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Rivron crowned Let's Dance champion

Rowland Rivron has been crowned the winner of Let's Dance For Sport Relief.

The 52-year-old comedian and TV presenter won the title on the BBC1 charity show after performing a routine to Weapons Of Choice by Fatboy Slim.

Replicating the music video for the song, which features actor Christopher Walken dancing through a hotel lobby, Rivron impressed both the panel of celebrity judges and the public.

He received more votes than the other celebrity acts in the climax of the fundraising series.

The show saw choreographer Arlene Phillips return to a reality television judging panel. She joined panellists Frank Skinner and Rhod Gilbert to watch the eight celebrity acts battle it out for the title.

Phillips told Rivron: "Rowland, you are my weapon of massive choice. You have style dripping off you like molten lava and those stalk walks - watch out I'm going to be stalking you."

Skinner added: "The message to any young people watching this is don't be afraid of middle age - it can be very beautiful. I'd like to learn that and do it every day. I totally loved it."

The climax of the fundraising series also saw American songstress Katy Perry perform her new single Part Of Me and JLS sing their official Sport Relief track Proud.

Other contestants who performed in tonight's finale, which raised money for Sport Relief, included Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, Fatima Whitbread and EastEnders actresses Tameka Empson and Laurie Brett who recreated Lady GaGa's Telephone promo.

Phillips, 68, was famously dropped from Strictly in 2009, which led to an ageism row. She was replaced by Alesha Dixon who has now defected to ITV1's Britain's Got Talent, prompting speculation that Phillips may consider a return to the BBC show.

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