So, the Strictly Come Dancing finale just went down as everyone predicted. Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola, grabbed that champion title. It was a night full of crazy-good dancing, high scores, and all the glitter you could imagine. And when they lifted that shiny trophy with confetti raining down, it was like the perfect ending to an awesome season.
Ellie Leach’s Epic Journey
Okay, so Ellie Leach, the 22-year-old ex-Coronation Street star, wasn’t everyone’s first bet at the start. But guess what? She blossomed big time. She went from being unsure to this powerhouse performer we couldn’t take our eyes off. Seriously, she nailed both ballroom and Latin dances and had the skills to tell a story through her moves. She’s totally West End material with that infectious joy she brings to the dance floor.
Vito Coppola’s Winning Team-Up
Then there’s Vito Coppola, who nearly clinched it last time with Fleur East. This time, though, he nailed it! Teaming up with Ellie was dynamite, and the buzz about them being more than just dance partners? Well, that might’ve added some extra sparkle to their routines.
The Heartfelt Victory Moment
When Ellie dedicated her win to Vito, saying, “Hey, for once, you’re crying more than me. So, this one’s for you,” it hit right in the feels. And Vito being all proud, calling her a shining diamond—man, that was touching. The judges acknowledged Ellie’s incredible journey, saying she came in as a girl and left as a woman.
The final drew a massive crowd of 11 million fans. Talk about ending the 21st series with a bang! While other reality shows might be losing steam, Strictly Come Dancing is still the go-to for that Christmas hype, joining the ranks of advent calendars and those catchy holiday ads.
Young Guns and Epic Performances
This year’s finalists were all in their twenties, making it the youngest final ever. Each of them smashed three routines, including their favorites from the series, judges’ picks, and the highly anticipated showdance.
Ellie’s Consistency and Viewer Love
Even though Ellie almost always rocked scores above 35 throughout the season, she somehow ended up at the bottom of the judges’ scoreboard for the final. But hey, she had the hearts of the viewers, never facing that dreaded dance-off.
Layton Williams’ Powerhouse Performance and Viewer Vibes
Layton was on fire, pulling in four perfect 40s and ruling the leaderboard most of the time. But, you know what? Viewers seem to dig that underdog journey more than sheer talent, which might’ve affected the final outcome.
Bobby Brazier’s Emotional Ride
This young dude, Bobby Brazier, at just 20, poured his heart into his performances. He dedicated a routine to his late mom, Jade Goody, and man, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. His moves were slick, scoring near-perfect 39s on all three dances, but this year’s competition was stacked.
More than Just Scores
The show wasn’t just about hitting perfect scores or bagging the prize. People like Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Annabel Croft found happiness and strength through dance, showing what Strictly’s really about—positivity, diversity, and a big sense of togetherness.
A Night to Remember
The finale was a blast, with everyone hitting the dance floor one last time for a group jam. And then, bam! We got Cher rocking it out and Olly Alexander dropping the news about Eurovision.
Wrap-Up: A Cheery Pre-Christmas Bash
Strictly Come Dancing’s 21st series was all about transformation and heart, landing perfectly just before the holiday season for that extra dose of feel-good vibes.