Strictly Come Dancing marked a defining moment in its history this weekend with its biggest ever show broadcast live from London’s iconic Wembley Arena in aid of Children in Need. Sir Bruce Forsyth & Tess Daly were masters of ceremony, in what proved to be the grandest and most spectacular Strictly to date.
Our remaining eight couples waltzed their way across the biggest dancefloor in the history of Strictly Come Dancing, in front of a live audience in the arena of over 6,000 people – as well as the millions more at home – in the ultimate glitterball extravaganza. As ever, our fearsome foursome – Len Goodman, Alesha Dixon, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood – were on hand to critique each routine and award a score out of 10.
On Sunday night’s result show, Tess was joined by Claudia Winkleman to reveal the results. It was revealed that Russell Grant & Flavia Cacace and Holly Valance & Artem Chigvintstev had both landed in the bottom two, and subsequently revealed that Russell had received the lowest score and would be the next to leave the competition.
Russell & Flavia had danced a Jive to Reach For The Stars in Saturday’s show, with a spectacular entrance, which saw Russell fired from a cannon on to the dancefloor. Following the routine the judges commented:
Alesha: “Just when you think you’ve seen it all! Definitely the best entrance I’ve seen on Strictly! I was secretly hoping you’d stay up there and do a little tour around the arena! Jokes aside I’m so pleased you got to go to Wembley because what you lacked in your Jive technique tonight – you always make up for in entertainment Russell and I love you.”
Bruno: “Russell the incredible flying machine! Like a satellite circulating the orbit of madness and entertainment! I tell you the peek a boo thing at the end I thought I was going to bust a gut! It’s got nothing to do with Jive but god I loved it!”
Craig: “Dumbo springs to mind…but revolutionary!”
Len: “Listen the thing is this, I don’t care how many great dancers they have, and how many series of Strictly Come Dancing there are, people will always say do you remember when Russell Grant flew out of that cannon? It was an iconic number that will always be remembered. Your Jive isn’t that great but as entertainment you’re the tops.”
Reflecting back on the results of tonight’s show Russell said, “Every show I’ve done has been a highlight, it’s been fantastic. The public have been great, the audiences have been great. I’ve learnt from the judges, I’ve listened to the judges… but most of all I’ve had the most fantastic partner in Flavia Cacace.”
And his professional partner Flavia added “I completely agree with everyone out there who absolutely loves you because you are a true inspiration. It has been an absolute pleasure and joy partnering you.”
Sunday’s Results show featured a performance from pop sensation, James Morrison feat. Jessie J, singing his new song Up, and Il Divo singing Time To Say Goodbye.
Next week’s show will be broadcast on Saturday 26th November at 7.00pm with the results show on Sunday 27th November at 7.25pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.