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Strictly Come Dancing 2019 winner is revealed

Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse have been crowned the winners of Strictly Come Dancing 2019.

The soap star lifted the Glitterball trophy after wowing the judges with three stellar performances, including a reprisal of the Samba from their very first week.

Kelvin’s victory came as a fitting end to his time on the show after he was drafted in as a last minute addition to the lineup, after Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing was forced to pull out with a foot injury.

Amazing: Strictly Come Dancing kicked off its 2019 final in spectacular fashion on Saturday night, as Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden opened the show with the first perfect score of the night

Speaking to hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman following their victory, Kelvin admitted he was lost for words, but added: ‘I didn’t expect that it’s such a privilege to be here. represents everything that is amazing with his country it’s been an absolute privilege.’

Oti – who also burst into tears after learning she had won – was equally stunned by the victory, saying: ‘I’ve been on this show for five years and I have never ever met any celebrity who gives his heart, his everything, his soul. If something’s not working, we stay in training and sort it.

‘And not because we want to win but because he genuinely genuinely loves dancing. This is the best gift and the best ending to my year.’

Kelvin’s win came despite finishing in second place on the leaderboard behind Karim, as only his Showdance earned a perfect score of 40 points.

Victorious! The soap star lifted the Glitterball trophy after wowing the judges with three stellar performances, and earned the most public votes despite finishing in second place on the leaderboard

Winners! After lifting the coveted the trophy, Oti and Kelvin were heaved into the air by their Strictly co-stars after the actor admitted he was ‘lost for words’ to be crowned the winner

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It’s the Strictly Come Dancing final and while we’re excited to see the last dances from our favourite finalists, we’re also excited to see the outfits Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman opted to wear for the last episode of the series.

The pressure!

And we think it’s fair to say they stuck to type. Tess went ultra glam in gold sequins by Galvan and Claudia rocked her usual boyish look in black trousers and a white shirt.

The trousers are by Safiyaa and we love the flattering flared cut, but the good news for fans of the high street is her blouse is from Zara. We love the frilled detail and that skinny black neck tie; it’s a great top for both work and play.

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Here they are! Kelvin and Oti cemented their status as Strictly champions when they opted to reprise their Samba from Week One, which raised the roof and immediately tipped the duo as frontrunners to win the show

Champions! Oti – who was moved to tears by the victory – thanked Kelvin for giving her ‘the best gift’ as she was finally crowned the champion after five years on the show

Strictly Come Dancing Final – The Leaderboard

Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse

Judges Choice – Rumba to Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers – 39 points out of 40

Showdance to Shout by The Isley Brothers – 40 points out of 40

Favourite Dance – Samba to La Vida Es Un Carnaval by Celia Cruz – 39 points out of 40

Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden

Judges Choice – Quickstep to Mr. Pinstripe Suit by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – 40 points out of 40

Showdance to A Million Dreams by Pink – 39 points out of 40

Favourite Dance – Jive to You Can’t Stop The Beat from Hairspray – 40 points out of 40

Emma Barton and Anton Du Beke

Judges Choice – Charleston from Thoroughly Modern Millie – 39 points out of 40

Showdance to Let Yourself Go by Irving Berlin – 38 points out of 40

Favourite Dance – Viennese Waltz to Send in the Clowns by Barbra Streisand – 39 points out of 40

After his win Kelvin took to Twitter, writing in disbelief: ‘Humbled. Elated. Honoured. Thank you for your votes. Thank you to my family. Thank you to @OtiMabuse. And a massive thank to you Strictly for the opportunity. Team #Floti we did it!’

The soap star joined the show as a last minute addition in September after Made In Chelsea star Jamie was forced to pull out with a foot injury.

Jamie – who did appear in the audience to cheer on Kelvin and Oti during the first live show – dropped out after injuring his foot during rehearsals for the launch show.

In an emotional statement to fans, he said: ‘Hello everyone, I just wanted to give a quick update because it’s been released now. Because of my injury, I won’t be competing on Strictly this year, which is incredibly devastating and really upsetting.

‘But these things happen in life, and when they happen, you have to push forward and be positive.’

After the Strictly launch showed aired in September, bosses confirmed that Kelvin had been drafted into replace Jamie, and that he would be dancing with Oti.

