Harry Judd is the winner of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special.
The McFly drummer lifted the Silver Star trophy with his professional partner Joanne Clifton after their American Smooth to ‘Baby, it’s Cold Outside’ scored a perfect 40 from the judges.
Six memorable winners and contestants from previous series returned to the ball room for this year’s festive special overseen by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman. The line-up included Model and TV Presenter Abbey Clancy; TV Presenter Alison Hammond; TV and Radio Presenter Lisa Snowdon; Former Royal Marine Medic and The People’s Strictly Winner, Cassidy Little; McFly Drummer Harry Judd and Actor Tom Chambers.
The all-star extravaganza kicked off in spectacular style with a festive group performance filmed in an iconic location. This was followed by a special video message from Sir Bruce Forsyth who wished the studio audience and viewers at home a very Merry Christmas. Each couple then took to the dance floor for their performance. Once all couples had danced, the studio audience voted for their favourite and their votes were combined with the Judges’ scores to decide the winners. Tess announced Harry and Joanne as the Christmas champions before presenting them with the famous Silver Star trophy.
“It’s amazing, thank you so much everyone. I had the most amazing time and I just want to dedicate this to Joanne who has been an incredible teacher and an incredible dancer. Thank you and Happy Christmas!” – Harry Judd
Joanne added: “It feels amazing and I am so overwhelmed. Harry is an absolute natural and performed amazingly on the Christmas special. I want to say a massive thank you to him for being such a great dancer, partner, student and friend – he has made this experience such great fun for me. I am glad he can take home the Silver Star trophy and show his baby when it is born in January! I also want to say well done to the other contestants because as a group we put on a fantastic show!”
This year’s festive special had a magical Christmas theme and all the contestants took on the roles of characters from various family favourites including Jack Frost, Puss in Boots, Scrooge, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel and Alice in Wonderland. Not wanting to miss out on the fun, the Judges also entered into the festive spirit. Darcey Bussell dressed up as Snow White; Head Judge Len Goodman was Snow White’s father known as The First King; Bruno Tonioli was Snow White’s handsome Prince and Craig Revel Horwood came as Grumpy from the Seven Dwarves.
The show also featured a special performance from Dame Shirley Bassey and Brit Award winning vocal group, Blake who together performed ‘The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)’. To close the show, all the couples took to the dance floor for a final winter wonderland routine to ‘What Christmas Means to Me’ by Cee Lo Green.