Stacey and Kevin win the Strictly Come Dancing glitterball
Stacey Dooley and her professional partner Kevin Clifton.
By Lizzie Healey
Documentary maker Stacey Dooley and dance partner Kevin Clifton have been crowned the winners of the 16th series of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing.
Stacey beat Joe Sugg, Faye Tozer and Ashley Roberts to win the coveted glitterball trophy in Saturday’s final.
She was previously best known for hosting her hard-hitting series Stacey Dooley Investigates, but has won over millions on Saturday night TV.
It was Kevin’s first victory after being a losing finalist four times.
Kevin was clearly emotional to finally get his hands on the glitterball. After winning, Stacey paid tribute to him as “the biggest gem”.She said: “I’ve had the most incredible time. It’s daunting doing something you haven’t done before – you feel silly, you feel like a bit of an idiot.
“But Kevin walks you through – and you so deserve this.”
In response, he told her: “Thank you so much not just for being so amazing and dancing so well and getting this, but just for being the most wonderful person to work with, to spend every day in training [with].
“You’ve worked so hard and always with a massive smile on your face.”
Stacey and Kevin were popular winners, and there was also huge support for Joe from fellow YouTubers and some of the eight million people who subscribe to his YouTube channel.
My tip to win, Faye and Giovanni, were impressive as ever but failed to get their hands on the glitterball.