27/01/2012 17:25 GMT | Updated 28/03/2012 06:12 BST

Celebrity Big Brother Winner Denise Welch Crowned

Loose Women star Denise Welch has been crowned the winner of Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother.

She was hugged and congratulated by X Factor reject Frankie Cocozza who received the second highest number of votes to become the runner-up of this year's series.

Earlier in the programme, former captain of the Welsh rugby team Gareth Thomas, glamour girl twins Kristina and Karissa Shannon and Reservoir Dogs actor Michael Madsen were evicted from the house.

Welch, who looked shocked and broke down in tears when she was named as the winner, was a prominent figure in this year's series.

She had a love/hate relationship with actor Madsen, and sparked the biggest argument of the series earlier this week when she pulled down

one of the twin's pyjamas during a boozy night.

Moments before leaving the house, she punched the air and said: "I'm ready when you are."

Welch, who wore a black sequinned dress, exited the house to a cheering crowd and exposed her cleavage before greeting presenter Brian Dowling.

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