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Kara Crowned as Strictly Champion, 2010

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BBC Eurovision Andrew BBC Eurovision Andrew | 22:05 UK time, Saturday, 18 December 2010

So that's it! After an amazing 12 weeks of live shows, we finally have our winning couple. Kara and Artem took the crown tonight after wowing judges and viewers alike with a total of four stunning dances.

We were on the dancefloor when the announcement was made and caught up with a host of Strictly faces to get their reactions to tonight's results. Watch our exclusive video and let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.


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  • Comment number 1.

    Ooh! Very surprised! Really thought it would be Matt! Oh well... well done Kara!

  • Comment number 2.

    Absolutely amazing, the correct person won. Kara deserves this so much.

    Well done Kara and Artem

  • Comment number 3.

    Correct result in final 2. Still thought last 2 should have been kara and pamela. Still the best strictly so far and closest yet.

  • Comment number 4.

    I cannot believe that Pamela and james were knocked out first, everyone that I know and more voted for them, they were the BEST!

  • Comment number 5.

    Agree Pamela not Matt should have gone through, was so suprised, but am so glad that Kara won. Would have preferred Pam, she's done so well and been an inspiration, but Kara will do nicely thank you very much.


  • Comment number 6.

    She only won cause they've got together - publicity. It was a popularity contest in the end. Should have been Pamela, she was by far the best dancer. I agree with the judges comments and scores for the show dance otherwise it is bias to younger fitter couples who can do gymnastics.

  • Comment number 7.

    (And what a sweet little kiss at the end, guess that dinner date is on now!)

  • Comment number 8.

    A lack of voting lines again - would the result have been the same if everyone had been able to vote?
    The best dancer left early.

  • Comment number 9.

    So pleased Kara and Artem won was so emontional watching them dance together. At last they got the well desrved 10 from Craig. Really thought though the final two would be pamela and Kara, even though Matt was really good too. All Three finalist were fantastic this year.

  • Comment number 10.

    Roll on Strictly tour!

  • Comment number 11.

    Really happy to see Kara and Artem win tonight; I've had a soft spot for Matt all the way through this series, but K&A have shone brighter and brighter with each week that has passed, and it seemed completely right to have them win tonight- congrats to the both of them!

  • Comment number 12.

    Thank god. I voted like mad. The right person won and I rooted for Kartem right from the start!

    Perfect couple and the best SCD series out of the lot. :)

  • Comment number 13.

    I actually thought that Matt should have won tonight. What is Lens problem with Matt?? Matt has had to fight against constant criticism every week from the judges yet they have nothing but praise for Kara, (although I though tonight was her weakest performance). Maybe if Matt had a relationship with Aliona, he might have been liked by the judges better.

  • Comment number 14.

    I was heartbroken that Pamela and James didn't even get into the last two. Pamela, you are an amazing woman and James, your choreography has always been first class, you both deserved to win.

    But hats off to Kara and Artem who were also well deserved winners. That's the thing with this series; such high quality from so many that it doesn't feel fair to have only one winner. I hope Pamela & James and Matt & Aliona don't feel too disappointed after tonight, I hope they feel extremely proud as they should do.

  • Comment number 15.




    Aliona lost it for matt, because her choreography is not as good, and Artem was a great professional!!

    Such a Shame!

  • Comment number 16.

    Can I just say, that was amazing!!!!!! I think Kara was definately the best most memorising dancer, georgous!!!

    Think Pamela should have come second, dont get me wrong Matt was the best male dancer and realy shone through, but, Pamela was amazing. She was wonderful to watch. And Felicity was great too.

    On an entertainment level, you have definately this year won the Entertainemnt TV Award and not X Factor.

    Anyway gonna shut up now, but truely beautiful had me crying throughout.

  • Comment number 17.

    Well done Matt & Aliona- Deserved to be in the final- close call but an excellent final.
    hope kara's hand is ok.

  • Comment number 18.

    The problem is only 1 boy could win - matt vs artem, defo wanted matt to win!!

    the juudges have been far too harsh on him all throughout the series!! he didn't deserve that!


  • Comment number 19.


    Oh what a roller coaster this has been
    CONGRATULATIONS Kara and Artem I knew you two could do it.

    So worried tonight what with the show dance and Kara hurting her arm I thought oh no she can't go back on to dance, but she did and thank goodness you managed to dance.

