Viewers found themselves emotional watching the Strictly Come Dancing 2020 final, as all couples appeared once again to perform in a group number.
The pros and their celebrity contestants were all back – including Nicola Adam and Katya Jones, who had to bow out of the series due to COVID-19 contact.
Prior to Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse being announced as this year’s winners, all pro/celeb partnerships appeared one final time for a socially-distanced group routine.
All together now: Viewers found themselves emotional watching the Strictly Come Dancing 2020 final, as all couples appeared once again to perform in a group number
Fans flocked to Twitter to gush over this.
‘Very emotional watching the Strictly group dance!’ one tweeted, as another added: ‘I’m a miserable sod, but #Strictly always shocks me, when i catch myself with a massive smile watching the group numbers. Pure joy ❤’
A third penned: ‘A brilliant last group dance there. Was feeling bad for Jacqui as barely saw her from the beginning then she got to do the fan dance again. Brilliant.’
A fourth added: ‘Ah #StrictlyFinal I’m welling up a bit here. That class of 2020 group dance was wonderful. Fab-u-lous! #Strictly’
Triumphant return: The pros and their celebrity contestants were all back – including Nicola Adam and Katya Jones, who had to bow out of the series due to COVID-19 contact [pictured]
Emotional: Fans flocked to Twitter to gush over this
Someone else posted: ‘Well that group dance finished me off. Thank you #Strictly for being a shining light in this horrendous year. Thank you.’
‘I’m crying again. So happy they managed to get everyone together for the group number. Thank you! This series of Strictly has been spectacular and its all brought us so much happiness so thank you!’ came another post.
Rounded off by another who penned: ‘The way they did that group dance socially distanced within their couples… the transitions… the snippets of all their dances… PHENOMENAL. #strictly have truly excelled themselves this year. THE BEST feel good show!’
Nicola and Katya came back with a bang, delivering a sizzling routine to Michael Bublé’s rendition of Feeling Good, before Bill Bailey was announced as this year’s winner.
They’re back! Nicola and Katya made a grand return for Saturday’s finale after being forced to pull out of the competition
Reunited: The ex-boxer, 38, and the dancer, 31, left the series following Week 3 after the ballroom expert contracted coronavirus
Olympian Nicola nailed androgynous chic in a navy sheer shirt and black trousers, while Russian beauty Katya amped up the glamour in an asymmetric dress.
The dynamic duo captivated the audience as they performed twists and turns on the dancefloor, with many fans claiming they would have reached the final if they weren’t removed from the programme prematurely.
Viewers wrote on Twitter: ‘did the sapphics so proud, so glad to have them back for one last dance and i hope we get some more same sex couples next year.
‘Oh yes, how much I’ve missed these two history makers Katya and Nicola. Having seen their dance, I’m now feeling good as well. What #Strictly legends these two are. Great dance for the #StrictlyFinal.
Impressive: The dynamic duo made history by becoming the first-ever same sex couple to participate on the show (pictured during their last week as competitors in November)
Wow-factor! Ensuring they came back with a bang, the sportswoman and the choreographer delivered a sizzling routine to Michael Bublé’s rendition of Feeling Good
Turning up the heat: Olympian Nicola nailed androgynous chic in a navy sheer shirt and black trousers, while Russian beauty Katya amped up the glamour in an asymmetric dress
‘I’m so glad these two were able to come back and deliver this! I was so excited to see how Katya would choreograph an in-hold ballroom routine and she did NOT disappoint. Loved it!
‘Nicola and Katya are amazing together – such a huge shame that they had to leave the competition when they did. The dance they did tonight was really something.
‘Tell you what, on that performance alone they’d have been in the final. Awesome, spinetingling stuff!
‘I’m SO glad Nicola and Katya got another chance to dance! I still don’t think they would’ve got much further tbh. But I love that she insisted on dancing with a woman and I truly hope this opens the door for more same sex pairings going forward.
‘I think they would be in the final’: Many fans claimed they would have reached the last stage of the show if they weren’t removed from the programme prematurely
‘Loved it. Brilliant song, sung and played fab by the singers and the band. Nicola and Kataya, good to see you both back, totally with you both tonight. Enjoy the celebrations. xx.’ (sic)
MailOnline previously revealed the pair had to self-isolate for 14 days after Katya’s diagnosis.
Teasing their return on Strictly spin-off show, It Takes Two, via video from her home, Nicola revealed: ‘Well, you know, as my saying goes: “I do like doing the most”. Me and Katya will be coming back!’
Host Zoe Ball quickly clarified they would be dancing for one last time, rather than taking part in the competition again.
TV star Nicola went on to express her frustration at her departure as she said: ‘I’m doing okay, thanks. It was a little bit frustrating not being able to continue and I’d just got back into the swing of things.
In the making: The TV stars pictured in matching red T-shirts as they rehearsed for their final dance earlier this month
‘I was enjoying the dancing and everything but the rules are in place to keep everybody safe so I’m doing my part.’
The media personality also sweetly praised Katya and said she has got a ‘friend for life’.
The former flyweight champion said: ‘Katya has been such an amazing dance partner, I can’t thank her enough. I definitely feel like I’ve got a friend for life.
‘We’ve been keeping in touch, making TikToks and doing FaceTimes, everything, so we’ve been helping each other out.’
BBC bosses later confirmed in a statement that Nicola couldn’t return next series as she would have an ‘unfair advantage’ over the other celebrities.
‘I do like doing the most!’ The former flyweight champ previously teased her return on Strictly’s sister show, It Takes Two
The show introduced strict new measures to ensure filming could continue in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, including regular testing and placing the couples in separate ‘bubbles’ so they can train and perform together.
These ‘bubbles’ mean that any celebrity can openly mix, train and perform with their professional partner and vice versa, but they are prohibited from mixing with anyone from outside of their bubble during filming or training.
Comedian Bill, 55, became the show’s oldest Glitterball Trophy recipient following his stint with Oti Mabuse, who helped Kelvin Fletcher scoop the 2019 prize.
The actor competed against finalists HRVY, Jamie Laing and Maisie Smith during the tense final.
STRICTLY 2020 FINAL: THE SCORES
Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez – Samba to Samba (Conga) by Gloria Estefan – 29 out of 30
HRVY and Janette Manrara – Jive to Faith by Stevie Wonder feat. Ariana Grande – 29 out of 30
Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse – Quickstep to Talk To The Animals by Bobby Darin – 29 out of 30
Jamie Laing and Karen Hauer – Charleston to Zero To Hero from Hercules – 26 out of 30
HRVY and Janette – Boogie Wonderland by Brittany Murphy – 29 out of 30
Bill and Oti – The Show Must Go On by Queen – 30 out of 30
Jamie and Karen – I’m Still Standing by Taron Egerton – 29 out of 30
Maisie and Gorka – We Need A Little Christmas by Idina Menzel – 30 out 30
Jamie and Karen – Couple’s Choice to Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) by C+C Music Factory – 29 out of 30
Maisie and Gorka – Quickstep to When You’re Smiling by Andy Williams – 29 out of 30
HRVY and Janette – American Smooth to One (Singular Sensation) from A Chorus Line – 30 out of 30
Bill and Oti – Couple’s Choice to Rapper’s Delight from The Sugarhill Gang – 29 out of 30