Abbey Clancy beats Susanna Reid, crowned the winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2013
By FnF Desk | PUBLISHED: 22, Dec 2013, 17:48 pm IST | UPDATED: 22, Dec 2013, 17:48 pm IST
Strictly Come Dancing 2013 produced a shock in its first ever all-female final as model Abbey Clancy won the 11th series, beating BBC presenter Susanna Reid into second place.
The BBC Breakfast presenter had been the bookies' favourite, but Abbey pulled off a surprise win on the night. Ex-Coronation Street star Natalie Gumede had to settle for third place despite a show-stopping showdance that earned her maximum points. Meanwhile, singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor was voted into fourth place by the public.
Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly presented a glittery final, judges Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood were on hand with their trademark critiques and Robbie Williams performed Putting On The Ritz live, but the night belonged to Abbey.
Alongside partner Aljaz Skorjanec, in his very first series, she triumphed in a final which saw more than six million votes cast. Abbey's husband Peter Crouch, who had earlier scored the winner in Stock City's win over Aston Villa, was there to see his wife crowned champion.
The 27-year-old star topped the leaderboard regularly throughout the competition, showing grace and poise despite a complete lack of experience in ballroom dancing. But she progressed as the weeks went along, earning praise from the judges for her improvement and ability.
Utterly shocked, she lifted the glitterball trophy and said: "I just can't believe this. It's just mad."