BBC Strictly Come Dancing’s Nikita Kuzmin breaks down in tears as he says goodbye

Strictly Come Dancing's live final on Saturday night was a tearful affair, as the celebs and their pro dance partners got emotional while performing together for the final ever time.

Bad Education's Layton Williams, Bobby Brazier from EastEnders, and Ellie Leach from Coronation Street were all competing for the Glitterball Trophy with their pro dance partners, as they danced their final routines of the series, hoping to wow the judges and viewers at home.

Tasked with performing three dances each, there was scarcely room for the stars to catch their breath between performances, with each couple soaking up as much of the infectious atmosphere before the winner was announced.

One pro dancer in particular, Nikita Kuzmin, was especially emotional as he said a sad goodbye to his new friend, Layton, after he realised it was the last episode of the series, and the last time he and his celebrity partner would be dancing together.

Nikita was already teary after his final dance with Layton, but when host Claudia Winkleman and the judges reminded them it was their last dance, Nikita couldn't hold back the tears.

Choking up, he shared a heartfelt moment as he said goodbye to Layton on the show as they both cried and hugged, talking about their strong connection and their Strictly journey so far.

Nikita, brimming with tears, told Claudia: "It's just that she's saying goodbye and I looked him in the eyes, and I realised it's the end."

Layton also commented on their final dance: "It felt special to close the show with it, our last dance."

After a hard fought competition, Nikita and Layton sadly lost out on the coveted win, and were runners-up to Ellie and Vito, who took home the Glitterball Trophy.

Following the announcement Ellie was rendered completely speechless at her win, while an emotional Vito praised his partner – before both stars dedicated their win to each other.

Ellie made history by becoming the youngest ever winner of Strictly Come Dancing. The celebrations kicked off with Ellie and Vito lifting the trophy, surrounded by cheers from their fellow stars.

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