Kelvin Fletcher won Strictly Come Dancing 2019 on Saturday December 14 and he couldn’t be happier.
Along with his professional partner Oti Mabuse, Kelvin lifted the trophy after being drafted in as a last minute replcement for Jamie Laing at the start of the series.
He was clearly thrilled to be named the winner in a close final that saw his opponents Karim and Amy, and Emma and Anton all just a few points apart on the leader board.
After his win, a tearful Kelvin said: “Oti, thank you for the most amazing experience of my life.
“Thank you to Emma and Karim, Anton and Amy, all the pros and celebrities, the judges, all the production team, and thank you to everybody at home, I feel so proud to be part of this, so from the bottom of my heart, thank you.”
The star has now reached out again to thank everybody for the part they played in his win.
Thank you for your votes 👍
Thank you to my family ❤️
Thank you to @OtiMabuse
And a massive thank you to #Strictly for the opportunity 🏆
— Kelvin Fletcher (@kelvin_fletcher) December 14, 2019
Kelvin was a popular choice for the winner, despite a last minute surge in bets on EastEnders actress Emma to take home the crown with long-time king of ballroom Anton Du Beke.
Humbled. Elated. Honoured.
And indeed, some fans were upset Emma didn’t win.
One said: “Really happy for Kelvin and Oti, but I’m not going to lie – truly gutted for Anton and Emma #StrictlyFinal.”
Another wrote: “Even though they didn’t win – Emma and Anton are the ‘REAL WINNERS’.
A third simply put, “Oh Anton…” alongside a crying face emoji.
Really happy for Kelvin and Oti, but I'm not going to lie – truly gutted for Anton and Emma #StrictlyFinal
— Charlotte Pearson (@charlotte_dasiy) December 14, 2019
— Jasmine-Nicole🚢⚓️ (@jasmineonthesea) December 14, 2019
A number of others were gutted that CBBC star Karim didn’t get to lift the coveted Glitterball trophy.
Someone tweeted: “Karim and Amy were robbed.”
“Disappointed! Karim deserved it and if not Karim, at least Anton. But fair play, Kelvin was good too #StrictlyFinal,” said another.
“Karim is my champ and always will be. Complete legend. So talented and so humble,” one viewer wrote.
Karim & Amy were robbed 😭😭😭 #StrictlyFinal
— Arihat تایرا (@arihat_) December 14, 2019
— Mrs A (@WessieDoo) December 14, 2019
Others rushed to Twitter to defend Kelvin’s win.
“The best man won @kelvin_fletcher #StrictlyFinal,” asserted one.
“Well, at least the country got one vote right this week,” joked another.
“Ridiculously happy for @kelvin_fletcher and @OtiMabuse,” said another fan of Kelvin, adding: “Consistently incredible throughout and they pulled it completely out of the bag tonight with their Showdance. Well deserved winners.”
— Guy Edmeades Stearns (@guystearns) December 14, 2019
Ridiculously happy for @kelvin_fletcher and @OtiMabuse – consistently incredible throughout and they pulled it completely out of the bag tonight with their Showdance. Well deserved winners 👑💃🏼 #Strictly #StrictlyFinal
— ꧁ 𝑎𝑙𝑒𝑥𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟 ꧂ (@alexanderls3) December 14, 2019
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