7 memorable moments from Strictly 2020

By on December 19, 2020


By Steven McIntosh
Entertainment reporter

image captionBailey would be the oldest ever winner, while Mabuse would be the first pro to win in two consecutive years

The Strictly Come Dancing final takes place later, after a shorter but largely successful series amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Maisie Smith, Bill Bailey, Jamie Laing and HRVY will compete to lift the glitterball trophy on Saturday evening.

Due to their ages, Bailey, Smith and HRVY would all become Strictly record breakers if they won.

At 55, Bailey would take the title of the oldest Strictly winner from Joe McFadden, who won in 2017 aged 42.

HRVY, 21, and Smith, 19, would both take over from Louis Smith as the youngest. The Olympic gymnast was 23 when he won in 2012.

A victory for Bailey would also mean a second consecutive win for Oti Mabuse, who triumphed with Kelvin Fletcher last year.

No professional dancer has won two years in a row, although Aliona Vilani won twice, four years apart, with Jay McGuinness and Harry Judd.

image captionSmith, pictured with her partner Gorka Marquez, would become the youngest winner at 19

Each couple will dance three routines, two of which they’ve performed earlier in the competition.

The dances and songs are:

  • Maisie and Gorka: Samba (performed to Conga! by Gloria Estefan), Showdance (We Need A Little Christmas by Idina Menzel), Quickstep (When You’re Smiling by Andy Williams)
  • HRVY and Janette: Jive (Faith by Stevie Wonder feat. Ariana Grande), Showdance (Boogie Wonderland by Earth, Wind & Fire), American Smooth (One Singular Sensation from A Chorus Line)
  • Bill and Oti: Quickstep (Talk To The Animals by Bobby Darin) Showdance (The Show Must Go On by Queen), Couple’s Choice (Rapper’s Delight by The Sugarhill Gang)
  • Jamie and Karen Charleston (Zero To Hero from Hercules), Showdance (I’m Still Standing by Elton John), Couple’s Choice (Gonna Make You Sweat by C+C Music Factory)

Bailey is the bookies’ favourite to be crowned the winner, with social media analysts noting he’s been talked about more than any other contestant, with 92% of tweets about him being favourable,

according to data from Betvictor.

The final will feature music from Robbie Williams and a group performance from the show’s professional dancers.

7 memorable moments from this series

image captionAnton had to be dragged kicking and screaming on to the judging panel

1. Anton Du Beke’s judging debut

“After much persuasion, Anton has reluctantly agreed to step in,” joked Claudia Winkleman when Motsi Mabuse had to take two weeks off from judging to self-isolate.

It’s no secret that Anton is keen to join the Strictly panel after clocking up more than 15 years as one of the show’s pro dancers, but so far he hasn’t made the leap.

That finally changed this year and many viewers were surprised that he was actually rather good, if a little generous with his scores.

2. Bailey’s Delight