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Charlie Bruce named Britain's Favourite Dancer

After six weeks of explosive performances, exhausting rehearsals under the tutelage of some of the dance world's leading choreographers, and dramatic judgements, Charlie Bruce has been named Britain's Favourite Dancer, and crowned the winner of the first series of BBC One's So You Think You Can Dance.

Following a dramatic final week which saw fellow-finalist Robbie White withdraw from the competition, due to an injury sustained in rehearsal, tension was fever-pitch between the remaining three finalists as they headed in to tonight's Grand Final.

Performing Pop Jazz, Tango, Hip Hop, Samba, Lyrical, Broadway, Jazz and Contemporary routines in groups and couples, as well as their all-important solos, the finalists had their work cut out to impress the viewers at home and get the chance to dance on the US show and take home the £100,000 prize.

Standing in for Robbie, who appeared at the start of the show with host Cat Deeley, were former contestants Alastair Postlethwaite, Mark Calape and Drew McOnie in routines partnered with the competing finalists.

McOnie later teamed up with former dance partner Hayley Newton to perform the Judges' Favourite dance from the series – their much-loved Contemporary 'Bed' routine performed in Week 2, choreographed by Raphael Bonachela.

After all the performances, the judges reflected on the performances of the evening.

Nigel Lythgoe said: "All the dancers were inspirational and, I think, for series two, it's going to inspire all the dancers sitting out there wondering if they'll audition. They're all going to get up and audition after tonight... any one of these three are worthy winners, and the whole point of not just the £100,000 but actually going to Hollywood to expose their talents to 20 million people and work with all those choreographers... it's a chance in a lifetime."

For Arlene Phillips, it was "a battle of the girls, and Lizzie tonight in Sweet Dreams – her acting was absolutely phenomenal... that edged it for me."

Louise Redknapp agreed it was all about Girl Power: "I'm along with Arlene on this one and I think Lizzie in Sweet Dreams and Charlie in the lyrical."

Sisco Gomez, however, sided with Tommy, saying that his routine with returning dancer Mark was the highlight: "That Hip Hop was representing."

After the couples' performances, each dancer performed a solo to showcase why they should be named Britain's Favourite Dancer.

On Lizzie's solo, Louise said: "Let me say this is not a one-horse race! Lizzie, your solo every week is unique. Not many people can spin on their head the way you did. You are a strong, edgy, cool, exciting dancer and I love you."

On Tommy's shirtless solo, Arlene said: "Tommy, what you do is unique. I have to say last week's solo was phenomenal, this week's solo was phenomenal too. You live, breathe, hear, feel and see music. And taking your shirt off too was pretty good."

On Charlie's solo, Arlene said: "Charlie, you have just changed tonight and grown through this series. That solo was one of your best. It wasn't necessarily your very best, but what you have done through the night is mega, honey. Mega."

Eliminated in third place was Lizzie Gough, leaving Tommy Franzen and Charlie to go head-to-head for the title.

Of Lizzie's time in the competition, Arlene said: "Never mind the audience ringing and voting, phones will be ringing for Lizzie right now from choreographers and producers to get this outstanding talent in some way. I know that."

Following her elimination, Lizzie said: "I think I've been lucky because I've had a different style every week and I've never had a bad routine. I'm still going to go to America and kick ass over there!"

Cat Deeley later announced the results and, after weeks of hard-work, it was announced that Britain's Favourite Dancer was Charlie!

Following the announcement, Nigel said: "I'm exhausted. To have seen Tommy and Charlie grow across this series has been wonderful. Both were spectacular this evening but, for me, Charlie edged it. I'm going to be so delighted to take her to America."

And the newly-crowned champion, an emotional and tearful Charlie, said: "I'm absolutely speechless. Thank you so much. I did it. I did it... I'll never forget this!"

The results show had performances from Robbie Williams singing the official Sport Relief single, Morning Sun; a group dance featuring the three finalists to I Gotta Feeling choreographed by Paul Domaine; as well as a spectacular routine reuniting all the show's former dancers to Lady Gaga's Bad Romance.

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Charlie Bruce wins SYTYCD

So You Think You Can Dance, the BBC's hunt for the UK's best dancer, has been won by 19-year-old Charlie Bruce.

Charlie, from Leicester, won £100,000 and the opportunity to perform on the US version of the show.

She faced competition from just two other finalists, Lizzie Gough and Tommy Franzen, after Robbie White was forced to pull out with a dislocated shoulder.

The final of the BBC One show also featured a live performance by Robbie Williams on his 36th birthday.

Williams, who sang the official Sport Relief single Morning Sun, could not resist showing off some of his own dance moves.

Afterwards, he told the show's host Cat Deeley: "I thought it was a chance to do a medley of all my dance routines."

The final saw each of the contestants perform six routines. In the absence of the injured Robbie White, former contestants who had been voted off in earlier weeks returned for routines in which they were partnered with the competing finalists.

The winner burst into tears when Deeley revealed she had won the most votes from the public and said she would "never forget" the experience.

The teenager said she was "absolutely speechless" at her success and, fighting back tears, added: "Thank you so much. I did it."

