Let's Dance For Comic Relief Champion Is Coronation Street's Antony Cotton

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Actor Antony Cotton stormed to victory in the final of Let's Dance For Comic Relief with a display of jazz hands and tap dancing.

The star - known for his role as Sean Tully in 'Coronation Street' - said he was "speechless" after he was announced as the winner of the BBC charity dance contest.

Cotton brought a touch of old-fashioned showbusiness to proceedings with a dance to 'Anything Goes' set in an old people's home.

WATCH AN EARLIER PERFORMANCE OF HIS SHOW-STOPPER ABOVE.

Judge Greg Davies described it as "incredible" and "amazing", while Jo Brand remarked: "I thought it was brilliant and it made me desperate to be in an old people's home."

Beaten into second place was West End star Jodie Prenger who impressed the judges with a flamboyant performance to Cameo's '80s classic 'Word Up!'

Dressed in a leather jacket, black leggings, a moustache and afro wig, the actress was "full of energy" and "exciting to watch", according to Frank Skinner.

Brand described the performance as "absolutely wonderful".

Meanwhile, the four-strong Soap Stars group - made up of Claire Sweeney, Natalie Cassidy, Ricky Groves and Dean Gaffney - recreated a lively scene from the hit musical 'Hairspray'.

The quartet performed to 'You Can't Stop The Beat', with Cassidy playing the lead role of Tracy Turnblad and Groves taking on the part played by Hollywood star John Travolta in the film version.

Skinner described it as "a great team effort", and said the only thing missing was an appearance from Wellard the dog - the pet belonging to Gaffney's character Robbie Jackson in 'EastEnders'.

Ryan Thomas, the actor who plays Jason Grimshaw on 'Coronation Street', paid tribute to his friend Gaffney who received "nasty head injuries" in a traffic accident at the end of January.

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Katherine Ryan dancing during dress rehearsals for the BBC programme Let's Dance for Comic Relief

Speaking as an audience member, Thomas said that four weeks ago he thought he had "lost my mate".

Comedian Tim Vine did his best impression of Justin Timberlake singing 'Rock Your Body' as he strutted around the stage in a white outfit.

Brand said after his performance: "I really wish when we were working together at the Comedy Store that I'd asked you out for a bun now."

Skinner described the dance as "fabulous" and "top notch".

Funny woman Katherine Ryan poured herself into an extra-curvy body suit for a dance to the Nicki Minaj number Starships.

Davies joked: "The last time I saw a body like that was when I was lying in front of a full-length mirror."

Skinner said the dancer was "bootiful", and to the audience's amusement added that Ryan's enhanced thighs made him want a chicken leg.

Comedian Lee Nelson mixed ballet with hip-hop, with Davies admitting he had been to a ballet recently and had found it "boring", but thought Nelson's Swan Lake performance was great.

Skinner said: "It was great the way it went from high culture and then it became like a GAP advert."

There were also performances by Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars.

PICTURES: Best in show... do you think Mr Cotton deserved to win?

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