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Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special winner crowned – BBC News, BBC News

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special winner crowned – BBC News, BBC News


        

                                 Debbie McGee and Kevin Clifton celebrate after winning this year                     

Debbie McGee has been crowned the winner of the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special.

Debbie McGee and Kevin Clifton celebrate after winning this yearThe widow of magician Paul Daniels and her professional partner Kevin Clifton scored 45 points for a ski-themed quickstep to Jingle Bells.

McGee, who got to the final of the Strictly Come Dancing in 2019, said she “was not expecting” to win.

“It’s just amazing but you know, everybody has been fantastic,” she said.

Speaking about the show’s star-shaped trophy, she said: “I think it’s everybody’s, because we all had a great time, everyone did such great dances.”

                                                                                                                          
Image caption                                    Strictly 2018 competitors Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell on the dance floor                             
                                                                                                                          
Image caption                                    Actress Chizzy Akudolu made an appearance with her professional partner Graziano Di Prima                             
                                                                                                                          
Image caption                                    Mark Wright finished in fourth place in                             
                                                                                                                          
Image caption                                    Debbie McGee and Kevin Clifton were told they were “a class act”                             

McGee was up against fellow former contestants Chizzy Akudolu, Gemma Atkinson, Joe Sugg, Mark Wright and Richard Arnold.

The festive show on BBC One was hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman and judged by Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Bruno Tonioli and Shirley Ballas.

Scoring McGee’s performance****************** points, Horwood said it was “a class act”.

During the event in Leeds Castle in Kent, each couple performed their routines in front of a studio audience, who voted for their favorite. Those votes were combined with the judges’ scores.

            

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