Abbey Clancy, Queen of the Catwalk has won the Strictly Come Dancing 2013 Final to become Queen of the Strictly Ballroom. Abbey with her partner Aljaz Skorjanec lifted the Glitter Ball Trophy, beating the three other finalists Susanna Reid, Natalie Gumede and Sophie Ellis-Bexter in a spectacular final show.

 

The 27 year old began the series with no formal dance training, and became a firm favourite as her confidence on the dance floor grew.

Abbey and Aljaz wowed the judges and audience on the night with three amazing routines, a Waltz to ‘Kissing You’ by Des’ree, a Showdance to Gun and Roses’ ‘ Sweet Child of Mine’ and their Quickstep to ‘Walking on Sunshine’ by Katrina and the Waves.

You can send your message of congratulation to Abbey and Aljaz below.

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  • Comment number 508. Posted by Do it

    on 2 Jan 2014 12:25

    @ChrisA1------- Sorry for the misuse of words with scores and votes. I thought they compliment each other. Because in your explanation you stated the public vote and judges scores were converted into points,because for me points,votes,and scores are all numerical results or outcomes. But I just have to repeat that Abbey and Aljaz aren't the worthy winners, just popular with the public and that is just it.It isn't a force that the British public should like Natalie.
    I am a Dutch (male), and I love this Strictly.I watched it with a lot of people from Holland every saturday and their opinion too is that Natalie should have won. Compare all of their dances one by one fairly throughout the series and you would realize that Natalie is the better dancer. Even she was bold enough to choose a dance that Len criticized heavily as her favourite and that was the best dance to end the strictly with according to Bruno was a Judge on 18 Finales in the U.S and 11 in the U.K.In series one Natalie had 31 points for the Cha-Cha-Cha and this time as the judges choice she improved very much on that to earn her 39. It should have been 40 a perfect score,but Craig gave her 9 instead of ten. Well she could have used her best dances Rumba,Samba, Argentine Tango and one of the Waltzes she danced as her favourite dance because she broke strictly record with perfect score of 40 in three dances in strictly. I am not saying Abbey isn't a beautiful dancer of course she is,and she is good too,but Natalie is technically better and please don't tell me that Natalie had a dancing experience because she had 31(Cha-Cha-Cha) for her first dance while Abbey had 32 for her first dance. Abbey too had an exposure to dancing according to people,but I don't know. I am not a British. I think they all progressed through the 13 week of dance but obviously the public favourite was Abbey and there isn't anything wrong with that,because that is how it was designed to be to bring excitement and controversy to garn more viewership ratings.

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  • Comment number 507. Posted by ChrisA1

    on 2 Jan 2014 05:34

    Well the four finalists were all outstanding in their own way.
    Once again congratulations To Abbey and Aljaz. I think you were worthy winners. Abbey, your dance skills improved amazingly since week 1 and there seemed to be a wonderful chemistry between you and Aljaz and that Waltz in the final was beautiful.
    What a shame that Sophie didn't make the final 3. I felt she was just beginning to really enjoy it.
    For me, I didn't think that Natalie's dancing, although seeming technically good, didn't come across with the same passion and emotion as Abbey and Aljaz, and at the end of the day I didn't think Susanna came over as being in quite the same league as the other 3, sorry.

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  • Comment number 506. Posted by ChrisA1

    on 2 Jan 2014 04:43

    Well I'm amazed but not surprised at some of the comments here, I expected to see prejudice and ignorance, but some just take the biscuit. I am also surprised at some of the comments from certain posters.
    Anyway lets pick up a couple of points as I spotted them.

    @469 Do it
    I'm afraid you are making the wrong comparisons there. There is no such thing a the public scores. In the final, the number of public votes each gets will determine the order they are placed in (a bit obvious) - the judges opinions and scores don't count. Sophie unfortunately had the least votes and was eliminated, and at the end of the final, Abbey had the most public votes and so won, simple really, no fix.
    In all but the final, the judges scores and the public votes are each converted to points, dependant on the ranking. The highest ranking getting the most points. (Comparing judges scores is irrelevant - it's the points that count - look at the leader boards prior to the final for examples).
    The quarter final week is one of the more interesting ones to look at, as it shows how the public vote can completely overturn the position after the judges scores.
    In that week after the judges scores, Patrick was joint top of the leader board with 6 points and Susanna was at the bottom with 2 points. After the public vote, Patrick and Ashley were in the dance-off. How could that happen - the simplest and most obvious would be that Patrick was bottom of the public vote and Susanna the top, with Ashley either 3rd, 4th or 5th giving Patrick a total of only 7 points and Ashley a total of 7 points even if he was 3rd in the public vote whereas Susanna would have 8 points total, so avoiding the dance-off. I initially missed other combinations of public vote that could also produce the same result for the dance-off eg.Susanna top with Patrick 5th or Susanna 2nd with Patrick 6th. There are several of these combinations that have been worked out by posters on the quarter final boards here and on other forums for you to look at those examples.
    Whichever, the point being that whilst the judges scores are obviously important, they are NOT the be all and end all when it comes to the ultimate position of the dancers at the end of each week.

