Strictly Come Dancing & The Apprentice Final
Strictly Come Dancing: Caroline Flack lifts glitterball trophy
So I have only watched a few of the Strictly shows this year, but what I have seen was incredible! The final blew my mind and made me and my family all go WOW!
Television presenter Caroline Flack and partner Pasha Kovalev have been voted winners of Strictly Come Dancing.
Pop stars Frankie Bridge and Simon Webbe were runners-up in the ballroom contest, while TV host Mark Wright was eliminated at an earlier stage.
Flack was also the judges’ favourite with three perfect scores of 40, a first for a Strictly final.
After lifting the glitterball trophy, she said that it was “the best experience of my whole life”.
Flack added after her victory: “I still can’t believe it’s happening. It doesn’t feel real in any way.”
Her professional dance partner Kovalev said of their journey: “I think we became real friends and I hope we will stay real friends. I could not imagine a better partner.”
All four competitors had the chance to perform their freestyle “showstopping” dance, with Flack and Kovalev’s ambitious and theatrical routine winning high praise from the judging panel.
They also excelled in a Cha Cha Cha routine reprised from an earlier performance in the series, and chose to repeat a cheeky Turkish-themed Charleston which won them top marks.
Singer Simon Webbe and partner Kristina Rihanoff also gained high scores for both their initial performances, and were awarded a perfect 40 for their Argentine Tango.
All four couples performed a routine from the early stage of the competition picked by judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood in the first part of the live final.
Each couple were able improve the scores of routines first showcased in the initial weeks of the contest.
At the beginning of Saturday’s second show, former The Only Way is Essex star Wright was announced as the contestant with the fewest viewer votes.
He was also the least highly-regarded by the judges, scoring 35 for both of his performances.
On leaving the show, he said that Strictly Come Dancing was “the best thing that anyone can ever do”.
“I’m never going to forget it, ever,” he added.
The most incredible dance I have ever seen..
Flack, who has spin-off shows for The X Factor and I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! was consistently a high scorer throughout the series, but was faced with one elimination dance-off but survived.
She was incredible and couldn’t of done any better. WOW! Congrats to her!
The Apprentice: Mark Wright is Lord Sugar’s new partner
The Apprentice final aired last night and what a show. I have to say I was routing for Bianca but both finalists were worthy of the backing.
Mark Wright is Amstrad founder Lord Sugar’s new business partner after he won BBC One show The Apprentice.
The 25-year-old Australian will receive a £250,000 investment in his digital marketing agency after Lord Sugar told him “You’re hired” in Sunday’s final.
The 20 candidates which began the show were whittled down to a final pair of Wright and Bianca Miller.
“It’s a bit of a rollercoaster ride,” said Wright, “but I’m in it for the long haul.”
He said his family and friends had been unaware of the show, adding they told him: “‘We thought you went backpacking and now you’re on a TV programme with a tycoon starting a business?'”
In the final he went up against Miller, who was proposing to launch a range of tights to match to various different skin tones.
What a great idea it was! I thought she was going to be snapped up. A shame she didn’t quite get the branding for it..it could of been different.
Wright’s work involves digital marketing and search engine optimisation to help push businesses up online searches.
“London particularly is a land of opportunity for young people to start businesses. You can start a business here from your kitchen bench and turn over a million quid – what other place in the world can you do that?” he said.
“In Australia the population’s not big enough and the dollar’s not strong enough.”
Sunday’s show saw previous candidates from the series invited back to help the two finalists in their pitches to the relevant industries to try to sell their business plans.
Miller, 25, said: “If you lose to someone who isn’t very good, it’s upsetting, but Mark is very credible.
“I was happy to go up against him and if I was going to lose, to lose to him was the best I could hope for, really.”
The other big news of the night was Nick Hewer, Alan’s Sugars right hand man has retired after 10years by his side.
Nick, 70, who like Karren Brady has reported back to Lord Sugar in the boardroom on team tasks, fired himself after Sunday’s final was recorded.
He said he had been “pondering” his departure from the hit series for some time and had decided that the end of the 10th run was a good moment.
He explained: “I leave with relief tinged with regret. Anyone can do what Karren and I have been doing, but it takes stamina to follow the candidates week after week – and my stamina is not up to those long weeks.
“I shall continue to enjoy the show from my armchair, marvelling at the candidates’ self-esteem, at the sky-high production values of the producers and at the extraordinary talent of my old friend Alan Sugar.”
Who will replace Nick.. Can anyone fill his shoes? We will have to see.
What a weekend of TV! 😀
Now its Christmas Film time.. White Christmas anyone?