Now that’s magic. Former conjuror’s assistant Debbie McGee was the fairy at the top of the tree in an irresistibly festive Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special (BBC One, Christmas Day).
The all-star special saw six alumni return to the dancefloor. Winners of the Star trophy were McGee and her professional partner Kevin Clifton, who wowed with their ski-themed Quickstep. Still impressively flexible at 61, McGee threw in a leg lift and did the splits for good measure.
McGee should have won Strictly two years ago三级成人视频, when she and the equally deserving Alexandra Burke were unjustly beaten by Joe McFadden. Her closest competition here was another Joe – Sugg, whose candy-striped Streetdance scored a perfect 40, the same as McGee. She edged it in the studio audience vote and rightly so, because Sugg’s routine was cute but not strictly ballroom.
R三级成人视频omantic intrigue was added by Gemma Atkinson being paired with Gorka Marquez – her real-life boyfriend but never before her dance partner. Her spirited Jive and Mark Wright’s stunt-packed Salsa were entertaining, while Chizzy Akudolu’s charismatic Cha Cha Cha was the surprise package. “OMG, darling,” drawled Craig Revel Horwood. Richard Arnold’s green-faced Grinch Foxtrot was the only turkey, but the jolly judges marked it generously.
This sequin-spangled extravaganza came with all the trimmings. Indeed, the glitterball literally had bells on. The show opened with an enchanting group routine set at Leeds Castle in Kent. Liam Payne, formerly of One Direction, crooned a ballad amid a forest of Christmas trees. And there was a heart-warming surprise festive fête for Child Bereavement UK.
To close the show in style, everyone hit the floor for a white-clad party dance. Revel Horwood was a snowflake. After a middling main series, albeit one with a worthy winner in Kelvin Fletcher, this was a welcome dose of shameless, family friendly sparkle. No wonder Revel Horwood led the crowd in a cry of “Fab-yule-ous.”