TV presenter Caroline Flack jumped for joy as she and her partner Pasha Kovalev lifted the glitterball trophy after being crowned Strictly Come Dancing champions 2014.
The former Xtra Factor regular made history in becoming the first person ever to score three sets of perfect scores in the final of the BBC dance show, and was hailed as “absolutely phenomenal”.
Flack said winning was the “best feeling in the whole world”, adding: “This has been the best experience of my whole life.”
The dancing champion, who was favourite to win, beat The Saturdays star Frankie Bridge and her partner Kevin Clifton, Blue singer Simon Webbe and his partner Kristina Rihanoff, and former Towie star Mark Wright and his partner Karen Hauer.
Flack scored 40 in each of her three dances, with famously hard to please judge Craig Revel Horwood, telling her: “My heart has melted.”
After performing her last dance, which was the Charleston, he told her she was “absolutely phenomenal”.
Darcey Bussell described her as “the perfect naughty flapper”, while Bruno Tonioli said she was his “golden sex goddess’’ after her cha cha cha, adding: ‘’The earth was moving. I’m still basking in the afterglow.’’
The couple’s showdance - which featured a wind machine - was “like watching a contemporary ballet’’, according to retired ballerina Bussell, while Len Goodman said: ‘’You don’t need wind machines, you’ve got huge fans up here.’’
Bookmakers Coral cut Flack’s odds to 1-4 but are still facing a “hefty” payout.
A Coral spokeswoman said: “After weeks of getting off the hook, we’ve finally got our fingers burnt. Caroline Flack was backed off the boards tonight and has left us facing a hefty Christmas payout.”
Kovalev said of Flack: “I could not imagine a better partner.”
In the two-part grand final - in which the judges’ scores were for guidance only and did not count towards the result - radio DJ Wright was first to be voted off having received the fewest public votes.
He said the show has been the ‘’best experience of my life’’.
Wright, who has been known to break down in tears throughout the series, kept his emotions in check.
‘’I’m never going to forget it, ever,’’ he said.
Tonioli earlier said Wright was a ‘’cheeky chappy with a lorry load of charm’’, while Revel Horwood said his confidence was ‘’extraordinary’’ and said he had progressed to the final ‘’from the dance gutter’’.
As Wright’s fiance Michelle Keegan and sister Jessica looked on, the former reality TV star was told by Goodman that his caterpillar move was ‘’coming along a treat’’.
Meanwhile, Bridge was told she was ‘’saucy’’ and Revel Horwood described her samba as ‘’absolutely fantastic’’, as her bandmates Una Foden and Mollie King watched from the audience.
Bussell said she had “grown into such a stylish, sophisticated dancer”, while Tonioli said the “scorching” singer had “set the floor on fire”.
Blue pop star Webbe was told he had “exceeded all expectations” and had become a “true leading man”, and Revel Horwood said the relationship between him and Rihanoff is “extraordinary”.
Bussell said she had “tears of joy” in her eyes after their Argentinian tango - the final tango and last dance of the series.