Strictly Come Dancing champion Louis Smith: “I can finally say I won something in 2012”

The London Olympics gymnastics silver medalist beat Kimberley Walsh and Denise van Outen to the title

He won silver for Team GB at the London Olympics, but tonight 23-year-old gymnast Louis Smith went one better to take top spot in the Strictly Come Dancing 2012 final, beating opponents Denise van Outen and Kimberley Walsh, after Dani Harmer was voted off following the first of a double bill of dance floor drama on BBC1.


“I can finally say I won something in the year 2012,” said a self-deprecating Louis after host Bruce Forsyth announced the result.

Louis was quick to praise his partner Flavia Cacace, calling her “an absolute legend” and “the nicest person I have ever met”, while she was equally complimentary in return, thanking Louis for sharing his “amazing talent and skill”.

Louis had been the bookies’ favourite going into the final, perhaps due to a combination of his dancing talent and popularity with the female audience. And he didn’t disappoint his fans, going topless for the second performance of the evening, a slow and sensual showdance to Take That’s Rule the World, which featured a daring lift and drew a perfect score of 40 from the judges.

Darcey Bussell said of the pair’s performance: “You blew me away. That had grace, fluidity and was sensual. That was brave to do – such a graceful and seamless dance. Very different from anything else I’ve seen in a showdance.”

Len Goodman added: “When you started, I thought ‘it will be all gymnastics and flip flops’. [But] that lift… if this show goes on for another 20 years I don’t think will see another showdance as magical as that.”

Bruno Tonioli was equally impressed: “The strength of a superhero. You went from another angle; deeply effective and memorable.”

And Craig Revel kept his verdict short and unusually sweet, saying: “I only have two words for that  fab-ulous.”

Despite writing herself off ahead of the final, Denise van Outen performed brilliantly, and after two dances was sharing top spot in the leaderborard with Louis, both having garnered 79 of a possible 80 points from the judges.

Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh also outdid herself, managing a near-perfect score of 39 for her secod dance, described by Bruno Tonioli as “smoking hot and deliriously sexy.”

After the final result, Kimberley said of the Strictly experience: “‘It has been absolutely amazing and we have loved every minute of it and I’m so, so happy for Louis.”

Kimberley and Pasha

Judges’ Choice – Viennese Waltz to A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

Showdance to Crazy in Love by Beyoncé

Favourite Dance – Tango to When Doves Cry by Prince

Denise and James

Judges Choice – Jive to Tutti Frutti by Little Richard

Showdance to What a Feeling by Irene Cara

Favourite Dance – Charleston to Walk Like an Egyptian by The Puppini Sisters

Dani and Vincent

Judges Choice – Tango to Rumour Has It by Adele

Showdance to Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

Favourite Dance – Jive to Dance With Me Tonight by Olly Murs

Louis and Flavia

Judges’ Choice – Salsa to (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

Showdance Rule The World by Take That


Favourite Dance – Charleston to Dr Wanna Do by Caro Emerald