Jay McGuiness was crowned king of the dance floor on Saturday evening when he was voted the winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2015. The Wanted singer and his partner Aliona Vilani lifted the coveted glitter ball trophy after fighting off tough competition from actresses Kellie Bright and Georgia May Foote.
After being announced winner the 25-year-old went into shock. "I feel spaced out and really weird," he said. Turning to his partner he continued, "You deserve it so much. I just think it was one of the most special things I’ve ever done with the most special person. Anyone who watched us and helped us get here…Thank you."
Jay McGuiness was crowned king of the dancefloor
It wasn’t an easy road to victory however, as Jay was positioned in third place on the leader board after receiving low scores from the judges following his three dance performances.
The couple kicked off the night performing their quickstep from week four, which saw them receive a score of 36 due to a "mistake" made by Jay. Hoping to up their game the pair game out fighting for their second dance, the 'Show Dance' performed to The Weeknd’s I Can’t Feel My Face. Unfortunately this also failed to impress the judges, with Craig Revel-Horwood branding it "disappointing" and the judges only awarding it a 35, a low score for the very competitive leader board.
Jay and Aliona impressed the public with their pasodoble
After the first two dances Jay’s was in third place with 71 points, trailing Kellie Bright’s 80 by 9 points. Knowing that they had to impress the public if they wanted to be in with a chance of winning, the Glad You Came singer gave everything he had to his last performance, a pasodoble to Bon Jovi’s song It’s My Life.
Despite an impassioned tango from Kellie Bright, which received four tens, and an almost perfect Charleston from Georgia the public voted to name Jay as their winner and he was awarded the show's glitter ball trophy."It's an experience I will never forget," said the proud winner.
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