    Tonight's result has been from months of entertaining us with your fabulous dancing you two are amazing together so gentle yet strong when needed to be so passionate and consistent throughout.


    Congratulations to Matt and Aliona, thanks Matt for your superb dancing and arcrobatic performances. Congratulations to Pam and James you two were great together I will miss you all. This Strictly has been the best!

  • Comment number 20.

    Was a massive fan of Pamela and James and so disappointed they didn't make the final 2 but they showed even in defeat you keep on smiling. Pamela is a shining inspiration to us all. I love her passion, zest for live and for dance, she is utterly amazing. Well done to Kara and Artem they making a beautiful couple. Superb TV.

  • Comment number 21.

    Absolutely the right couple that lifted the Glitter Ball. Kara and Artem not only make the perfect dancing couple, they are made for each other. WOW what a smasher of kiss was that he gave her:)
    However, I do feel sorry for Matt, he was superb the whole series but sadly the judges always knoked him back, they just didn't like him. Poor bloke couldn't do right for doing wrong. I am pleased he got to the final though and that the final results were entirely down to the public

    Although a fab show tonight, none of the "Show" dances really shone!!!!!!!!!!! But a brill series can't wait for 2011 and would love to get tickets for at least one of the shows.

  • Comment number 22.

    Anyone else feel that we were cheated out of seeing Pamela and James' tango and that it's a bit unfair they have to practice 4 dances and are only allowed the chance to perfom two?

  • Comment number 23.

    Heartiest congratulations to both Kara and Artem who have danced like a dream throughout the competition. Kara is definitely a real dancer!

  • Comment number 24.

    Was a Kara fan till the sympathy, romance, illness, dyslexia slants came on to gain votes, her simperings was getting a bit too much as well.
    Congrats to Kartem for winning, but there are other more deserving winners in my mind.

  • Comment number 25.

    Artem won it for Kara and Aliona lost it for Matt!!!

    He was good when he started but progressed little due to his poor teacher.
    I truly believe that if Matt had any of the others pro's he would have won!

    But credit to Kara - she also put the work in and deserved to win -

  • Comment number 26.

    Kara and Artem won because they were the best dancers and thier love story made it even better - romance is part of dancing. Pamela should have come 2nd and would have loved to see her tango with James. I thought Artem slipped up only once in the whole competition and that was the show dance, couldn't help thinking of the Moscow State Circus and Kara is so beautiful and graceful - he should have made more of her sexuality and the romance. Kara got injured in the show dance and it effected her two final damces but she deserves to win. I will miss watching them.

  • Comment number 27.

    The right person won, but pamela & James should have come second.
    Why dont we have it takes two on Monday? its all over without speaking to the finalists and of course the winners.
    Bring back come dancing BBC!!!!!

  • Comment number 28.

    I do think the right person from the two left won. I was never a huge fan of Matt, seemed a little smug and overly confident with all the fuss over his gymnastics skills. Don't forget there is a lot of dance taught even to men and boys in gymnastics. Plus, his little outburst when his routine a few weeks ago was badly reviewed put me off him completely.

    Out of Matt and Kara I am extremely pleased Kara won and I really don't think they played the romance up at all, down if anything, plus it never hurt Brian and Ali Bastian last year.

    In reality though I really thought Pamela should have won as she came the furthest, was the biggest surprise and also an older competitor really showing the youngsters up, let's not forget she came top of the final judges leader board and was the only one not to make major mistakes in her show dance!

  • Comment number 29.

    Hip hip horray! Kara and Artem has won!!! Well done to a deserving couple. You both danced like a dream. Beautiful.

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  • Comment number 31.

    Very close but the right person won!!!! Kara and Artem have been my faves all the way thruogh and have been consistent and completely deserve to win xxx it was so cute that Artem was trying not to cry all the way thruogh and they suit each other so well! - my fave ever strictly contestant - even better than Alesha! I so wish i could be part of it - So happy for Kara!!!! xxxxxxxx

  • Comment number 32.

    kara and artem deserved to win, but thought that it would be down to Pamela and Kara.

  • Comment number 33.

    I LOVE KARA AND ARTEM. Beautiful couple, beutiful people and I cried at thier dance. I love you Kara! My idol!

