11 million tune in to watch Chris Hollins take Strictly crown

The end of X Factor boosts ratings, as 11 million tune in to the final Strictly show

Sports personality Chris Hollins took home the Strictly Come Dancing title this weekend, after a fab final dance with partner Ola Jordan.

The pair wowed with their fancy footwork, beating other famous dancers Ali Bastian and Ricky Whittle, both of whom were tipped for the top.

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And ratings enjoyed a much-needed boost after the end of X Factor last week, with 11 million tuning in to watch Saturday’s show.

But the winner Chris reveals his busy training routines have left him in the doghouse with girlfriend Sarah Alexander.

Ola Jordan-Strictly Come Dancing-Celebrity Photos-14 December 2009

The star also cut short a holiday with his beau to join the Strictly line-up.

‘That went down very badly. I have to say I have been pushing it. Not only did I leave her on holiday, I also decided this was a good time to move out of our flat and buy a house,’ he said.

‘To make matters worse, I also didn’t realise I was going to survive until Christmas so I haven’t done any Christmas shopping or helped out with Christmas at all. So I am permanently in the dog house.’

Meanwhile Strictly’s resident lovebirds Ali Bastian and Brian Fortuna have finally gone public with their romance, jetting off to Paris this weekend for a romantic break in the snow.

 Ali Bastian & Brian Fortuna - Celebrity News - Marie Claire

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