Kara Tointon wins Strictly Come Dancing 2010

Kara Tointon has won the 2010 series of 'Strictly Come Dancing', beating Matt Baker in the final last night (18.12.10)

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Kara Tointon

Kara Tointon

Kara Tointon has won 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The former 'EastEnders' actress and her dancing partner Artem Chigvintsev - who are rumoured to be a couple off the show - beat Matt Baker and Pamela Stephenson to win the coveted prize, with the 28-year-old beauty saying it was "special".

She said: "Winning this is the most special thing I have ever achieved."

Turning to Artem, she added: "I want to thank this man - he's been wonderful. I have made the most fantastic friend for life and it has been the most special experience of my life."

Kara - who was suffering from a wrist injury on the final - wowed the judges with four performances including a show dance, an American Smooth and a Waltz.

Judge Alesha Dixon was quick to praise Kara and Artem's Waltz, saying the pair were proof of what hard work can lead to.

She said: "A very understated performance full of romance. You are such a great example of what hard work and determination can achieve."

Artem burst into tears upon hearing the news they had won and called Kara "amazing", while former 'Blue Peter' presenter Matt praised them as "worthy" champions of the 2010 series.

He said: "It's been great. I have absolutely thoroughly enjoyed tonight, and Kara and Artem are worthy winners. If I was at home, I would be voting for Kara as well."

Pamela was knocked out first in the show last night (18.12.10), and even usually hostile judge Craig Revel Horwood sang her praises, despite a mistake during a performance of 'Dirty Dancing' classic 'I've Had the Time of my Life'.

He said: "There was a big old stumble, I did notice. But you are an extremely natural dancer and so watchable, it's fantastic."

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