  • Comment number 34.

    We thought that this year was just fab! Pamjam were our favourites but are delighted that Kara and Artem won. Hope she is okay, thought that she looked in a lot of pain and that he was minding her right arm quite alot. She also commented that she couldn't straighten it. Thought Craig was so consistent throughout the series and glad that he gave Kara a 10 for her last dance. Don't know what we are going to do on a saturday night!!
    Keep Dancing!!!

  • Comment number 35.

    I was quite surprised that Pamela was voted out first, I thought she was an amazing dancer who has consistently achieved good scores and comments from the judges throughout the competition. I honestly thought it would have been between her and Kara in the final two. Even though Matt was really good I think maybe he's more well known than Pamela which may be the reason he wasn't the first to go? In the end, I do think the best person won. Kara has been exceptional the whole time, even on the weeks where she's slipped up slightly she still put on an amazing performance and wowed the audience both in the studio and at home. I just hope that her and Artem get together now and spend some time together away from the cameras, I think they make a lovely couple and wish them all the beat.

  • Comment number 36.

    Verrrrrrrryyyy dissssapppointed!! Matt should have won but wasn't he sooo very gracious to Kara and Artem, following the decision?
    Matt has been consistently, yes even tonight, denigrated by the judges, especially that sour old man, Len Goodman (used to think him fair but not any more)
    If gymnastics of any sort are frowned on, then let it be made known that is so; BUT Kara has consistently let her foot leave the floor and apparently made no attempt to rectify that problem, by even doing it again tonight, in the final!!! However, she was marked down only by Craig, who does remain consistent in his marking.

    Other contributors who suggest that Len, Bruno and Aleeesha should be sacked, allowing fairer and more knowledgeable judges in, are completely right. Plus that sickening duo of 'dear old Brucie' and golden girl 'Tess', wo also have clearly had their favourites, by the way they spoke to certain celebs. Goodbye to all that lot, please BBC.
    Speaking of the Beeb, why don't they actually publish the amount of votes that were received, so there is transparency and we couldn't possibly believe talk of 'fixing', by many people being unable to get through on the phonelines????

    MATT BAKER was still the most affable,polite, gracious, least complaining celeb., who sadly had the worst 'pro' dancer and choreographer to contend with and had he won, it would have been despite Aliona rather than because of her!!

  • Comment number 37.

    Also, I think Jimi Mistry was voted out of the competition way too early!

  • Comment number 38.

    Kara is way and above the best female celeb dancer ever seen on SCD and Artems choreo this year is fully deserving of the win as well,no arguments from me as to which couple BOTH deserved to win.

    One major complaint about tonights show,so much boring filler in the results show when they could have let James/Pamela dance their AT,all that work for nothing.

    As to who the other pros wanted to win after James/Pamela went out,look at their faces when both the final couples came to chat to Tess after their dances......

  • Comment number 39.

    Oh and meant to say what a pity that we didn't get to see Pamela's AT. & just loved Artem and James Rumba on ITT.

  • Comment number 40.

    What a great final 3 fantastic couples. I thought Pamela would go first, as for me her show dance didnt stand out.Matt and Kara were both very good but my votes went for Kara and Artem I could watch them dance all night.Many congrts Kara and Artem

  • Comment number 41.

    Well done Kara, Matt was my choice but Kara was fantastic.

    My abiding memory of the final and the series is sadly not the dancing but the bias and vitriol of the judges. It put a dampener on the final for me.

    That said I have no problems with the result.

  • Comment number 42.

    I cant beleive Pam didnt get a chance to do her AT as her final dance, last few years the third place always got to fo their final 'new' dance yes last year that was the show dance but this year it was your new Ballroom and Latin.

    I have never seem so much filler in a show, the group dance though brilliant didnt showcase all the contestants separately, they should have had longer dancing rather than yet more rehashed VT - cheap TV, if it wasnt for the fact that the BBC got lucky to get people that turned out to be great dancers this Final would have been abit of a flop.

    Well done Kara and Artem!

  • Comment number 43.

    very very sad - after having enjoyed most of the series. No doubt a public announcement of romance,lots of tears racked up voting numbers!

    Certainly not swept off my feet by an unemployed actress who no doubt will now be pushed into the limelight by the bbc. The BBc could not have made it more obvious who they wanted to see win and ofcourse we will now be plagued by them as the next "ken and barby".

