Strictly audience gasps as Craig tells Alexandra he thought her routine was dreadful

There was a twist, of course...

Alexandra Burke and her partner Gorka Marquez kicked off the dancing on the final of Strictly Come Dancing, performing the American Smooth.

The pair wowed the audience, but there was a sharp intake of breath by everyone in the studio audience, as Tess Daly asked the judges for their thoughts…

Notoriously hard-to-impress Craig Revel Horwood told Alexandra that he thought it was dreadful… and then he paused for dramatic effect, before adding that was because he could find nothing wrong with it.

Eck, Craig, you had us going there for a second.

And he put his money where his mouth was, by rewarding her with a 10 – a score echoed by the rest of the judges.

Alexandra and Gorka were happy with their 10s! (Credit: BBC)

Tonight’s final is set to smash all viewing figure records for the show.

New stats from the BBC have revealed that she show is more popular than ever.

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Last year’s series of Strictly saw an average of 10.9 million viewers watching each weekend.

The same success can’t be said for ITV’s Saturday night offering, The X factor, which pulled in its lowest ever audience figures throughout the most recent series.

Despite revamps, The X Factor’s ratings have been declining (Credit: ITV)

Despite revamps to the show’s set up, the singing competition pulled in only 6.3 million viewers on average each weekend – and just 5.2 million saw Rak-Su take the winner’s crown in the final.

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Over the years Strictly and The X Factor have always battled it out for weekend ratings – and for years the ratings were neck and neck.

Joe McFadden and his dance partner Katya are one of tonight’s four finalists (Credit: BBC)

Last year 13.3 million people tuned in to watch the Strictly final, which only comes slightly short of the record-breaking 14.3 million who watched the 2010 Strictly final when Kara Tointon won.

Kara Tointon still remains the most-watched celebrity to win Strictly, but that could all change tonight (Credit: BBC)

But the predictions for tonight’s show are out and with Strictly’s ratings doing so brilliantly this year, more people than ever will tune in to see the last remaining four couples battle it out for the glitterball trophy.

Judges won’t get to chose the winners tonight – the viewers will (Credit: BBC)

Joe McFadden, Gemma Atkinson, Debbie McGee and Alexandra Burke will all preform three dances each – and for the first time the winner will be chosen entirely by the people watching at home.

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