Colne's Natalie Gumede 'robbed of Strictly title'

Lancashire Telegraph: Natalie and Artem were awarded just one point short of perfection for their three dances Natalie and Artem were awarded just one point short of perfection for their three dances

FANS of Strictly Come Dancing took to Twitter to say East Lancashire’s Natalie Gumede was ‘robbed’ after she missed out on the glitterball in the series finale.

But the actress was also praised for her ‘amazing’ dancing with partner Artem Chigvintsev, and doing Lancashire proud.

Model Abbey Clancy, 27, and her partner Aljaz Skorjanec lifted the trophy on Saturday’s show, despite Natalie and Artem wowing judges with their final three numbers.

The final three pairs were given a score out of 120 for their dances, with Natalie being awarded just one point short of perfection, and Abbey finishing with 116.

More than six million votes were cast by viewers in the tightly-fought battle for the ballroom gong, the ultimate deciding factor as to who would be crowned winners of the show’s 11th series.

The social net-working site was flooded with commiserations for 27-year-old Natalie, a former Coronation Street star from Colne, who attended Park High School.

Catie Friend said: “@Natalie Gumede you were robbed! Best dancer of the night, without a doubt! Congratulations on an amazing final and well done.”

Commenting on Natalie and Artem’s crowd-pleasing renditions of the cha cha cha, showdance and Amer-ican Smooth, Zoe Margo said: “I feel @NatalieGum-ede and @artemchigvintse are the true winners of Str- ictly.

“Beautiful fluidity, amazing musicality and flawless technique.”

Gary Brown said: “Well gutted @NatalieGumede lost out on what was rightfully hers.”

Michael Tee said: “Shame the best person lost. Chin up @NatalieGumede... Best non-professional dancer ever on, even Abbey knows that much.”

When the winner was announced, Natalie told show presenter Tess Daly: “It’s been so emotional and incredible.

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“It’s been the best opportunity of my life.

“I’m so thrilled to have been in the final, and am so grateful to everybody who has supported us.”

Natalie had to miss one round of the contest after suffering back problems.

But her assured performances saw her go all the way to the final.

BBC presenter Susanna Reid and her partner Kev-in Clifton were also runners-up, while singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Brendan Cole came fourth in the dance show.

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1:48pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Johnh1995 says...

Where does "robbed" come from.? The idea of the competition is for complete novices to learn to dance. This was not the case for Natalie Gumede and consequently the public chose Abbey Clancy who fit the bill perfectly.
Where does "robbed" come from.? The idea of the competition is for complete novices to learn to dance. This was not the case for Natalie Gumede and consequently the public chose Abbey Clancy who fit the bill perfectly. Johnh1995

4:42pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Steve4x4 says...

At the end of the day the best dancer did not win, Natalie was the best dancer by a mile, shame the public didn't vote for her.
At the end of the day the best dancer did not win, Natalie was the best dancer by a mile, shame the public didn't vote for her. Steve4x4

5:40pm Mon 23 Dec 13

hasnado33 says...

The best dancer did win just shut up about it
The best dancer did win just shut up about it hasnado33

5:43pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Steve4x4 says...

hasnado33 wrote:
The best dancer did win just shut up about it
Gob*hite.
[quote][p][bold]hasnado33[/bold] wrote: The best dancer did win just shut up about it[/p][/quote]Gob*hite. Steve4x4

6:08pm Mon 23 Dec 13

mavrick says...

I would say any one of the dancers could fairly have won based on the whole competition. However the person with the most votes won. simple.
I would say any one of the dancers could fairly have won based on the whole competition. However the person with the most votes won. simple. mavrick

8:14pm Mon 23 Dec 13

katypri says...

I tried to vote but could not get through it was constantly engaged, so how many others could not get through, really enjoyed watching her dance, well done Natalie the best does not always win, but the best is always the best
I tried to vote but could not get through it was constantly engaged, so how many others could not get through, really enjoyed watching her dance, well done Natalie the best does not always win, but the best is always the best katypri

9:40pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Pan-cake says...

Why do losers always whinge?
Why do losers always whinge? Pan-cake

8:24am Tue 24 Dec 13

Keith Myath says...

Steve4x4 wrote:
hasnado33 wrote:
The best dancer did win just shut up about it
Gob*hite.
I can see you're as much into the Christmas spirit as me. :)
[quote][p][bold]Steve4x4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hasnado33[/bold] wrote: The best dancer did win just shut up about it[/p][/quote]Gob*hite.[/p][/quote]I can see you're as much into the Christmas spirit as me. :) Keith Myath

6:23pm Tue 24 Dec 13

noddy57 says...

who really gives a toss,,after all its garbage reality TV garbage ,,its fortunate for you couch potatioes who sit and watch all these so called soaps,,well l would call them something very much different but it would not be printed,,Tv today is dying at a rapid rate of knots,
who really gives a toss,,after all its garbage reality TV garbage ,,its fortunate for you couch potatioes who sit and watch all these so called soaps,,well l would call them something very much different but it would not be printed,,Tv today is dying at a rapid rate of knots, noddy57

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