He is also one of the most popular after winning the nation’s hearts with his dance partner Oti Mabus – not only did they entertain, enchant and enthral, but they also enjoyed every step of their journey from outsiders to lifting the Glitterball trophy.
Yet there was something even more profound about this year’s Strictly. Despite having to adapt to the many challenges of Covid, it was fleet-footed enough to do so and still uplift the nation’s spirits – the heartfelt words of the Duchess of Cornwall who remains one of the programme’s biggest fans.
In this respect, this BBC show is retaining the best traditions of other great Christmas performers like Morecambe and Wise – family entertainment and gentle humour without any need to swear or cause offence.
If only the same could be said about other TV festive fare this year.
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