Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani’s famous Pulp Fiction Jive from 2015 (Picture: BBC)
This year, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, a competition could not take place for the Strictly Christmas special, as is usually tradition.
Instead, the Strictly judges, presenters, professional dancers and past contestants took a look back at the 25 most memorable dances from the programme, a list that was compiled following a public vote.
After watching unforgettable routines from the likes of Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon, X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke and the late Caroline Flack, Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly finally revealed which dance had clinched the top spot.
The winner, it turned out, was Jay and Aliona’s Pulp Fiction-themed Jive from 2015, which they performed for Movie Week in week three.
Several people watching the festive special were ecstatic over the final result, which saw The Wanted singer Jay dress up like John Travolta from the Quentin Tarantino classic.
‘Jay and Aliona’s Jive absolutely deserves the top stop on the #Strictly countdown. I’ve never forgotten it. It was the best dance ever!’ one fan wrote.
‘Jay and Aliona’s Pulp Fiction Jive at number one… where it should be,’ another remarked.
A number of viewers also shared their shock over the fact the routine received three nines and a 10 from the four judges, as opposed to a perfect score.
‘Wait – Jay McGuiness’ Jive only scored 37? Scandalous,’ a Twitter user wrote.
While speaking on the festive special, Jay said that he couldn’t ‘believe’ his dance was named number one on the countdown.
‘I can’t believe that we’re number one. I’m so happy. Oh my god, it’s just amazing,’ the former Strictly winner said.
The former Strictly winner recalled feeling a ‘huge flood of relief’ when the routine ended, while also feeling ‘overwhelmed’ by the response.
‘Having our dance as number one is the best Christmas present, so thank you, thank you very much,’ he stated.
The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
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