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Rufus Hound wins Christmas Strictly Come Dancing

Comedian Rufus Hound has won his second television dance contest after triumphing in the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special.

Flavia Cacace and Rufus Hound won the Christmas competition. Credit: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment

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He beat the likes of DJ Sara Cox and Saturdays singer Rochelle Hulmes to lift this year's trophy for his tango with partner Flavia Cacace. Hound previously won the series Let's Dance For Sport Relief in 2010.

Elaine Paige topped the voting with the judging panel in the one-off festive Strictly show for her cha cha cha with Pasha Kovalev to Jingle Bells.

But when it went to the audience vote, Hound stepped out in front for his performance to Never Do A Tango With An Eskimo.

Surprised winner Hound said: "It's surreal in the extreme. We didn't really set out to win, the fact that it's happened I don't know what it means. I think if I had more of a taste for the ballroom, they'd be serving it in a burger!"

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Sophie Ellis-Bextor calls Strictly thieves 'opportunistic'

Strictly Come Dancing star Sophie Ellis-Bextor says the thieves who struck contestants' dressing rooms while the show was on air were "opportunistic".

Police are investigating the incident in which a number of valuables, including an iPad, phone and jewellery, are said to have been stolen from an area used by female competitors.

The thefts occurred when the BBC1 show headed to Blackpool from a heat which took place at the Tower Ballroom, which saw the highest scores of the series so far.

Ellis-Bextor told Daybreak, "It was just an opportunistic thing. The police are looking into it ... There's no one to blame for it".

Bond Girl and Hairy Biker flop in Strictly Come Dancing

Former Bond girl Fiona Fullerton killed the dancefloor tonight when she found herself at the bottom of the leaderboard on Strictly Come Dancing.

The A View to a Kill star scored just 22 points, closely followed by Dave Myers, Deborah Meaden and Julian Macdonald who got 23 each.

Fiona Fullerton and Anton DuBeke performing during rehearsals for the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing
Fiona Fullerton and Anton DuBeke performing during rehearsals for the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing Credit: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire

There was some comfort for Hairy Biker Dave Myers, who was told that his waltz to The Eagles' Take It To The Limit was his best dance of the BBC1 series so far.

 Dave Myers and Karen Hauer performing during rehearsals for the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing
Dave Myers and Karen Hauer performing during rehearsals for the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing Credit: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire

Meanwhile in joint place at the top of the chart were Abbey Clancy, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Natalie Gumede, who all scored a 35 out of a possible 40.

Sick Sir Bruce to miss Saturday's Strictly Come Dancing

Sir Bruce performing at the Glastonbury Festival in June Credit: Press Association

Strictly Come Dancing host Sir Bruce Forsyth will miss this Saturday's show after falling ill, the BBC has confirmed.

The 85-year-old showbiz veteran who fronts the show with Tess Daly, has hosted the series since it launched in 2004.

He last missed a programme because of illness in 2009.

Strictly stars to support Julien Macdonald at LFW

Welsh designer and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Julien Macdonald said the cast of the dance show will be attending his show this afternoon.

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So glad to have the strictly competitors and dancers coming to my show tomorrow! Can't wait to see all the lovely ladies in Julien Macdonald

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