Jay McGuiness not only won the title of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ 2015 champion on Saturday, he also became the nation’s new sweetheart (sorry, Cheryl Cole).
The Wanted singer’s adorable speech had viewers n’awwwing all over the place as he lifted the glitterball trophy with professional dance partner Aliona Vilani. And Aliona made history by becoming the first pro to win the show twice, proving that if you give her a boyband member, she’ll make a winner out of him.
The tears of joy on Jay and Aliona’s faces were a touching end to a series that’s been hit by controversies and (constantly denied) allegations of fixes. In the end, though, the nice guy won, and excellent dancing won out loud and clear.
Surely Jay’s humble, modest and quiet approach to the show helped gain him the votes in the crucial grand finale. Visibly emotional, the singer sweetly said in his acceptance speech: “I just think it has been one of the most special things I’ve ever done and with the most special person.
"If anyone watched who helped us to get here and then enjoyed what we were doing I’m really happy that you liked it because it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.”
All together now…. AWWWWWWWW.
Although it wasn’t a shock result, given that Jay was the bookies’ favourite, he had stiff competition from his fellow finalists. In fact, the judges awarded Kellie Bright and her pro Kevin Clifton the highest scores of the night, with the ‘EastEnders’ actress earning a massive 119 out of 120 for her three dances.
Former ‘Coronation Street’ actress Georgia May Foote and her pro partner Giovanni Pernice were second on the judges’ leaderboard with 112, while Jay and Aliona ended up third with 110 points.
Katie Derham and Anton du Beke received the fewest votes after the first live installment of two dances, and bowed out leaving the final three to battle it out with their favourite dances from the series.
Given the controversy over Katie being saved over Anita Rani last week, and the fact that the ‘BBC Proms’ presenter’s scores from the judges were considerably lower than the rest, it was hardly a surprise she didn’t make it to the very end.
Her pro, however, must have felt like a winner already; Anton was overjoyed to FINALLY make his first ever final after appearing in all 13 seasons of ‘Strictly’.
Kellie’s ‘Star Wars’ Charleston was as timely as dances get, and it was certainly her night in terms of points on the board, but Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli’s marks were only there as a guide.
And while Aliona was the pro with the glitterball in her hands this weekend, Kevin came out as a strong contender for most accomplished professional. Let’s not forget he’s also got all the way to the final with Susanna Reid and Frankie Bridge too (Susanna’s tweet made sure we remembered that nugget).
Georgia made hearts melt up and down the country with her emotional response to Craig telling her he’d give her a part in one of his West End shows following her uh-may-zing Charleston.
She also wore a blindfold for half her showdance, so snaps to Georgia despite missing out on the title. We spy a new career involving jazz hands on her horizon.
Jay winning the show proves once again that the voting public do in fact know what they’re doing, and although the comedy acts might stay in a bit too long for some tastes, the right dancer is victorious in the end.
Big congrats to Jay and Aliona. Now bring on the Christmas special…