Strictly Come Dancing 2016: The Grand Final

Ore Oduba was sensationally announced as the winner of Strictly Come Dancing during Saturday night’s final.

Over the course of 13 weeks, 15 celebrities have been battling it out to be awarded the coveted Glitterball Trophy, but it all came to a head when the Sports presenter earned the accolade.

And their weeks of hard work he beat Louise Redknapp and Danny Mac  to be named the new winner.

‘I’m speechless! I’ve learnt a dance, I’ve made a best friend, I want to thank you!’ Ore gushed.

Joanne was also in tears, barely able to speak as she wept: ‘Thank you… you’re a dancer!’

Ore was top of the leaderboard during the tense final, but he was the bookies favourite to come last, leaving viewers shocked when he picked up the glitterball trophy.

The BBC sports presenter had kicked off the grand finale, with an American Smooth to Singing in the Rain – which they first performed in Week Three.

Explaining why the judges picked this routine to be performed again, Bruno Tonioli remarked ‘it was amazing!’ Whilst Len Goodman warned ‘only perfection will do’.

But the routine was just as well executed the second time around, as Len revealed: ‘I was screaming the whole way through! You’re the boy who brings joy!’

Craig Revel Horwood was also full of praise, remarking: ‘Your frame was much better this time,’ although he did critique the star for some of his footmark, but ended on a high exclaiming: ‘You are a miracle!’

Darcey Bussell was also blown away, saying: ‘You made me gasp.’

Earlier in the show, there was drama when Danny and his partner Oti Mabuse, were told to perform their Quickstep from Week Four, but crucially messed up their timing.

However, it was not well recieved by Craig, who sighed that the ‘timing was out’.

Darcey added: ‘It was a shame that you made that mistake, but my God that speed!’

Bruno advised him: ‘Forget about it, it’s in the past you have two more dances!’

Discussing his slip up, Danny admitted: ‘I don’t know what went wrong!’

Despite the blunder, he still picked up a respectable 36 points, but it paled in compaison to Ore and Louise.

Their comments were reflected with their scores, as they awarded the duo 39 points – with their marks being for guidance only as the winners fate rests solely on viewer votes.

‘It feels so strange to say we’re in the final’, Ore gushed as he explained that the semi final was ‘one of the best nights’.

As Tess Daly described the experience as four months of ‘blood, sweat and spray tans’, tensions were high as the stars took to the dance floor.

As every star in the final had managed to top the leaderboard, it will be a tight competition between the trio.

But Louise and her partner Kevin Clifton were keen to give it their all with their Cha Cha Cha to Flashdance – also from Week Three.

‘Back in the leotard!’ Louise quipped as she heard what she would be performing.

After giving it her all, Bruno was very excited, shouting: ‘You were very saucy!’ adding ‘The cha cha cha itself was very well executed.’

Meanwhile, Craig cheekily revealed: ‘It took me back to the 80s when I performed this number in my drag act!’

Len also remarked on Louise’s skimpy ensemble, explaining: ‘Lots of celebrities hide things with frills and fringing, but you were very exposed!’

Despite their kind comments, the pair received slightly less than Ore, earning 38 marks.

For their showdance, Ore and Joanne wowed yet again with a spectacular routine to I Got Rhythm.

Darcey was impressed, saying: ‘I loved the highlights from all your past routines, you did that with such class.’

They received a standing ovation from Len, who simply remarked: ‘Who could ask for anything more?’

But Ore revealed that the most exciting thing was seeing his father in the audience as he remarked: ‘It’s Christmas come early!’

Although he seemed equally as pleased as seconds later he was awarded 10 from every judge, giving him a full 40 points.

Louise and Kevin’s showdance was to One Moment In Time, which Kevin explained was designed to show his partner growing in confidence throughout the series.

Bruno was reduced to tears by the performance, explaining: ‘That’s what it’s all about!’

And the judges were in agreement, scoring her 38 points.

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