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Sam Attwater wins Dancing on Ice

Sam Attwater and Brianne Delcourt
Image caption Attwater performed a version of Torvill and Dean's Bolero

Former EastEnders actor Sam Attwater has been crowned champion of ITV1's Dancing on Ice.

The 24-year-old beat children's TV presenter Laura Hamilton in the final, after performing his own version of Torvill and Dean's Bolero routine.

During the show, Attwater scored 58 out of a possible 60 for his showcase dance and favourite routine from the series.

The actor paid tribute to his skating partner, Brianne Delcourt, calling her "a friend for life".

"I wouldn't be where I am now, at the standard I'm at, if it wasn't for Brianne," he said.

Earlier in the show, finalist Chloe Madeley was knocked out of the competition after scoring the fewest viewer votes, leaving Attwater and Hamilton to battle it out.

The former EastEnder impressed the judges with his first routine, scoring 29.5 for his showcase performance to Footloose by Kenny Loggins.

Judge Jason Gardiner described the performance as "feisty", saying: "You are a true champion and it was a wonderful opening, well done."

Nickelodeon presenter Hamilton failed to score as highly for her showcase routine to Madonna's Express Yourself, scoring 26.

However her second skate, a reprisal of her past routine to I'm So Excited by The Pointer Sisters, gained a perfect score of 30 from the judges.

But it was not enough to convince the public, who voted Attwater the winner.

In her defeat, Hamilton said she would "100% continue skating".

Both Attwater and Hamilton will be performing on the Dancing on Ice tour, which begins in Sheffield on 9 April.

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