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Strictly final live 2023: Who is the winner?

Layton Williams, Ellie Leach and Bobby Brazier compete in Strictly Come Dancing's final

The Strictly Come Dancing 2023 final saw all the contestants return for a group dance. (BBC)
The Strictly Come Dancing 2023 final saw all the contestants return for a group dance. (BBC)

Ellie Leach has been voted the winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2023. The Coronation Street actor competed in the final against Bad Education star Layton Williams and EastEnders heartthrob Bobby Brazier. And even though the judges' scores put bookmakers' favourite Leach at the bottom of the leader board, the viewers voted her and partner Vito Coppola the winners of this year's Glitter Ball trophy.

Trained dancer Williams and partner Nikita Kuzmin had the highest scores of the night, and have consistently topped the leader board throughout the series. Brazier and pro partner Dianne Buswell had everyone in tears when they performed their Couples Choice for a second time, in tribute to Brazier's late mother Jade Goody. Each of the stars performed three dances in the Strictly final: their favourite, a show dance and the judges' pick.

Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola are the winners of Strictly Come Dancing 2023 (BBC)
Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola are the winners of Strictly Come Dancing 2023 (BBC)

Judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke were full of compliments for all the celebrity contestants throughout the evening and no one scored lower than 36 out of 40. Leach was given this lowest score after making a mistake in one of the lifts during her Show Dance to a J-Lo megamix.

Years and Years singer Olly Alexander appeared in the studio during the final to read out the voting terms and conditions and revealed that he will be representing the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 2024.

Find out how the Strictly final unfolded on the dancefloor in our blog below...

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  • Albertina Lloyd

    Keep dancing

    So that is a wrap. Strictly crowns a new champion and the show is over for another year... Or until Christmas Day when you can tune in for the Christmas special. The Strictly stars will be partying long into the night. Will you?

  • Albertina Lloyd

    Strictly 2023 Champion is Ellie

    Ellie Leach has won Strictly 2023.

    The winner of the glitterball this year has been revealed as Ellie Leach.

    The Corrie star was the bookmakers favourite to win, but after her performances in the final was placed bottom of the leader board by the judges.

    Ellie looked shocked. She said: "I actually genuinely cannot belive this."

    Partner Vito Coppola was in tears. Ellie said: "It's the first time I've seen him cry and for once you're crying more than me." She pointed to the glitterball trophy and said: "This is for you!"

    The Italian dancer only joined the show two series ago and this is his first win.

    He said: "This like the cherry on the cake. It's like the point up on the iceberg when the rest is down in the water."

    He said to Ellie: "I know what you have been through, I know all the bruises and the blisters. You have been so amazing. You are Strictly, you are the diamond shining. You are amazing. I am so proud."

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    Familiar Faces

    Les Dennis was lowered onto the dancefloor for the group dance.

    Nigel Harman returned for the group number. He and partner Katya stood on the stage at the back as the Holby actor was forced to pull out due to injury.

    Les Dennis, who was first to be sent home, and all the other contestants were back for the final dance, except for Sherlock star Amanda Abbington, who pulled out for personal reasons.

    Amy Dowden cheered along with the judges.

    And Strictly pro Amy Dowden also joined Craig and the judges to cheer the dancers on.

  • Albertina Lloyd

    Craig loves Cher

    Cher seemed to make Craig's night.

    We have never seen Craig Revel Horwood smile so much as when he was giving Cher a standing ovation! The 77-year-old singing sensation was in the studio to perform her new festive track DJ Play A Christmas Song while the Strictly pro dancers performed. Does that count as their Christmas party?

  • Albertina Lloyd

    Eurovision breaking news!

    Olly Alexander will represent the UK in Eurovision 2024.

    Olly Alexander was in the house to remind viewers of the voting terms and conditions and revealed he will be representing the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 2024!

    He is working on his song already. Could this be a win for the UK after all these Years and Years....?

  • Albertina Lloyd

    Ellie is bottom of the leaderboard

    Layton tops the leaderboard.

    Layton has achieved another perfect 40 for his last dance of the series and is top of the leader board. Bobby is in second place and bookmakers favourite Ellie is bottom. Layton and Nikita are very emotional to have danced for the last time and Layton told his fans "You difference is your super power" as he shared his pride and delight at being in the final against the odds.

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    Layton's last dance

    Layton danced the Argentine Tango.

    Layton and Nikita chose to dance their Argentine Tango again for their last dance.

    Shirley and Nikita gave him a standing ovation.

    Shirley said Layton is larger than life and she has been inspired by him.

    Anton said it's a fitting way to end the series, he doesn't remember a better series because Layton has been extraordinary throughout the series and he must have struggled to choose a best dance.

    Craig simply said, "Better." He added "I didn't like it last time, I loved it this time."

    Motsi Strictly has never had a dancer like Layton and she doesn't think it ever will again. "Because a light like this you can never shut."

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    Jeff Brazier moved to tears

    Jeff Brazier weeps over Bobby's Couple's Choice in tribute to Jade Goody.

    Bobby's father was also in tears after the emotional performance. Craig told Bobby 'That's what the art is all about'.

    Dianne Buswell said it was a privilege to help Bobby tell his story.

    Craig Revel Horwood has scored Bobby a 9. The other judges all gave him a 10, giving it 39 out of 40.

    Bobby said his brother Freddy is an inspiration to him. He used to be the boy who was frozen and scared to go to school so to come and be confident enough to do this, it is for everyone who has struggled.

  • Albertina Lloyd

    Bobby dances for his mum

    Bobby dances from the heart.

    Bobby revealed: "We've chosen to dance my Couples Choice again tonight, the story about my mum and I. It doesn't get any more emotional than that. I want to really tell it from the heart.

    Bobby was clearly full of emotion as he performed the dance. His mother Jade Goody died from cancer when he was just four years old.

    Many of the audience were in tears.

    The judges agree they felt the emotion and the grief in the performance.

    Anton said it feels wrong to comment on such a personal dance.

  • Albertina Lloyd

    Ellie and Vito share the love

    Ellie and Vito are both full of praise for one another.

    Ellie and Vito can't agree on who has worked the hardest and who deserves to be the winner. They are so full of love and praise for one another - let's hope they don't fall out over this! It's all very emotional as the pair come to terms with the fact that this has been the last time they will dance on Strictly. The judges have scored Ellie and Vito a perfect 40 for the final dance. That's something to smile about.

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Strictly's final songs and dances

TV bosses has revealed the songs and dances for the Strictly final that is hotly-anticipated. See what your favourites are dancing to below.

Bobby and Dianne

  • Favourite Dance: Couple’s Choice to This Woman’s Work by Maxwell

  • Show Dance: La La Land medley

  • Judges’ Pick: Samba to Young Hearts Run Free by Candi Staton

Ellie and Vito

Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola performing on Strictly Come Dancing. (BBC)
Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola performing on Strictly Come Dancing. (BBC)
  • Favourite Dance: American Smooth to Ain’t That A Kick In The Head by Robbie Williams

  • Show Dance: Jennifer Lopez megamix

  • Judges’ Pick: Paso Doble to Insomnia by 2WEI

Layton and Nikita

  • Favourite Dance: Argentine Tango to Tattoo by Loreen

  • Show Dance: Friend Like Me by Ne-Yo

  • Judges’ Pick: Quickstep to Puttin’ On The Ritz by Gregory Porter

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Bobby Brazier and Dianne Buswell dances on Strictly Come Dancing. (BBC)
Bobby Brazier and Dianne Buswell dances on Strictly Come Dancing. (BBC)