The 2022 series of Be sure to come dance went out with an explosion of sequins, with finalists Hamza Yassin, Helen Skelton, Fleur East and Molly Rainford battling it out in the grand finals to win the Glitterball Trophy.
Each celebrity and their partner performed three dances for the judges, studio audience and home viewers.
There was also a performance of Florence and the Machine and a delightfully chaotic group dance.
In the end, Yassin left the other stars behind to become this year’s winner after bringing back his legendary Couple’s Choice.
Read on for the key moments of the night…
Hamza Yassin was crowned the winner
Anton Du Beke summed it up pretty well in the finale when he told the Wildlife presenter, “I laugh out loud with joy when I see you dance.” Yassin was the last man standing in this competition and he was won the hearts of the audience with his big smile and those incredible lifts.
In the final, Yassin and his professional partner Jowita Przystal danced salsa to “Ecuador” by Sash! with Rodriguez and The Couple’s Choice to “Jerusalema – Remix” by Master KG with Burna Boy and Nomcebo Zikode, and his show dance was to “Let’s Face The Music And Dance” by Irving Berlin.
The Couple’s Choice, which the couple first performed in week eight, was an absolute storm, earning Yassin and Przystal their first perfect 40s of the series.
When he won, Yassin said, “This is the best thing that has ever happened to me.”
Fleur East has two perfect 40’s
East became the first celebrity to reach a perfect 40 in that series Strictat Blackpool Week, for her a Couple’s Choice routine to a Destiny’s Child megamix, including the songs “Jumpin’, Jumpin'” and “Lose My Breath”.
In the final, the singer and her professional partner Vito Coppola secured two more – first for their samba, then again for their Couple’s Choice.
East topped the rankings and was certainly the show’s best dancer, with Craig Revel Horwood saying he was “angry” because he couldn’t find anything wrong with her samba – a notoriously difficult dance.
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Florence and the Machine performed
After everyone performed their three dances, Welch sang a goosebumps rendition of her 2022 single “My Love.” She hugged Strict‘s glittering nature in a typically ethereal gold dress.
“I sunk a bottle of red in the process Strict Finale and that performance in Florence tipped me over the edge – an absolute goddess!!!” tweeted one fan. Hear Hear!
The crowd loved Helen Skelton and Molly Rainford
Host Skelton and actor Rainford received huge cheers from the ballroom audience.
Skelton’s jive was well received and Shirley Ballas said she was “so comfortable in her own skin” while there was a huge reaction in the room to her and Gorka Márquez’s Couple’s Choice, which closed the series. “This is a dance that should win a final,” Horwood said.
While audiences loved Rainford, her and Carlos Gu’s show dance was too “cute” for Horwood, who wanted something “heavy,” but her jive to Janelle Monáe’s “Tightrope” went down much better with the judges.
A wonderfully chaotic group dance
All contestants and their pro partners from the 2022 series reunited to group dance to an 80’s mix of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.” It was a total fever dream as usual, and now it’s all a little blurry.
It was great to see the old favorites back in the ballroom, from Ellie Taylor to Tony Adams.
And fans enjoyed the nod to Taylor and Johannes Radebe’s Tango to the accident theme melody. iconic.
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