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Model and dance partner seize trophy after performance described by judge Darcey Bussell as "a joy to watch"

After one of the closest-fought finals in Strictly's history, model Abbey Clancy, the wife of footballer Peter Crouch, and her Slovenian professional dance partner, Aljaz Skorjanec, went home with the Strictly Come Dancing trophy on Saturday. Their final dance was described as "a seamless quickstep and a joy to watch," according to judge Darcey Bussell. "Top of the league," added head judge Len Goodman. "There was a little incident near the end. You took off and Aljaz forgot to. But, listen, I think you are a spectacular dancer."

Clancy was not the only winner this year, with the show itself trouncing its rival The X Factor in the annual ratings battle. As Goodman put it, we've all "got the jitters for the glitters".

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