Saturday, 19 March 2011


[23.32 - French Time] Singer Matt Pokora (aka M Pokora) has won the finale of Danse avec les Stars with his dance pro partner Katrina Patchett.

French private channel TF1 aired tonight the finale of Danse avec les Stars, a French adaptation of BBC Worldwide's global hit format Dancing with the Stars/Strictly come Dancing co-produced by BBC Worldwide and TF1 Production. This format, licensed to more than 30 countries, teams up celebrities with professional dance partners competing in Ballroom and Latin dances in front of three judges. And viewers can vote.

Matt Pokora and Katrina Patchett were facing singer Sofia Essaïdi and her dance pro partner Maxime Dereymez, after former football player David Ginola and his partner Silvia Notargiacomo were eliminated sooner in the evening. Danse avec les Stars is hosted by Sandrine Quétier and Vincent Cerutti. And the judges are dancer and actress Alessandra Martines, Salsa world champion Chris Marques, and Canadian dancer and choreographer Jean-Marc Généreux - judge on the Canadian edition of So You Think You Can Dance.

Who could have guessed (beyond the circle of his loyal fans) that RnB singer Pokora would be so impressive during all the competition to the point of this deserved victory versus a rival who can be considered as DALS's equivalent of Strictly's Alesha Dixon (in 2005 Sofia Essaïdi was in Celebrity Dancing, a similar format tried by TF1). The other contestants of the six-week primetime dance extravaganza were former model Adriana Karembeu, stage actress Marthe Mercadier (82 years), Spanish actress Rossy de Palma, composer and former French Pop Idol judge André Manoukian, and comedian Jean-Marie Bigard.

The other pros were Fauve Hautot, Grégoire Lyonnet, Julien Brugel, Candice Pascal, and Christophe Licata. The pros were fantastic, the contestants were aptly chosen and most of them amazed by their efforts. The programme was pleasant and entertaining even if it needs some adjustments, should a second series be ordered by TF1. (In French) (M Pokora's Official site - In French)

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