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Dancing on Ice: The three finalists

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We've endured enjoyed the past nine weeks of skating mayhem and tonight, hardy viewers, we've reached the Dancing on Ice final!

As Jason prepares to pack up his put-downs and Torvill and Dean return to whatever it is they do when this isn't on, Matt Lapinskas, Beth Tweddle and Luke Campbell are going for victory.

With a Showcase routine, a Bolero performance and a returning skaters' medley (hooray!) to smash, Digital Spy will be following all of the action. So join us, and get the pizzas in, as it's going to be a good one...


21:00Thanks so much for joining Digital Spy for the past ten weeks - it's been an icy blast. Goodnight, everyone!


20:59So massive congrats to Beth, who looked pretty pleased to take the trophy! Less could be said for Matt who was clearly pretty narked, as was judge Jason. As the camera cut to the panel for one last lingering look at them, he had a grumpy mug that was leaning on his hand. Ouch.


Beth Tweddle and Daniel Whiston are crowned winners.

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Beth Tweddle & Daniel Whiston are crowned winners.



20:55And the winners are... BETH AND DAN!


20:55Philip had a mental block then, going to talk to "Beth and... and... I'm going to ask you the same question". What a pro! I'll be using that technique in future...


20:54We could have collectively saved ourselves thousands of hours of our lives by just watching this five-minute clip-mush. What a sad thought.


20:50It still gives me a titter that Pamela Anderson lost out to Naked Jungle's Keith Chegwin in week one. That will never stop being funny.


20:49Another kill-time montage! We haven't seen enough of these over the last ten weeks...


20:45So that was it! Admittedly, they were two top notch and corking Boleros, and either Beth or Matt would be a worthy DOI winner. Only one more ad break, everyone, and it'll all be over for another year... Totes emosh, as Goodger would say.


20:42If you even vaguely like your boy/girlfriend, do not - repeat NOT - let them on this programme. It will only end in tears. And a spread in OK magazine.


Matt Lapinskas and Brianne Delacourt dance their Bolero.

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Matt Lapinskas and Brianne Delacourt.



20:41Karen's tear ducts are going into overdrive as she verges on a blub. She also says that M&B have the most chemistry of any partnership ever, totally shooting Samia and Sylvain out of the water.


20:39Before starting, Matt and Brianne had another little peck on the lips. What's going on? Earlier this week, Jason said that the rumours about them were "bulls**t", but maybe not...


Beth and Daniel dance their bolero.

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Beth and Daniel dance their bolero.



20:34So here's Beth and Dan's take on proceedings. It's going to take more than three hats and some breakdancing from Matt to beat that - it was, to quote Chris, "amazeballs".


20:32Philip reckons there will be something extra special for the Bolero's 30th anniversary next year. He's being very presumptuous this programme will even be on, for a start...


20:30It's Bolero time! Which can only mean one thing! Getting this grainy '80s footage out. Again.


20:29Here's the entirely believable answer as to Goodger's absence...




20:27Hmm, just realised... Where was Lauren Goodger? She was tweeting away like no-one's business about being backstage at DOI earlier on. What happened? Maybe Jason told her - again - that she had the "sensuality of a walrus".


20:25If you wish to line ITV's pockets even more, feel free to vote for Beth or Matt to win! Who do you think will romp to victory?


Luke and Jenna come third.

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Luke and Jenna come third.



20:24They're closely followed by Matt and Brianne. There is complete and utter indifference by everyone learning that Luke has placed third on Dancing on Ice this year.


20:22No surprises as Beth and Dan are the first through to the final...


20:22And Pamela said she's skated a bit since leaving DOI in week one. She must be referring to the Dutch version of this thing...


20:22Christine, er, 'breaks' the 'news' that Samia and Sylvain are in a 'relationship'. Too many inverted commas to keep up with. To Bleakley's interrogation, Samia replies: "Yeah, we're allowed to say that."


20:19Ah, Gareth, you deserved to be competing tonight, you really did. Poor bloke.


20:19Never failed to be impressed by how good Chegwin is, and nice to see Samia and Sylvain have torn themselves out of bed to come back again!


20:18The same goes for Joe Pasquale and his weird as heck hair.


20:17Shayne and his partner, the faux leather trousers, are back for one more outing. Thank gawd we never have to see either on TV again after tonight.


20:16Who even remembered Anthea Turner was ever in this shindig?


20:16And now it's Mark 'dislocated arm' Henretty and that politician woman we've all forgotten about!


20:16Saying that, she can do the splits just as well as Tweddle.


20:16Alongside Red or Black?, Pamela Anderson's involvement this series must be one of ITV's biggest wastes of money in recent years…


Pamela Anderson and Matt Evers Samia Ghadie and Sylvain Longchambon Keith Chegwin and Olga Sharutenko Shayne Ward and Maria Filippov Matt Lapinskas and Brianne Delcourt Luke Campbell and Jenna Harrison Gareth Thomas and Robin Johnstone Beth Tweddle and Daniel Whiston Joe Pasquale and Vicky Ogden Anthea Turner and Andy Buchanan
10 Mar 2013

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One big family! The eliminated stars return



20:15So the lines are now... frozen! Who do you think will be off?


20:08Just in case you were reading at home wondering how John Prescott filled his evenings these days...




