Louis Smith ‘smiling so much’ after winning Strictly Come Dancing

10:06 23 December 2012

Louis Smith was crowded Strictly champion 2012. Picture: BBC/PA Wire

Louis Smith was crowded Strictly champion 2012. Picture: BBC/PA Wire

Olympic silver medallist Louis Smith has capped off a year to remember by winning last night’s Strictly Come Dancing final.

He was the bookies' favourite for most of the series. Picture: BBC/PA WireHe was the bookies' favourite for most of the series. Picture: BBC/PA Wire

The gymnast came top of the public vote last night after impressing with a showdance with professional partner Flavia Cacace.

The 23-year-old delivered a spectacular routine to pick up the glitterball trophy ahead of Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh and actresses Denise van Outen and Dani Harmer.

When asked how the victory compared to the London Olympics, he said: “They are both very different, but I can finally say I’ve won something in the year 2012.”

He earned a four 10s from the judges after lifting his partner high above his head and performing a handstand on top of a giant globe.

Denise Van Outen missed out despite topping the judges' leaderboard. Picture: BBC/PA WireDenise Van Outen missed out despite topping the judges' leaderboard. Picture: BBC/PA Wire

Immediately after the show, Smith said he was smiling so much his cheeks were “starting to shake”.

He described the win as “just mad”, and put the pair’s victory down to being “a partnership”.

Smith said he had the perfect home for his newest trophy - as a centrepiece in his new home.

He said: “I have just got a house being built with a nice fireplace, and I’m hoping it is going to go right at the top, right in the middle.”

Cacace said the competition had been extremely tough this year, saying: “The level this year, anybody could have won it. That final was incredible. It is just thanks to the public - I can’t thank everyone enough.”

Speaking about her first time winning the glitterball trophy, she said: “It has been incredible. To win it on a year where the level is so high, is so much more satisfying.

“But it is thanks to Louis, his ability his skill his talent. He so deserves it.”

Harmer was first to be eliminated after each finalist performed two dances. The remaining pairs then performed their favourite dance from the series, before Smith was revealed as the winner.

Van Outen and her partner James Jordan came top of the judges’ leaderboard on the night, scoring 119 out of a possible 120 in their three dances.

But they lacked the support of the viewers which was the only factor in deciding the winner.

After the result was announced, van Outen said: “I’ll miss James so much, you’ve made me laugh every day.”

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