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Strictly 2019: 'What the f***?' Shirley Ballas' appearance leaves viewers very distracted

For the last 13 weeks, Saturday night television has been taken over by Strictly Come Dancing, and tonight, the grand finale will see the three finalists battle it out to lift the prestigious Glitterball Trophy. Karim Zeroual, Kelvin Fletcher and Emma Barton will take to the dance floor several times to perform three different dance routines, but who will be crowned the 2019 winner? 

Following an incredibly professional dance routine which opened the show, hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman introduced the judges. 

Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli were first to walk onto the dance floor, followed by Oti Mabuse and Shirley Ballas. 

But those watching at home were distracted when they saw exactly what head judge Shirley had chosen to wear for the grand final. 

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Many thought her dress was very festive, with some suggesting she looked like a Christmas tree. 

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Strictly 2019: ‘What the f***?’ Shirley Ballas’ appearance leaves viewers very distracted (Image: BBC)

Taking to Twitter to comment, one shouted: “ SHIRLEY LOOKS LIKE A CHRISTMAS TREE! #SCD #StrictlyFinal #Strictly #StrictlyComeDancing #EmmaDressVerdict!”

“A thousand birds died to make our judge’s dresses #StrictlyFinal #Strictly #scd,” someone else wrote. 

A third added: “Wtf is Shirley wearing #strictly.” 

“Shirley looks like a christmas tree im crying #strictly,” one tweet read. 

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Strictly Come Dancing 2019: Shirley was impressed by Karim’s Quickstep (Image: BBC)

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However, some liked Shirley’s choice: “Shirley wins Best Dressed Judge or Presenter. Again.”

Another added: “@ShirleyBallas looks stunning again tonight on @bbcstrictly.” 

And many commented on the outfit Motsi was wearing – a sequin one shoulder top with an extravagant white feather skirt. 

LOVING Shirley and Motsi’s dresses!! They look AMAZE! #strictlyfinal #strictly,” a fan said. 

Someone else commented: “Motsi looks incredible. #Strictly #scd.” 

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Strictly Come Dancing 2019: Shirley and Motsi’s outfits (Image: SHIRLEY BALLAS INSTAGRAM)

Tonight, Karim was first up to perform the judges pick with his professional dance partner Amy Dowden. 

They danced the Quickstep, which they performed back in week seven of the competition, scoring a perfect 40 from the judges. 

Emma was up next with Anton Du Beke and they danced their Charleston which they originally performed back in week 11 – they too were awarded 39 points. 

As for Kelvin, he was asked to perform his week one Samba with professional dance partner Oti Mabuse. 


2004 winner: Natasha Kaplinsky

Newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky was the first celebrity to win the BBC dancing series, which originally aired in July of 2004. She was partnered with Brendan Cole. They finished 39 points ahead of competitor Christopher Parker.

2004 winner: Jill Halfpenny

Jill Halfpenny was the second star to impress the judges with her dancing skills. Partnered with Darren Bennett, the pair beat off competition from Julian Clary and Denise Lewis in December of 2004. 

2005 winner: Darren Gough

Cricketer Darren Gough won the third series of Strictly. He and partner Lilia Kopylova wowed audiences but never once finished at the top of the leaderboard.

2006 winner: Mark Ramprakash

Mark Ramprakash was the fourth star to lift the Glitterball Trophy. He was partnered with Karen Hardy and they were the first couple to restart a routine after their initial attempt saw Mark’s mic get caught in Karen’s dress.

2007 winner: Alesha Dixon

Before becoming a Strictly judge, Alesha Dixon won the nation’s hearts and the Glitterball Trophy during the fifth series. She was partnered with professional dancer Matthew Cutler.

2008 winner: Tom Chambers

Holby City star Tom Chambers was partnered with Camilla Dallerup when he won the sixth series. He performed the Foxtrot and Salsa in the final week.

2009 winner: Chris Hollins

BBC Breakfast presenter Chris Hollins and his professional partner Ola Jordan surprised viewers when they beat Ricky Whittle and his partner Natalie Lowe in the final. They wowed with the Foxtrot, Charleston, Lindy Hop and Showdance.

2010 winner: Kara Tointon

Kara Tointon was the eighth celebrity to win Strictly. She danced with Artem Chigvintsev and failed to receive 40 points throughout her time on the show.

2011 winner: Harry Judd

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2012 winner: Louis Smith

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2013 winner: Abbey Clancy

Model Abbey Clancy won series eleven of Strictly alongside partner Alijaz Skorjanec. She was called a “spectacular dancer” with “wonderful posture” by former head judge Len Goodman.

2014 winner: Caroline Flack

Love Island host Caroline Flack took to the dance floor in series 12 where she scooped the Glitterball Trophy with Pasha Kovalev.

2015 winner: Jay McGuiness

Jay McGuiness surprised viewers when he won the thirteenth series of the BBC dancing competition with Aliona Vilani. When he learned he’d won, he told host Tess Daly: “I feel spaced out – it’s really weird.”

2016 winner: Ore Oduba

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The sports presenter broke down in tears after beating Danny Mac and Louise Redknapp.

2017 winner: Joe McFadden

Joe McFadden was victorious with professional dance partner Katya Jones. The Holby City star beat off competition from fan favourite Debbie McGee, Gemma Atkinson and Alexandra Burke.

2018 winner: Stacey Dooley

Documentary-maker Stacey fought off competition to make it to the Grand Final of Strictly Come Dancing with professional dance partner Kevin Clifton last year. When they won, Kevin described her as “the most wonderful person”.


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