Tommy was voted into second place and Lizzie came third.

Arlene Phillips, who joined the show's judging panel following her controversial departure from Strictly Come Dancing, told Charlie: "You have just changed through the night and grown through the series. What you have done tonight is mega, honey, mega."

Fellow judge Nigel Lythgoe praised Charlie's "journey" and said the teenager "grew" throughout the series. He said her trip to Hollywood to perform on the US version of the show was the "chance of a lifetime".

Although So You Think You Can Dance was on its first series for the BBC, its US equivalent - also hosted by Deeley - is hugely successful with viewing figures of 20 million and is about to start a seventh series.


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SYTYCD - Charlie wins!

Charlie Bruce has been crowned winner of BBC1's So You Think You Can Dance following a dramatic final on Saturday night.

The 19-year-old - who was the youngest dancer in the competition - beat fellow finalist Tommy Franzen, the bookies' favourite to win, into second place following the public vote.

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Judges keep Charlie's dancing dreams alive

Nails were bitten to the quick as Melton-born dancer Charlie Bruce (19) found herself in the dreaded dance-off on BBC1 show So You Think You Can Dance.

The former Sherard Primary School pupil performed a lyrical hip hop routine with contemporary dancer Drew McOnie as well as performing her solo. The couple's mime routine drew mixed comments from the judge

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Charlie makes it to the final 10

Melton-born dancer Charlie Bruce (19) gave another impressive performance to make it through to the last 10 contestants in the BBC1 show So You Think You Can Dance.

The former Sherard School pupil performed a challenging pop jazz routine with dance partner Tommy Franzen on Saturday's live show in a bid to impress judges Nigel Lythgoe, Arlene Phillips, Louise Redknapp and Sisco Gomez

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Talented Charlie stars on TV dance show

A £100,000 cash prize plus a once-in-a-lifetime chance to dance in Hollywood has moved a step closer for talented Melton-born-and-bred dancer Charlie Bruce.

The 19-year-old former Sherard Primary School pupil was among the 14 dancers who made it through nationwide auditions in the new BBC One TV dance competition So You Think You Can Dance.

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Profile - Charlie Bruce

Bubbly jazz dancer with a penchant for shoe shopping.

Charlie, at 19, is the youngest competitor in the competition. She loves dance so much she went in to full-time training from the age of 10. Now that she's left college, she's ready to make her mark on the dance world and sees SYTYCD as the perfect opportunity to do so.

Charlie began dancing aged three and started lessons properly aged seven. By the time she was 10, her talent was recognised and she took up a scholarship to Arts Educational School where she trained before moving on to Laine Theatre Arts. She has starred in panto but has yet to score a West End musical. Charlie says her dream role would be Roxie in Chicago.

She loves running and swimming, and goes to the gym at least twice a week. She's competent in ballet, jazz, contemporary, Latin and ballroom and is keen to embrace the competition.


"Leicestershire – I live in South East London now."

Favourite song to dance to?

"Pop, r 'n' b. Artists like Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake – that kind of music."

Greatest dancing fear?

"Falling on my bum! I always have that fear of fluffing up and falling over."

Best physical feature?

"I'd probably have to say my hair. Everybody knows me by my mad curly hair."

Worst habit in dance?

"Whenever a choreographer is giving us details I always do my own thing in a routine instead of doing the exact details we're being given. I find it hard to take in detail."

Most embarrassing moment on stage?

"Oh... I was doing a ballet show for National Youth Ballet and I went to do a split leap and I had pointe shoes on and the floor was slippery... naturally I went flying, my skirt went in the air, and I went bang on my bum. With an audience of nearly 2,000 people I was pretty embarrassed."

How did you get into dance?

"I got into dancing as soon as I heard Michael Jackson. My mum would put his music on and at the age of three I'd be dancing around and doing kicks. I just had something inside me that made me want to dance."

Where did you train?

"Arts Educational School in Tring from 10 to 16, then at Laine Theatre Arts, from 16 to 19. I've literally just left."

What's your favourite type of dance?


What's it like working on a TV show?

"Absolutely amazing. It's everything I ever dreamt of. I always wanted to work in TV so I'm over the Moon to be here."

Are the judges as scary as they seem?

"I think Nigel's a little bit scary sometimes but I like the fact that they give you lots of feedback and push you. I like to be pushed: I think they're great."

What are your future plans?

"I haven't thought that far ahead! I've only just left college and I'm just really happy for this to be the first big thing I do. For the moment all I'm thinking of is enjoying this moment."

Why did you enter the competition?

"Because no other show allows you to be you and I think this show is brilliant for that. I personally like to do my own style, whereas if you're in, say, a West End show you have to be the same. And because I've always watched the US version of the show and absolutely loved it."

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Charlie sets her sights on winning SYTYCD

A Talented Melton-born-and-bred dancer will be showing the nation her moves in the new BBC1 TV dance competition So You Think You Can Dance.

Charlie Bruce (19) is the youngest of 14 dancers who made it through nation-wide auditions to reach the live show stage. Dancers were invited to participate in auditions which took place during October.

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