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Strictly 2021: Week Thirteen – The Final!

So that’s it – Strictly 2021 is over! If you’ve made it this far through these articles you’ll have DEFINITELY watched the final by now, but keep reading for the final run-through of the details, just in case you missed anything…

AJ and Kai’s departure

There was a last-minute heartbreaking end of the road for one couple – AJ and Kai had to withdraw from the competition, as AJ was injured in training and wasn’t able to recover in time.

Naturally, viewers were gutted for them, having to pull out SO close to the finish. They were there to watch though!

This meant that the final was only between John and Johannes and Rose and Giovanni, in a two-horse race to the glitterball.

So, how did they both do?

Dance One (Judges’ Choice)

Rose & Giovanni – Quickstep (Score: 39/40, +2 since danced in Week Nine)

Repeating their Musicals Week dance to ‘Love Is An Open Door’ from Frozen, she and Giovanni scored an almost perfect 39 from the judges – a 9 from Craig, a *10* from Motsi, a *10* from Shirley and a *10* from Anton.

Charlotte’s rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

John & Johannes – Rumba (Score: 39/40, +4 since danced in Week Seven)

Dancing once again to Sting’s ‘Shape of My Heart’, he and Johannes also scored an almost perfect 39 from the judges – a 9 from Craig, a *10* from Motsi, a *10* from Shirley and a *10* from Anton.

Charlotte’s rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Dance Two (Couples’ Favourite)

Rose & Giovanni – Couple’s Choice (Score: 40/40, no change since danced in Week Eight)

Redoing their stunning Couple’s Choice to Clean Bandit’s ‘Symphony’, she and Giovanni scored a perfect 40 – a *10* from Craig, a *10* from Motsi, a *10* from Shirley and a *10* from Anton! Just as flawless as last time.

Charlotte’s rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

John & Johannes – Paso Doble (Score: 40/40, +1 since danced in Week Three)

Dancing again to ‘He’s a Pirate’ from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, he and Johannes earned a perfect 40 – a *10* from Craig, a *10* from Motsi, a *10* from Shirley and a *10* from Anton! They finally got the 10 from Craig everyone wanted them to get for this routine.

Charlotte’s rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Dance Three (Showdance)

Rose & Giovanni – Showdance (Score: 40/40)

Dancing for the final time to Bette Midler’s ‘The Rose’, she and Giovanni earned another perfect 40 – a *10* from Craig, a *10* from Motsi, a *10* from Shirley and a *10* from Anton!

Charlotte’s rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

John & Johannes – Showdance (Score: 40/40)

Closing the show by dancing for the final time to Florence and the Machine’s ‘You’ve Got the Love’, he and Johannes also earned another perfect 40 – a *10* from Craig, a *10* from Motsi, a *10* from Shirley and a *10* from Anton!

Charlotte’s rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

How did the leaderboard look?

Both Rose and Giovanni and John and Johannes scored 119/120 – literally nothing in it! The judges’ scores had NO impact at all as it was the final, but they wouldn’t have helped anyway!

So… who took the glitterball?

In a tense and long-awaited decision by the public vote alone, the winners of Strictly Come Dancing 2021 were announced as…

Rose and Giovanni!

Watch the crowning moment in full:

And with that, Series 19 of Strictly Come Dancing has finished. It’s been a series like no other… in many ways!

What next?

Already missing your Strictly fix? The Christmas special (with a star-studded line-up including singer Anne-Marie) will be shown on Christmas Day at 5:10pm on BBC One.

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