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Strictly failure wins festive special show


STRICTLY Come Dancing’s first contestant to get the boot this series has gone from zero to hero after being crowned winner of the Christmas Day special.

Radio DJ Melvin Odoom and his profession­al dance partner Janette Manrara were axed from the ballroom in the first public vote of this year’s BBC1 contest, but have shown the judges that the champions’ result could have been very different if they had been kept in.

Odoom, who recently presented the Mobo Awards in Glasgow with DJ Rickie Haywood Williams, and Manrara won the one-off festive episode with a perfect score of 40 points for their Charleston to Sparklejol­lyTwinklej­ingley, inspired by the film Elf.

The judges’ scores were combined with votes from the studio audience which led to a turnaround in fortunes for the 36-year-old.

Strictly’s theme for the Christmas special was festive movies and saw chef Ainsley Harriott and Karen Clifton Jive to Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree inspired by Home Alone; TV presenter Gethin Jones and Chloe Hewitt do a Quickstep to The Polar Express; writer and actress Pamela Stephenson and Pasha Kovalev Cha Cha to Jump; Olympian Denise Lewis and Anton Du Beke dance a Viennese Waltz to Meet Me in St Louis, and pop star Frankie Bridge and Gorka Marquez perform an American Smooth to Let It Go, from Frozen.

Odoom said: “This is the best Christmas ever. I’m going to put this trophy on my front door so people will know.”

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WINNER: Melvin Odoom made a great comeback.

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