    Also whatever happened to the customary dance by last years winners? Oh yes ofcourse the Beeb aren't trying to promote his career.

  • Comment number 44.

    Did anyone else have huge difficulties getting through to vote? It took me over thirty attempts NOT to get an engaged tone!
    Three very good couples in the final and the right one won - well done Kara and Artem!

  • Comment number 45.

    A fantastic series with the public getting right and picking a superb winner - Kara was a pleasure to watch and she has truly blossomed during the series. Even at the end she generously praised Matt for dealing with all his work commitments - what a Lady, what a Winner!

    I think Matt deserved to be in the final 2 - great commitment and marvellous acrobatics - probably not quite sexy enough to win it but a great performance all round.

    I was never a fan of Pam and I always thought that the judges were too kind to her. That said, I think that James cost her a place in the final two. Not because of the stumble but because the Show Dance was too safe and merely a repetition of early weeks - there was no ambition, no risk and so no prize. Bad luck Pam, but third was the best that you deserved.

    Finally, well done the BBC - very impressive production - time to move Brucie on - but who replaces him?

  • Comment number 46.

    huge congratulations to kara and artem they really deserved to win. kara was the best strictly finalist ever and ive watched every series. thought what matt said at the end was very humble and as useuall very charming

  • Comment number 47.

    I had no probs getting through any time, and never have. Maybe I'm just lucky.

  • Comment number 48.

    Well done Kara and Artem. You were beautiful to watch. Thank you for entertaining me for the past 13 weeks. Commiserations to Matt and Pam....any other year you would have been worthy winners. You all made this final the best one ever.

  • Comment number 49.

    I think it would have been right that Pamela & james danced their Argentine Tango as their final dance thus letting us see all her hard work on that dance and also giving her a chance to perform without being judged.

    I actually like the judges and think some people only dislike them because they don't say what they want them to say, or like the people they do. If Matt's gymnastics had been worked in better (and I agree Aliona's choreography is lacking, or perhaps too modern) as it is entitely possible and someone like Natalie for example may have been able to do then I do think he'd have stood more chance.

    As for Matt being the least complaining, I disagree I think he just hid it from the cameras better than some of the others, but that also made me feel like I never saw the real Matt until his tantrum a few weeks back and that put me off him.

    I think of the final two the right ones won, but in honestly I'd have preferred a Kara/Pamela final with Pamela winning.

  • Comment number 50.

    Post 24 - whatever the media say about a contestant it doesn't detract from the fact that Kara was the best dancer and Artem's choreography was superb.

  • Comment number 51.

    Very disappointed Pamela didnt get to final 2. Thought it took more guts and determination 50 fold for a 61 year old to get to the final!! When you are 20 odd not much effort is needed to do what Matt and Kara did tonight. I'd like to see those 2 in 35 years time do what Pamela did tonight?!! Well done Pamela much more of an achievement in my eyes. More life experience etc,etc. When you are double their age Pamela I wouldn't be disappointed at all!! Lots more life acheivements all round I'd say darling but I'm sure you aren't bothered really. Let's see what Matt and Kara do in the next 35 years eh?! Well done Pamela , Matt and Kara. xx

  • Comment number 52.

    Kara and Artem were worthy winners. That said how do they get away with not doing an American Smooth and still get tens? Just dump the rules for the next series, cos nobody (except Len) cares!

  • Comment number 53.

    Matt was so gracious in defeat and he is a credit to his family with his manners - best male dancer by far this year on Strictly - Kara was exquisite - she deserved to win!!!!

    Love Matt to bits!!!!

  • Comment number 54.

    I have been blown away by Artem's amazing choreography and Kara's breathtaking dancing every week. They are awesome and deserved winners. BUT whose bright idea was it to put the showdance so early, so we lost Pamela and James BEFORE their Argentine Tango? DIS-AAAAR-STER. It would have been astonishing. How incredibly unfair after all their hours of training. Their departure was a real anti-climax to the Final and everyone's loss. Next year - please keep everyone in until the showdance.

  • Comment number 55.

