Welch wins Celebrity Big Brother
Loose Women star Denise Welch has been crowned the winner of Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother.
She was hugged and congratulated by X Factor reject Frankie Cocozza who received the second highest number of votes to become the runner-up of this year's series.
Earlier in the programme, former captain of the Welsh rugby team Gareth Thomas, glamour girl twins Kristina and Karissa Shannon and Reservoir Dogs actor Michael Madsen were evicted from the house.
Welch, who looked shocked and broke down in tears when she was named as the winner, was a prominent figure in this year's series.
She had a love/hate relationship with actor Madsen, and sparked the biggest argument of the series earlier this week when she pulled down one of the twin's pyjamas during a boozy night.
Moments before leaving the house, she punched the air and said: "I'm ready when you are."
Welch, who wore a black sequinned dress, exited the house to a cheering crowd and exposed her cleavage before greeting presenter Brian Dowling. Welch said: "I don't think I've ever been as lost for words. I can't even talk, oh my God."
Dowling asked her about her relationship with Madsen, to which the former Coronation Street actress, said: "Until the day I die I will not understand that man."
Earlier in the evening, when Madsen was the third housemate to be evicted, he said to Dowling: "Can you ask security to keep her away from me?"
Contestants who had already been evicted from the house attended the final, including dancer Andrew Stone, Ryan Giggs' sister-in-law Natasha Giggs, former page three girl Nicola McLean, actress Natalie Cassidy, DJ and rapper Romeo Dunn, reality TV star Kirk Norcross and model Georgia Salpa.