Amazed: Following his win Kelvin took to Twitter to thank his fans and loved ones for their incredible support, and admitted he was ‘humbled’ by the victory

Final three: Kelvin and Oti beat out Karim Zeroual and Amy Dowden (far left) and Emma Barton and Anton Du Beke (centre) to be crowned the Strictly champions

Honoured: Kelvin also described being on the show as an ‘absolute privilege,’ and praised Strictly for representing everything that is ‘amazing about this country’

Such a shame: Kelvin was drafted into Strictly as a last minute addition after Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing was forced to drop out of the show with a foot injury

As ever the finale was a close race for the glitterball trophy, as Kelvin went head-to-head with Karim and Emma Barton to be crowned the series champions.

As the show started, Karim and Amy were up first and for their Judges Choice the duo were asked to perform their Quickstep to Mr. Pinstripe Suit by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

After scoring 39 points the first time around, the duo were aiming for a perfect score, and once again they impressed with the fast-paced routine.

Shirley Ballas praised: ‘Well first of all, what can I say? What a way to open our show and to celebrate our final, you definitely had the eye of the tiger this evening, no gapping, beautiful frame, great head position, very impressive.’

Motsi Mabuse added: ‘I feel like the first time we saw this dance, it was great but this time you’ve actually matured, you’ve had time to show what you can do, you were at ease but it was electrifying.’

Exciting: In a tense finale, Karim and Amy were the first to take to the dancefloor, as each couple performed three dances in a bid to win the coveted Glitterball trophy

Stunned: Karim and Amy were left speechless to received a perfect score at the start of the night, putting them in strong contention with two more dances to go

Emma and Anton were up next with their Judges Choice, which was a reprisal of their Charleston from the music Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Matching their previous score with 39 points, the pair were praised for the routine which could have been plucked from the West End stage, and Bruno even declared that he would love to Charleston with her.

Shirley added: ‘I applaud you, last Lady standing you did not disappoint, your confidence was off the charts it’s the most enjoyable Charleston I’ve ever watched and Anton you looked fabulous.’

Craig Revel-Horwood added: ‘There was a sync issue, but that routine would be right at home in the West End it was absolutely fantastic.’

Energetic: Emma and Anton were up next with their Judges Choice, which was a reprisal of their Charleston from the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie

Dancing Queen: Matching their previous score with 39 points, the pair were praised for the routine which could have been plucked from the West End stage, and Bruno Tonioli even declared that he would love to Charleston with her

After sparking fan hysteria with their last performance, Kelvin and Oti were tasked with reprising their steamy rumba to Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers.

Once again the entire panel admitted that they were left hot under the collar by the dance, and they came perilously close to 40 yet again with a score of 39 points.

Craig said: ‘Well I have to admit, I am rather hot under the collar darling, watchable, believable, but above all masculine I thought it was absolutely tremendous.’

Bruno Tonioli agreed: ‘I think we’re reaching melting point, what you did so well it was sensual and romantic the chemistry was absolutely sizzling, but what you did tonight that was so good, you managed to go from sculptural to fluid, instead of dancing through it all the time you went…’ before delivering his own flourish.

Sensual: After sparking fan hysteria with their last performance, Kelvin and Oti were tasked with reprising their steamy rumba to Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers

Sizzling: Once again the entire panel admitted that they were left hot under the collar by the dance, and they came perilously close to 40 yet again with a score of 39 points

Following their judges choice, each couple took to the floor to perform their Showdance, which ripped up the rulebook and could include all manner of dance elements, lifts and choreography.

Up first were Karim and Amy who performed a contemporary inspired routine to A Million Dreams by Pink which reflected on their incredible journey in the competition.

The dance left both stars – along with most of the judging panel – on the brink of tears, with Shirley particularly praising Amy for making it to the final for the first time.

Motsi said: ‘I feel like that showcased more than your talent that was the perfect dance for you, all the talent that you bring, I felt that to the core of my heart thank you for making my little dancing heart happy.’

Bruno added: ‘It really looked and felt like a dream and you danced like an angel, it’s so good to see a young man so honest so truthful you give everything you have to everything you do, never loose that it will serve you well.’

Incredible: Up next each couple performed a no holds-barred Showdance, with Karim and Amy dancing a contemporary-inspired routine to A Million Dreams by Pink

Emotional: The dance left both stars – along with most of the judging panel – on the brink of tears, with Shirley particularly praising Amy for making it to the final for the first time

Emma and Anton decided to go classic Hollywood for their routine, with a routine that could have been plucked from a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film to Let Yourself Go by Irving Berlin, that scored them 38 points out of 40.

Craig said: ‘There was a slight hesitation at the beginning as you came down, but that being said I love that set and what I did love about the dance it was flashy all out full on Hollywood loved the style loved the dance.’

Motsi agreed: ‘I think its obvious we are in the final and maybe a bit of the nerves were in there, you do not need to worry about abs anything that was classy that was like a timepiece from old school dancing.’

