With the exception of Nancy Dell'Olio, the show has not relied heavily on tabloid gossip and scandal, but on sheer talent and amazing entertainment, from a group of performers who put their hearts and souls into their performances each week. The judges too have produced the goods, with Len Goodman behaving like a spoilt grumpy aunt at times, while the bitchy Craig never failed to deliver. I thought the beautiful Alesha Dixon, the "non-profession" judge on the show - and the highest paid - proved her worth this series.
Harry Judd, the McFly drummer, with his partner Aliona Vilani, took the trophy last night. They were worthy winners and he will have raised the profile of the show amongst younger viewers. Ladies of a certain age were not immune to his charms either. It is interesting that while Strictly was seen to improve with age this series, the rival channel's X Factor, was looking seedy and tired. Simon Cowell has his work cut out for him to return his show to glory.
Meanwhile, the Strictly producers can congratulate themselves on delivering great entertainment and as Sir Bruce would say....keep dancing!