Ok a bit later than planned but here is the first part in my series where we look at the couples in tonight’s final and their Strictly journey so far. We will be taking them in the no particular order of qualification for the final so we begin with…… Maisie and Gorka
This is going to be a very strange category as Maisie and Gorka have never scored below a 7 and never received a total score below 24. They hit 24 on 3 occasions. The first back in week 1 where all 3 judges reached for their 8 paddles for their Samba (8,8,8)
Their Frozen inspired American Smooth in movie week also had the judges scoring 24 (8,7,9)
Finally their Cha Cha Cha the following week also had the judges scoring them an average of an 8 with a score of 24 (7,8,9)
Maisie and Gorka had all the judges reaching for their 10 paddles during last week’s semi final for their couple’s choice in the style of Street/Commercial (10,10,10)
Maisie and Gorka have amassed a total of 240 points across 9 dances making for an average of 26.7 (three judges) or a weighted average for those who want to compare with previous series of 35.6 (four judges). This is the highest average of the 4 finalists!
Number Of Times In The Dance Off
Maisie and Gorka have survived two dance offs on their route to the final. First in Week 4 after the above mentioned Cha Cha Cha. They lived to dance another day in a close split decision Dance Off against Max and Dianne
The following week they found themselves in the dance off again. Their Salsa (9,9,9) was enough to dispense with Caroline and Johannes in a unanimous judges decision
Can They Win?
Maisie and Gorka are the strongest couple in terms of their judges scores and average. Though dance ability doesn’t always matter in this as this is an entertainment show with a dance element rather than a strict dance competition. They are currently 11/2 with the bookies.
It’s hard to say what their chances are. They’ve survived two dance offs which isn’t a good sign however we have had winners who have survived that many dance offs before, most recently Ore and Joanne.
Maisie seems to be a marmite character with some of the viewers too looking at your comments and will need a lot of public support in the final to overcome two potential juggernauts in the cases of HRVY and Janette and Bill and Oti. Stranger things have happened though especially in 2020, a year where anything can happen! This final could be a lot closer than it might look on paper and a lot will probably depend on what they can bring to the final to attract the votes.
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Stay tuned as I’ll be hammering these out during the course of the day before the final kicks off. Next will be HRVY and Janette!
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