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Strictly Come Dancing: McFly's Harry Judd lifts trophy

Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani
Image caption Harry Judd and his dance partner Aliona Vilani hear news of their triumph

McFly musician Harry Judd has been voted the winner of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

The pop drummer beat Waterloo Road actress Chelsee Healey to lift the glitterball trophy at Blackpool's Tower Ballroom.

Judd was also the judges' favourite, scoring a maximum of 40 points on two dances - his first of the series.

Singer Jason Donovan was eliminated and finished third after the first part of the contest.

Judd, 25, said after his win: "I have just had the most incredible experience. I have been on the best show on TV and I am just honoured."

The 25-year-old pop star added that he was so nervous when he started the competition he thought he would be unable to do it, but said his dance partner Aliona Vilani had "got me through it".

Judd and Healey went on to revisit their favourite performances from the series as part of their head-to-head clash, with the musician bagging a full 40 points for a moody Argentine tango.

The 23-year-old actress, partnered by Pasha Kovalev, performed a quickstep with an airport theme, but was denied full marks when judge Craig Revel-Horwood awarded them a nine.

Notoriously nitpicking Revel-Horwood said of Judd: "Like the nation, I have fallen in love with you."

Earlier in the contest, head judge Len Goodman said: "If you were a stick of Blackpool rock, you would have 'talent' written right through you."

The final also included the show's judges selecting a routine from the preceding heats for the celebrities to repeat.

Donovan danced the tango to Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive, Judd performed his quickstep from week nine, while Healey relived her jive to the The Monkees' I'm A Believer.

The 43-year-old Australian star scored a maximum mark of 40 for his glitzy freestyle routine with the judges, but it was not enough to save him from early elimination after attracting the lowest number of public votes.

For the first time, the show was screened in 3D on the BBC HD channel and at selected UK cinemas.

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