Former X Factor winner Joe McElderry wins The Jump

Joe McElderry

Former X Factor winner Joe McElderry has been crowned champion of Channel 4's skiing contest The Jump.

The singer beat journalist Donal MacIntyre with jumps of 15m and 17.5m in Monday's live final in Austria.

The two other finalists, former Olympic champion Sir Steve Redgrave and comedian Marcus Brigstocke, were forced to withdraw through injury.

The finale saw both racers take on a slope featuring a number of tricky bumps and obstacles.

The 22-year-old described his time on the show as "absolutely incredible" and joked that the group became great friends through "sheer fear".

McElderry got his chance after socialite Henry Conway broke a bone in his hand while a number of other contestants have been forced to withdraw through injury.

Steve Redgrave was close to tears after taking the decision to pull out while Brigstocke withdrew after his knee had to be strapped up in a splint.

Other contestants on the programme included former Towie star Amy Childs, ex-England cricketer Darren Gough and former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt.

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