Strictly Come Dancing final attracts 11 million viewers

  • 21 December 2015
Jay McGuinness and Aliona Vilani
Image caption The winning couple performed the paso doble for their final dance

Over 11 million people watched the Strictly Come Dancing final - up on last years 10.2 million.

The Wanted singer Jay McGuiness won this year's competition with his partner, Aliona Vilani.

The highest peak from both shows was 11.9 million as Kellie Bright and Kevin Clifton danced.

The results show peak was 11.7 million as Jay McGuiness picked up the glitterball trophy.

But as a share of the total TV audience, Saturday night's first show had an impressive 50.1% while the results show got 48.4%.

Image caption Kellie Bright, Katie Derham, Jay McGuiness and Georgia May Foote with glitterball trophy

But the programmes highest ever figures came in the 2010 when 13 million watched and 2013 when 12.6 million watched the final.

Image caption Jay McGuiness only came third on the judges' leaderboard but won after thousands of public votes

Kellie Bright and Kevin Clifton, and Georgia may Foote and Giovanni Pernice were joint runners up this year.

Asked if he thought he should have won, Jay said: "I think it's down to whoever watches whether they think I deserved to win or not. I think everyone in the final deserved to be there.

"Like anything in life, you can work as hard as you can - but you need an element of luck," he added.

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