Kara Tointon has won Strictly Come Dancing 2010, after a closely-fought final full of drama and emotion. To say nothing of some terrific dancefloor action….
The final began with a performance from the professional dancers, to introduce the evening’s finalists
In true boxing tradition, they appeared in satin robes, while the dancers carried placards bearing the names of the three remaining couples
Matt Baker and his partner Aliona Vilani kicked off the first half of the show, with the couples reprising their highest-scoring routine of the series. In his case, that meant a return to the samba
Kara and partner Artem Chigvintsev were second on to the dancefloor and reprised the rumba they performed only last week in the semi-finals. And once again it won them plenty of plaudits
Pamela Stephenson and partner James Jordan, meanwhile, performed their Viennese Waltz from the movie-themed show once again – and as previously earned themselves full marks from the judges
Then it was time for the showdances, and Matt had the chance to show off his gymnastic skills in a routine full of acrobatics and breakdancing!
Kara was next to perform her showdance, to the Queen hit Don’t Stop Me Now – and once again the judges gave her a resounding thumbs up
Finally Pamela performed her showdance, which paid homage to the classic 80s film Dirty Dancing
The end of the first show left the trio on tenterhooks with the news that at the start of the second show, their numbers would be reduced to two, and one person would be eliminated
The second of the final shows began with Pamela learning that she had finished third following the first round of public voting. She paid a touching tribute to James Jordan before leaving
The two remaining competitors then had the chance to perform a dance they had yet to do in the series. For Matt, it was the paso doble
Kara meanwhile finally had the chance to tackle the waltz – and did a superb job
The second half also saw this year’s other contestants return to the dance floor for a group routine
Among those making a comeback was Ann Widdecombe and her partner Anton du Beke, who performed yet another one of their famous crowd-pleasing moves
But back to business – and would the winner be Matt, who rounded off his bid for the title reprising his Viennese Waltz from earlier in the series…..?
….or would it be Kara and Artem, who reprised their American Smooth from earlier in the series in their final bid for the title?
It’s Kara! And she and Artem could barely hide their emotion upon learning they had been crowned series champions
Artem also paid tribute to Kara, saying that she was “amazing” – could that promise of a date after the contest be about to come true?
The other contestants, including fellow EastEnder Scott Maslen, crowded round as the show ended to congratulate the pair. And on that note, Strictly waltzes off into the sunset for another year…..