Wolfblood star takes gold on Tumble
The British public defied the thoughts of a panel of Olympic gymnasts as they voted injury-prone Wolfblood star Bobby Lockwood to win the first series of BBC1 show Tumble.
The injury-prone actor finished bottom of the judges' leader board after taking on last night's show with heavy strapping when he fell in training and required hospital treatment.
His reduced mobility resulted in him finishing sixth out of six competitors after the judges' scoring - though the expert opinion did not count for the final total and in fact stood for nothing as the public voted for the baby-faced actor.
Lockwood, performing with partner Kristin Allen, said: "It's been a dream, honestly."
Lockwood had been top of the leader board for the last three shows, but was taken to hospital during a practice session. It meant he had to produce a reduced routine for the final.
Judge and Olympic gymnast Craig Heap said: "It was truly inspirational, when I heard about your little accident I was absolutely gutted because this final wouldn't have been a final without you in it."
Choreographer Seb Stella added: "I know what it is to have an injury, but keep going on. For that you need a big heart - you have a big, huge heart."
Lockwood was joined in the final three by former Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding and Steps popstar Ian "H" Watkins.
Harding, who struggled at times during the competition to deal with the physical requirements, put in an assured display.
Three-times Olympic gold gymnast and judge Nadia Comaneci said: "I thought she brought everything. I haven't seen her so confident since the first week."
Heap added: "This experience has been so emotional for you - all I have wanted you to do is channel that and you did that."
Watkins was praised for his all-action displays during the series and added another nickname to his repertoire for the final - donning a cape and adopting the moniker Acroman. It earned him full marks, 40/40, for his first performance last night.
Team GB Olympic gymnast and judge Louis Smith: "You two are unbelievable. The energy you two bring is incredible. What you do is so fun to watch."
Comaneci added: "I don't think this (routine) could have been done any better. You are the hero of this show."
Three other celebrities took part in the final, taking on the double trapeze, and the vault - the floor equipment normally reserved to determine the loser out of the bottom two contestants.
Reality television regular Lucy Mecklenburgh, who made her name for her appearances in The Only Way Is Essex, said she wanted to be known as more than just the contestant to have made the most progress since the competition started.
Comaneci said: "You've made huge progress. I know how difficult it is to do a flawless routine on such a high trapeze."
Heap added: "This story reminds me of the tortoise and the hare - and you won it tonight."
Amelle Berrabah, one of six women to perform as a member of pop three-piece Sugababes, shone brightly in the final by attempting a technically tricky move called the Candlestick while suspended from her partner.
Stella said: "I will compare you to a luxury Swiss watch. it was technically beautiful like a diamond. But you also have the right speed around."
Smith added: "I thought it was brilliant. You guys have been brilliant."
Four-time world boxing champion Carl Froch landed a place in the final after winning through in last week's vault-off. He impressed by incorporating a back somersault.
Stella said: "You can put on your [CV] - boxer and acrobat."
Smith added: "For me when you started you were a bit of a brute, a bit rough around the edges. Dare I say it, you have a bit of grace now."
The contestants also impressed with their work on the notoriously difficult vault, under the tutelage of Britain's most decorated gymnast Beth Tweddle.
In the second round of performances, Mecklenburgh, Berrabah, Watkins, Harding and Froch completed the vault with aplomb.
Lockwood, with heavy strapping to his knee, went for a reduced routine that hardly warranted the slow-mo replays that followed it.
All four judges later performed together for the first time, though it was Lockwood who stole the show with a determined display.