Flouvia didn't have it all their own way, as Kisha also gained three votes from me, with their fierce, exciting tango, the romantic and beautifully danced Viennese Waltz - gorgeous transition from steps to floor, and my favourite show dance of the night to Crazy in Love, channelling Beyonce brilliantly. I remember more of their dances than anyone else; they will always be one of my favourite pairings. Had their Charleston and American Smooth been in the final, the outcome may have been different. Technically adept yet retaining a hint of rawness, with Kimberley able to 'let go' in every performance in a way the others never quite managed.
Jamise's jive will go down as one of those Strictly classics, they were on fire and carried it through into the immense show dance with awesome lifts - James was actually overcome at Craig's 10 - before finishing on the brilliant, perfectly executed charleston. Vani, the fourth placed couple, were unable to perform their jive (why do the producers do that?) but the tango was more elegant this time, terrific, stylish and plenty of attack. Their show dance, to Dani's "favourite song of all time" ("Westlife!" interjected Nicky) opened as a rumba before taking shape as a paso but did have a few sticky transitions. Adorable as they were, I did feel it may not be enough for them.
The score board (just for guidance) read:
Jamise 39 + 40 + 40 = 119
Kisha 39 + 39 + 40 = 118
Flouvia 39 + 40 + 39 = 118
Vani 36 + 35 = 71 (eliminated at the beginning of the results show)
The show opened with an extreme Paso by the professionals, with lots of golden spangles on show, although "Tess's dress feels like a Brillo Pad" - Brucie.
The class of 2012 joined us, Nicky and Michael behaving like naughty schoolboys, while Artem and Aliona perfomed a dangerously seductive routine to Robbie Williams's new single Different.
In the immortal words of The Funkmasters: I can't believe it's over. For nine months at least - keep an eye on the website for details of series 11!
Or you could tune into the Christmas Special, 6.15pm, BBC1 on Christmas Day!