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Harry Judd has been named the winner of this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

The McFly drummer beat Chelsee Healey and Jason Donovan in the BBC One dance contest's final at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool to take away the coveted glitterball trophy.

Judd's bandmates ran on stage and hugged him excitedly as the result was announced.

The 25-year-old musician, who was the bookies' runaway favourite to take the crown, paid tribute to his dance partner Aliona Vilani, who was the runner-up last year. "I have just had the most incredible experience," he said. "I have been on the best show on TV and I am just honoured. I was so nervous when I first started, and I didn't think I would be able to do it. But somehow Aliona has got me through it."

Judd scored his first perfect 40 in the series for his opening dance of the night, a sprightly quickstep to The Pretenders' Don't Get Me Wrong. Judge Bruno Tonioli said: "You came, you danced, and you conquered Blackpool with a quickstep delivered with flash and dash."

The drummer's second performance, an energetic rock'n'roll show-dance to the 1950s Jerry Lee Lewis classic Great Balls Of Fire, saw him perform cartwheels and a series of daring lifts of Vilani. He closed the routine by running to a drum kit at the side of the stage, picking up the sticks and bashing out a rhythm. He scored 37.

Judd and Vilani scored 39 for their romantic American Smooth to Elvis Presley's Can't Help Falling In Love. The drummer was later awarded another 40 for his sultry Argentine tango with Vilani to Asi Se Baila El Tango, which inspired the nitpicking judge Craig Revel Horwood to tell him: "Like the nation, I have fallen in love with you."

His victory comes after McFly bassist Dougie Poynter won ITV reality show I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! at the start of this month.

Waterloo Road actress Healey, 23, was runner-up tonight after wowing the judges and audience with her energetic performances. She failed to clock up any perfect scores from the judges, but she got three 39s and her total tally of 153 was just three points behind Judd.

Donovan, 43, was the first of the three finalists to be eliminated from the competition by the public despite scoring the highest marks from the judges in the first part of the show. After being voted out, Donovan said: "This has been the most incredible experience - other than my children and my wife - in my life."


From Belfast Telegraph