Poland are champions of Europe in second Eurovision Dance Contest
Poland have claimed the victory in a closely fought battle of continental choreography, beating thirteen rival nations to win the coveted Eurovision Dance Contest 2008, live from Glasgow on BBC One.
Dancers Marcin Mroczek and Edyta Herbus were declared winners after viewers' votes from across the 14 participating countries were added to scores submitted by a panel of independent judges.
They polled a total of 154 points, seeing them clear of second placed Russia, who scored 121 points.
Third and fourth place were awarded to Ukraine and Lithuania respectively.
Following in the dance steps of last year's champions Finland, Poland also fended off competition from British entrants, former EastEnder Louisa Lytton and professional partner Vincent Simone, a familiar face from Strictly Come Dancing.
Louisa and Vincent, reuniting for the first time on the small screen since they performed together in Strictly Come Dancing 2006, finished in ninth place having achieved a final score of 47.
The spectacular ceremony, a glitzy celebration of European freestyle, was broadcast live from the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow, and hosted for a second time by Graham Norton and Claudia Winkleman.
The 135-minute ballroom blast was transmitted across Europe.
Each dance floor duo, consisting of one professional dancer and one non-professional celebrity, were required to prepare a freestyle routine that boasted national flavour.
Scores to the weight of four countries' votes were awarded by judges from France, Germany, Singapore and Slovenia, while the remainder came from the public.
Victors Poland performed a showstopping rumba and tango fusion in a compelling set piece to Michael Jackson's hit Black Or White, inspiring awe across the continent.
Louisa and Vincent meanwhile crafted their routine to an assortment of paso doble, tango and jive, to a backing track of Paint It Black, performed by West End star Lee Mead.
Louisa and Vincent said: "Just being here and being in front of this incredible audience, it was such a massive thing and we're never going to forget it, so thank you so much for letting us have the opportunity."
Countries competing in the contest were Austria, Azerbaijan, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine and the UK.
A run down of the top five results on the night:
1. Poland (154 points)
2. Russia (121 points)
3. Ukraine (119 points)
4. Lithuania (110 points)
5. Azerbaijan (106 points)
Marcin Mroczek was born on 18 July 1982 in Siedlce. He has a twin brother Ralph who is seven minutes older.
At the age of 10, Martin joined the modern dance team Caro Dance in Siedlce. Together with this team, he won multiple Polish and European championships. He says that this was an amazing time in his life: for the very first time, he entered the stage and could meet his audience.
When he was 18, Martin and his brother Ralph won the casting for roles of twin brothers in the most popular Polish TV series. One-third of Poland followed the fate of heroes on weekdays.
This success gave Marcin the possibility to appear in numerous programmes and television shows.
He has also participated in a Ukrainian dancing show where he represented Poland contending with other Europe dancers. It was an amazing adventure, especially as he won that show.
Currently Marcin plays a role in the very popular TV series L As Love.
Moreover, he started the company Mroczek House and is about to finish Warsaw Technical University in the department of land-based engineering.
Edyta Herbus was born on 26 February 1981 in Kielce, Poland. At the age of nine, she attended dancing lessons in the private dance school Step By Step.
She became – among others – Polish champion in dance formation, and was a finalist in the Open Championship Latin style in Copenhagen. Moreover, she was a finalist in the World Championships of modern dance.
Edyta also participated twice in the TV programme Dancing With Stars, being the partner of two popular polish actors: Jacob Wesolowski and Martin Mroczek.
Thanks to that, she was invited by TV producers to do a test shooting for the TV series At The Joint Street.
Edyta also became the host of the popular TV dancing programme on MTV Poland, In The Rhythm of MTV. Taking part in those TV programmes brought her lots of popularity in her native country.
Currently Edyta is the co-owner of a dance school and co-host of the TV programme Hit Kids. Additionally, she is playing role of Susan in another very popular TV series.
Notes to Editors
Eurovision Dance Contest is a co-production between Splash Media and Sunset + Vine with assistance from the International DanceSport Federation and in association with the European Broadcasting Union.
Jane Lush and Fenia Vardanis of Splash Media were the two main creators of the BBC's highly-successful format Strictly Come Dancing; Sunset + Vine is the UK's leading independent sports production company specialising in live events.
Eurovision Dance Contest was commissioned for the BBC by Elaine Bedell, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning.