Strictly Come Dancing: Hollins Takes Title
Underdog Chris Hollins and his partner Ola Jordan have been crowned 2009 champions of the ballroom after defeating favourite and scourge of cameramen, Ricky Whittle.
The BBC Breakfast reporter scored less points than the Hollywood actor, but won tpublic vote to take the crown.
Hollins’s performances included a foxtrot, a head-to-head Lindy hop, a show dance and a Charleston, which the journalist scored full marks for.
Top ballerina Darcey Bussell claimed that Hollins and Jordan were “perfectly in tune” for the dance.
Whittle and Lowe danced a quickstep and a cha cha cha along with the Lindy hop and show dance. The pairing received full marks for the quickstep, which Alesha Dixon described as “one of the greatest dances in Strictly history”.
“No matter what happens, you are the best dancer in the competition”, said head judge Len Goodman after his show dance.
Speaking after the results were announced, Hollins said: “Thank you to (Ricky and Natalie). You have made it a wonderful final. Thanks to all our family and friends and our loved ones for helping us find time to train. And thanks to all the professionals, who were so generous with their time, they are brilliant.”
“Thank you Ola-chops for believing in me. You are such a lovely little girl”, he added.