10 MARCH 2014
Former X Factor contestant Ray Quinn stormed to victory of Sunday night to be crowned the ultimate winner of Dancing on Ice.
The 25 year-old singer beat off stiff competition for gymnast Beth Tweedle and actress Hayley Tamaddon to claim the coveted trophy.
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As part of the special-edition episode the three couples began the show with two performances. Starting with a bang Ray and his partner Maria Fillipov performed a high-energy routine to a Beach Boys medley, while dressed in colourful beach wear, an outstanding performance which earned the pair a perfect 10 from each judge.
Their follow up performance was an equally exciting flamenco number, which again was highly received by the judges, scoring them another 40.
But Ray wasn't the only one receiving high scores from the judges, after their opening two dances his opponents Hayley and Beth were also in a strong positions, both scoring a solid 79.5.
Ray and his partner Maria performed a dramatic Flamenco style sequence for their second performance
However it wasn’t meant to be for Beth who was voted off in third position after receiving the least public votes.
Following Beth’s elimination Ray and Hayley went head to head performing their own self-choreographed Bolero routine.
As the final skate-off was solely down to the public vote the judges didn’t mark the pair’s performances but did offer both gushing compliments. Jason Gardiner in particular praised Ray saying: “'Some people are talented, other people are stars. Ray, you're a star."
Skating sensations Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean recreated their famous Bolero sequence which won them a gold medal at the 1984 Olypmics
Before announcing the winner of the series finale, hosts Christine Bleakly and Phillip Schofield made their live TV skating debut by taking to the ice with the contestants and showing off their skills. Not to be out done the four judges then put on their skates and performed their own routine.
But it seemed the highlight of the evening for most skating fans was the opening sequence of the show in which Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean performed their famous Bolero sequence which won them a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics.
This was the final series of the reality TV show which began in 2006 and has enjoyed 10 seasons. Presenters Torvill and Dean decided the show had run it's course but thanked fans saying: 'In 1984 after the Olympics we didn't have a plan - but thirty years on and we're still here. It's a celebration but will have a tinge of sadness to it as well.'