Beth Tweddle beats Matt Lapinskas to win Dancing On Ice

11/03/13

Beth Tweddle and Dan Whiston

Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle has won the eighth series of ITV's Dancing on Ice.

She performed the Bolero with partner Dan Whiston, made famous by Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean at the 1984 Winter Olympics.

Tweddle beat actor Matt Lapinskas, who had been awarded maximum points in his two dances earlier in the evening.

In matching purple outfits, Tweddle said she was "speechless" and described her win as "amazing".

The gymnast's dance impressed the panel with head judge Robin Cousins describing it as "electric", while former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts said: "That was sexy. That was sultry. There was attack. There was softness."

Beth Tweddle, 27, won a bronze medal on the uneven bars at last summer's London Olympics.

EastEnders' star Matt Lapinskas received more praise though, with Jason Gardiner saying he should've won.

'Amazing experience'

Earlier, Olympic boxing champion Luke Campbell was eliminated after receiving the fewest public votes but still scored his personal best of the series.

Along with his partner Jenna Smith, he scored 34.5 for his Wild West-themed performance.

Sylvain Longchambon, Beth Tweddle and Dan Whiston
Image caption Beth Tweddle and Dan Whiston also danced with Sylvain Longchambon

Despite being beaten into third place and not getting the chance to dance the Bolero, Campbell said he had a great experience, had learned a new skill and had made new friends.

Speaking about her time on the show, Beth Tweddle said: "It's been the most amazing experience and a lot of credit has to go to Dan."

During the show, the contestants voted out in previous weeks returned to the ice for a short dance.

Coronation Street star Samia Ghadie also confirmed she was in a relationship with her dance partner Sylvain Longchambon.

When asked by presenter Christine Bleakley if she was allowed to say love was in the air, Ghadie said: "Yeah, we're allowed to say that."

Last year's show was won by Emmerdale actor Matthew Wolfenden.

The show is returning for a ninth series next year but the final had its lowest ratings since the show was launched in 2006.

It had an audience of 6.9 million, with a peak of 7.2 million, but was beaten by BBC One's Countryfile.

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