Children In Need 2019: Maisie Smith and Kevin Clifton win Glitterball trophy for Strictly's EastEnders special... as fans urge bosses to sign the actress for next year's series

  • The annual telethon raised a spectacular grand total of £47, 886, 382 
  • This was a decline from last year's total of £50.6 million on the night which later later rose to £58 million after further donations 

Maisie Smith and Kevin Clifton took home the Glitterball trophy for this year's Children In Need 'Strictly Come Dancing meets...' contest.

2019 saw cast members from soap EastEnders take the challenge on, following last year's Boyzone special.

Fans were clearly impressed with Maisie's performance as following her routine they urged Strictly bosses to sign her up for next year's show already.  

Strictly Come Dancing meets...: Tess and Claudia Winkleman hosted the contest, which saw soap cast members from EastEnders take the challenge on, following last year's Boyzone special

Strictly Come Dancing meets...: Tess and Claudia Winkleman hosted the contest, which saw soap cast members from EastEnders take the challenge on, following last year's Boyzone special

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Taking to Twitter in their droves, Children In Need viewers claimed producers would be 'missing a trick' if they didn't bag Maisie for Strictly 2020.

One fan penned: 'Next year's contestant???'

While another added: 'Is it just me that's hoping & praying that @maisie_smith will be on next year's @bbcstrictly. She was amazing tonight! #ChildrenInNeed2019.' 

A third wrote: 'Maisie for Strictly next year, congratulations on winning #ChildrenInNeed.'

Winners: Maisie Smith and Kevin Clifton took home the Glitterball trophy for this year's Children In Need 'Strictly Come Dancing meets...' contest
Out on top! This comes as Kevin - who won 2018's main Strictly show with partner-turned-girlfriend Stacey Dooley - left the current season of the show extremely early, having been partnered with Anneka Rice

Winners: Maisie Smith and Kevin Clifton took home the Glitterball trophy for this year's Children In Need 'Strictly Come Dancing meets...' contest [L]. This comes as Kevin - who won 2018's main Strictly show with partner-turned-girlfriend Stacey Dooley - left the current season of the show extremely early, having been partnered with Anneka Rice [R]

There's always next year? Taking to Twitter in their droves, Children In Need viewers claimed producers would be 'missing a trick' if they didn't bag Maisie for Strictly 2020

There's always next year? Taking to Twitter in their droves, Children In Need viewers claimed producers would be 'missing a trick' if they didn't bag Maisie for Strictly 2020

Kevin - who won 2018's main Strictly show with partner-turned-girlfriend Stacey Dooley - left the current season of the show extremely early, having been partnered with Anneka Rice. 

He and Anneka were booted off main show in week 3, but redeemed himself for the charity special, broadcast on Friday night on BBC One. 

Ricky Champ (partnered with Luba Mushtuk), Louisa Lytton (partnered with Gorka Marquez) and Rudolph Walker (partnered with Nancy Xu) took to the dance floor in a bid to win the trophy, performing to Dancing In The Street against Maisie and Kevin.

The celebs had two weeks to train before their performance in front of the judging panel - Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood.

Craig took part in a skit at the start of the routine as the landlord of the Queen Vic.

Line-up: Ricky Champ (partnered with Luba Mushtuk), Louisa Lytton (partnered with Gorka Marquez), Maisie Smith (partnered with Kevin Clifton) and Rudolph Walker (partnered with Nancy Xu) took to the dance floor in a bid to win the Pudsey Glitter Ball, performing to Dancing In The Street

Line-up: Ricky Champ (partnered with Luba Mushtuk), Louisa Lytton (partnered with Gorka Marquez), Maisie Smith (partnered with Kevin Clifton) and Rudolph Walker (partnered with Nancy Xu) took to the dance floor in a bid to win the Pudsey Glitter Ball, performing to Dancing In The Street

After the panel conferred, Shirley revealed the results.

The head judge said: 'I want to thank all of you for giving up your time for Children In Need.

'All of the couples were absolutely brilliant, this was a close battle but the champion for this evening will be... Maisie and Kevin.' 

The 2019 Appeal show marks the crescendo of this year’s fundraising activities for the charity event with a special night of family entertainment to help raise money for children and their families.

Judging! The celebs had two weeks to train before their performance in front of the judging panel - Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood

Judging! The celebs had two weeks to train before their performance in front of the judging panel - Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood

Get out of my pub! Craig took part in a skit at the start of the routine as the landlord of the Queen Vic
Get out of my pub! Craig took part in a skit at the start of the routine as the landlord of the Queen Vic

Get out of my pub! Craig took part in a skit at the start of the routine as the landlord of the Queen Vic

Children In Need has been broadcasting its charity appeals on the BBC since 1980, raising over £600million in donations.

Last year saw the charity receive over £50.5 million in donations, surpassing 2017's record-breaking number of £50.1 million.

Only two and a half hours into the 2019 Appeal the British public had already raised an incredible £35,383,512 to help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.

Ade Adepitan and Tess Daly kicked off the star-studded show live from BBC Elstree at 7.30pm. A spectacular opening performance came from the cast of the hit West End show Big, including Jay McGuinness, Kimberley Walsh, Matthew Kelly and Wendi Peters who took to the stage and kicked off the night with a bang.

Champs: Shirley said - 'I want to thank all of you for giving up your time for Children In Need. All of the couples were absolutely brilliant, this was a close battle but the champion for this evening will be... Maisie and Kevin'
Champs: Shirley said - 'I want to thank all of you for giving up your time for Children In Need. All of the couples were absolutely brilliant, this was a close battle but the champion for this evening will be... Maisie and Kevin'

Champs: Shirley said - 'I want to thank all of you for giving up your time for Children In Need. All of the couples were absolutely brilliant, this was a close battle but the champion for this evening will be... Maisie and Kevin'

Giving it their all: Louisa and Gorka performed in the group number, which was to the iconic rock song Dancing In The Street

Giving it their all: Louisa and Gorka performed in the group number, which was to the iconic rock song Dancing In The Street

Going for it: Rudolph and Nancy gave it their all in the group number alongside his castmates

Going for it: Rudolph and Nancy gave it their all in the group number alongside his castmates

The performance was arranged especially for the occasion, and poignantly featured four young people who have previously been supported by BBC Children In Need funded projects.

A moving VT saw England’s Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling join presenter Mark Wright in surprising children from the England Amputee Football Association. 

A very special moment on the show saw an incredible young girl being surprised live on stage by Doctor Who stars Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill and the Doctor herself, Jodie Whittaker.

Standouts: While there were a number of dance teams on the ballroom floor, it was Kevin and Maisie who grabbed the most attention

Standouts: While there were a number of dance teams on the ballroom floor, it was Kevin and Maisie who grabbed the most attention 

Having a great time: Ricky and Luba were in bright spirits as they performed their dance

Having a great time: Ricky and Luba were in bright spirits as they performed their dance

Joe Wicks, The Body Coach, was live in the studio to celebrate the remarkable fundraising efforts of schools up and down the UK.

The marathon fundraising effort was then taken over by Mel Giedroyc and Graham Norton who led the show through some spectacular moments, including the finale of The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge and a performance from Louis Tomlinson of We Made It.  

The annual telethon raised a spectacular grand total of £47, 886, 382.

This was a decline from last year's total of £50.6 million on the night which later later rose to £58 million after further donations.

Tight schedule: The celebs had two weeks to train before their performance in front of the judging panel

Tight schedule: The celebs had two weeks to train before their performance in front of the judging panel

Children In Need 2019: Maisie Smith and Kevin Clifton win Glitterball trophy

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