Banner year for McFly! Harry Judd mobbed by ecstatic bandmates as he is crowned winner of Strictly Come Dancing
Just weeks after his bandmate Dougie Poynter was crowned King of the Jungle on I”m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here, Harry Judd has won Strictly Come Dancing 2011.
His ecstatic McFly bandmates stormed the dancefloor moments after hosts Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly announced their names.
Sir Bruce was left chasing the boy band off the floor as they interrupted the Glitterball ceremony in their rush to congratulate the 25-year-old drummer.
Joy: Harry Judd has been crowned the winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2011
The ecstatic boys jumped on Judd, leaving his partner Aliona to cheer by herself before they enveloped herin their group celebration.
“AllI can say is, from the bottom of heart thank you to everyone for votingfor Aliona and me,” the thrilled 25-year-old said. “I”ve been on the best show on TV and I”m just honoured.”
Themusician had earlier admitted that he wasn”t convinced that joining theshow was the best decision early on in the competition. “I was dreading it to be honest. I thought, what am I doing”
Changed your mind then Harry admitted that he had “dreaded” being in the competition early on, and asked himself what he was doing
Outta the way! Harry”s partner Aliona was left celebrating on her own as his bandmates rushed to congratulate him
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“I was so nervous when I first started and I didn”t think I”d be able to do it. But Aliona has gotten me through it.”
Shortly after Harry was crowned as the winner, “King of the jungle” Dougie joked on Twitter: “I have a queen!!!!!! Thanks so much guys! This is ace!!!”
The McFly boys had previously promised to strip and post a nude picture to Twitter should Harry win, and Dougie promised fans tonight: “Naked picture as promised coming later, need to find a yard glass first.”
Mobbed: The boy band threw themselves at the drummer, with “King of the jungle” Dougie saying later “I have a queen!”
Year of McFly: just weeks after Dougie Poynter (right) winning I”m A Celebrity, another McFly member has been crowned King of TV
A few weeks ago, Danny Jones fulfilled his promise to pose naked if Dougie won I”m A Celebrity, and the whole band will apparently be joining him tonight for the new tradition.
Harry told BBC Radio Five Live the double victory for him and bandmate Dougie had made it an “amazing year”.
“It”s a Mc-double,” he said. “Dougie”s my man, Dougie”s done it. Dougie is the king, I”m sure he will say I am the queen.”
Thanking fans for all their support, he added: “What an amazing year, we never ever expected it. We are two happy lads.”
Going into the final results Harry and Aliona were leading by three points, with a combined score of 156.
Runner-up Chelsee Healey said: “I”mreally proud of meself.” In a Sally Field moment, the Waterloo Road actress said: “To know people actually like me is really nice.”
Ecstatic: The McFly drummer scooped up partner Aliona after they heard the news
Victory lap: The winning couple embraced as hosts Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly signed off for the season
Harry and Aliona had heated things upduring the second half of the live final with a romantic American Smooth and a sexy Argentine tango, for which they received their second perfect score of the evening.
“Likethe nation, I”ve fallen in love with you too darling,” said an uncharacteristic Craig, shortly before Harry was announced as the winner.
Both the finalists performed a new dance for their third performance of the evening following Jason Donovan”s departure.
Welcome back: “The Class of 2011” returned to the dance floor for one final performance
Fanfare: The finalists were wheeled into the Blackpool Tower ballroom in chariots
Chelsee and Pasha also received a 39 for their equally romantic Rumba to Fools Rush In.
They then performed the quick step from week four that first saw them get noticed as serious contenders by the judges.
DespiteCraig telling them it was a “first class” performance, he stopped shortof awarding them a ten, lowering their otherwise perfect score to 39.
Turn up the heat: For their final performance, Harry and Aliona opted for the Argentine tango from week seven
Romance: The couple made hearts melt with their American Smoothfor their third performance
An hour earlier, Jason Donovan was the first finalist to be eliminated from the final tonight.
Despitetopping the leader board going in the results show, the Australian and his partner Kristina Rihanoff were voted off by the public.
“After my wife and children, this has been the best experience of my life,” the gracious star said after hearing the news.
“First class”: Runner-up Chelsee Healy chose the quickstep from week four, that first got her noticed as a serious contender, for her final performance
“Exquisite”: Chelsee”s third dance of the evening was a stunning rumba to Fools rush In
Donovan became emotional as he thanked partner Kristina, who he called a visionary.
Anhour earlier, the actor and singer looked like he could have turned hisfortunes around after muscling bookies favourite Harry Judd out of first place in the judges” scores.
But it wasn”t to be.
Jason also thanks his wife and children, who he said had been with him through “all the ups and downs in my life.”
Gone: Jason Donovan was the first contestant to be sent home during the results show tonight
Emotional: Donovan became tearful when thanking his partner Kristina Rihanoff
Earlier in the show, Jason said: “It has been such a ride. My life hashad ups and downs and that”s what has happened to me in Strictly. Because of the downs, you appreciate the highs so much more. I”ve thrownmyself into it.”
After receiving the lowest judges” score – 37 – of the evening for his first performance, a tango to I Will Survive, he upped his game to get a perfect score for the show dance.
