Looks like the day's results went as "expected". I'm hoping for more excitement in the Pro Latin!
Excerpt from Dancesportinfo.net below:
UK Open 2013 - Day 2
Another exciting day in Bournemouth. Today we watched the best couples from Amateur Latin and the Professional Ballroom categories. The Amateur Latin final was just fabulous and everyone was eagerly waiting for judges decision. Finally we have learned that fantastic couple from England Neil Jones and Ekaterina Sokolova won the title of UK Open Champion. Right after they were called the winners Neil and Ekaterina announced that they turn Professional tonight and will be representing England in the Professional events. They said goodbye to the Amateurs with their awards dance: the Jive. Second place went to Troels Bager and Ina Ivanova Jeliazkova from Denmark and Russians Kirill Belorukov and Elvira Skrylnikova were third.
The professional event shown that top three couples of the Professional Ballroom were predicted very well by the dancesportinfo own rating system. The first place went to Arunas Bizokas & Katusha Demidova from USA, second place to Victor Fung & Anastasia Muravyova also from the US. The third place was awarded to Andrea Ghigiarelli and Sara Andracchio who represent England.
1. Arunas and Katusha (USA)
2. Victor and Anastasia (USA)
3. Andrea Ghigiarelli and Sara Andracchio (England)
4. Domen Krapez and Monica Nigro (Slovenia)
5. Valerio Colantoni and Yulia Spesivtseva (Russia)
6. Sascha Karabey and Natasha Karabey (Germany)
Mikhail Avdeev and Olga Blinova
Marat Gimaev and Alina Basyuk
I'm in love with Andrea and Sara. Congratulations to them.
And I wish Neil and Ekaterina good luck as their career takes a new direction. Really didn't like them at first but I'm warming up to them now.
And, A&K came first, and V&A came second. Big, stunning prediction, DanceSportInfo.
Wonderful that Neil and Ekaterina are turning pro! I got the chance to watch them when they did a show at a comp I competed in. Neil's character and personality in dance is simply amazing. Very likeable! Also, I'm glad the Karabeys are in the final. I'm not enamoured with their style, but they are wonderful dancers.
I've been really curious to hear UK Open news, but mostly my reaction to everything is "Jones and Sokolova turning pro, freaking finally". Not saying at all that anyone should instantly throw themselves into a higher level, but once you see someone so easily dominate their competition so many times, you start to wonder why they stay there. I don't know, maybe it's just me.
Anyway, these results are really exciting! USA doesn't usually do this well at these comps, does it?