For me, near on impossible to choose between the two male celebrities in this years Strictly final.
When voting I tried to recall how each had danced throughout the series, and what stood out was Ore's progression and evolvement from a complete non dancer into an incredible performer who gave so much of himself to each dance, and somehow added a different quality or emotion to each. He was the one who seemed to have opened up to us the most, he was the one who lost himself within the dance and became more than what he should really have been capable of. Somehow he danced beyond the boundaries that should've limited him or caused him to go out sooner in the competition.
Danny though he was exceptional pretty much through out,didn't have the feel of having come on as much of a journey, and he didn't seem to have an extra sparkle to add on final night. On reflection, his best seemed to have been last week in the semi final. Where Misty Blue certainly was one of my favourites of his.
Ore without realising, ended up pitching it just right on the night, to reach his ultimate during the final meant his win seemed destined to be. His confidence in performing and his unbounded energy seemed to all come together seamlessly at just the right moment.
There was nothing between them in personality performance skill or connection to their partner, all that differed was Ore just seemed to have something extra - some magic - saved up for the last dances especially his show dance.
I also felt watching Ore that he wasn't going to make a mistake, there were no nerves apparent, and I relaxed more watching him, his dances left me with an uplifted feeling.
My favourite choreographer was Aliona, but now it's Joanne. She has crafted some beautiful routines. I felt the show dance was the best of its kind, across many series. It was what I like a show dance to be, a combination of moments and styles that they've done from through the season.
It felt like Ore had become the west end star in the end, just pippin Danny somehow to the post.
Danny's exceptional passion and way of throwing himself into his performances was his style, but somehow meant there was less connection left for the viewer, he performed them so well with Oti, but not so much for or to the audience.
That's the only difference I can make out really, as to why in the end i voted for Ore. Because he took you the viewer along with him... both through his progress week to week, becoming something more than he had even imagined he could be, and within the individual dances themselves. You felt that inclusion & were swept along in their story.
Such a shame for Danny though as he deserved to win too! I loved watching Danny and Oti, & he must go down now in Strictly history as the best male celeb to not have won.
He's certainly in the top 5 best male celebs ever on Strictly I feel. Alongside Ore, Jay, Harry, Tom.
Such a shame they were both in the same year, and couldn't both win, but then that's what made it a better final because of the quality. Louise too could have won in other seasons I'm sure.
how will next season beat this, I don't think it can be done!
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