Matt Flint crowned winner of So You Think You Can Dance 2011

Matt Flint

29-year-old Matt Flint has been named Britain's Favourite Dancer in the final of So You Think You Can Dance 2011. The tap dancer from Scarborough came top of the public vote in tonight’s live final, while Luke Jackson finished runner up. Kirsty Swain finished fourth while Katie Love completed the result in third place.

The first result in tonight's final to be announced was fourth place, which went to Kirsty Swain. Kirsty told host Cat Deeley: "I never thought I’d make it this far, I am absolutely grateful, thank you so much for getting me this far you’ve made my dreams come true. If I’ve inspired anybody to go for their dreams just do it because it can happen."

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Next, favourite Katie Love made a surprise exit in third place. Speaking after her elimination, Katie explained: "I’ve learnt o much about myself about dancing I’m a bit lost for words. It’s been incredible, it’s the most incredible experience and most amazing opportunity. Can I just take this opportunity to thank the team that have looked after us at the BBC."

She added: "I’ve learned so much and I’ll take so much away from this. Thank you, thank you."

With Luke and Matt in the top two it was then time for the final result.

The winner of So You Think You Can Dance 2011, winning a £50,000 prize and the chance to dance in Hollywood on the final of the US show, was Matt.

Speaking to host Cat, Matt said: "What a wonderful stage to do what I love and have a massive passion for. I just feel amazing, amazing. Thank you for voting for me every single week."

He added: "It's been the best thing I've ever done in my life."

Nigel commented: "It's going to be a delight for me to take Matt to Hollywood. He's got great character and style."

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