Katherine Jenkins takes second place on US dancing show

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas
Katherine and her dance partner Mark consistently earned high scores from the judges Photo: PA Wire / Dancing With The Stars

Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins has finished second in the final of American show Dancing With The Stars. She and her dancer partner Mark Ballas were narrowly beaten by American football star Donald Driver and his partner Peta Murgatroyd when the public votes were combined with the judges' scores in Tuesday night's live final.

Katherine Jenkins and Donald Driver
Katherine tweeted this picture with the show's winner, Donald Driver Credit: Twitter / @KathJenkins

I can't put into words how much I've loved this. Thank you for everybody for having me on the show, it's been an absolute dream.

– Katherine Jenkins

Being runner up on DWTS feels pretty amazing...Thanku to all who voted to put us 2nd! I never would have thought this possible at the start!

The mezzo-soprano from Neath and her partner achieved perfect scores for their pasodoble and freestyle dances in the first leg of the final, and won praise for "consistent performances setting the standard for the season." With 20 million people watching the programme in America, her impressive performances have boosted her profile on the other side of the pond.

Katherine Jenkins and dancer partner Mark Ballas
Katherine thanked her dance partner after coming second on the show Credit: ITV Daybreak