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Quinn prepares for ice show finale

Dancing On Ice champion Ray Quinn admitted he had mixed emotions as he prepared to embark on the show's farewell tour.

The former X Factor contestant was crowned the last ever champion of the ITV skating show after winning the final series of the show earlier this month.

Ray, 25 - who first took the title in 2009 - will now perform on the farewell tour, along with Hayley Tamaddon, Beth Tweddle, Suzanne Shaw and Olympic champions Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.

He said: " It's going to be a sad tour but I think the show itself is spectacular and the audience are in for a right treat for sure.

"To be part of the last ever final one is a huge honour and we owe it to the audience really and all the support they've given us. It's going to be a great show, we're really exciting."

The actor and singer - who has a 17-month-old son Harry with his wife, West End star Emma Stephens - admitted he felt like the cat that got the cream after winning the final show.

"Double champion, I like that one, like double cream!" he joked.

"I thank the public really for keeping us in and voting us to the end and winning. It was an amazing experience. It was a massive come down the week after - skating and being in the show and then being in a soft play centre with our Harry."

Torvill and Dean said the final tour felt like a celebration of the show, which ran for nine series.

The pair - who have skated together for almost 40 years - will perform the Bolero together for the very last time during the show, the dance that won them the gold medal at the 1984 Olympics.

Torvill said: "It does fell like a big celebration to be able to do the final tour, and we're excited to get started."

Dean added: "Very much so. We've enjoyed all of the tours but this tour is very special because it's the last Dancing On Ice tour.

"It's going to be the most spectacular yet, but because it's the last tour, there's most probably something in purple going to happen."

The skating couple wear traditional purple costumes to perform the Bolero.

The pair retired from professional skating in 1998 and previously announced that after the end of the Dancing On Ice tour they would retire from skating for good.

But Dean revealed they had several projects in the pipeline and added: " We're not going off into the sunset just yet, ice is going to be with us forever. [We'll be] on ice forever."

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