Wow! Well…what a show! The sisters really were doing it for themselves tonight with a mesmerizing mix of dance styles and top notch performances. 

The Strictly Grand Final 2013 was kicked off with Susanna and Kevin’s Quickstep, which was the Judges' favourite choice from Week 10, and caused Len to comment, “It was light, it was bright, I tell you what, knock out!”

Abbey and Aljaz were next to take to the floor with their Waltz to ‘Kissing You’ from Week One which received full marks from a panel of very impressed Judges and an audience who were left with goosebumps.

Natalie and Artem also went back to Week One to reprise their Cha Cha and were awarded 39 points for their amazing performance. Sophie and Brendan took a trip back to Musicals Week to show us an improved version of their Viennese Waltz which almost scored top marks from our Judges.

Next came the Showdances and we were not disappointed! It was a varied mix that truly did showcase each dancer’s amazing abilities.

Susanna and Kevin danced to Ewan McGregor’s version of ‘Your Song’. They exuded “elegance, style and sophistication” according to Len and scored 36.

Next up, Abbey and Aljaz took a walk on the wild side next and gained 38 points for an exhilarating mix of Tango and Paso which caused Bruno to exclaim “Call the Fire Brigade. I’m on fire!”

“A showdance to end all showdances” was how Natalie and Artem’s performance was described and the scores reflected this as they hit the big 40. Sophie descended from the roof in a giant glitterball to kick off her and Brendan’s showdance to Whitney Houston’s classic, ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’. It was jam packed with content and some jaw dropping lifts but it was the lowest marked from the Judges, scoring 35.

After all that dance drama, currently top of the Leaderboard are Natalie and Artem with 79 points but remember, tonight the Judges’ scores are just for guidance. It’s all totally up to you and it’s not over yet as the three couples who will go on through after this round of voting have yet to perform their favourite dance from the series. So, which have been your favourite performances so far tonight? 

At the top of the results show, Sophie and Brendan left the competition in fourth place after entertaining us for thirteen action packed weeks. We are very sorry to see them go! The competition reaches fever pitch now as the final three perform their final dance – the Couple’s Favourite.

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  • Comment number 637. Posted by ChrisA1

    on 2 Jan 2014 05:50

    What a brilliant final it was, agree with @628 - it was not fixed, but a big shame we didn't get to see Sophie and Brendan's Charleston again. Congratulations to all, but especially Abbey and Aljaz.
    Some while back the BBC did show a programme of how BT handle all the telephone calls and voting lines and what happens when the lines get congested. The system ensured no bias as I understood it. Perhaps they should show the programme (or an update of it) again.

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  • Comment number 636. Posted by Demellzza

    on 1 Jan 2014 11:34

    Happy New Year all. Very late to this I know, but I was terribly disappointed at the result, I had been routing for Natalie and Artem but why could I not get through for over half an hour to vote for them...? I know there have been voting issues before in past series. Surely this must be something to get right before next year?

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  • Comment number 635. Posted by lostchachachamp

    on 26 Dec 2013 11:33

    I have to agree with 628 because more people voted for Abbey than Susanne, Nantalie and Sophie. in a way I am happy that Abbey won because she did improved over the weeks.

    the only thing I am sorry for is that we didn't see the charleston again from Sophie and Brendan . We will never know if they would get the prefect score for it.
    Happy new year and roll on september/october for SCD 2014.

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  • Comment number 634. Posted by dancer

    on 23 Dec 2013 09:03

    Very disappointed the way the voting is staged - is this a dance contest or is it a popularity show? Surely the final vote should be judged by professionals who hopefully know what they are looking for and not by the public and their 'favorites' - it is obvious when work has been put in by the contestants and is soul destroying for them to see a popular face prancing around with no skill to take their place for the following week. Maybe voting practice should be reconsidered!!!!!

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  • Comment number 633. Posted by Paul49

    on 23 Dec 2013 06:17

    @Lindamk25 re post 621. Why do you claim that that Abbey has no previous dancing experience? That is not true. In the final show, Abbey was great and I really enjoyed her whole performance. However, Natalie was better but she failed to get the winning votes.

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  • Comment number 632. Posted by LalaWo

    on 22 Dec 2013 22:27

    Pity Nartem didn't win, their AS was amazing, full of emotion, but I applaud Abbey for her improvement, and Sophie for her grace in losing. It wasn't a vintage year IMO but I did enjoy it. Hopefully next year there eon't be do much bile and vitriol directed at contestants, it is just a TV show at the end of the day...Merry Christmas!

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  • Comment number 631. Posted by alison

    on 22 Dec 2013 21:44

    My winners were Natalie and artem at least artem stayed in the show longer this year here's to 2014

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  • Comment number 630. Posted by Gillian

    on 22 Dec 2013 21:34

    Totally disagree with all these comments that Natalie should have won, she had previous dance training, whereas Abby has improved and gained confidence throughout the weeks, she is so graceful and looked absolutely stunning. Well done Abby!

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  • Comment number 629. Posted by peter-t

    on 22 Dec 2013 18:36

    A daily newspaper revealed the voting percentages during the series which is all wrong, I was livid. The BBC shouldn't reveal the figures. Sophie and Brendan my favourites and I feel so sorry for them, but Susannah had a hugh fan base (as has been said before, probably all at the BBC!) but she was by far the weakest dancer. I also couldn't get through to vote for Sophie and Brendan, but so many people commenting have said Sophie and Brendan were their favourites so I hope if they read the comments they will be slightly comforted!. Sophie came over as the most natural and unassuming contestant, and the nicest person. Katy T

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  • Comment number 628. Posted by supersna

    on 22 Dec 2013 15:41

    Why are people saying it was fixed? I voted for Natalie and Artem but more people voted for the A team - simple. It was a great night, and it really doesn't matter who won, the entertainment was fantastic. Here's to next year.

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