The usual feel good/pressure off fun fest that is Strictly at Christmas was another wonderful show, with a battle of fan favourites, Elaine Paige and Rufus Hound, at the top of the leaderboard. Producers, please note: We want them on the main show!
It was Team Flufas (I can't imagine any other name now, so they have to bring Flavia back) who delivered the winning routine, with a lipsmackin' tango full of rhythm, timing and attitude but with added comedy. And huskies! And sharpness, by way of a fish-slap!
Elaine and partner Pasha dished up a tasty cha cha - she's the epitome of fab-u-lous and it was only Len, of all people, who denied her a top score. You can see clips of all the performances here.
I loved the breakout into streetdance in Ricky and Janette's quickstep, together with the other little touches of different styles, while Sara and Robin's waltz was a sweet attempt. Rochelle and Ian's salsa was a bit scrappy but with more training, I think she'd be fantastic - her vibe reminded me of Alesha, very real with plenty of kick ass rhythm. Matt and Aliona charmed with an American Smooth but he needs to be more confident and relax.
The entire cast finish off with Fairytale in New York - I've been waiting for that to accompany a Viennese Waltz for some time - and Craig looking totally at home on a banjo! Who knew?
Dancing on Ice next, for their final, All-Stars series, which will be a mixture of the comic acts (Joe Pasquale and Todd Carty) but a serious competition for the crown featuring Jorgie Porter, Hayley Tamaddon, Sam Attwater, Kyran Bracken, Beth Tweddle and Ray Quinn. The show begins on January 5th at 6.15pm, ITV1. Till then x