And so we come to week 12 , which is the final of season 4 of Dancing With The Stars Middle East . It has been a great season with 12 couples at the start - we had some fantastic dancing , unpredictable eliminations and unforgettable moments , birthday celebrations , postponing , injuries ,accidents ... To come to that final , with the best 3 couples who made it through a fantastic semifinal. Their results were so close throughout the whole season that everyone was expecting a real dance battle . And so it was !
Valerie Abou Chacra & Asadour Euredjian , Badih Abou Chacra & Sandra Abbas and Marc Hatem & Sandra Elia - they were all on top of the leaderboard during the weeks before ,all had "10s" , all have lots of votes and fan support , all of them knew that very well and none of them was taking anything for granted .
The final consisted of 3 parts . First the couples had to performed the " Judges choice " - a dance considered to be their best in the season that the judges want to see one more time and chosen by them . Then they had to perform a group Viennese Waltz routine , with each couple scored individually . Right after the Waltz there will be an elimination and one couple will have to leave the competition . Only two couples will then " fight " for the trophy by dancing a Freestyle - show dance routine , with judges commenting but not giving scores and only the audience voting to decide who will be the champion .
Let's start with the " Judges choices " .All 3 dances the judges had chosen for the three finalists were routines that we had choreographed for them during the season .
For Valerie and Asadour that was the samba to " Jump in the line / Shake señora " . Back then the judges were very impressed with the actions and the character that Valerie managed to put into the performance but this time she did even better ! Again great comments from the judges and perfects scores for Valerie & Asadour !
Marc & Sandra Elia were chosen to perform their Jive to " Jailhouse rock " - a great number they opened the night with in the earlier weeks of the competition . It was very good back then but now , after all the weeks of constant progress Marc has shown , it was great ! Four "10s " from the judges and the competition was getting more and more interesting .
Badih & Sandra Abbas were taken back to week 1 when Badih made amazing first impression with his Cha Cha Cha . Working with him on that number we remember how fast he was picking up and he was able to produce some great details in terms of technique and character . This time was no exception . Badih really gave it all in that dance and later on backstage he said he felt " empty after the dance and that's what it's all about " . The judges gave him two "10s" and two "9.5" which was great but put him at the bottom after the first dance .
While waiting for the results there were some special guest performances we had choreographed . One of them was of last season's champion Anthony Touma and his pro partner Chloe Chourani . For them we did a Salsa to " I know you want me " . Anthony is such a cute guy ,always pleasure to work with .
The second number was a fiery ,sensual ,romantic pro dance for our very special guest star Elisa to her newest smash hit " Saharna ya lail " .
After the group Viennese Waltz we had the last elimination of the season which was the most dramatic one as it was just one step away from having the chance to dance for the trophy . Badih & Sandra were announced to be the first couple making the top 2 and then it was between Marc & Sandra and Valerie & Asadour - both of them very strong , both of them dancing very good . The people voted and their decision was that Marc should be the second contender for the top spot . Valerie had to leave the competition , she couldn't perform her Freestyle which we had choreographed for her and was really amazing but these are the rules - they were all good but only one can win !
Then all eyes were on Badih & Sandra and Marc & Sandra . What a great battle was between these two great couples .
Badih has been the favourite from week 1 , so artistic , so emotional , so charismatic ,always giving something special to the performances !
No doubt , Marc is the most improved from all the celebrities this season - so determined , so strong , confident , great musicality and rhythm in the body !
Both of them deserve to be champions !
We have choreographed Marc's Freestyle for the final - a show dance to " Mad world " that suits his character so well . Very challenging routine that probably only Marc & Sandra are able to pull out - passionate , demanding , lots of tricks and lifts ,requiring strength , flexibility , stamina and great technique . And they proved they had it all . Like " two lights that dance in the dark " , their love for dancing , for their partnership and the will to win were illuminating all way through . A great champion's performance .
Badih & Sandra's Freestyle was also a breathtaking performance . The judges said what they wanted to say but now it was all about the people . The audience in the studio were screaming their names , everyone backstage was silent ,not knowing what to expect . Any of these two guys deserves to win as they were probably the strongest male contenders the show has ever had !
The votes were close but only one could be the champion - with 54,8 to 45,2 % it was Badih's night and he was announced to be the winner of season 4 of DWTS Middle East ! Congratulations to Badih and Sandra on a fantastic season - every number we worked with them on was inspiring and helped us create some really special routines .Thank you guys for being such a great example of true champions ! So happy for Sandra Abbas ,as she is a friend very close to our hearts and don't think of anyone else who deserves to win more then her !
The champion is one but everyone on this show is a winner ! And at the wrap party everyone was celebrating - haven't seen so many people genuinely having fun and enjoying dancing ! The production team , the stage crew , the prop guys , the celebrities , the dancers , the hosts , the judges , the choreographers , everyone was celebrating dancing .
Thank you guys for sharing this amazing experience with us . It was our second season on the show and have to admit -it only gets better ! We are absolutely in love with Lebanon and all the lovely people we met and worked with there . Didn't say " Good bye " at the end of the night because we know we will definitely see you again and we are so looking forward to that . Till then ,best of luck to everyone in all the challenges you are going to face and keep spreading the magic !