22 December 2008
Strictly Come Dancing is over and I warmed to Tom at the last minute, especially after Rachel's showdance proved to be such a typically tedious effort. I got numerous texts while it was all going on because I was driving to Stockport at the time and had it on the Sky+ for when I got home. Lisa shouldn't have gone out when she did - not after getting 80 out of 80 - but Tom's showdance was exceptional and he was worthy as a winner.
The highs and lows of the series then...
1 - Austin Healey and Erin Boag
2 - Claudia Winkelman expressing a desire to be Craig Revel Horwood's gay lover ("is that wrong?")
3 - Vincent Simone and Brian Fortuna, the real stars of their particular partnerships
4 - The singers, especially the one who did Moon River
5 - Lisa Snowdon in long gloves
6 - Karen Hardy making it clear she loathed Gary Rhodes
7 - Rachel Stevens' meathead brothers
8 - John Sergeant shamelessly courting the public vote, and succeeding
9 - Cherie Lunghi showing her knickers and Gillian Taylforth not showing her knickers
10 - Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup's showdance
1 - Arlene Phillips' utter witlessness
2 - That partner of Cherie spitting his dummy out over John quitting
3 - The over-celebbed studio audience, many of whom craned their necks to be seen; would they be bothered if it wasn't on television?
4 - Bruce Forsyth's performance on finals night
5 - The voting controversies and on-air apologies, just to try to prevent the Daily Mail from sticking the knife further in
6 - Rachel's utter lack of personality or charisma
7 - The assumption that the whole country knows where Lisa is on the radio every morning
8 - Len Goodman claiming the Austin/Erin paso lacked content
9 - The bullying of John
10 - Crocodile tears upon exiting - if you're going to "miss" dancing so much, then you could always take it up as a hobby, y'know...