Viewers also said a fond farewell to head judge Len Goodman.
BBC sports presenter Ore Oduba and his partner Joanne Cliffton have been crowned the winners of this year’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.
The couple beat fellow finalists Louise Redknapp and her partner Kevin Clifton and actor Danny Mac and his partner Oti Mabuse to lift the coveted glitterball trophy during Saturday night's grand finale.
They’ve done it! @OreOduba and @joanneclifton #Strictly champions 2016! RT to congratulate! pic.twitter.com/4bjQvjr1TI— BBC Strictly (@bbcstrictly) December 17, 2016
During the final Oduba repeated his jive from week four which had earned him 10s across the board. Head judge Len Goodman described the presenter as "the spirit of Strictly", as he’d enter the competition "with no dance background at all”.
After being announced as the series’ winner, Oduba described his time on the show as "the most incredible experience of my life”.
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He added: "I've learned to dance, I've made a best friend, I've been on the show that I loved for 12 years.” He then told his dance partner Clifton: "I love you with all of my heart. I'm so speechless. I just want to say thank you.”
The finale marked the last appearance on the show for head judge Len Goodman, who earlier this year announced his departure after 10 years.
The 72-year-old said he would miss “everything about the show”. He continued: “Just turning up and the anticipation of what's going to happen.”
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“I will miss the three best judges on television, and you two (Claudia Winkleman and co-host Tess Daly). The whole thing is like a big machine with cogs and every cog has to work, that's what makes Strictly into Strictly. I'm going to miss it all.”
Goodman added that, “'I'm sure that in a year's time, I'll be sitting at home and I'll say to my wife Sue, I should have done it again.”