Chris Hollins and dance partner Ola Jordan have been crowned champions of Strictly Come Dancing 2009 after a closely fought final
Hollins took on Hollyoaks star Ricky Whittle, one of the series favourites, in the final – but who would emerge triumphant?
Ricky Whittle got things going with the first of his four routines – a quickstep
The judges loved it so much he landed his first full house of the series!
Then it was Chris’ turn to take to the floor, and his foxtrot proved a hit with judges and audience alike
The pair then joined up to perform a group joint Lindy Hop
Ricky fared well but the judges praised Chris for his “funny and entertaining” interpretation of the dance
Among former contestants returning to the dancefloor was Jade Johnson, performing the tango she never got to do after she had to pull out with a knee injury
Alesha Dixon and Bruce Forsyth rounded off the first half of the show performing the song Something’s Gotta Give….
…..possibly Bruce’s back if this pose is anything to go by!
As the results loomed ever closer, Chris Hollins began the second half of the show with his cheeky Charleston from a few weeks earlier
And amazingly enough he also scored himself a full house from the judges, who couldn’t praise the routine enough!
Ricky and Natalie also did well with their cha cha cha, with Alesha calling it “one of the best dances I’ve ever seen on Strictly”
At last, the finalists gave their final competitive performance on the Strictly dancefloor – the freestyle ‘showdance’ routine. First up, Chris and Ola….
…..as we can see, Chris got a little carried away with the routine – but the judges didn’t seem to mind
Ricky and Natalie, meanwhile, rounded off the competition with a sultry, disco-themed performance
The pair ended the show in style
But who would be the series champion? Would it be favourite Ricky or underdog Chris?
A tearful Ola could hardly believe that they had won, while Chris looked slightly shocked at his victory
He paid tribute to all the people who work on the show, as well as thanking his partner, affectionately referred to as ‘Ola-chops’
But Ricky wasn’t forgotten. The runner-up still received congratulations from the winners – and said his time on the show had been ‘amazing’
But in the end it was Hollins – one of the true dark horses of the series – who got to lift the coveted Glitterball trophy
And as he was hoisted aloft the shoulders of the former contestants, one of the best Strictly finals ever drew to a close. Looking forward to the 2010 series already….