ULTIMATE STRICTLY Advent Calendar 2018

Tuesday 11th December 2018

It’s such a shame when someone who embraces the Strictly experience has to leave the competition early, let alone be voted off first, but that’s exactly what happened to Melvin Odoom just two years ago in series 14. Partnered with Janette Manrara, they danced a cha cha cha in week one, then a tango in week two, and despite his best efforts, he ended up towards the bottom of the leaderboard and voted off in the first dance off. He was not to be deterred, however, and was announced as one of the participants in the Christmas Special that same year, which was surprising to say the least, as the current format is to bring back contestants from earlier series, not the same one!

Dancing to ‘Sparklejollytwinklejingley’ from the film Elf, Melvin and Janette gave us a joyful charleston full of fun, capturing the feeling of the film and performing a bright routine with plenty of musical highlights, it was a joy to watch. Surprising the judges, the couple scored an incredible perfect 40, which must have in turn surprised and delighted the studio audience who voted them Christmas Champions. A perfect Strictly Christmas story.