Frankie’s world, she rocked it and it’s one of our movie week faves.