Another reality TV victory for McFly

McFly can expect sell-out performances at their tour next year after taking a second reality TV crown in a month.

McFly can expect sell-out performances at their tour next year after taking a second reality TV crown in a month.

The band's drummer Harry Judd was last night named winner of 'Strictly Come Dancing', beating Chelsee Healey and Jason Donovan in the BBC1 dance contest's final at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool.

His victory comes after McFly bassist Dougie Poynter won ITV reality show 'I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!' at the start of this month.

The band were united in their celebrations after Judd's bandmates ran on stage and hugged him excitedly as the result of the show was announced last night.

The band are set to tour the UK in 2012, starting in March, and their popularity can be in no doubt after four additional shows were added to the 'Up Close And Personal' tour on Friday.

Tickets for the extra dates, in York, Birmingham, London and Manchester, will go on sale on Wednesday.

Last night 25-year-old Judd, who was the bookies' runaway favourite to take the crown, paid tribute to his dance partner Aliona Vilani, who was the runner-up last year.

"I have just had the most incredible experience," he said. "I have been on the best show on TV and I am just honoured.

"I was so nervous when I first started, and I didn't think I would be able to do it. But somehow Aliona has got me through it."

The drummer, from Chelmsford, Essex, scored his first perfect 40 in the series for his opening dance of the night, a sprightly quickstep to The Pretenders' 'Don't Get Me Wrong'.

Judge Bruno Tonioli said: "You came, you danced, and you conquered Blackpool with a quickstep delivered with flash and dash."

Judd's second performance, an energetic rock 'n' roll show-dance to the 1950s Jerry Lee Lewis classic 'Great Balls Of Fire', saw him perform cartwheels and a series of daring lifts of Vilani.

He closed the routine by running to a drum kit at the side of the stage, picking up the sticks and bashing out a rhythm - scoring a total 37.

Head judge Len Goodman said: "If you were a stick of Blackpool rock, you would have 'talent' written right through you."

Judd and Vilani scored 39 for their romantic American Smooth to Elvis Presley's C'an't Help Falling In Love'.

The drummer was awarded another 40 for his sultry Argentine tango with Vilani to Asi Se Baila El Tango, which inspired the nitpicking judge Craig Revel Horwood to tell him: "Like the nation, I have fallen in love with you."

Judd revealed his dancing ability in a Children In Need Strictly special before signing up for the ninth series of the show.

Runner-up Chelsee Healey, 23, described the final as "the best night of my life".

The Waterloo Road actress's first dance with partner Pasha Kovalev, a jive to the Monkees' 'I'm A Believer' with costumes themed on the children's film 'Shrek', was described by Revel Horwood as a "complete and absolute bundle of joy".

She donned an outfit inspired by 'Crazy In Love' star Beyonce Knowles for her second routine, a show-dance to 'One Night Only'.

Healey failed to clock up any perfect scores from the judges, but she got three 39s and her total tally of 153 was just three points behind Judd.

Jason Donovan, 43, was the first of the three finalists to be eliminated from the competition by the public despite scoring the highest marks from the judges with partner Kristina Rihanoff in the first part of the show.

After being voted out, he said: "This has been the most incredible experience - other than my children and my wife - in my life."

Judd told BBC Radio 'Five Live' the double victory for him and bandmate Poynter had made it an "amazing year".

"It's a Mc-double," he said. "Dougie's my man, Dougie's done it.

"Dougie is the king, I'm sure he will say I am the queen."

Thanking fans for all their support, he added: "What an amazing year, we never ever expected it.

"We are two happy lads."

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