Debbie McGee crowned Strictly Christmas 2019 champion as Kevin Clifton becomes first pro to win all three shows

Kevin and Debbie are your Christmas champions (Picture: BBC)

Debbie McGee and Kevin Clifton have been crowned the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas king and queen of the ballroom in an all-out festive spectacular.

The win means that it’s the first time in Strictly history that a pro has won all three fought-for glitterballs within the space of a year.

Speaking about the win, Debbie said: ‘I just wasn’t expecting it! It’s just amazing but you know, everybody has been fantastic because we all had a great time, and everyone did such great dances.’

Debbie and Kevin faced-off with five other returning celebrities who came back for one last boogie on the dancefloor in the Christmas one-off which went all out to feel as festive as possible.

Their winning routine was a quickstep to Michael Bublé’s version of Jingle Bells – which scored them a perfect 40 from the judges.

The pair scored a perfect 40 with their quickstep (Picture: BBC)

But they had some competition from Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell in particular, who also got a perfect 40 for their street/commercial dance to Sleigh Ride.

In the end it was down to the audience to decide who won – and Debbie and Kevin took the gold.

Judges Scores

Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Márquez:
Jive to ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’ by John Mellencamp – Score: 35

Mark Wright and Janette Manrara:
Salsa to ‘Christmas Wrapping’ by The Waitresses – Score: 35

Chizzy Akudolu and Graziano Di Prima:
Cha Cha to ‘Get The Party Started’ by Shirley Bassey – Score: 36

Richard Arnold and Luba Mushtuk:
Foxtrot ‘You’re A Mean One, Mr Grinch’ by Sabrina Carpenter – Score: 32

Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell:
Street Commercial to ‘Sleigh Ride’ by District 78 – Score: 40

Debbie McGee and Kevin Clifton: 
Quickstep to ‘Jingle Bells’ by Michael Bublé – Score: 40

Chizzy Akudolu, Gemma Atkinson, Mark Wright and Richard Arnold also gave it their all in their own routine – with Richard in particular putting on a hair-raising performance as the all-in green Mr Grinch alongside Luba Mushtuk.

The return to the dancefloor was also a major sentimental moment for Gemma, who was performing for the first time with real-life partner Gorka Marquez, five months after giving birth to their daughter Mia.

She had previously told us of the value of the routine to her, as it was because of the show they met for the first time back in 2017.

Winner Kevin has a lot to be chuffed about after winning the 2018 series with Stacey Dooley, the Children in Need special with EastEnders star Maisie Smith, and now the Christmas special silver star.

He’s the only pro to ever achieve all three within the space of a year.

Strictly Come Dancing: Christmas Special is available now on BBC iPlayer.

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