Louis Smith: Strictly trophy will take pride of place

Louis Smith says his Glitterabll Trophy will be positioned on the fireplace of his new home, while his silver and bronze London 2012 medals will be kept in a drawer

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Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace

Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace with the Glitterball Trophy

Louis Smith says his winning 'Strictly Come Dancing' trophy will take pride of place in his new house.

The 23-year-old gymnast won the BBC One dancing competition with professional partner Flavia Cacace on Saturday night (22.12.12), and he has vowed to keep his Glitterball Trophy on top of his fireplace, but his London 2012 silver and bronze medals will be in his drawer.

He said: "I'm going to keep the Glitterball on the top of my fireplace in my new house that's being built. Right in the middle. I'll stick the medals in a drawer."

Louis celebrated his victory over Kimberley Walsh, Denise Van Outen and Dani Harmer by partying at a "gentleman's venue" until 5:30am yesterday morning (23.12.12), but he expected Girls Aloud singer Kimberley to be crowned winner of the show.

He explained: "Kimberley was so good, I was prepared for her to win. We had such good fun so when they announced it I couldn't believe it."

While Louis credits 'Strictly' with making him more confident and helping him to "let loose a bit", he is glad to have his first proper break since before the London 2012 Olympics this summer.

He added to The Sun newspaper: "I'm definitely more outgoing. I've learnt to be more reserved with gym because you're representing your sport and want to be a role model. It's nice to let loose a bit and let people see what I'm all about, which isn't straight-down-the-line, strict Louis.

"I have been pretty much non-stop since April. This has been nuts, to go from the Olympics to this. I'm going to sit on a sofa, get loads of food and only get up to go to the toilet."

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