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Singer Quinn wins Dancing on Ice

Ray Quinn and Maria Filippov
Ray Quinn was partnered by Bulgarian former champion Maria Filippov

Former X Factor finalist Ray Quinn has won ITV1's Dancing On Ice final after 10 weeks of the competition.

The celebrities performed twice before former Liberty X singer Jessica Taylor was eliminated by public vote.

Quinn and journalist Donal MacIntyre then each performed a version of Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean's famous Bolero routine.

The 20-year-old winner said: "I have been dreaming of this moment since the beginning. I'm so proud."

Quinn had been the favourite to scoop the prize, with Ladbrokes saying he was a 1/5 chance to skate off with the crown. More than 70% of all bets had been for the singer.

'Breathtaking' performance

Singer Taylor, 28, wept as she bowed out of the final after receiving the fewest public votes.

MacIntyre, 42, received praise from the judges, but said: "It doesn't really matter what the judges think, I was lost [in the dance]."

But it was Quinn who stole the show, leading judge Robin Cousins to say: "You capture the love story. It blows me away."

Quinn received perfect scores of 30 in his two rated dances in the final.

Cousins said the singer's dance to Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now was "breathtaking".

MacIntyre achieved his best score of the competition of 25.5 after dancing to Everybody Hurts by REM.



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