23 December 2012
Last updated at 00:58
Gymnast Louis Smith, who won a silver medal for his pommel horse routine at the London 2012 Olympics, has won this Year's Strictly Come Dancing, alongside his professional dance partner Flavia Cacace.
The 23-year-old won a near-perfect score of 39 points for his Charleston. Head judge Len Goodman described the routine, complete with a double-somersault, as "a gold medal performance".
Smith's showdance, performed to Take That's Rule The World, incorporated some of his gymnastic skills. The slow-burning, sultry routine won praise from the judges for its "grace" and "fluidity".
Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh scored 39 points for her showdance, to Beyonce's Crazy In Love. The routine saw her burst through a flaming panel to join her dance partner Pasha Kovalev.
Walsh also won the judge's top score for a melodramatic tango. "In the last few weeks you have really blossomed," said judge Bruno Tonioli. "I can't take my eyes off you."
The pop star, seen here performing the Vienese Waltz, will return to her day job with Girls Aloud in the New Year. She said it had been a privilege to be part of the dance contest. "It’s the best Strictly I’ve ever seen," she said after the show. "It made us all push ourselves to our absolute limits because the standard was so high."
Dani Harmer, known to millions of children as the star of TV drama The Story Of Tracy Beaker, was the first of the four finalists to be sent packing by the public vote. Goodman had earlier praised her tango, saying her improvement over the last 12 weeks was the "spirit of the show".
Denise Van Outen recreated the Egyptian-themed Charleston she had performed in a live show at Wembley Arena last month. Goodman remarked: "A dance routine lasts a minute-and-a-half, it's fleeting. But sometimes its recollection will last a lifetime. Denise, I will never forget this Charleston".
Goodman told the audience that "in any other year" any of the finalists could have walked away with the trophy. Professional dancer Flavia Cacace, who won alongside Smith, also paid tribute to the celebrities, saying: "What we ask them to do is ridiculous. Four months is such a long time. Every day you’re in that training room, and it’s a new dance."
As ever, the lifts provided some of the most dramatic moments of the night. Smith and fellow-competitor Denise Van Outen performed two death-defying numbers during the showdance section. Bruno Tonioli noted the "incredible level of difficulty" in Van Outen's routine with her partner James Jordan. "That was epic," he concluded.
All of the contestants who took part in this year's contest - including Jerry Hall, Lisa Riley, Nicky Byrne and Johnny - returned for one final show dance.