By SARAH FITZMAURICE and LOUISE SAUNDERS
Louis Smith has proved himself a winner on the dance floor after picking up the Glitterball Trophy on Saturday night's Strictly Come Dancing final.
The 23-year-old Gymnast and partner Flavia Cacace beat Kimberley Walsh and Denise Van Outen to the top spot on the show.
Louis managed to make a joke about missing out on a gold medal at the Olympics in London this summer and told Tess Daly: 'I can finally say I won something in the year 2012.'
Louis was quick to pay tribute to his partner and said: 'She has been an absolute legend.'
He added: 'She is the nicest person I have ever met.'
And it's clear that Flavia thinks equally highly of her partner as she thanked him for showing her his 'amazing talent and skill'.
Flavia, who has been in Strictly final before but never won until this series, was delighted and hugged her partner tightly after the result was announced.
Louis was the bookies favourite to take the top spot on the show, although he didn't receive the highest score from the judges during the final show on the night.
Girls Aloud singer Kimberley proved to be a gracious runner-up and told said: 'It has been absolutely amazing and we have loved every minute of it and I’m so, so happy for Louis.'
Louis pulled out all the stops to win the public vote, including going topless for his second performance.
The Olympian completed three dances during the evening, including the Charleston, the Salsa and a showdance that showed off his impressive gymnastic skills.
Louis was the last to take to the stage with his medical themed Charleston and Craig Reveal Horwood was the first judge to point out just how tough the competition was.
He said: 'This is going to be so difficult at home. I don’t know how anyone will make a decision.'
He also ditched his critical opinions to give Louis high praise and told him: 'You have worked solidly on that.'
'Your personality and character have really come to the forefront.'
Len also had high praise and noted: 'That was a gold medal performance.'
Bruno said the performance was 'Just what the doctor ordered'.
He added: 'You came out here with more tricks, more fun and more accomplished than ever.'