Wednesday 18 October 2017

Dancing queen Abbey Clancy twirls her way to Strictly success

Abbey Clancy and Aljaz Skorjanec during tonight's live final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Abbey Clancy and Aljaz Skorjanec during tonight's live final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Model Abbey Clancy has fox-trotted her way to being titled the Strictly Come Dancing 2013 champion.

Despite Susanna Reid being the hot favourite to win, with bookmakers placing odds of 5-4 on the BBC Breakfast presenter to triumph, the 43-year-old’s closest rival in the all-female 2013 final won the accolade.

The bookies had Clancy at odds of 9-4.

Abbey's husband, footballer Peter Crouch, clapped and smiled as his wife’s name was announced as the reality TV competition’s winner.

After weeks of perfecting her steps, Clancy beat the technically perfect Natalie Gumede and the people’s favourite Susanna Reid.

Singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor had been voted off the show just 40 minutes beforehand.

Sophie Ellis Bexter and Brendan Cole during tonight's live final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Sophie Ellis Bexter and Brendan Cole during tonight's live final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Natalie Gumede with her dance partner Artem Chigvinstev during the dress rehearsal for tonightís live final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
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Abbey Clancy with her dance partner Aljaz Skorjanec during the dress rehearsal for tonight's live final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvinstev during tonight's live final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Abbey Clancy and Aljaz Skorjanec during tonight's live final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton, during tonight's live final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli during tonight's live final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Natalie Gumede and Artem Chigvinstev, Sophie Ellis Bexter and Brendan Cole, Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton, Abbey Clancy and Aljaz Skorjanec during tonight's live final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only. BBC handout photo of Susanna Reid and Kevin Clifton during tonight's live final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Abbey Clancy, Natalie Gumede, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Susanna Reid during the opening number of tonight's live final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Sophie Ellis-Bextor with her dance partner Brendan Cole during the dress rehearsal for tonights live final of Strictly Come Dancing Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Sophie Ellis-Bextor with her dance partner Brendan Cole during the dress rehearsal for tonights live final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Susanna Reid with her dance partner Kevin Clifton during the dress rehearsal for tonightís live final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Susanna Reid with her dance partner Kevin Clifton during the dress rehearsal for tonightís live final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Abbey Clancy with her dance partner Aljaz Skorjanec during the dress rehearsal for tonights live final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Natalie Gumede with her dance partner Artem Chigvinstev during the dress rehearsal for tonightís live final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Abbey Clancy with her dance partner Aljaz Skorjanec during the dress rehearsal for tonights live final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Sophie Ellis-Bextor with her dance partner Brendan Cole during the dress rehearsal for tonights live final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Sophie Ellis-Bextor with her dance partner Brendan Cole during the dress rehearsal for tonights live final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Natalie Gumede with her dance partner Artem Chigvinstev during the dress rehearsal for tonightís live final of Strictly Come Dancing Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire

Clancy and her dancing partner Alijaz Skorjanec lifted the trophy to the tune of Abba’s Dancing Queen.

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