Strictly final: Fans praise show for saving the day after Tier 4 news

Strictly Come Dancing 2020 FINAL: ‘Time to forget about life for the next few hours!’ Viewers praise the show for ‘saving the day’ after the announcement of ‘glum’ Tier 4 rules

  • Strictly Come Dancing fans took to Twitter to praise the Saturday’s grand finale for ‘saving the day’ after the announcement of the new coronavirus restrictions
  • Earlier in the day, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed a third of England will be locked into a new ‘Tier 4’ system from midnight
  • The dance competition will see contestants Bill Bailey, HRVY, Jamie Laing and Maisie Smith perform three times in a bid to scoop the Glitterball Trophy

Strictly Come Dancing fans praised Saturday’s grand finale for ‘saving the day’ after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that a third of England will be locked into a new Tier 4 system from midnight to help to combat the pandemic.

Viewers took to Twitter in their droves to claim they were ‘forgetting about life for the next few hours’, as they tuned in to watch one of the finalists be crowned as the next champion of the BBC programme. 

Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse were crowned the winners of the programme, beating finalists Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer, HRVY and Janette Manrara, and Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez.

‘Time to switch off!’ Strictly viewers praised Saturday’s grand finale (Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly pictured) for ‘saving the day’ following the announcement of the new Tier 4 system

Social media users insisted the show brought some light relief to the ‘depressing’ news about the strict coronavirus rules.

One wrote: ‘The weather outside if frightful, the news is even worse. Time for the #Strictly final to put things right even if just for a few hours.’ (sic)

Another agreed: ‘Right, wine poured and #Strictly on. Forgetting about life for the next few hours. Bottle with popping cork.’ (sic)

A third added: ‘tuning out the world and entering the land of @bbcstrictly for the next few hours, THANK GOD for everyone who made the show happen this year for our tiny bit of escapism from the downright depressing days #STRICTLY #STRICTLYFINAL.’ (sic).

Delighted: Fans claimed they were ‘forgetting about life for the next few hours’ as they tuned in to watch one of the finalists be crowned champion (Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer pictured)

 

Excited: Social media users insisted the show brought some light relief to the ‘depressing’ news about the strict coronavirus rules

Others wrote: ‘Come on #Strictly – save the evening…. Right, escaping from reality for a few hours! #strictly.

‘So one moment into Tier 4 and all our Christmas plans changed. The next it’s the Strictly final and a chance to escape for a couple of hours #StrictlyFinal.

‘Right not time to switch off from the s**t that’s going on around us #StrictlyFinal @bbcstrictly. Few hours of bliss.   

‘Yessss..what a way to open the Janette and Hrvy! A positive start to the evening after the latest Tier 4 news #StrictlyFinal #StrictlyComeDancing.

Wahay! Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse were crowned the winners of the programme during the show

‘Watching @bbcstrictly the final with a bottle of @BaileysOfficial. We may have been put on tier 4 but the man is not taking this away from me! #StrictlyComeDancing #Baileys #final.

‘I’m going to pretend that I’ve not seen the tier 4 news and instead I’m going to watch the #StrictlyFinal #StrictlyComeDancing with my pizza & wine, although I cannot guarantee there won’t be tears! 

‘On a day of c**p news @bbcstrictly comes on and a sense of normality returns #StrictlyFinal #StrictlyComeDancing #Strictly2020.

‘For the 2nd time this year, #Strictly you are needed to cheer up the UK after another depressing #Covid_19 briefing. No pressure! #StrictlyFinal #Strictlycomedancing I need a sherry….Tier 2 to Tier 4 in less than a week.’ (sic)

So close: Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez narrowly missed out on scooping the Glitterball Trophy

Final four: Finalists Jamie and Karen raised the roof with energetic performances

Captivating audiences: Comedian Bill also beat HRVY and Janette Manrara

Politician Boris faced fury from the public as he dramatically cancelled Christmas for 18 million people after hitting the panic button on a rampant new mutant strain of coronavirus.

The PM was accused of ‘inconsistency and confusion’ after the extraordinary last-minute U-turn to put parts of the country, including London and swathes of the home counties, into Tier 4.

The draconian bracket means non-essential shops being forced to shut, and travel restrictions including a ‘stay at home’ order for Christmas Day itself – even though Boris insisted just days ago that it would be ‘inhuman’ to axe five-day festive ‘bubbles’.

STRICTLY 2020 FINAL: THE SCORES

JUDGES PICK

Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez – Samba to Samba (Conga) by Gloria Estefan – 29 out of 30

HRVY and Janette Manrara – Jive to Faith by Stevie Wonder feat. Ariana Grande – 29 out of 30

Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse – Quickstep to Talk To The Animals by Bobby Darin – 29 out of 30

Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer – Charleston to Zero To Hero from Hercules – 26 out of 30

SHOWDANCE

HRVY and Janette –  Boogie Wonderland by Brittany Murphy – 29 out of 30

Bill and Oti – The Show Must Go On by Queen – 30 out of 30

Jamie and Karen – I’m Still Standing by Taron Egerton – 29 out of 30

Maisie and Gorka – We Need A Little Christmas by Idina Menzel – 30 out 30

FAVOURITE DANCE

Jamie and Karen – Couple’s Choice to Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) by C+C Music Factory – 29 out of 30

Maisie and Gorka – Quickstep to When You’re Smiling by Andy Williams – 29 out of 30

HRVY and Janette – American Smooth to One (Singular Sensation) from A Chorus Line – 30 out of 30

Bill and Oti – Couple’s Choice to Rapper’s Delight from The Sugarhill Gang – 29 out of 30

The rest of England will not escape unscathed, with up to three households now only allowed to mix on Christmas Day rather than between December 23 and 27.

Wales has also announced it is going into a full lockdown from midnight and will follow suit by slashing bubbles to a single day. 

Nicola Sturgeon said at her own press conference that a ban on cross-border travel is being upgraded, and the law will be changed to cut bubbles to one day.

Unfortunate: Earlier in the evening, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that a third of England will be locked into Tier 4 from midnight to help to combat the pandemic

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