Tuesday 15 October 2019

Harry Judd has been named the winner of this year's Strictly Come Dancing

Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani are the new Strictly champions
Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani are the new Strictly champions

The McFly drummer beat Waterloo Road actress Chelsee Healey to the title.

Viewers of the BBC One show voted for Harry and his partner Aliona Vilani to lift the glitterball trophy after they performed four dances in the grand final of the 2011 series.

Actor Jason Donovan had earlier been voted out of the competition in third place. Harry's bandmates ran on stage at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool and hugged him excitedly as the result was announced.

The 25-year-old musician, who was the bookies' runaway favourite to take the crown, paid tribute to his dance partner Aliona, who was the runner-up last year.

"I have just had the most incredible experience," he said. "I have been on the best show on TV and I am just honoured.

"I was so nervous when I first started, and I didn't think I would be able to do it. But somehow Aliona has got me through it."

Harry scored his first perfect 40 in the series for his opening dance of the night, a sprightly quickstep to The Pretenders' Don't Get Me Wrong. Judge Bruno Tonioli said: "You came, you danced, and you conquered Blackpool with a quickstep delivered with flash and dash."

The drummer's second performance, an energetic rock'n'roll show-dance to the 1950s Jerry Lee Lewis classic Great Balls Of Fire, saw him perform cartwheels and a series of daring lifts which gave him a score of 37. Harry and Aliona then scored 39 for their romantic American Smooth to Elvis Presley's Can't Help Falling In Love.

The drummer was awarded another 40 for his sultry Argentine tango, which inspired judge Craig Revel Horwood to tell him: "Like the nation, I have fallen in love with you."

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