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Last Updated: Sunday December 23 2007 10:49 GMT

Alesha crowned winner of Strictly

Alesha Dixon

Singer Alesha Dixon has been crowned champion of this year's Strictly Come Dancing contest.

She was up against EastEnders actor Matt Di Angelo, and his partner Flavia Cacace, in the live final of the fifth series on Saturday.

The competition was close, but in the end Alesha won the public vote.

The 29-year-old, who was the favourite to win the show, began jumping up and down with dance partner Matthew Cutler when she was named the winner.

The two finalists performed five dances each, including their favourite ballroom and Latin dances of the series.

When host Bruce Forsyth handed Alesha the winner's trophy, he told her "You could become the biggest female star in this country."

Matt Di Angelo
Alesha later said: "I'm over the moon I can't believe it.

"It was worth all the bruises, lack of sleep, the painful cuts and sore joints, and all 380 hours of training."

Her partner Matthew said "She's worked so hard. She deserves it. Alesha has been amazing to work with."

Runner-up Matt and his dance partner Flavia said they were "very pleased" to have made it to the final.

He later admitted: "I wanted to win but it didn't happen on the night. Alesha's a phenomenal dancer and I'm really happy for her."

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