TV viewers vote Charlie first UK winner of the show
Charlie Bruce triumphed in Saturday night’s So You Think You Can Dance final.
Charlie, from Leicester, competed against Tommy Franzen, 25, from Sweden and Lizzie Gough, 25, from Southampton.
Fourth finalist Robbie White, 22, couldn’t perform because of a dislocated shoulder.
‘Lizzie this is a new you but Charlie, if this was Oscar night, you would have swept the board,’ Arlene Phillips commented after the girls performed as Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly in a Chicago routine together.
Lizzie was the first to be elimated following a group number and a repeat performance of the judges’ favourite bed routine by Hayley and Drew.
‘I’m still going to go to America and kick arse over there,’ Lizzie told host Cat Deeley, who then introduced a live birthday performance by Robbie Williams, who turned 36.
Charlie took the title – and the £100,000 prize – with some astonishing dancing, winning the chance to perform in Hollywood.
At 19 and the youngest contestant in the competition, she began dancing aged 3 and started lessons at 7.
By the time she was 10, Charlie‘s talent was recognised and she took up a scholarship to Arts Educational School where she trained before moving on to Laine Theatre Arts.
At only 5ft 2in, Charlie has found it hard to compete for roles against taller dancers but has now proved she’s got what it takes.