Showbusiness! Emma and Anton decided to go classic Hollywood for their routine, with a dance that could have been plucked from a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film to Let Yourself Go by Irving Berlin, that scored them 38 points out of 40

It was Kelvin and Oti who earned the loudest reception of the evening when they took to the floor with a jaw-dropping Showdance that featured a medley of their biggest and best dance moments.

Clad in fuchsia pink outfits, they raised the roof with the dance to Shout by The Isley Brothers, which even included some Argentine Tango, which was a dance they never got the chance to perform.

Shirley praised: ‘You pushed the limits you have everything in the routine we could see your technique but you pushed the limits, it had everything, good music good, you name it, it had it.’

Bruno added: ‘Rocked, shaken, stirred exhilarated that really was such a tour de force it was almost like watching 13 weeks of all the best of Strictly Come Dancing condensed into one dance, we often ask we need more content, content, you can’t ask for anything more?’

Rousing: It was Kelvin and Oti who earned the loudest reception of the evening when they took to the floor with a jaw-dropping Showdance that featured a medley of their biggest and best dance moments

That’s a Showdance! Clad in fuchsia pink outfits, they raised the roof with the dance to Shout by The Isley Brothers, which even included some Argentine Tango, which was a dance they never got the chance to perform

Following their Showdance, the final three couples received one last chance to perform together by taking to the ballroom with their favourite dance of the series.

After it scored the first 40 of the series, Karim and Amy opted to reprise their jive to You Can’t Stop The Beat from Hairspray and once again they earned tens across the board.

Shirley praised: ‘I’m not going to talk about your dancing, but I tell you I will leave after this final being totally inspired by you.

‘You give so much to the young generation that’s watching this show you have brought us joy, you brought us hard work and even when you scored low you came back and were a true gentleman.’

Bruno: ‘Well this absolutely proves that I am always right, actually the thing is it is the best jive ever, I could hear all the professional boys going absolutely mad for a reason because what you did is as good as anything they could deliver trust me!’

One last hurrah: For their final performance, each couple opted to perform their favourite dance of the series, which for Karim and Amy was a Jive to You Can’t Stop The Beat from Hairspray

United: Karim also took a moment to reflect on his incredible Strictly experience, as he emotionally told Amy: ‘You’re the one who kept me strong you see something in me no one else sees, thank you’

Karim also took a moment to reflect on his incredible Strictly experience, as he emotionally told Amy: ‘I wanna sat thank you so much through the ups, the downs, being the bottom two you’re the one who kept me strong you see something in me no one else sees, thank you.’

Emma and Anton decided to perform their Viennese Waltz to Send in the Clowns by Barbra Streisand, and the memorising display once again earned plenty of praise from the panel and a score of 39 points out of 40.

Shirley said: ‘I thought it was beautiful poised, beautifully present, the character is portrayed in such a feminine way, it draws a tear to my eye because it just sums up your whole journey.’

Emma also held back tears as she paid tribute to veteran pro Anton, saying: ‘The king of ballroom thank you for allowing me to be your Queen for the last three months.’

Elegant: Emma and Anton decided to perform their Viennese Waltz to Send in the Clowns by Barbra Streisand, and the memorising display once again earned plenty of praise from the panel and a score of 39 points out of 40

Touching: Emma also held back tears as she paid tribute to veteran pro Anton, saying: ‘The king of ballroom thank you for allowing me to be your Queen for the last three months’

Dressed to impress: As ever host Tess Daly looked sensational in a skintight gold gown covered with sequins, while Claudia Winkleman oozed sartorial chic in a white bow blouse

For the final performance of the evening, Kelvin and Oti made their way onto the dancefloor to reprise the Samba that they danced during the very first week of the series to La Vida Es Un Carnaval by Celia Cruz.

Crowning him the ‘samba king,’ Bruno said: ‘This really was a crowning glory of a spectacular night, the things you do with your bum, hips etc is memorising, I’ve never seen a man using that like ever before.

‘I hope everybody realises this, what you have achieved over the last 14 weeks, is extraordinary you really are incredible.’

Incredible: The final also saw a reunion for the Strictly class of 2019 as the eliminated celebrities all took to the dancefloor with their partners for a stellar group routine

The final also saw a reunion for the Strictly class of 2019 as the eliminated celebrities all took to the dancefloor with their partners for a stellar group routine.

Michelle Visage showed that she was still a Queen Of Dance, as she made her own solo entrance before breaking into some ‘Vogue-ing’ with Giovanni Pernice.

