What a night it was last night as Matthew Wolfenden was crowned Dancing on Ice 2012 champion, after wowing with stunning skates to Singing In The Rain, Don’t Stop Me Now and, of course, the Bolero.
Speaking after his triumphant victory over fellow soap star Jorgie Porter and X Factor favourite Chico Slimani, Matthew said: “I’m a bit lost for words, I’m so over the moon. I can’t describe it. I think it’ll take a few days to sink in.” It’s safe to say he’s a happy boy.
Matthew was the bookies’ favourite to win the series but he knew that Jorgie Porter and Chico had massive public support and he doubted that he would take the title.
When Phillip Schofieled read out his name as the winner, the Emmerdale heartthrob was in shock.
He said: “I didn’t expect him to call my name out at all and then he did, aw I can’t believe it.
“I’m not going to come down off cloud nine for a good few weeks, not yet.”
Matthew has built up a close partnership with pro skating partner Nina Ulanova and he credits the incredible skater with helping him take the title.
“It’s all down to this girl, you know what, we’ve had our ups and downs, me saying to her “I can’t do it, I’m not doing it”, but she’s pulled me through.
“It has been the hardest thing I have ever done, but the best thing I have ever, ever done in my life.”
Matthew became the first skater this series to score full marks, gaining 30 points (ten from each of the judges) for his showcase performance to Singing in the Rain.
He said: “I’ve been waiting for a ten, I couldn’t wish for a better night.”
Matthew put his previous dance and gymnastics training to good use throughout the series, but he truly came into his own in his unique take on Torvill and Dean’s iconic Bolero – a routine Robin Cousins dubbed the “most difficult Bolero” he had ever seen on Dancing on Ice.
Speaking of performing the Bolero, Matthew said it was a dream come true to perform the routine in front Torviil and Dean.
Matthew may have taken the top spot ahead of runner-up Jorgie Porter and Chico, who was third, but he had nothing but praise for his fellow finalists.
“Jorgie and Chico are outstanding people and skaters and it was a bit of a pleasure to be in the final with them two.”
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