Joe McFadden wins Strictly Come Dancing with partner Katya Jones

The star beat Gemma Atkinson, Alexandra Burke and Debbie McGee in the final

Joe McFadden Strictly

by Daisy Jordan |
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Joe McFadden has won Strictly Come Dancing 2017.

Dancing alongside his professional dancing partner Katya Jones, the actor swiped the glitter ball, beating Gemma Atkinson, Alexandra Burke and Debbie McGee to the top.

The star, who plays Raf in Holby City, was overjoyed to win the competition, but modestly claimed he never expected he would.

When asked, Joe replied, "Not in a million years. It feels completely surreal and I'm so in awe of everyone who started all those weeks ago.

"We've all become such a tight unit and I love them all to bits. And every one of us is a winner because we've gotten here. I love every single one of them to bits."

Katya was understandably excited too, and Joe praised her by saying, "And this woman is the most amazing woman.

"Thank you so much for sticking with me and persevering and being the most amazing artist and dancer and councillor and slave driver. She's amazing."

He later took to Twitter to thank his fans, writing, "Did that really just happen? Thanks so much to the people who voted for us, we’re so grateful."

His win comes as a surprise to viewers, who were claiming that the show was fixed so that Alexandra would take the gong.

The singer, who won The X Factor in 2008, received unbelievably high scores throughout the competition and was met with criticism for her emotional displays.

Congratulations, Joe and Katya!

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Davood Ghadami was the second celebrity to be confirmed by Strictly bosses. Speaking ahead of his time on the dance floor, he said, "Having the opportunity to take part in this year's Strictly is an honour."The actor is mostly known for his role as Kush Kazemi in EastEnders and has also starred in TV shows such as The Bill and Law & Order.

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Mollie King

Former The Saturdays singer Mollie King was the first contestant to be revealed for the 2017 series. Speaking ahead of her time on the show, she said, "I'm a huge fan of Strictly Come Dancing so I can't actually believe I'm lucky enough to be taking part in it this year! I'm literally so excited to learn latin and ballroom dancing, and of course I can't wait to get into the sequins." Mollie first shot to fame when she joined girl band The Saturdays and enjoyed great success with hits such as 'Work', 'Up' and 'What About Us'.

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Ruth Langsford

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Simon Rimmer

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