    I am so happy Kara and Artem won the glitterball tonight, they so deserved it, they created such magic on that dance floor, they were a complete pleasure to watch every week. Tonight they were absolutely stunning, their Waltz had me in tears, so did their Rumba.
    This series has been fantastic, everyone involved should be so proud of themselves (except possibly the person who decided inviting Ann Widicombe to join the show was a goo idea) the partnerships this year were spot on, all the couples were gorgeous together, they all clicked and they all worked superbly together...I'll miss most of them a lot, it was so good having them all back for the final, not just for the brilliant group number but for the atmosphere and seeing them all getting on so well just made me smile.
    My favourites though were Patsy & Robin, Jimi & Flavia, Scott & Natalie and Kara & Artem...they all made me smile and laugh every week, even when I really didn't feel like it.
    Strictly has been my tonic for the past few months, so massive thank yous to everyone involved, I will miss it though, a lot, but hopefully we'll have another fabulous series next year to look forward to xxxx

  • Comment number 56.

    Congratulations Kara and Artem worthy champions, finally a girl winner for a change. Shame Pamela and James came third shock that Matt was in final two as he was bottom of the leader board all night without scoring a full set of 10s unlike pamela who did a beautiful Vienesse Waltz, sad for James as he has been in the show longer than Artem and Aliona and now will probably never get to lift that trophy, his show dance was miles better than Alionas choreography.

    Now the show is over Kara and Artem will be going out on their date, American Smooth was gorgeous to watch, so happy they won.

  • Comment number 57.

    I am very dismayed to read the remarks from people on here blaming Aliona for Matt not winning. So unfair in my opinion, she is a lovely person and a wonderful dancer. I thought that all the show dances were disappointing to be honest, but the best dancer won and I had been routing for them since week 1. Well done both Kara and Artem and all the best for the future. Would just like to ask the BBC to have just one more 'It Takes Two' programme after the finals as has been requested by other posters in the past. PLEASE BBC.

  • Comment number 58.

    I had no problems ringing to place my vote. Got through every time

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  • Comment number 60.

    What a final! Really wanted Matt to win but Kara and Arten danced like a dream - dodgy arm and all. They deserved to win. Matt still my favourite though. He seems to be such a gentleman and what a talented person! Both Kara and Matt have a LOT of class and style.

    Thoroughly enjoyed the show - probably the best of the series so far with some of the best dancers ever! Really time to find a new host now though!

    Congrats Kara and Artem and best of luck for the future.

  • Comment number 61.

    although i was rooting for matt (and feel he was bizarrely picked on by the judges for weeks) kara is a worthy and gracious winner- congratulations to them both!

  • Comment number 62.

    Well the result was right, although I thought Matt was a strong favourite, Pam and James were good but I wonder if the public were put off voting by the excess publicity they got her being married to a certain Scottish comedian and so on, TV chat shows, front page of the Telegraph today also a big mention by a columnist, bias by the judges in her favour and certainly not in Matts, also technical content of her 10 dances were not that good, I would like to see technical content bought into the judges marks next year also a prize for the most improved dancer.
    Finally would love a DVD of the music by Dave Arch and his singers of the series they were all brilliant could show the X factor crowd a thing or two.

  • Comment number 63.

    Well, Matt was my favourite so slightly disappointed for him, but Kara and Artem have been fantastic so it was well deserved.

  • Comment number 64.

    Well done Kara and Artem! You were the best dancers so far. I am so happy for both of you!!!

  • Comment number 65.

    Congratulations Kara and Artem, you are very worthy winners and have been brilliant throughout the whole series. I am absolutely thrilled to bits with this outcome, definitely the best dancers. You make a beautiful couple too and I wish you both every happiness.
    Thoroughly enjoyed this series of 'Strictly' - thanks BBC.

  • Comment number 66.

    I am very disappointed with the strictly result. Whilst I appreciate Cara is a very good dancer I feel Matt has been undermarked by the judges all the way through the series. Whereas Cara can make mistakes and still be given 10's.
    I am the biggest fan of the show but have been outraged by some of the judging and my enthusiasm for the show as plummented.

  • Comment number 67.

    Well done to kara and Artem, thought Pamela and James should have been in the final two however. I think the time has come for more transparancy with the way the public vote is scored and added to the judges score, as was the case with Flavia and Jimi how can you go from scoring high in the judges scores to being the couple that leaves!!! It is a recurring problem that i believe is casting a shadow over the show.

