For me, near on impossible to choose between the two male celebrities in this years Strictly final.
When voting I tried to recall how each had danced throughout the series, and what stood out was Ore's progression and evolvement from a complete non dancer into an incredible performer who gave so much of himself to each dance, and somehow added a different quality or emotion to each. He was the one who seemed to have opened up to us the most, he was the one who lost himself within the dance and became more than what he should really have been capable of. Somehow he danced beyond the boundaries that should've limited him or caused him to go out sooner in the competition.
Danny though he was exceptional pretty much through out,didn't have the feel of having come on as much of a journey, and he didn't seem to have an extra sparkle to add on final night. On reflection, his best seemed to have been last week in the semi final. Where Misty Blue certainly was one of my favourites of his.
Ore without realising, ended up pitching it just right on the night, to reach his ultimate during the final meant his win seemed destined to be. His confidence in performing and his unbounded energy seemed to all come together seamlessly at just the right moment.
There was nothing between them in personality performance skill or connection to their partner, all that differed was Ore just seemed to have something extra - some magic - saved up for the last dances especially his show dance.
I also felt watching Ore that he wasn't going to make a mistake, there were no nerves apparent, and I relaxed more watching him, his dances left me with an uplifted feeling.
My favourite choreographer was Aliona, but now it's Joanne. She has crafted some beautiful routines. I felt the show dance was the best of its kind, across many series. It was what I like a show dance to be, a combination of moments and styles that they've done from through the season.
It felt like Ore had become the west end star in the end, just pippin Danny somehow to the post.
Danny's exceptional passion and way of throwing himself into his performances was his style, but somehow meant there was less connection left for the viewer, he performed them so well with Oti, but not so much for or to the audience.
That's the only difference I can make out really, as to why in the end i voted for Ore. Because he took you the viewer along with him... both through his progress week to week, becoming something more than he had even imagined he could be, and within the individual dances themselves. You felt that inclusion & were swept along in their story.
Such a shame for Danny though as he deserved to win too! I loved watching Danny and Oti, & he must go down now in Strictly history as the best male celeb to not have won.
He's certainly in the top 5 best male celebs ever on Strictly I feel. Alongside Ore, Jay, Harry, Tom.
Such a shame they were both in the same year, and couldn't both win, but then that's what made it a better final because of the quality. Louise too could have won in other seasons I'm sure.
how will next season beat this, I don't think it can be done!
Rebecca Campbell writes in her book Work your Light, "I pray that you hit rock bottom".....it's an uncomfortable concept but that's on my mind for the election result and what it all means.
Don't you agree, sometimes when the consciousness has risen high enough, it means that rock bottom can actually come along, because the time is right, first to fall ...in order to then Rise.
What seems like a fall at the moment, will enable healing, we will pour light on what isn't Love, and allow it to clear, enabling what is rising to fully come into its own.
What is happening is no different to what happens individually to someone going through a dark night of the soul.
There is still purpose and a loving reason to things that seem to be without purpose and Love.
Sometimes those times that feel far from right to us, are the very ones we need in order to see and feel, and clear out what we are not. There is still Love tucked within the folds. But while we are in the midst it's difficult to see it from that point of view. And these words, I share from experience.
We all know, life isn't always easy,it sometimes involves going through the toughest of times where Love seems to have deserted us.
Things don't always work out as we think they should, or when they should, there are things we cannot fathom and there are things that we only find peace with years later with the benefit of hindsight, or wider context.
However we see the election result, (or the Brexit one) it welcomes in change.
Where is the love in this?
I choose to think of it as just hidden by what's going on on the surface, like a cloud covering the sun. Once it rains, and the storm has its day. A beautiful clear morning will dawn.
Though that morning isn't today, it will come, is coming, we are rising, we are "gathering up the pieces" and finding our way back Home.
To true friends
A thank you!
thank you for not forgetting me
thank you for making your presence felt in my life
across distance and barriers that many friendships do not face
A thank you for hearing me in my silence, listening to me in my pain, caring about me in my time of need, being intuitive and respectful, thoughtful & insightful.
The littlest things you do mean so much and give me things and moments to cling to. Like flowers blooming on a dull day or an umbrella sheltering me frm heavy rain...I won't forget your kindnesses & our connection, & how you "forget me not"
Please know that it, and you, mean so much to me,and when I can I hope that we can share in much more together once again
(photo of forget me knots for me from lovely Shanon)