The latest winner of Dancing on Ice has been announced after a finale in which all three celebrities scored full marks for their routines.
Holly Willoughby was also back to host the show alongside Phillip Schofield, after she tested positive for Covid-19 shortly before the semi-final two weeks previously.
Brendan Cole, a professional dancer of Strictly Come Dancing fame, Regan Gascoigne, a professional dancer, actor, and singer, and Kimberly Wyatt, former Pussycat Doll took to the ice for an intense finale.
Their performances were ‘judged’ by Oti Mabuse, Ashley Banjo, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, although they all seemed caught up in finale fever, handing out 10s like nobody’s business.
What were each pairs’ dance routines?
Each skating pair had to dance twice in the final, once performing a dance choreographed by Torvill and Dean, and then skating their favourite routine from their time in the show.
Regan and his partner Karina Manta kicked things off in style with an energetic performance of Step In Time from Mary Poppins.
Kimberly and partner Mark Hanretty skated to Joni Mitchell’s River, and Brendan and partner Vanessa Bauer danced to Matador on Ice.
Regan then danced to Barnum by Michael Reed Orchestra, Kimberly skated to Santa Maria by Gotan Project, and Brendan reprised his favourite dance to Falling by Harry Styles.
Who was the first to be eliminated?
After all three pairs had danced for the second time the public vote was frozen and the couple with the fewest votes was eliminated.
Singer Kimberly Wyatt was knocked out of the competition, taking third place.
Who won Dancing on Ice 2022?
The two remaining pairs then skated to Boléro - the routine for which Torvill and Dean gained a perfect score at the winter olympics way back in 1984.
The performance is predictably and exhaustively always the last dance in the Dancing on Ice finale.
Both pairs put on an impressive performance but it was Regan and Karina who were crowned the winners of Dancing on Ice 2022.
Regan’s mum Sheryl and sister Bianca were in the audience to support him while his father, football legend Paul Gascoigne, appeared on screen with a video message for his son.
This was Karina’s second outing as a professional dancer on the show - last year she was partnered with former Olympic skier Graham Bell and the pair were the second couple to be eliminated.
Why was the finale controversial?
Like most reality TV shows that trundle on for more than a decade, Dancing on Ice has met with its fair share of criticism.
Fans of the show pointed out the predictable nature of the scoring when judges’ scores don’t count towards progress in the competition.
Every dancer gained a full 40 points for both of their routines, even though Strictly star Brendan stumbled during his opening routine.
Brendan seemed to struggle when he lifted Vanessa over his head, assisted by two other dancers.
However, this didn’t stop each judge awarding him the maximum 10 points each.
Viewers also criticised the fact that all of this year’s finalists were professionally trained dancers and suggested it was unfair to allow them in the competition in the first place.
Brendan is a professional ballroom dancer, Regan studied at the Hammond Ballet School, and Kimberly studied at New York’s Joffrey Ballet and the Broadway Dance Center.
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