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Chris Hollins, Ola Jordan win 'Strictly'

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Chris Hollins, Ola Jordan win 'Strictly'

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Chris Hollins and Ola Jordan have been crowned the 2009 series champions of Strictly Come Dancing.

The BBC Breakfast reporter and his professional partner beat Ricky Whittle and Natalie Lowe in tonight's live final on BBC One.

Whittle and Lowe scored more points from the judges across the evening, totalling 190 to Hollins and Jordan's 186, but they lost out in the public vote.

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. 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 said was "one of the greatest dances in Strictly history". Head judge Len Goodman told the Hollyoaks actor after his show dance that no matter what happened, he was "the best dancer in the competition".

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."

He added: "Thank you Ola-chops for believing in me. You are such a lovely little girl."

Entertainment during the evening came from host Bruce Forsyth and Dixon singing a duet, a performance from professionals Brian Fortuna and Kristina Rihanoff, and a group dance featuring 2008 finalists Lisa Snowdon and Rachel Stevens.

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