Sam Attwater has beat off the competition and won the 2011 series of ‘Dancing On Ice.’
The former ‘EastEnders’ actor – who was worried about his three performances last night due to a painful rib injury – saw off early competition from Chloe Madeley last night before facing Laura Hamilton with his own version of Torvill and Dean’s iconic Bolero routine. The judges, and it seems the public, preferred Sam’s performance and he was voted the Dancing On Ice champion.
He said: “My mind and body are destroyed but I had the time of my life. Now I’m going to celebrate by drinking myself into oblivion. I might even cry.”
Sam also praised his professional skating partner and former girlfriend Brianne Delcourt, who he claimed is now a ‘friend for life.’
He said: “I came into this competition to challenge myself and I’ve certainly done that.
“I wouldn’t be here without Brianne. I’ve made a friend for life in her.”
Although children’s TV presenter Laura and her partner Colin Ratushniak scored the series’ only set of straight 10s from the judges for their dance to the Pointer Sisters’ ‘I’m So Excited’, the pair were gracious in defeat.
Laura said: “I’ve lived breathed and ate ice skating for the past six, seven months. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner. It’s been an amazing experience and I feel like the luckiest person alive. I’m going to continue skating 100 per cent.”
Judge Jason Gardiner was so impressed with the pair’s performance he removed his hat for the first time all season to show off the results of his recent hair transplant, saying “I take my hat off to you,” while host Phillip Schofield quipped: “So that’s what £20,000 looks like!”
Jason later took to twitter to reveal he plans to undergo the procedure again after hailing his doctor a “genius”.
He posted: “I will have a second one in order to get back all the hair I lost. The medical technology these days is just remarkable!
“It is quite miraculous what they can do these days. Dr Ziering is a genius!”