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  • Comment number 69.

    Still awaiting my message on this website for some reason. Wondering why? Just think It's more of an achievement for a 61 year old to perform as Pam has tonight than any youngster half her age ever can. Congrats to Kara but wonder if she could win "Strictly" at 61? What would Artem look like and perform like at 61? An acheivement Pamela winning or not?!! Kara yes you won and well done. Matt should've won he was more entertaining.Well done all 34 whatever your ages of course.

  • Comment number 70.

    I thought that all 3 were really deserving finalists and loved watching them all, but happy for either Kara or Pamela to win. I was thrilled for Kara as she and Artem are fantastic but my only disappointment was that we didn't get to see Pamela and James' Argentine Tango. I think it is such a shame that after all the work and rehearsals those who are placed 3rd do not get the chance to dance their 'new dance' as a farewell, perhaps while the votes are being counted. An idea for next series perhaps?

  • Comment number 71.

    Congratulations to Kara and Artem they danced divine darlings.... but did think Pamela and James should have made it through to the end. Role on next year's Strictly!!!!

  • Comment number 72.

    Very disappointed for Matt and Aliona, but congratulations to Kara and Artem. I have loved watching Matt Baker this year - he has been my standout dancer - not just because of his gentlemanly and gracious attitude, his incredible work ethic and his amazingly versatile talents, but also because of the way he has taken the bile and vitriol of certain judges every week without complaint. Some people have said he had a 'strop' after the salsa - the VT was filmed straight after the salsa, when he had to run to get changed into his outfit for the swing-a-thon. People shouldn't be so taken in by clever editing. He has been nothing but generous and classy throughout. WELL DONE MATT!

  • Comment number 73.

    P.S. This is the first series that I have been dissapointed by Len Goodman as a judge. He USED to be positively critical and fair but this series he was dissapointing. His face after the two finalists were announced was like fizz and he seemed to pick on Matt dreadfully after that. Maybe he was grumpy because he has 'man flu'.

  • Comment number 74.

    Just popped over from the Kartem fansite to say how pleased and ecstatic we are for our couple - and to query the change of format - I do not remember the couples having to do 4 dances in the final before, and to be honest I was disappointed that their efforts were ALL rather subdued: with show dances and with their ballroom/ latin. Feel this was down to them having to do TOO much in a week. What do others think??

  • Comment number 75.

    Oh Kara should have won I knew from her first dance this evening she was the true winner of strictly she was fantastic!!!
    Really glad she won would be upset if it was either of the other 2! Although if Scott was in the final it would have been between Kara or him!Anyway cant wait till the next series of strictly come dancing!

  • Comment number 76.

    pleased the best dancer won but surprised Pamela went out before Matt.

  • Comment number 77.

    kara and artem deserved to win - she was a true hard worker and performed beautifully - yay for kartem !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment number 78.

    Well done Kara, you danced well tonight.

    Matt may have lost, but to lots of people he is a true champion!!!

    Week after week he was underscored by the judges and in the semi-final took abuse from every judge without saying a word. I decided that I would watch SCD while Matt was still in, but will not be watching again until the BBC put a new, professional and fair judging panel in place.

    I feel the VTs have been spun against Matt and towards the girls in the competition, it has been obvious for weeks that the BEEB wanted a female winner, one of the judges even said it in an interview.

    Neither Kara nor Pamela had other jobs and could dedicate 100% of their time to the programme. Matt worked 2 other jobs, and has a wife and young family. He dedicated himself to all 3 BBC jobs without once moaning about having too much to do, being tired or missing his family.

    Tonight he danced marvellously, enjoyed every minute and again received far too many negative comments from the judges, which definitely influenced the result. He never complained about them or their obvious bias towards the other contestants.

    Finally when Kara was named champion he gave a self-deprecating heartfelt congratulations, what a gentleman.

    To me Matt is the real winner, the best male celeb that has ever danced on SCD, it's a pity he didn't get the recognition he deserved from the so called 'judges'.
    Thank you Matt and indeed Aliona for some of the best dances ever seen on SCD. A-MAZ-ZING.

  • Comment number 79.

    Hear hear Irish Matt Fan!!

  • Comment number 80.

