Beth Tweddle was crowned Dancing on Ice 2013 champion tonight following a gruelling two-hour final. During the show Beth and her rivals Matt Lapinskas and Luke Campbell were rarely off the ice, but when the votes were in there could be only one winner.
The show kicked off with the ice rink awash with purple, as a marching band beat out the distinctive opening to the Bolero. Then, stepping aside, they revealed coaches Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill, who performed a revival of their signature 1984 Olympic routine – complete with ‘head banger’.
The bar was set high, then, as 27-year-old finalist Beth Tweddle took the ice. But the Olympic gymnast needn’t have worried as she starred in a raunchy group performance to Rose Royce’s Car Wash. She scored an incredible 36.5 from the judges, and for head judge Robin Cousins it was her best performance to date.
She was followed up by boxer Luke Campbell, whose western-inspired routine to Crazy Little Thing Called Love also set pulses racing. Even Luke’s fiercest critic, Jason Gardiner, was impressed by the routine. He scored 34.5, his highest of the series so far.
But if Beth and Luke were feeling confident, Matt Lapinskas soon put them in their place. The EastEnders heartthrob skated to Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Mr Pinstripe Suit and scored a top mark of 40.0 points.
Karen Barber told the actor: “It’s so exciting to watch and it feels as if we’ve all been part of this. You can only work with what you’ve given and with you Matt we had so much to work with... it was fantastic.”
Beth then returned to the ice to perform her favourite routine from the series so far: her Week Five performance to Emeli Sandé’s Clown. And as she shed a tear, it was obvious the score of 37.5 out of a possible 40.0 had come as a surprise to her.
Boxer Luke then revisited his routine to One Direction’s Little Things, but the cracks were starting to appear for the Olympic hero. After stumbling slightly during the performance, Luke was told that his score was 32.5 – the lowest of the night so far.
Matt then returned to the ice and scored another incredible 40.0 out of 40.0 for his Week One routine to Chris Brown’s Turn Up The Music.
With the performances over, the three finalists stood waiting for the results. But before they’d be announced, the celebs were joined on the ice by their former rivals.
Pamela Anderson, Anthea Turner, Samia Ghadie, Shayne Ward, Joe Pasquale, Oona King and Keith Chegwin all performed highlights from the series, before Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas joined them. He exited from the show last week due to medical reasons, but as he lifted partner Robin Johnstone high up into the air it was clear he had recovered well. Lauren Goodger was noticeably absent however.
Then, the moment they had been waiting for: the result of the public vote. Matt Lapinskas and Beth Tweddle were saved, with Olympic boxer Luke finishing in third place.
That meant Matt and Beth would be competing in the Bolero.
The Olympic gymnast went first, with both her and partner Dan Whiston dressed in purple. The routine was touching, intimate, and well executed – but would it be enough?
Matt and pro partner Brianne then took to the ice, to see if his ability as an actor could outmatch Beth’s gymnastic prowess.
The judges were agreed that both contestants deserved to be in the final, but who would the public choose?
As Matt and Beth awaited the result, the studio went silent. Then, Phillip Schofield announced the result: Beth Tweddle was Dancing on Ice champion for 2013.
Matt went home a well-deserved runner-up, adding that he’d never find another partner like Brianne.
You can re-live all the action from the series, including videos of all the performances, on STV’s Dancing on Ice pages.