Strictly Come Dancing fans appeared divided as they spotted an issue as Claudia Winkleman revealed a moving detail about this year's final. The presenter was back at the helm of the BBC One show for the final time this series alongside co-host Tess Daly.
The final of the dance competition on Saturday night (December 17) opened with an energetic and eye-catching routine from the show's professional dancers to Pink track, Never Gonna Not Dance Again which included the introduction of the four finalists.
Viewers were tuned in to watch Helen Skelton, Hamza Yassin, Fleur East and Molly Rainford battle out for the last time as one of them would be crowned the champion of Strictly 2022 and life the coveted Glitterball trophy.
Following the big opening, it was then over to Tess and Claudia to officially introduce the night's proceedings before the couples started taking to the floor with their final three routines of the 20th series.
But following their first routines, the pairings, as ever, headed off the chat to Claudia and receive their scores, which didn't really count as the final decision is all in the hands of the public. And during chats with both Hamza and Jowita Przystal, Molly and Carlos, and Fleur and Vito Coppla, the presenter revealed how the professional dancers' parents had flown in to support their children as they performed in the final.
While Jowita's parents had flown in from Poland to support their daughter, Molly Rainford's partner Carlos Gu also had his mum in the audience after they travelled from China. Meanwhile, Vito's mum and dad had jetted over from Italy to see their son in his first Strictly final.
@scddevereaux said: "THE PROS PARENTS FLYING OVER TO WATCH MAKES ME SO EMOTIONAL #strictly." @ForBallumIWould posted: "The parents of the pro dancers flying in to see them is so cute #Strictly." @rhianwenbeint posted: "#Strictly flying in the pro-dancers mum’s from Poland and China and Italy for their first time in the final … Nice.
@quandromache added: "JOWITA’S PARENTS FLYING IN FROM POLAND AND CARLOS’ MUM FLYING IN FROM CHINA AND VITOS FROM ITALY, this is why i’m so proud of the newbie professionals, look at how far they’ve come! their FIRST TIME with a partner and they’ve made it here! #strictly."
Some viewers were concerned about the show's 'carbon footprint'.
@Scriblit tweeted: "The carbon footprint of all the international parents though #StrictlyFinal." @TheOneDonBon said: "This #Strictly final has got an absolutely shocking Carbon Footprint #StrictlyFinal." @fakoriginal echoed: "The carbon footprint of tonight's show with all of these parents flying in... #scd #Strictly #StrictlyComeDancing."
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