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Tap dancer Matt wins talent contest

Tap dancer Matt Flint has been crowned the winner of this year's So You Think You Can Dance.

The 29-year-old, from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, battled it out against three finalists on the BBC1 reality programme before being voted the viewers' favourite.

The four dancers - Matt, choreographer Katie Love and jazz dancers Luke Jackson and Kirsty Swain - had survived the process of elimination that saw 16 other finalists voted off over the past eight weeks.

Matt has won a £50,000 prize and an invitation to appear on the American version of the show.

After presenter Cat Deeley announced Matt as the winner, he told the audience: "What a wonderful stage to do what I love, and have a massive passion for.

"For everyone to vote and support me has been wonderful. I just feel amazing." He added: "It's been the best thing I've ever done in my life, and in my career."

Judges Nigel Lythgoe, Arlene Phillips, Sisco Gomez and Louise Redknapp applauded Matt's victory.

Nigel added: "It's going to be a delight for me to take Matt to Hollywood, and see him dancing there."

Kirsty, 29, from Sutton, was the first to leave the show, and was followed by Katie, 24, from Worcester - leaving an all-male final two before Luke, 30, from Leicester, left the stage.

Matt, who has appeared in the West End, including a stint dancing alongside Patrick Swayze in Guys and Dolls, said he wants to bring tap dancing back and make it accessible to all.

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