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Gemma Atkinson: Happiness is finding the perfect dance partner

She also sent her congratulations to “amazing” Joe McFadden and Katya Jones after they won the show.

Strictly star Gemma Atkinson has paid tribute to her “perfect” dance partner Aljaz Skorjanec after Saturday night’s final.

The actress got to the Strictly Come Dancing final four alongside Alexandra Burke and Debbie McGee but was beaten to the top title by Joe McFadden.

She posted a note on Instagram that “happiness is… finding the perfect dance partner”, adding “and that I did!”

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And that I did! WOW! what an incredible night we had. Huge congratulations to Joe & Katya! They were Amazing 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I’m so grateful I got to be a part of Strictly 2017. It’s flown by but we’ve had so many fun times. @aljazskorjanec you have been so patient and so kind and so funny every single day and I cannot thank you enough for keeping my chin up and supporting me through this, not just as my colleague, but as my friend. Fun memories that will last a life time. I can’t wait to have Christmas at home with all my family & friends and rest up before the tour. Thank you to everyone who supported us! And remember... Put your hands up it’s more fun!!!!! 🤗🤗🤗🤗

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Sending her congratulations to “amazing” McFadden and his dance partner Katya Jones, she wrote:  “What an incredible night we had.”

Skorjanec had been “so patient and so kind and so funny every single day”, she said, adding: “I cannot thank you enough for keeping my chin up and supporting me through this, not just as my colleague, but as my friend.

“Fun memories that will last a lifetime.”

Atkinson, who is looking forward to joining the Strictly Come Dancing tour, joked to fans: “Remember… Put your hands up, it’s more fun!!!!”

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