So that’s it until next weekend’s GRAND FINAL, featuring Maisie, HRVY, Bill and Jamie as our four finalists. It’s going to be a corker, and a fittingly sparkly finale to a bleak year. Kick off is at 6pm, so please join me then.
In terms of dress code, @crewlewisjen on Twitter suggested we all put our very best gladrags on for the final, which I think is a great idea. So feel free to dig out your best party dress, your nattiest bow tie, or just add a feather boa and a plastic tiara to your usual Strictly pyjamas. If you’re on Twitter or Instagram, take a pic and tag it #strictlyfinalsparkle, and feel free to tag me too, I’m @heidistephens on both. Would love to see your outfits!
Have a fabulous week, and I’ll see you next weekend! Hx
This leaving speech from Ranvir and Giovanni is making me a bit emotional. They take to the floor to dance their final dance to ‘You’re My Best Friend’ by Queen. Kind of hoping they’re more than that, if I’m honest. Are you going to take that away from us as well?
Judging time! Craig really struggles, but in the end saves Jamie and Karen. Motsi saves Ranvir and Giovanni, which means Shirley has the deciding vote. EEK.
Shirley saves Jamie and Karen, which means RANVIR AND GIOVANNI are leaving Strictly. I’m not going to lie, I’m actually really gutted for Ranvir and did not see that coming. In my opinion, hers was the more polished dance, and that should be the deciding factor rather than bouncy exuberance. Ranvir deserved to be in the final and she looks devastated.
OK, Waltz time. The only downside to this Waltz is we get 9/10 Giovanni in Tails rather than 10/10 Hello Sailor Giovanni. Is there a calendar? I want a calendar.
There were a few little footwork issues with this last night, but this is looking much cleaner. Good work, Ranvir. But is it enough?
Dance off time, and Jamie’s Salsa is first. If Jamie does go out tonight, this is the perfect final dance for him – a brilliant and appropriate tune, and a really fun dance, even if it’s more disco than actual Salsa. His hip action is dreadful, but he can definitely bounce.
So who’s joining Ranvir and Giovanni in the dance off? I’m nervous, not gonna lie.
Bill and Oti are through to the Grand Final, which means JAMIE AND KAREN are in the dance off. The good news is that Jamie’s dressed for a Salsa, so we don’t have to watch him do the Cotton-Eye Quickstep that literally nobody asked for.
Unexpectedly, my original prediction did not turn out to be complete nonsense. If she can hold it together, Ranvir’s Waltz absolutely trumps Jamie’s Salsa, and we’ll have what I think are the right four in the Grand Final. But this really isn’t over yet.
They’ve started the montages early this year. Obviously montages are going in the bingo next week. You might want to prepare for that. Pre-emptive teetotalism, perhaps.
Time for a musical interlude, courtesy of the entirely fabulous Little Mix. Please let it be known that these women are national treasures for all manner of reasons and should be protected at all costs.
There are only three members of Little Mix tonight – Jesy is taking some time out. Very much enjoying Jade’s muppet dress, and Johannes and Luba on the dance floor is an absolute treat. More pop queens on Strictly please.
Great to see Janette in the final for the first time, she really deserves it.
So who’s safely through to next week’s Grand Final? Maisie and Gorka are through, along with HRVY and Janette. So all currently as it should be.
First couple in the dance off: RANVIR AND GIOVANNI! Well, that’s not entirely unexpected either. If she’s up against Jamie, she should be fine. But if it’s Bill, she might be in trouble. Waaah.
Last night on Strictly: a selection box of some tasty treats, with a few turns that could have done with a teeny bit more rehearsal. But there are only so many hours in the day, and two dances is a tough challenge.
Highs: Both Waltzes, both Charlestons, Maisie’s Waltz frock, HRVY’s not-terrible Rumba, HELLO SAILOR GIOVANNI.
Lows: Jamie’s hoedown Quickstep, Bill’s metal Tango, Ranvir’s Jive, Couple’s Choice as a concept.
TESS AND CLAUDIA DRESS WATCH: Tess is dressed as an Orca, Claudia all in black. Both fabulous for the second night running, it’s a festive miracle.
And we’re off! Tonight’s pro dance involves Karen in a raincoat and Aljaz in a great deal of guyliner, looking like Kevin Costner in Waterworld. There’s a great deal of contempo-wafting to Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’, in what appears to be some kind of Dystopian hellscape with a revolving plinth. No idea what that was, but it was quite intense.
Sadly it’s our final Countryfile casual weather of the season, but we’re going out with a bang. Tonight’s weatherperson is the delightful Darren Bett, who never fails to deliver a warm front in jeans and a purple check shirt with artfully rolled-up sleeves.
He gives a shout-out to the shirt, because he knows we do this. I love him for it.
Those of you who stopped watching Countryfile due to lambing trauma, feel free to come back for the barnacle penis facts and lugworms.