The show also opened with a jaw-dropping performance by the professional dancers who introduced the remaining three finalists with all manner of gusto.

You’ve got this! Reigning champion Stacey Dooley took to Instagram Stories on Saturday to cheer on the remaining three couples, as she threw her support behind Karim and Amy

Reigning champion Stacey Dooley took to Instagram Stories on Saturday to cheer on the remaining three couples, as she threw her support behind Karim and Amy.

The star is now dating her professional partner Kevin, who was eliminated from this year’s Strictly in Week Two alongside presenter Anneka Rice.

Posting a video from backstage at her latest TV project, Stacey said: ‘Very very good luck to the finalists of Strictly, I will be cheering you all on. Enjoy it, just soak it up. I can’t believe it’s been a year!’

Blowing a kiss to the camera Stacey clearly shared her support for pro Amy, as she said: ‘Also… go on Amy,’ while tagging the Welsh pro.

It has been another eventful series of Strictly that was fraught with chaos, as Paralympic star Will Bayley was also forced to drop out of the show in Week Seven after he suffered a horrific knee injury in rehearsals which reportedly left the star screaming in agony.

Painful: In Week 7 Paralympic star Will Bayley was also forced to drop out of the show after he suffered a horrific knee injury in rehearsals which reportedly left the star screaming in agony

Elsewhere James Cracknell was the first celebrity to be eliminated from Strictly alongside pro Luba Musktuk, and following his exit the star was forced hit back at claims he had to be ‘calmed down backstage.’

He wrote: ‘I don’t reply to people’s comments but I’m not gonna let this one go. @LubaMushtuk & I had fun & our best dance but it wasn’t enough. I know I’m no John Travolta so to throw my toys out the pram would be stupid.’

The source claimed athlete James was competitive and the vote was ‘like his first career failure. He was very angry backstage and had to be calmed down.’ However, A BBC spokesman has since told MailOnline: ‘This is categorically untrue.’

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CLAUDIA Winkleman has become one of the most recognisable faces on British telly thanks in part to her fringe.

Now, she’s back on our tellies each weekend for the Strictly live shows. Here’s what we know about the star…

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5 Claudia Winkleman is the host of BBC’s Strictly Come DancingCredit: Getty Images – Getty

How much does Claudia Winkleman earn for Strictly?

Claudia is paid a salary of £370,000 a year for her work on the BBC.

A large portion of this covers her role on Strictly, which she started in 2014.

However, the busy broadcaster also has a Radio Two show and takes part in numerous other BBC programmes – which makes up the rest of her salary.

She also hosts Britain’s Best Home Cook, which is returning for a second series in 2020.

Her net worth is reported to be a cool £9million.

5 Claudia is best friends with her Strictly co-host TessCredit: Getty – Contributor

Who is Claudia Winkleman’s husband Kris Thykier?

Claudia married film producer Kris Thykier in 2000 in a secret wedding ceremony with just their closest family and friends in attendance.

He’s known for his work on movies such as Woman in Gold (2015), Kick-Ass (2010), The Debt (2010) and the Tolkien film (2018).

Kris was also the executive producer on the hit TV show Riviera (2017).

They live in posh Connaught Square in London.

5 Claudia with her husband Kris – the couple have been married since 2000Credit: Getty Images

What are Claudia Winkleman’s royal connections?

Claudia has a royal half sister Sophie Winkleman, and her daughter Maud Windsor was bridesmaid at Princess Eugenie’s wedding in 2018.

Her half sister Sophie married into royalty and is known as Lady Frederick Windsor.

Sophie’s husband Lord Frederick Windsor is 47th in line for the throne, due to his father – Prince Michael of Kent – being the Queen’s cousin.

The couple married at Hampton Court Palace in 2009.

Who are Claudia Winkleman’s parents?

Claudia, 47, was born in London on January 15, 1972, and is the daughter of former Sunday Express editor Eve Pollard.

Her father Barry was the former publisher of the Times Atlas Of The world.

Claudia’s parents split when she was three and both remarried in 1979.

Her mum Eve married former editor of the Daily Express Sir Nicholas Lloyd and her dad, Barry, wed children’s author Cindy Black.

5 Claudia’s mum is former Sunday Express editor Eve PollardCredit: Rex Features

How many children does Claudia have? And what happened to her daughter Matilda?

Claudia and her husband have three children – they are Jake, 16, Matilda, 13, and Arthur, eight.

In 2014, Matilda suffered severe burns when her Halloween costume went up in flames.

Claudia said the costume went on fire after her daughter brushed against a candle.

