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Chris Hollins is the Champion of Strictly Come Dancing 2009!

Chris Hollins and Ola Jordan

After a great evening’s entertainment. Ricky Whittle and his dance partner Natalie Lowe had topped the judges’ leader board with 190 points out of 200 but it was closer than many had expected. Chris was just four points behind with 186.

However, the outcome was based on the viewers’ vote not the judges’ scores and the public voted for the more entertaining couple: Chris and Ola.

Here is how the evening’s action unfolded.

Ricky Whittle and Natalie Lowe – Quickstep

Brucie said, ‘What a start. They are on their feet. What a routine.’

Judge Darcey said, ‘Wow wee, Mr Whittle. That was amazing. You have set the standard for tonight’s’ final. With your athletic frame you have made a hard dance look easy.’

Head judge Len said, ‘My expectations were really high. Of all seven series yours was the best quickstep from any male celebrity.’

Ricky and Natalie scored 10 + 10 + 10 + 10 + 10 = 50

Next Chris Hollins and Ola Jordan danced the Foxtrot
Brucie said, ‘Are you pleased with him? They’re on their feet again.’

Judge Alesha said, ‘You’ve improved so much I want you to really enjoy this moment.’

Judge Bruno said, ‘I want to congratulate you Ola. You’ve turned a frog into a price. No mistakes, not too many funny faces. What you’ve done is brilliant.’

Chris and Orla scored 9 + 9 + 9 + 10 + 9 = 46

After this the two finalists performed the Lindy Hop together.

Brucie said, ‘Come here, what about it? They should call this show the standing ovation.’

Judge Craig said, ‘This is a dance for hobbits. Ricky, the timing of the lifts was good but you did miss that split lift. You did really well in your partnership.’

Judge Darcey said, ‘Ricky, cleanly executed. It does suit a more compact body but of course always sold brilliantly.’

For the Lindy Hop Ricky scored 8 + 8 + 9 + 9 + 9 = 43

For the same dance Chris scored 8 + 9 + 9 + 9 + 9 = 44

Next it was time for both couples to perform the Latin dance. Chris and Orla danced the Charleston and scored 10 + 10 + 10 + 10 + 10 = 50

Judge Bruno said, ‘Exhilarating, uplifting, exciting. A Strictly Come Dancing classic.’

Judge Craig said, ‘Quirky, dynamic, animated and actually your mouth being open so wide really did suit that.’

Ricky Whittle and Natalie Lowe danced the Cha cha cha after this and scored
9 + 10 + 9 + 10 + 10 = 48

Judge Alesha said, ‘Such a sexy couple to watch dance. For me one of the best dances I’ve ever seen on Strictly Come Dancing, you’re in a league of your own.’

Judge Bruno said, ‘This is dance competition and boy you can dance. Sexy yet cool always in control, you nailed it.’

The last time that the couples performed was the freestyle show dance. First it was Chris and Orla and they scored 9 + 9 + 9 + 10 + 9 = 46

Brucie said, ‘What have you done to him? Chris, the Chippendales have just been on the phone.’

Judge Darcey said, ‘Your timing and technique were perfect. And there was no strain on your face in every lift.’

Head judge Len said, ‘They talk about journeys but some people’s journeys have been tougher than others’. Full of enthusiasm, great dance, well done.’

Ricky Whittle and Natalie Lowe performed the last dance from the contestants. For their freestyle show dance they scored 10 + 9 + 10 + 10 + 10 = 49

Head judge Len said, ‘Week one I said you’re the one to beat. Week 14 you’re still the one to beat. And you may get beaten tonight but you can go away and know you’re the best dancer.’

Judge Alesha said, ‘I would have liked to have seen other dance styles but I can’t believe how you lifted Natalie. You have been a joy to watch.’

The judges’ scores
This is the leader board based on the scores for both performances (out of 50 for each of the four dances, giving a possible total out of 200).







Lindy hop






Show dance






So this left Ricky and Natalie at the top of the judges’ leader board. However the winner was the one who got the most public votes, and this went to Chris Hollins and Orla Jordan.


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