25 December 2019 20:39
THIS time last year, Debbie McGee was set to have two cancerous tumours removed from her left breast. Twelve months on, she has beaten the disease and won the 2019 Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special. 5 The widow of magician Paul Daniels won the festive edition of the BBC show with professional partner Kevin Clifton The widow of magician Paul Daniels as she and pro Kevin Clifton beat fellow celebs including Mark Wright, Gemma Atkinson, Chizzy Akudolu and Joe Sugg. Debbie said: "How wonderful that a year which started with an operation in January has finished with winning Strictly's Christmas show. MOST READ IN BIZARRE Exclusive GAVIN A LAUGH James Corden says Gavin & Stacey return was dead before 'best scene ever' Exclusive JOSS STICK Dan Osborne made furious calls to Natalie Nunn after she confirmed threesome Exclusive CATCHING THE FLAK Love Island race row after Laura Whitmore revealed as ITV show's new host Exclusive GILLIAN SPLIT Gillian Taylforth calls off wedding after splitting from boyfriend Exclusive MINT-ED Ed Sheeran paid himself £73.4m last year from tour earnings — £201k every day Exclusive MUMBLE GRUMBLE Viewers slam 'mumbling' in BBC's A Christmas Carol as one million switch off Debbie McGee has been crowned the winner of this year's Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special alongside professional partner Kevin Clifton.
The Christmas champions wowed the judges and the studio audience with their quickstep to Jingle Bells by Michael Bublé, scoring a perfect 40. Champion: Debbie McGee has been crowned the winner of this year's Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special alongside professional partner Kevin Clifton Six of the most-loved and memorable Strictly stars from previous series returned to the ballroom for a festive edition of the nation's favourite show to celebrate the magic of Christmas. Debbie was competing against Chizzy Akudolu, Gemma Atkinson, Joe Sugg, Mark Wright and Richard Arnold. Mark Wright and Janette Manrara danced the Salsa to Christmas Wrapping, earning a score of 35 Finally, Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell - who have dating since they were partnered on the 2018 edition of the show - performed a Street Commercial to Sleigh Ride, securing a perfect score of 40. Couple: Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez danced together for the first time on the show, after meeting on the 2017 series.
McGee wowed the judges and the audience with her quickstep to Jingle Bells by Michael Buble before lifting the Strictly Silver Star. The episode also featured a performance from Liam Payne, who sang his new song All I Want For Christmas. Kevin Clifton has won the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special. Despite making an early exit in week three of this year's competition with Anneka Rice, Kevin proved to be a cracker in the Christmas Day special - scooping the Silver Star trophy with dance partner Debbie McGee. Six of the most-loved and memorable Strictly Come Dancing stars from previous series returned to the ballroom for a festive edition of the nation's favourite show to celebrate the magic of Christmas. This year's line-up was: Debbie McGee, Chizzy Akudolu, Gemma Atkinson, Joe Sugg, Mark Wright and Richard Arnold.