20:07Robin demands Matt to take his waistcoat off. He cautiously obliges. Thank goodness it stopped there, I wondered what other items of clothing Robin would order him to remove...


20:06So Matt gets another maximum score of 40.0. Am I the only one who doesn't see it? I guess he's one of the best of a middling/naff bunch.


20:05Did he just give her a cheeky peck on the lips? Ooh-err...


20:04Does Matt think he's in the So You Think You Can Dance? final as opposed to DOI?


20:04And who could forget Stumble-Gate? Just another golden moment from this series.


20:02Luke can have a right mouth on him (he just slagged off Jason's "weave"), which is absolutely the most interesting thing about him. By miles.


Luke Campbell and Jenna Harrison dance their routine.

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Luke and Jenna dance their routine.



20:01This is the final, and Luke's getting 'woos' for moves that are standard fare for week three. He gets 32.5, despite the fact there was a little stumble in 'Little Things', which will probably dent his chances. As if they needed any more beating up.


19:56"Jason's been on me from day one" - we're sure Luke's talking about criticism, here, and nothing else.


19:56Luke's up again now, which means we're treated to another Olympics montage. Yawn.


19:54We're almost (almost!) at the halfway point. Are we all still hanging in there? Got enough Doritos stockpiled?


19:51


19:50So Beth is the favourite to win, as Louis Smith was the Strictly fave from the outset. Getting these Olympic bods on skills-based talent shows basically removes the need for underdogs (that wasn't a reference to Pasquale, by the way).


Beth Tweddle and Daniel Whiston on Dancing On Ice final on 10 March 2013

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Car wash! Beth and Dan perform on the ice



19:46Beth's up next, performing a revamped version of her previous routine to the "classic" (says Simon Reed) 'Clown' by Emeli Sandé. And for the second time doing that on TV, Dan accidentally flashed her bum.


19:43Is there some push from ITV to get Matt to win this tonight? He gets a ten times bigger big-up from everyone than Beth and Luke put together...


19:41Matt says he's speechless, before a rambling thanks and fishing for the Mothers' Day votes. Cheeky sausage.


19:40A few series ago, it seemed as though 40.0s were as regular and predictable as the appearance of Jason's flat cap. Sadly this series, both have failed to materialise.


Matt Lapinskas and Brianne Delacourt celebrate their high score.

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Matt and Brianne celebrate their high score.



19:39The final finalist onto the ice is M-Laps, who is dancing to 'Mr Pinstripe Suit' (?). Sort of felt a bit Mr Selfridge mixed with a production put on in a village hall. But he gets an unbelievable 40.0 from the judges.


19:34This is Joe Pasquale's son, so he can (sort of) say this...




19:32


19:30Has Matt joined the Mafia during the week?


19:28How many Country and Western-themed gay bars are there around, Jason? Maybe there's a gap in the market there...


19:27Ashley says the start of that reminded her of a Pussycat Dolls routine. Was that meant to be a compliment? Because it was not.


19:27"Thread the needle"? "Filly roundup"? The Reed is surely just making this stuff up.


Luke and Jenna during the group routine.

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Luke and Jenna during the group routine.



19:25He's a bit summat of nothing really. Sure, Luke's a competent enough skater, but we can all agree Gareth was robbed (ROBBED) of a shot tonight...


19:24Back to the skating, and up next is Luke. His waistcoat is a right nonsense. Did the wardrobe department have hell-loads of denim left over to use by the end of the series?


19:22If there was ever any more evidence needed that these naff arguments are staged, it was in that skit.


19:21Commentator Simon Reed is back, too. Still no Tony Gubba, and now everyone's just stopped mentioning him! Really hope he's okay!


19:15Has Jason had 37 shots of espresso? He hasn't been so animated all series!


19:14Beth, looking like she's actually enjoying herself, puts in a great performance. She did look a bit like a chamois leather being passed between all those professionals, but I'll let that go. She gets a total of 36.5.


Beth and Daniel dance the group routine.

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Beth and Daniel in the group routine.



19:12Has Dan stolen those dungarees from Strictly Come Dancing's Robin Windsor?


19:11It should, says Jayne, be a spectacular and lavish production. But with ITV cuts, it could well look cheaper than an actual car wash.


19:10Up first is the Showcases. That's Showcases, not Showmances. If it were the latter, Samia would sail to win.


19:08We can all agree that Lapinskas/Tweddle has this in the bag, right? Luke can do the metaphorical getting of said coat...


19:07First sighting of Chegwin. He's in leopard print.


19:04The sure-fire signal that spring is here isn't the bouncing lambs or daffodils poking up. It's seeing T&D wheel out their Bolero for the umpteenth time. It might be 29 years old, but it's still brilliant.


19:03Welcome to the Olympics opening ceremony, everyone! Oh no, wait...


19:02Luke says it "feels fantastic" to be in the final and he's "worked really hard to be there". How can he say that with a straight face knowing that Gareth would have almost certainly gone through if he hadn't been ill?


19:00Gooood evening, everyone! Welcome to the final live blog for the Dancing on Ice final! For the final time, finalists Matt, Beth and Luke will be skating for the final time. Boo. On the plus side, we've been promised lots of sequins by ITV's continuity lady.

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