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Rufus Hound wins Strictly Come Dancing Christmas show

Rufus Hound and Flavia Cacace
Rufus Hound and Flavia Cacace danced to Never Do A Tango With An Eskimo

Comedian Rufus Hound has won Strictly Come Dancing's Christmas special.

The 34-year-old was crowned King of the Christmas Ballroom after dancing a tango with partner Flavia Cacace.

The pair scored 38 points from the judges for their routine to Never Do A Tango With An Eskimo. The final result was decided by a studio audience vote.

The other contestants were ex-Bros star Matt Goss, singer Elaine Paige, DJ Sara Cox, EastEnders actor Ricky Norwood and The Saturdays singer Rochelle Humes.

Hound said his experience on the one-off show was "surreal in the extreme".

'Spectacular' partner

"We didn't really set out to win, the fact that its happened I don't know what it means," he said. "I think if I had more of a taste for the ballroom they'd be serving it in a burger!"

The comic paid tribute to his dancing partner, saying she had been "spectacular all the way through".

Matt Goss danced the American smooth with Aliona Vilani, Elaine Paige performed a cha cha with Pasha Kovalev and Sara Cox waltzed with Robin Windsor.

Ricky Norwood quickstepped with Janette Manrara, while Rochelle Humes partnered Ian Waite in a salsa.

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