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Strictly Come Dancing final draws 11 million viewers

Image caption The winning couple performed the paso doble for their final dance

An average of 11 million people watched as The Wanted singer Jay McGuiness won this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

The figures were up on last year, when around 10.2 million saw TV presenter Caroline Flack triumph.

The first show in Saturday's two-part final also had an 11 million average. The highest peak from both shows was 11.9 million at 19:40 GMT as Kellie Bright and Kevin Clifton performed.

McGuiness then beat actresses Georgia May Foote and Bright to win.

The results show peak was 11.7 million at 22:05GMT, as McGuiness picked up the glitterball.

Image caption McGuiness was the last man standing in the final. BBC Radio 3 and Proms presenter Derham (second left) was fourth.

While the figures were an improvement on last year, they still failed to beat 2013's final when the audience was as high as 12.6 million, and in 2010 it was up to 13 million.

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 McGuiness came third on the judges' leaderboard but the winner was chosen by public vote.

McGuiness, who danced with Aliona Vilani, was the hottest favourite in the BBC One show's history, according to bookmakers.

Former Coronation Street star Foote was partnered with Giovanni Pernice, while EastEnders' Bright was teamed up with Kevin Clifton.

McGuiness came third on the judges' final leaderboard behind Bright and Clifton, who were first, and Foote and Pernice, but the public vote secured his win.

Asked if he thought he should have won, McGuiness 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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