Winner Matt’s on way to Hollywood

Matt Flint and Charlotte Scally during rehearsals
Matt Flint and Charlotte Scally during rehearsals

SCARBOROUGH dancer Matt Flint won the top title in hit BBC TV show So You Think You Can Dance.

After 12 weeks’ competing the 29-year-old tap dancer beat the last three competitors in the final on Saturday to take the crown.

Matt, who is a former Raincliffe School Pupil, is now set to travel to Hollywood to perform in the US version of the show.

He also took home the £50,000 top prize. Pausing from celebrations with his family, Matt said: “Everything was just a bit of a blur really, I was just speechless when they said my name.

“It has been 12 weeks of very hard work, and it has been very emotional, but it has been a great experience.

“I am really excited about going to America now. I am quite nervous though too. I will be performing at the Kodak Theatre, where the Oscars are held, and the standard of dance in America is just amazing so it will be quite a challenge, but a wonderful experience.

“I know a lot of people back home in Scarborough who did endless amounts of voting for me over the weeks, and I really appreciate the love they showed me. Thank you.”

Speaking after Matt was announced as the winner head judge Nigel Lythgoe said: “It’s going to be a delight for me to take Matt to Hollywood and see him dancing there.”

Matt was cheered on during the live final by his family who travelled from Scarborough to London, along with his best friend Mike and girlfriend Dominique.

Matt’s mum Sharon sat nervously at the final with husband Edward, their other son Luke, Matt’s auntie and uncle Janette and Paul, and his cousin Laura.

She said: “It was just amazing when he won. It was a fabulous night and very emotional for us. Matt made us all very proud, and did Scarborough proud too.”

Matt was the only male competitor who has never been in the bottom two this series, and prior to the finale he emerged as the odds-on bookie’s favourite to win.

The tap dancer, who trained as a youngster with Julie Hatton, battled a back injury throughout the competition and was putting in 15-hour days to achieve his goal.

The final was watched by 2.2 million viewers.