Strictly 2013: Abbey Clancy’s victory proves dance ability plus likeability wins

Abbey beat bookies’ favourite Susanna Reid and judges’ leaderboard frontrunner Natalie Gumede!

Abbey Clancy won the first-ever-all-female 'Strictly Come Dancing' final this weekend, despite Susanna Reid being the bookies' favourite and Natalie Gumede topping the judges' leaderboard.

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A winning combination

Yahoo! readers predicted the result in our poll this week, with a massive 43% backing the model to win 'SCD' 2013. Abbey showed that the 'Strictly' formula is dance ability + likeability = winner.

'BBC Breakfast' presenter Susanna was hugely popular with viewers, but her likeability wasn't enough on its own to warrant a win as she couldn't quite match Abbey in dancing prowess.

'Coronation Street' actress Natalie had the most consistent dance ability according to the judges' scores (she had the highest average over the series), but that wasn't enough for the public either.

Model, mother and Peter Crouch's wife Abbey had that winning combination of personality and dancefloor talent previous 'Strictly' champions like Kara Tointon and Alesha Dixon also exhibited.

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The final in numbers

Abbey and her pro partner Aljaz Skorjanec performed three dances on Saturday, getting a perfect score of 40 for their Waltz to Des'ree's 'Kissing You', which was the judges' choice. Their Showdance to Guns and Roses' 'Sweet Child of Mine' scored 38 from the judges, as did their Quickstep to 'Walking on Sunshine' by Katrina and the Waves, which was their favourite dance.

Their combined total of 116 out of a possible 120 put them second on the judges' leaderboard, behind Natalie whose scores of 39, 40 and 40 gave her a grand total of 119. Susanna's score of 112 (37, 36 and 39) put her in third position. However, the judges' scores were just for guidance and didn't count.

After the first two dances, Susanna was in fourth position with the judges behind Sophie Ellis-Bextor, but at the beginning of the results show it was Sophie who received the fewest votes and was eliminated.

It looked like Susanna was going to prove the bookies right and take home the glitterball trophy. However, after a huge six million votes were totted up, Abbey was the celeb jumping up and down.

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A controversial series

This eleventh series of 'Strictly' had its controversial moments, in particular 'Hairy Bikers' chef Dave Myers and the quit campaign. The public kept Dave in for longer than other celebs who scored higher with the judges, which caused an outcry amongst some viewers, but Dave did eventually go.

There will be some viewers who aren't happy that Abbey won, given that Natalie received higher marks in the final, and in most weeks. But the 2013 result proves it's not all about who scores highest.

'Strictly' isn't simply a dance competition, it's a light entertainment show as well. It strikes a balance between dancing and entertainment, and Abbey's victory perfectly matches that blend.

Congratulations Abbey!