    Was rooting for Pamela in the end since she was twice the age of the other two finalists and showed what can be achieved at 61. They concentrated on dancing rather than tricks which is what it's all about. I thought she and James deserved to win with Kara a very close second - the judges' scores over the last few weeks reflected that sentiment too. Matt and Aliona were relying too much on his ability to do tricks and I think that Aliona's choreography was not as good as Artem's. Feel gutted for James as he so wanted and deserved it this year. Still, that said, they were three excellent finalists and all of them deserved a medal for the effort they put in. Artem's choreography is outstanding. A great line up this year except for Paul Daniels and Anne Widdecombe. This is supposed to be a dance contest, not a pantomime! Hope Anton gets a decent partner before he gets sidelined off the show. He's not my favourite person but I do feel sorry for him with regard to the lack of talented partners he's been landed with over the years.

  • Comment number 81.

    So glad Kara and Artem won, they looked so amazing together when they danced, really going to miss watching them dance together, they look like they are meant to me!! Long may their partnership continue, amazing dancing, well deserved win!!!xx

  • Comment number 82.

    The right person won but Matt's treatment by the judges was a disgrace. How many times did he forget his routine in the series?

    Kara's show dance was riddled with errors. Matt does a sideways somersault off a box and some street dancing and gets zip in comparison.

    Len tells Gavin he's playing to his strengths when he takes his kit off and berates Matt for using acrobatics. Joke! Time for the old duffer to retire becuase he has lost the plot!!

    Well done kara - your American Smooth deserved to win any Strictly. Top dollar.

  • Comment number 83.

    Would have liked to have voted for Matt but was unable to get through due to the message "the lines are closed".

  • Comment number 84.

    I think the best couple probably won, although I would have been happy for any of them to have lifted the glitter ball.

    I thought the show dances were very disappointing and Kara's was the worst of the lot. I absolutely loved Pamela's - it was real DANCING, not just tricks and lifts - I found it beautiful and heart-warming (and what an EXCELLENT and appropriate choice of music!).

    I have so enjoyed watching Pamela and James - they have always been one of the most INTERESTING couples and I have always felt utterly engaged with what they were doing.

    Matt is an absolute gentleman and a credit to his (lovely) parents and wife. I really LOVED watching him dance - he is such a gentle and unassuming person but other sides to his personality cames shining out on the dance floor. His Charleston and jive will stay with me for a long time - also loved his samba and Viennese Waltz.

    Kara has, I'm afraid, left me cold to some extent. She is hugely talented and beautiful and has done amazing dances, but I haven't warmed to her in the same way that I did to Pamela and Matt. However - Artem is just SOOOO sweet! He is a brilliant choreographer and I found his emerging emotions very touching to watch. And he is SOOOO in love with Kara! That has been extremely touching and emotional to witness.

    So - I loved them all, the 'best' couple won, but I have huge soft spots for Matt and Pamela.

    Well done to all of you - and I'm sure you'll all KEEEEEEEEP DANCING!!!

  • Comment number 85.

    Best series so far. Kara and Artem were truly worthy winners - I wanted them or Matt and Aliona to win from the start. Kara just edged it. Hope all goes well for this lovely couple in the future.

  • Comment number 86.

    Can't believe any one really thought Pamela was the best dancer. She was no where near Kara's standard.Of course she danced well but her routines were so simple and she was constantly overmarked because she was older instead of on the standard of her dancing

  • Comment number 87.

    what does "you" mean as my identity on the website?awaiting "moderation"??. It sounds like you want to control what people say like propaganda. Not rude or offensive what's the problem?

  • Comment number 88.

    Though Kara was a deserving winner, I did think that Matt was constantly judged more harshly than she was. When it is pointed out that a contestant has either broken the rules, or made a mistake, by one of the judges, surely all of the others should give scores accordingly, unless they are prepared to argue that said rule breaking/mistake wasn't made? After all, just because they enjoyed a dance, doesn't mean that these things should be overlooked. A dance given a 10 should really be, or very close to, perfection. And yet, the fact that Kara didn't abide by the 40% in hold rule, during the American Smooth, was overlooked by more than half of the judges.

    Whereas Matt hardly seemed to be able to do anything right for them. He was constantly bombarded with negative comments from all four judges, and it all seemed very unfair, and also that the judges were showing favouritism, rather than being impartial, as they should have been.

