Beth Tweddle and her partner Daniel Whiston lifted the Dancing On Ice Trophy as they won a close fought contest with Matt Lapinskas and his partner Brianne Delcourt. Earlier in the final Luke Campbell and his partner Jenna Smith had been eliminated and finished in third place overall. In the grand final, only the public telephone vote counts and whilst the telephone results did not agree with the judges scoring, Beth was a worthy winner.
Torvill and Dean opened the show with a version of their famous Olympic Gold winning routine, skated to Rave’s Bolero.
Beth Tweddle and Daniel Whiston opened the competition proper, with their showcase dance, skating to Car Wash by Rose Royce. Beth has been criticised in earlier shows for being a bit cold and distant. Stripping down to a pink two-piece costume certainly raised the temperature a bit and guaranteed she got noticed . A score of 36.5 overall and a 9.5 from Jason Gardiner gives Beth a good start to the final.
Robin: Incredibly entrertaining. This is your best performance. A fun entertaining skate.
Karen: Amazing. Such a great way to start the show
Ashley: Fantastic. You were being tossed around from man to man.
Jason: You really came out there and delivered. Attitude and sass. That’s what I was looking for.
Luke Campbell and Jenna Smith performed their showcase to Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Jimmy Orion Ellis. A cowboy themed routine scored 34.5, Luke’s best of the series and shows he deserves to be in the final.
Robin: You kept up with the pro’s. You were animated. It was so much fun to see you come out of your shell
Karen: You have grown in skill and confidence with every performance
Ashley: You were relaxed. You were in it!
Jason: It was the best musicality that you have displayed in the series.
Matt Lapinskas and Brianne Delcourt were last up of the finalists, skating to Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Mr. Pinstripe Suit. A perfect score of 40 maybe puts one hand on the trophy for Matt if the viewer’s agree with the judges. Matt puts his own personality into all the skating routines he performs.
Robin: I was jealous of that performance. I wanted to be out there tonight skating it
Karen: That showcased all your stengths and it was fantastic
Ashley: Home run man. Passionate. Fantastic job
Jason: You are why I love the final. Someone who has the entire package and then smashes it in the final. I could not differentiate between you and the pros.
Beth Tweddle and Daniel Whiston then skated their favourite routine of the series to Emeli Sandé’s Clown. Beth is showing so much confidence as she performs and is certainly showing emotion. Her look into the camera at the end of the routine shows what she has learnt on the show and should help her telephone vote. A 37.5 score took her total to 74 for the two dances. Remember though, it’s the viewer vote alone that counts in the grand final.
Robin: Glorious. Tonight you took it to the next level
Karen: Beth looked at ease out there. She has learnt to skate and she has learnt to perform
Ashley: That gave me goosebumps
Jason: When you chose to do this as your favourite skate I was relieved. It was touching and beautiful.
Luke Campbell and Jenna Smith chose One Direction’s Little Things to perform their favourite routine. There was a slight slip from Luke on one of his turns but it was a good routine overall to score 32.5. That’s a creditable combined score of 67 which rightly puts him behind Beth on the judges leaderboard.
Karen: For a boxer to skate such a gentle routine it’s impressive
Ashley: You recovered well from the spin slip
Jason: This isn’t on par with the other two contestants. There were a few little things missing from the previous time you skated it.
Matt Lapinskas and Brianne Delcourt closed the first part of the final to Chris Brown’s Turn Up The Music. Matt looks so confident on the ice and really attacked the routine. Fantastic. It looked like he was due another good score and another perfect score of 40 was well deserved. A combined score of 80 takes him to the top of the judges leaderboard. Do the viewers agree? We will see.
Robin: There was such energy in this building. You stayed in control . Take your waistcoat. You are now in the final two.
Karen: A partnership made in heaven. Let’s hope the viewers pick up the phone and vote for you
Jason: It’s deserved. You match Brianne in the intensity. You are a strong partership
The phone lines were then closed and we were treated to the return of the nine celebrities who had left the rink in previous weeks. It was especially good to see Gareth Thomas back on the ice performing after his illness in last week’s show.
The phone vote confirmed what we all thought. It was Matt Lapinskas and Beth Tweddle through to dance the Bolero and compete for the title whilst Luke Campbell finishes Dancing On Ice in third place.
The phone lines were re-opened and Beth and Matt prepared to skate in their purple Bolero outfits.
First up were Beth Tweddle and Daniel Whiston. It was a fantastic routine with some great moves. It certainly had the intensity that was needed to snatch the title from Matt but only the viewers will decide. A great end to Beth’s Dancing On Ice journey.
Matt Lapinskas and Brianne Delcourt were the final couple, skating for the title. Matt was very focused and expressive as he built to the end of the Bolero routine. The judges were positive about both couples but there words were really just filling in time until we found out the audience vote.
When the result came it was a slight surprise: Beth Tweddle and Daniel Whiston have been voted Dancing On Ice Champions 2013 with Matt Lapinskas and Brianne Delcourt as runners up. I have to say I would have called it the other way but well done to Beth and Daniel. It’s Daniel Whiston’s third time in the final and his first win. Jason Gardiner did not look at all happy with the viewer’s vote but we can only say one thing: Get over it!
That’s it for 2013 . Can’t wait for next year’s show!
See full scoring results for Dancing On Ice