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12m tune in to see McFly drummer boy Harry Judd win Strictly Strictly Come Dancing

By Claire Harrison

X Factor, take note. Saturday’s grand final of Strictly Come Dancing is how you do feelgood Saturday night entertainment.

No need for bickering judges, desperate wannabes and faux bad boy rockers. Good old-fashioned, uplifting ballroom dancing prances a long, |long way.

McFly’s Harry Judd may have been the one lifting the Strictly glitterball, but the real winner was the show itself which crowned a resurgent ninth series with an all-singing, all-dancing, sequin-bursting climax.

More than 12 million viewers watched the BBC One programme reach its finale when the McFly drummer and his professional partner Aliona Vilani beat actors Jason Donovan and Chelsee Healey to the title.

The 25-year-old, who had been |the bookies’ runaway favourite, described the show as the “most incredible experience” of his life, and only the most hardened cynic could have disbelieved him.

The feverish atmosphere at Blackpool’s legendary Tower Ballroom radiated out to millions at home as the three finalists first arrived centre stage on chariots in a Gladiator-inspired dance. It was an over-the-top show opener but certainly set the scene for the battle of the ballroom which was to follow.

A fine contestant won in the end with the drummer proving himself a truly talented mover — the killer combination of a beautiful ballroom dancer and vibrant Latin man.

BBC bosses, already triumphant after Strictly overtook The X Factor in viewing figures this year, are surely rejoicing the appeal of having such a handsome popstar, and thoroughly nice young man, as reigning champ.

The only hint of rock ’n’ roll bad behaviour Judd brought to the show was when his bandmates stormed the floor, followed by his proud dad, and had to be booted off by a flustered Sir Brucie.

The new year is now shaping up as a busy one for British band McFly who have taken a second reality TV crown in a month.

Judd’s victory came after bassist Dougie Poynter won ITV reality show I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!”.

Judd described the wins as the “Mc-double”. “What an amazing year, we never expected it.”

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