Strictly Come Dancing: McFly's Harry Judd lifts trophy

 
Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani Harry Judd and his dance partner Aliona Vilani hear news of their triumph

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McFly musician Harry Judd has been voted the winner of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

The pop drummer beat Waterloo Road actress Chelsee Healey to lift the glitterball trophy at Blackpool's Tower Ballroom.

Judd was also the judges' favourite, scoring a maximum of 40 points on two dances - his first of the series.

Singer Jason Donovan was eliminated and finished third after the first part of the contest.

Judd, 25, said after his win: "I have just had the most incredible experience. I have been on the best show on TV and I am just honoured."

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If you were a stick of Blackpool rock, you would have 'talent' written right through you”

End Quote Strictly judge Len Goodman on champion Harry Judd

The 25-year-old pop star added that he was so nervous when he started the competition he thought he would be unable to do it, but said his dance partner Aliona Vilani had "got me through it".

Judd and Healey went on to revisit their favourite performances from the series as part of their head-to-head clash, with the musician bagging a full 40 points for a moody Argentine tango.

The 23-year-old actress, partnered by Pasha Kovalev, performed a quickstep with an airport theme, but was denied full marks when judge Craig Revel-Horwood awarded them a nine.

Notoriously nitpicking Revel-Horwood said of Judd: "Like the nation, I have fallen in love with you."

Earlier in the contest, head judge Len Goodman said: "If you were a stick of Blackpool rock, you would have 'talent' written right through you."

The final also included the show's judges selecting a routine from the preceding heats for the celebrities to repeat.

Donovan danced the tango to Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive, Judd performed his quickstep from week nine, while Healey relived her jive to the The Monkees' I'm A Believer.

The 43-year-old Australian star scored a maximum mark of 40 for his glitzy freestyle routine with the judges, but it was not enough to save him from early elimination after attracting the lowest number of public votes.

For the first time, the show was screened in 3D on the BBC HD channel and at selected UK cinemas.

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 186.

    Simon Cowell, he kick your ass!

    Strictly is for those who cannot bring thmselves to watch x-factor and think strictly is a bit more high brow.

    Well its not. Its all vacuous rubbish.

  • rate this
    +7

    Comment number 185.

    It's not the judges who need revamping, it's the public who need to vote for the best dancer, not their favourite personality. The public got it right this year, but look at how far Anne W got last year....

    It might be entertainment, but it's format is a dance contest - it would be ridiculous to suggest the outcome of sporting events should be decided by public vote after the final whistle.....

  • rate this
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    Comment number 184.

    southern nepotism at work at the beeb?is he supposed to be a rock star?his he a member of the "band" who's drummer was in the "jungle"the modern equivilent of the monkee's?dirge! it should not be up for opinions on HYS!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 183.

    Watched the two shows in 3D and adding that extra dimension made it all very entertaining - 3D spotlights, glitter and smoke certainly worked for me - as for the result - well ...it was predictable.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 182.

    Ran out of characters earlier but wanted to add that dancing is a fantastic form of exercise so if it encourages people to go out there and try new skills (yes, even if the only reason is because a 'celeb' is doing it on tv) then surely that can only be a good thing, right? We're constantly having messages abt healthy eating, regular exercise, obesity etc rammed down our throats after all......

  • rate this
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    Comment number 181.

    129. ravenmorpheus2k:"Why then am I forced to pay for things I don't like with next to nothing that I like being given in return"

    Why am I forced to pay extra for everything, goods and services, to pay for the adverts you like to watch while I seldom or never watch commercial channels and get nothing but increased prices in return? Most people forget he licence includes listening to radio!
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  • rate this
    -5

    Comment number 180.

    SCD like other programs that do not publish the voting stats are always going to be under suspicion of falsifying the results. The program needs to be revamped completely with a completely new panel of judges because in my opinion they are heavily biased and need to be neutral and professional which they are not. SCD can never be regarded as a true talent contest in the format that it is in now.

  • rate this
    +1

    Comment number 179.

    I do not understand folk coming in here and slagging the show off. If you can't stand watching it you are not really qualified to discuss the merits of the winner.

    It isn't my cup of tea either, but at least it doesn't mock the simple-minded like X-factor and Britains Got Talent do. Also it isn't corrupt.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 178.

    OMG, OMG, OMG.......

  • rate this
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    Comment number 177.

    Bruce Forsythe in his day was a first rate song and dance man - remember the Palladium in the days when you had to be special to perform there but today although the man is loved throught the country he is like a very old pair of slippers comfortable but fraying at the seams and needs to be replaced but in my opinion replacing him is going to be impossible. The cupboard is bare of quality talent.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 176.

    172. gateleyjk
    "There are some miserable old goats on here! If you don't like it, go and re-order your stamp collection"
    ////
    Hadn't tried that yet, but sounds far more appealing than this drivel. My brother collected stamps as a child and has a very successful career in finance. Don't know if the 2 are tied, but he definitely wouldn't have learned what made him successful from SCD.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 175.

    @147 RindingForFunPartTwo "Sheep fodder"
    You must have watched it to make that judgement, so stop bleating, you could have refused the fodder.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 174.

    Loved this series, best one yet! Everyone works so hard on the show, professionals inc. Its good all round family entertainment, no smut/swearing unlike alot of stuff on tv - my kids (aged 3 & 8) love it and dance around the room when its on! Tho Bruce has had his time I think!
    Why all the moaning abt tv licencing? Do
    people forget it pays for the radio too or does nobody listen to that now?!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 173.

    Brilliant season. It appealed to all. I loved Jason, my 14 & 16 year old girls loved Harry and my husband loved Aliona

    I take Alesha's comments with a pinch of salt. Karen Harding would make a good judge.

    Whoever said it wasn't news needs to lighten up a bit, we need something lighthearted.

    and finally, I don't like soaps never heard of Waterloo Road, I hate boxing, so I don't watch them.

  • rate this
    +4

    Comment number 172.

    There are some miserable old goats on here! If you don't like it, go and re-order your stamp collection. Apart from Bruce who is a legend, the show demonstrates that you can take an unskilled person and train them to do something they couldn't do before which is very rewarding. Harry Judd was exceptional and has become a real favourite - a lovely, modest guy who deserves a great future.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 171.

    Without doubt one of the best programmes on TV along with Master Chef. Well done to all those who participate in such wholesome family entertainment.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 170.

    169. Boilerbill
    " The message behind those who were successful, was if you want to achieve something you have to work really hard to achieve it AND it can be fun too. "
    //////
    What, those vacuous no-talent celebs desperately taking any opportunity they get to hold on to a fading career? Depressing, not motivational.

    More motivational than moralising lectures.

  • rate this
    +6

    Comment number 169.

    #167 " it will keep all the future unemployed entertained, although it won't do much for education, motivation or the good of the nation."

    Totally disagree. The message behind those who were successful, was if you want to achieve something you have to work really hard to achieve it AND it can be fun too.

    More motivational than moralising lectures.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 168.

    I love SCD - I am amazed by some of the negative comments posted on here: if you dislike it so much, why watch it. SCD is great family entertainment. Unlike a lot of reality shows, this show rewards those who work hard. Jason didn't get the share of the public vote he perhaps deserved, but all three finalists were so good this year. I'm sad it's over.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 167.

    159. AbCat
    ".... No one outside the BBC media centre cares...."
    ///////
    Sad as it is, judging by the viewing figures quite a few people more do care. Oh well, it will keep all the future unemployed entertained, although it won't do much for education, motivation or the good of the nation.

 

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