Speaking about the incident in 2015, she said: “I bought her costume from a supermarket, she wanted to go as a witch so she had a witch’s hat and a cape and some stripy tights and a sort of long flowy skirt thing.

“I was talking to somebody… and then I heard her shout and she was on fire…

“It feels like she was on fire for hours, but the surgeon said that it definitely wasn’t the case and it was probably just seconds… she went up, is the only way I know how to describe it… it was a spark and she screamed out for me.

“It was like those horrific birthday candles that you blow out and then they come back…it was really fast, it was fast, it wasn’t fire like I’d seen.”

The incident prompted the Government to tighten the flame retardant standards of Halloween costumes.

5 Claudia took over from Bruce Forsyth on Strictly Come dancing in 2014Credit: BBC

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How did Claudia Winkleman break into TV?

Her first major TV gig was on regional discussion programme Central Weekend in 1991.

In 1992 she landed a role on BBC series Holiday which continued throughout the ’90s.

She also interviewed celebs on This Morning and presented a few game shows including dating show Three’s a Crowd.

In 2002 she got her first daily TV role as a host on BBC Three show Liquid News.

The following year, Claudia presented daily updates from reality show Fame Academy and in 2005, she began hosting Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two.

In 2012, it was announced that Zoë Ball would be the regular presenter of Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two, while Claudia would host the results show with Tess Daly on Sunday nights.

Claudia then took over from Bruce Forsyth as Tess’ co-host in 2014 for the 12th series of the reality show.

Hilarious moment Claudia Winkleman falls in funny skit on Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing: Final draws 11.3 million viewers

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWatch the moment the Strictly Come Dancing 2019 winner was announced

The final of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, which saw former Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher lift the glitterball trophy, was watched by an average of 11.3 million people.

Kelvin and partner Oti Mabuse topped a public vote to win the BBC One show.

Overnight ratings show the Saturday night programme had a peak audience of 12.5 million viewers, and was the most-watched show across all channels.

Kelvin only joined the programme after another contestant suffered an injury.

Drafted in as a last-minute replacement, he replaced Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing who injured his foot while recording the launch show.

After scooping the prize, Kelvin said: “I am absolutely speechless. I did not expect that, it’s just been such a privilege to be here.”

Breaking down in tears, he said: “I think this show represents everything that is amazing with this country. I think the people personify what is great and it’s just been an absolute privilege.”

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Kelvin left his role as Andy Sugden in the long-running ITV soap, which he had played for two decades, three years ago.

Saturday night’s show saw him triumph over Karim Zeroual, the CBBC presenter, and his dance partner Amy Dowden; and EastEnders actress Emma Barton, who was paired with Anton Du Beke.

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The couples all performed three dances – a judges’ pick dance, their own favourite routine from the series and a new showdance.

Although Kelvin and Mabuse came second on the judges’ scoring, only the public vote counted in the final.

The couple began their routines with a sensual rumba to Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers for which they scored 39 points, followed by a perfect-score showdance to Shout by The Isley Brothers.

Judge Bruno Tonioli said their showdance was “almost like watching 13 weeks of all the best of Strictly Come Dancing condensed into one dance”.

Mabuse’s sister and fellow judge Motsi Mabuse, who joined the panel this year, said: “I have no words…”

Image copyright Guy Levy/BBC Image caption ‘You just put the show in showdance,’ said presenter Tess Daly

For their final dance, they revisited their samba to La Vida Es Un Carnaval by Celia Cruz, which they performed in week one.

Judge Shirley Ballas said to Kelvin: “Which part of that body doesn’t move? Fantastic, congratulations, I have no words, you’ve left me speechless.” He scored 39 for the second time of the night.

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It is also the first time Mabuse has lifted the trophy.

Speaking through tears, she said: “I’ve been on this show for five years and I have never ever met any celeb who gives his heart, his soul…

“If something is not working we stay in training and rehearse, not because he wanted to win but because he genuinely, genuinely loves dancing, and for me that is the best gift and the best ending to my year, so thank you.”

Saturday’s viewing figures made Strictly one of the most watched TV programmes of the year. But they were a slight fall on last year’s Strictly final, which attracted an average audience of 11.7 million and a peak of 12.7 million when Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton won.

Image copyright Guy Levy/BBC Image caption CBBC presenter Karim and his partner Amy performed the quickstep to Mr Pinstripe Suit and topped the judges’ leaderboard Image copyright Guy Levy/BBC Image caption Emma and Anton opened with the Charleston to Thoroughly Modern Millie – Tonioli told Emma that she was his “favourite flapper ever”

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