    All that said, it would still be nice if the BBC published the Public voting figures for each week, after the end of the competition, in a similar manner to the X-Factor. And to be clear, that is the ONLY similarity I would care for there to be between Strictly and the X-Factor!

    @478 MerlinOne, 465 FOSO and the preceding posts referred, including 444/452 MerlinOne, also various other posters -
    Did any of you actually read the article in the Radio Times http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-12-07/strictly-come-dancing-2013-give-natalie-gumede-a-chance---and-lay-off-the-catty-comments by Mark Jefferies Showbiz editor at the Daily Mirror who published the original article in the Mirror claiming Natalie had an unfair advantage? He's now eaten his words. One can only conclude that @448 SCDFanatic is right. Links to that article have been posted several times across these strictly blogs, so there is really no excuse. I quote -

    It turns out those dance lessons wouldn't have helped her a lot either.
    "I haven’t danced for ten years," she explained.
    "I did ballet, jazz and tap as a kid. Latin American is on my CV from a Saturday class when I was 12. It was a big group of 30 and we didn’t dance with a partner."

    So she did some dancing classes as a kid, just like many kids have done - does this make her a "trained dancer" - well not in my book in the context in which people have been quoting it. The way people have been quoting it, it's as though she'd been trained to a professional standard to take paid dancing jobs as a professional dancer. Something she doesn't appear to have done. Nor does "highly skilled" mean that she's a trained or professional dancer. It just means that she was good at what she did at that time.
    Then just like any other actor/actress, she had some dance training at Drama school. How many other actors/actresses have there been in this competition? Several - and in previous series. Indeed, go back and take a look at Series 1, Claire Sweeney had an almost identical background.

    The fact that Natalie had not danced with a partner in all that, IMHO was apparent in most of her dances right from the start. Even at the end where she may have been technically good, her partnership with Artem did not come across as being as good as Abbey and Aljaz. It's for that reason I believe the majority of the public preferred Abbey's dancing.

    I'm not particularly a Natalie fan, but to conclude this post, I do think that not only the unfair, but some of the viscous personal attacks made in some of the other posters remarks across the BBC blogs are totally unacceptable.
    I expect the BBC to improve it's standard of moderation on such reported posts in the future. Leaving such posts in place on these boards is just not acceptable.

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  • Comment number 505. Posted by lostchachachamp

    on 1 Jan 2014 19:11

    I am going to make you jealous - I have tickets for the tour.

    I miss Strictly cann't wait for the tour

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  • Comment number 504. Posted by kevinb

    on 1 Jan 2014 00:51

    i like to say i agree with you 503

    yes susanna was a wonderful dancer and did well in the final, she may not won the title but still a winner

    happy new year to susanna and kevin well done hope you enjoy the dance tour

    sorry i will miss it but hope it be on dvd so i can see you both dancing again

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  • Comment number 503. Posted by MrStrict

    on 31 Dec 2014 19:36

    I don't want to add any bad comment.
    Susanna is a far better dancer than news presenter.
    Will that do?

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  • Comment number 502. Posted by bodafogo

    on 30 Dec 2014 18:46

    I very much think that Bruce will be back next year. I hear that he has already signed for 2014.

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  • Comment number 501. Posted by MrsArcanum

    on 30 Dec 2014 17:11

    Please for next year can we have the same presenting team every week.

    Bruce's weeks off, whilst very welcome and superbly handled by Tess & Claudia broke the continuity of the show. Somehow Tess & Claudia always ended up with the flat weeks which follow a themed week or Blackpool.

    The whole flow was spoilt just when you needed a lively presentation style to perk things up.

    Please, please, please, as Bruce cannot manage every week, get a new presentation team for next year.

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  • Comment number 500. Posted by kevinb

    on 30 Dec 2014 14:59

    hi as i keep saying it was lovely to see SCD as i been watching it for many years and like it

    but this year it have been spoiled by some people saying nasty things and been jealous

    i thought the dancing in the final was spot on and no need for people be so nasty

    the judges didnt helped by giving low marks when they should gave more

    every one did well and derseved to be in the final

    well done

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  • Comment number 499. Posted by janebristow

    on 29 Dec 2013 23:01

    What is going on, with the site? I have religiously followed Strictly all the way through and have been waiting with bated breath for the final. Unfortunately I have been away for a week at Christmas and today is the first opportunity I have had to see the final on catch up, and it isn't there!! Why not? It was only 8 days ago! This is not acceptable, I can see no reason why this would be cleared from the site. The Christmas special however good is not of interest to me as I have not been following the development of these people. I would like a response to this comment.

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