The judges heaped praise on Jason and Kristina after their second performance, with Bruno telling them: “It was more than a show dance it was showbusiness extravaganza! You could open on Broadway tomorrow and break box office records!”
Fond farewell: The Australian said he had thrown himself into the Strictly experience, which he named as one of the best of his life
Camp: Earlier Jason and Kristina performed their popular tango to I Will Survive from week three
“Ferocious and full-on darling,” said Craig. “I would get that woman a restraining order, amazing!”
Jason”s departure leaves Harry and Chelsee in the competition. Harry opened the show with a quickstep.
Beforehis dance, Harry said: “I”ve been smiling all week. My Strictly experience has been one of the most important experiences of my life- I never thought I”d say that.
“Strictly has been refreshing and I”ve absolutely loved it. I”m very grateful.”
“It”slike being a dad and watching your son play football for the first time,” said his bandmate Dougie. “You think, “Oh, that”s my boy!””
Turnaround: Things were looking up for Jason after his show dance, which saw him and Kristina receive a perfect 40
Aliona said: “I wasn”t sure about Harry, he came into the studio pigeon-toed, and I thought “Aw, bless.””
After the energetic quickstep, Len said: “You”ve come out all guns blazing. That was brilliant, well done.”
“You came, you danced and you conquered Blackpool,” said Bruno. “It was delivered with flash and dance. Loved it.”
Craigadded: “I only had one problem last time, that ghastly lazy left foot of yours, but you seemed to have improved that, so I absolutely love it.”
Leading the way: Harry Judd was top of the leaderboard after the round of first dances
“I will survive YOU have survived, 14weeks of blood seat and tears,” said Len afterwards. “You have 20 yearson the other two and you have given everything with so much energy. 10
Brunoenthused: “You excelled! Talk about a tango with split personalities. At one point you were like Wolverine and then you were like a disco divafrom 1978.”
“Your bottom was sticking out a lot, but I have to say it”s a fantastic number,” said Craig. “It”s through determination and good old fashioned hard work that you”ve got there.
Thejudges awarded 38 to the couple – perfect scores from Alesha and Len and nines each from Craig and Bruno, putting them behind Harry and Aliona after the first dance.
Perfect! The couple were awarded the first perfect score of the evening
Chelsee and Pasha Kovalev were the last of the three finalist couples to perform their first dance.
“Dancing is me now,” The Waterloo Road star said. “When I first started people didn”t know who I was. Strictly has brought out an elegant side of me. I”ll leave the competition a different person, I”ve grown up a lot. Not in size! I”ve learned to be more confident. I”ll treasure this forever.”
They performed their popular Shrek jive from week ten.
Len told them: “I”ve judged in this room many times, and watching you, a girl who came here with no dancing experience, do that jive so well gives me a much pleasure as judging world champions. 10
“For me that was my favourite jive of the whole series,” said Alesha. 10
“That was a premium grade jive of eye-popping vibrancy,” shouted Bruno. “You were great!”
She”s a believer! Chelsee Healey dazzled with her Shrek jive from week ten, receiving a 39
Craig enthused: “A complete and absolute bundle of joy to watch. It was about a thousand steps a minute. I loved it.” 9
“It”s already the best night of my life,” said Chelsee afterwards.
They received an almost-perfect 39, with just Craig deducting one point from their score, placing Harry in first place after the first dances, followed by Chelsee, and Jason in third place.
For the show dance section, Harry and Aliona performed a sexy, Fifties-inspired jive to Great Balls of Fire.
“Rock God!” Harry performed a Fifties-style jive for their show dance, but received a lower score of 37 second time round
The boy band member”s famous chest was out on full display for the second dance, in an unbuttoned red shirt.
He jumped behind the drum set to show off his day-job skills at the end of the number.
“You have talent written all over you,” said Len. “You gave it all your all. Everyone was so impressed by that.”
Alesha: I loved the concept, it really suited you. The lifts were almost dangerous but they were fabulous.
Beyonc eat your heart out: Chelsee dazzled with a shimmering frock for her second performance, but received a disappointing 36
“Its great guns harry!” said an over-excited Bruno. “Rock God!”
They didn”t do quite as well as their first dance, receiving 37, with only Alesha awarding a perfect ten.
Chelsee gave Beyonc a run for her money in a tiny gold number for her show dance, to One Night Only.
Despite winning warm praise, the performance received the lowest score of the evening, just 36.
STRICTLY COME DANCING FINAL 2011 LEADER BOARD
Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani – 40
Chelsee Healey and Pasha Kovalev – 39
Jason Donovan and Kristina Rihanoff – 38
Jason Donovan and Kristina Rihanoff – 40
Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani – 37
Chelsee Healey and Pasha Kovalev – 36
TOTAL SCORES (FIRST SHOW)
Jason Donovan and Kristina Rihanoff – 78
Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani – 77
Chelsee Healey and Pasha Kovalev – 75
Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani – 39
Chelsee Healey and Pasha Kovalev – 39
Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani – 40
Chelsee Healey and Pasha Kovalev – 39
TOTAL SCORES (FINAL)
Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani – 156
Chelsee Healey and Pasha Kovalev – 153