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Sunday 23 November 2014

Beth Tweddle crowned Ice queen

Beth Tweddle and Daniel Whiston have won this year's Dancing On Ice
Beth Tweddle and Daniel Whiston have won this year's Dancing On Ice

Beth Tweddle has been crowned Dancing On Ice champion after an "electric" performance of the Bolero - made famous by Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean at the 1984 Winter Olympics.

Along with her partner Dan Whiston, the Olympic gymnast danced to victory with an originally choreographed version of the dance, beating actor Matt Lapinskas who had gained maximum points in his two dances earlier in the evening.

In matching purple outfits - a nod to Torvill and Dean's gold-medal winning performance 29 years ago - Beth said she was "speechless" and described her win as "amazing".

With reference to her opponent, she said: "All credit goes to Matt."

The gymnast's dance impressed the panel with head judge Robin Cousins describing it as "electric", while former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts said: "That was sexy. That was sultry. There was attack. There was softness."

Matt received even higher praise though, with Jason Gardiner saying after his version of Bolero: "For me, you are my champion."

Meanwhile, mentor Christopher told the star: "You have not put a foot wrong all night."

Matt said he had fallen in love with skating during the series and had high plaudits for his partner Brianne Delcourt.

"She's one in a million. I'll never find another one like her," he said.

Earlier, Olympic boxing champion Luke Campbell was eliminated after receiving the fewest public votes, but he still scored his personal best of the series.

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