The final four had performed twice for the judges and public, first reprising a past routine as picked out by the panel before wowing with their unique and self-choreographed show dances.
While the panel marked all the dances it was the public alone who decided the winner, with Sophie coming out bottom of the public vote.
She left Abbey Clancy, Susanna Reid and Natalie Gumede to go on to fight it out in the final showdown, with the trio each performing their favourite dance from the past eleven weeks.
Abbey and Aljaz chose their Quickstep to “Walking On Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves, while Natalie and Artem’s favourite was American Smooth to Jennifer Hudson’s “And I’m Telling You, I’m Not Going”
Finally, Susanna and Kevin reprised their Paso Doble to Carmen’s “Los Toreadors”.
At the end of the night, Natalie was top of the judges’ leaderboard with 119 points out of a perfect 120, but the marks were only for guidance.
The public votes from the phone lines and those cast for free online via the BBC website alone chose the winner, with over 6 million votes being made.
Hosts Tess Daly and Sir Bruce Forsyth gathered the final three to announce the results, as Abbey was crowned winner of this year’s Strictly.
Last year’s champ Louis Smith returned to the show to hand over the Glitterball trophy, before Abbey and her pro partner Aljaz returned to the floor for one last dance.
The model had been backed to win by TellyMix readers, although the bookies had Susanna down as their favourite to win.
This evening’s final also saw performances from the eleven eliminated celebs as well as singer Robbie Williams.
Strictly will return to BBC One for another series next autumn.
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