As Ellie Leach wins, finalists praised as… strictly sensational

The former Coronation Street star, 22, looked flabbergasted as she declared: “I actually genuinely cannot believe this.”

Her partner, Vito Coppola, cried as it was his first win and Ellie said the Glitterball was for him.

The spectacular live final had opened with dancer Amy Dowden, who is having cancer treatment, making a surprise appearance joining her fellow pros for their opening routine.

And the series ended with the coveted prize being held aloft by Ellie and Vito.

She had finished third on the board with 115 points behind actor Layton Williams and EastEnders star Bobby Brazier following her three dances which included a paso doble.

But one expert is predicting West End star Layton will be heading for Hollywood.

Top manager Jonathan Shalit said of the Bad Education actor, 29, whose three dances with Nikita Kuzmin, including his Argentine tango, scored him 119 points out of 120: “If you look at the work he has done, I can see him dancing and singing to the world. I can see him breaking Hollywood.

“Bobby Brazier, the only way I can describe him is completely delightful.

“He could not be more charming, good looking, a delightful young man, and there will be dozens of offers on the table for him. The big question for him now is how long do you stay in EastEnders?”

And of Ellie, Jonathan added: “Strictly has given her this platform and she’s very likable and someone who is very talented.”

Leading publicist Mark Borkowski said: “It’s not the Glitterball, it’s the glitter it spreads on you for your career.

“You can change your earning power in a few weeks. That’s why there is a queue of people wanting to do it and that’s why it’s so tough.

Mark added: “Bobby is young and he comes across as really authentic. Brands are going to love him because he’s just so natural.

“The two people who have got the most potential I think are Layton and Bobby.

“The one who is streets ahead is Bobby – just in terms of deals because he’s so young and so authentic and he’s got an incredible back story.”

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Last night, the 20-year-old actor danced his Couple’s Choice with Dianne Buswell once more in tribute to his mum, Big Brother star Jade Goody, who died of cancer in 2009. His three dances scored him 117 points.

Meanwhile, on the show last night Olly Alexander revealed he will represent the UK at Eurovision next year.

The Years & Years front man and It’s A Sin star said: “I am planning it now, it’s going to be spectacular.

“I love Eurovision so much, it’s a dream come true.”

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