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Last Updated: Sunday December 20 2009 12:17 GMT

Hollins crowned Strictly champion

Chris Hollins and Orla Jordan win Strictly

Chris Hollins has been crowned winner of Strictly Come Dancing, beating actor Ricky Whittle in Saturday's final.

The BBC Sport presenter won the competition, performing four dances with dance partner Orla Jordan.

After winning the glitterball prize, Chris praised Hollyoaks star Ricky and partner Natalie Lowe and thanked fans.

Chris and Orla won even though judges gave their opponents more points, as the final result was decided by the public vote.

After the result was announced Chris told his tearful dancing partner: "Little Ola-chops, thank you so much for believing in me all the way along."

Jordan said: "You have been the best partner. You've been a dream to be working with."

Guest stars

Lots of other previous contestants returned to the dance the dance floor, with the exception of Phil Tufnell who had flu.

The final also featured athlete Jade Johnson, who had to pull out of the competition last month due to an injury.

And host Bruce Forsyth got together judge Alesha Dixon to perform a duet of the Frank Sinatra standard Something's Gotta Give.