Joe and Katya performed the Viennese Waltz for their Judges’ Pick and earned a score of 39, with Darcey Bussell saying: “This is one of my favourites of the series.”
They picked up another 39 points with their Showdance to You Make My Dreams by Hall & Oates, telling the story of Cinderella and her Prince Charming. “Timeless magic, I just didn’t want the fairytale to end,” Darcey declared, while Craig Revel Horwood didn’t have a bad word to say: “The dance is fantastic, I mean you’re just great.”
But the couple saved the best till last, scoring their first 40 of the series with their “toy soldiers” Charleston.
“This is definitely the way to close the show,” Shirley Ballas told him. And he lived up to that nickname she gave him all those weeks ago: “I called you Dark Horse Joe – and you’ve come galloping along.”
Although he became the bookies’ favourite in the run-up to the Strictly final, Joe started off as an underdog in the competition. He scored 29 points in week one and 22 points in week two and was hardly on track for stardom.