    I personally wanted Matt to win, but congratulations to Kara all the same. Was a brilliant series!

  • Comment number 89.

    Congrats to Kara and Artem. Amazing dancers. I hope Kara is OK as her arm looked extremely painful.

    Pamela and James were amazing - I would have loved to have seen their Argentine Tango. Hope they'll do that on Christmas special.

    Brucie - your timing was awful and the stammering was a joke. Give it up - please!!!

  • Comment number 90.

    Well done Kara and Artem! They are fabulous, well deserved!

  • Comment number 91.

    Congratulations to Kara and Artem. I am very happy that finally the public voted for the best couple. Mat and Pam are worthy contenders.

  • Comment number 92.

    LOVE kara and Artem!!!!! Voted for them sooo many times!! They are so perfect together and kara really is the best dancer because I watched her dances over and over again and never got tired of them. I am so happy that they won and I just think they are really cute together and hope that they have a brilliant relationship in the future xxxx

  • Comment number 93.

    MANY MANY CONGRATS KARA & ARTEM!!! You two so deserved to win! Matt was a very worthy runner-up. I found some of the judges' comments towards him rather harsh and unnecessary for the night of the Grand Finale! After all we have seen popular couples win Strictly before who were definitely not worthy winners in the eyes of the judges but still the judges managed to say good things about them in the final. Why so rude to Matt? He did not lack talent, skills or charisma. Although Pamela-James were consistently good but they were not always great. And their show dance was graceful but definitely not so great as the judges keep on saying the show dances need to have great lifts, showing of individual dance skills and the 'wow' factor. So I don't understand the fuss about Pamela losing Ist or 2nd position. In the past, great dancers like Zoe, Emma, Ali, Austin, Ricky and Scott unfortunately left the competition, despite giving mind blowing performances.

  • Comment number 94.

    After looking at other comments thought I would check out Kara's website biography. Interesting to read how she was highly trained in dance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So Artem hadn't taught her to dance had he? (according to her own words).

  • Comment number 95.

    Loved this years strictly, There were loads of good dancers and at no poinnt could i say for definate who would make the finale. But what this year showed how dancing can make you look at things completely differently. Its a joy to watch people who really enjoy dancing. Well done to all the Celebraties and Proffesionals for showing us what dance can do. Have a very merry christmas and dance into the new year. see you next year.:)

  • Comment number 96.

    Did'nt Tom Chambers year have to do 5 dances, including a judges choice where they were given some music, best ballroom,best latin, and vienese walt and show dance. the curse of topping the leader board in part one has struck again, Lisa Snowden, Ali and Brian and now Pamela and James. Tess kept saying your last ever dance together, but Kara and Pamela are in the tour, not sure about Matt. looking forward to the tour to see how this year's dancers compare with past finalists.

  • Comment number 97.

    After the last two years of popularity winning against dancing, the GBP have finally got it right! The best two couples made the final and the right couple won.

    Matt & Aliona did really well and produced many entertaining and highly watchable routines. Kara & Artem however were a class apart - Artem's choreography was brilliant throughout the series (bar the showdance), they were graceful and elegant to watch and together they produced some of the best dancing I've ever seen on Strictly. Truly well deserved!

    Until next year...keeeep dancing!

  • Comment number 98.

    I think in the end the right couple won. Kara and Artem's American Smooth was spot on and for consistency they were worthy winners.

    Pamela was elegant and poised and James really did know what moves to show her off at her best.

    I do however love Matt and feel at times he maybe didn't get the rub of the green but sometimes that's the way competition goes. He always put so much into the dances and offered a level of showmanship which I've not seen since Tom Chambers. For entertainment alone he made watching every week a delight, his samba and charleston were fab and I will remember those dances for some time.

    In the end the final showed off the best 3 talents to emerge and I think it'll be tough to repeat that again sometime soon. Loved it!

  • Comment number 99.

    Hugely disappointing final;the only showDANCE was Pamela's and the technical inaccuracies in the other performances, as pointed out by Craig and Len were glaring!This is a ballroom and Latin american competition not a gym display.Perhaps the time has come to rename the show!!!! Perhaps "Strictly come gymnastics and ignore all rules".

  • Comment number 100.

    Also I agree with others Matt would have done much better with a different partner. Time and time again the routines let him down. Was also not impressed with the show dances .


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