And just like that another series of Strictly Come Dancing has come to an end after filling out weekends with the glitz and the glam of the ballroom. It’s been quite the year for Strictly as the production team continued to contend with lockdown restrictions while also bringing us one of the most diverse and inclusive celebrity line-ups it’s had in its 19 seasons on our screens.
The final – which aired on December 18 – was watched by an average of 11 million people. The peak audience this season reaching 12.3 million, meaning that Strictly Come Dancing retains its status of being one of the most-watched TV shows in the UK.
To celebrate his season, I’ve pulled together some of my favourite standout moments from this series for your viewing pleasure.
Italy Wins… Again
This year’s Strictly Come Dancing glitterball went to Rose Ayling-Ellis and pro partner Giovanni Pernice. Pernice is an Italian professional dancer and before this year had appeared in a Strictly final three times. Ayling-Ellis even commented on this in the final telling presenter Claudia Winkleman, “He’s always the bridesmaid and never the bride.” However, 2021 is the first year he has been a part of a winning couple.
Italy has now won Euro 2020, the Eurovision Song Contest, Bake Off, and the 100 metres at the Olympics.
Rose & Giovanni’s Couple’s Choice Dance
If there was one dance that could sum up the entire series, it would probably be Ayling-Ellis and Pernice’s couple’s choice dance. It’s already been watched over 1.5 million times on YouTube and has been lauded by many as one of the best dances to be performed on Strictly. The dance involves the music cutting out and the couple dancing in silence to showcase how Ayling-Ellis dances to music as a deaf person.
If you haven’t watched it yet, be prepared with a box of tissues, it’s an emotional one!
Motsi Mabuse’s Outfits
Every week without fail, Motsi Mabuse will dance down the Strictly ballroom stairs adorned in the boldest and brightest of outfits, and we simply love to see it. She’s not afraid to experiment with unique looks and this series has been no different. Her look for the Strictly final speaks for itself to be honest.
Tilly Ramsay Standing Up For Herself Against Body-Shaming Comments
Tilly Ramsay found herself the target of hurtful, body-shaming comments by LBC radio presenter Steve Allen back in October. Ramsay responded with a statement posted to her Instagram calling out Allen, saying it a “step too far” and that “words hurt”.
As well as putting out this statement, Ramsay received a wave of support from her fellow contestants and other celebrities friends. She not only stood her ground for …….