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'Dancing On Ice' Final: Ray Quinn Crowned Winner After Skating To Victory In Last Ever Show

10/03/2014 07:09 GMT | Updated 10/03/2014 07:59 GMT

Former 'X Factor' star Ray Quinn has won the last ever 'Dancing On Ice'.

The singer beat 'Coronation Street' actress Hayley Tamaddon for the 'Champion Of Champions' title in the final ever episode of ITV's celebrity skating show.

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Ray Quinn celebrates winning the 'Dancing On Ice' final

The 25-year-old and his partner Maria Filippov were the early bookmakers' favourites to win the competition and received the most votes from viewers after receiving a maximum of 40 points for both their routines on the night.

Rival finalist and Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle was eliminated after the first round of dances.

After being crowned the winner last night, Ray said: "I'm absolutely privileged, but this moment is for Maria. I'm proper buzzing, I'm over the moon. Drinks are on me."

Christopher Dean described Quinn's performances as "incredible," adding: "He's a worthy winner and the best skater we've had."

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'Dancing On Ice' bows out after nine series as one of ITV's prime-time reality shows.

An emotional final show opened with Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean dancing their last televised performance of the famous Bolero routine.

Presenters Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley also took to the ice and were joined by the show's judges, Robin Cousins, Ashley Roberts, Jason Gardiner and Karen Barber, who performed a short routine.

Former co-presenter Holly Willoughby also returned for the farewell show.

Ray Quinn rose to fame after losing out to 'X Factor' winner Leona Lewis in 2006.

The singer claimed that he had lost two stone in weight during the show's gruelling training schedule. He took home his first 'Dancing On Ice' title in 2009.

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Runner-up Hayley Tamaddon

Judge Gardiner said Ray was a "master" and told him: "I sit here in absolute awe of what you can do."

Runner-up Tamaddon, who was dancing with her partner and childhood friend Daniel Whiston, said: "Ray is an absolute star. He is amazing at everything and he really deserves it."

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