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Abbey Clancy wins Strictly Come Dancing 2013

Model Abbey Clancy has won Strictly Come Dancing 2013. I wasn’t the only one shocked by the results because, technically speaking, Natalie Gumede was the cream of the crop. Perhaps it was because Abbey Clancy was more popular than Natalie, or maybe it had to do with the slight controversy over Natalie’s having had previous dancing training many years ago which she didn’t mention when she signed up for Strictly. Whatever the case, Abbey Clancy has won Strictly Come Dancing 2013 after the 6 million votes were counted.

Abbey Clancy

The 27-year-old lifted the BBC show’s glitterball trophy after a final against actress Natalie Gumede, newsreader Susanna Reid and singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

BBC Breakfast presenter Reid was favourite with bookmakers to win the show’s 11th series.

Clancy, partnered by professional dancer Aljaz Skorjanec, said: “I can’t believe this; it’s just mad.”

She called Strictly “the most perfect experience I’ve had”.

Winning dance

After the cameras stopped rolling, she ran and jumped into the arms of her husband, footballer Peter Crouch, who had arrived in the studio between the first and second broadcast after scoring a goal for Stoke City earlier in the day.

Clancy’s winning dance was a quickstep to Katrina and the Waves’ Walking On Sunshine, scoring 38 points.

Judge Bruno Tonioli called it “absolutely dazzling in its brilliance”, while Len Goodman called her “a spectacular dancer” with “wonderful posture”.

Six million votes

The model and presenter was a complete amateur going into the contest, but was the first contestant to score a perfect 40, for a salsa performed during the 10th week of the show’s run.

It was the first time in the programme’s 11-year history that there had been an all-female final, and many of the previous winners – including Mark Ramprakash, Louis Smith and Natasha Kaplinksy – were in the Saturday night audience to watch the showdown.

All four couples performed two dances in the first half of the finale, comprising of the judges’ favourite performance from across the series and a showdance.

Reid kicked off with a cheery newsreader’s-sofa-based quickstep and later performed a daring 14-revolution spin clinging to the neck of her dance partner Kevin Clifton. But her scores were consistently lower than those of the other contestants.

Coronation Street star Gumede was the most technically-impressive dancer, with head judge Len Goodman at one point essentially demanding she be put through to the final three.

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It’s over for another year. Model Abbey Clancy has won Strictly Come Dancing 2013. We congratulate her on her victory which was hard-earned and well-deserved. Now we look forward to the final season of Dancing on Ice.

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