James Jordan WINS Dancing On Ice: Ex-Strictly pro skates to victory with partner Alexandra Schauman as Christopher Dean brands their Bolero ‘the best I have ever seen on the show’… beating Wes Nelson and Vanessa Bauer after their raunchy final routine

James Jordan has won Dancing On Ice – taking home the trophy alongside pro partner Alexandra Schauman.

The former Strictly Come Dancing professional beat Wes Nelson and Vanessa Bauer after each pair had to dance the Bolero on Sunday evening, knocking out fellow finalist Saaro Aalto earlier in the evening.

Lifting the trophy, James – who was nursing a shoulder injury but insisted that it wasn’t mentioned – said: ‘I can’t believe it. Oh my Gosh. I couldn’t have given it any more.’

N-ice one! James Jordan has won Dancing On Ice – taking home the trophy alongside pro partner Alexandra Schauman

The star burst into tears, clearly shocked at his win, as Alexandra hugged him and his wife Ola applauded from the audience, also in tears. 

The pair had taken to the ice to perform their own rendition of the Bolero, made famous in 1984 by Dancing On Ice’s head judges, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.

Christopher told them, as they completed the iconic routine, that it was ‘one of the best ever to be performed in the history of the show’.

The victory was notably exciting for James, having been a pro on Strictly from 2006-2013, yet never winning the show.

Champions: The star burst into tears, clearly shocked at his win, as Alexandra hugged him
Champions: The star burst into tears, clearly shocked at his win, as Alexandra hugged him

Champions: The star burst into tears, clearly shocked at his win, as Alexandra hugged him

Proud: James' wife Ola applauded from the audience, also in tears

Proud: James’ wife Ola applauded from the audience, also in tears

They did it! Lifting the trophy, James - who was nursing a shoulder injury but insisted that it wasn't mentioned - said, 'I can't believe it. Oh my Gosh. I couldn't have given it any more'
They did it! Lifting the trophy, James - who was nursing a shoulder injury but insisted that it wasn't mentioned - said, 'I can't believe it. Oh my Gosh. I couldn't have given it any more'

They did it! Lifting the trophy, James – who was nursing a shoulder injury but insisted that it wasn’t mentioned – said, ‘I can’t believe it. Oh my Gosh. I couldn’t have given it any more’

He was reminded of this on Sunday’s Dancing On Ice final by host Holly Willougby, at which he had replied ‘yeah thanks for that’ jokingly.

The ballroom star was under scrutiny weeks ago, when the ITV skating show first returned to screens, with fans suggesting he had an unfair advantage thanks to his dance training.

But the judges on the show have been insistent throughout the show that ballroom training does not equate a natural skater, with Jason Gardiner reminding viewers of this again on Sunday, ahead of the results. 

James had been sent off to the physiotherapist for treatment on his shoulders ahead of the live final, yet managed to still score 39/40 after his and Alexandra’s first dance – a sultry, Spanish routine.

Emotional: James wiped away tears as the likes of Wes, Vanessa and Holly congratulated him on their victory
Emotional: James wiped away tears as the likes of Wes, Vanessa and Holly congratulated him on their victory

Emotional: James wiped away tears as the likes of Wes, Vanessa and Holly congratulated him on their victory

Rallying round: The ex-contestants and runners-up swarmed the rink to congratulate the winners

Rallying round: The ex-contestants and runners-up swarmed the rink to congratulate the winners

 
 
 
High praise: The skaters lifted Alexandra up to applaud her win

High praise: The skaters lifted Alexandra up to applaud her win

Win win! The victory was notably exciting for James, having been a pro on Strictly from 2006-2013, yet never winning the show
Win win! The victory was notably exciting for James, having been a pro on Strictly from 2006-2013, yet never winning the show
 

Win win! The victory was notably exciting for James, having been a pro on Strictly from 2006-2013, yet never winning the show

Judges Jason and Ashley Banjo knocked off 0.5 from their scores due to a ‘lack of sparkle’.

Holly was sure to remind them that James had suffered an injury, but the ex-Strictly Come Dancing pro quickly asked that they didn’t dwell on it.

During their second performance – a Dirty Dancing-inspired routine from earlier in the season – head judge Christopher insisted he wished there had been an ’11 button’ – with all four judges (including Jayne Torvill) awarding the pair 10/10.

The final had kicked off earlier in the night with Holly’s co-host Phillip Schofield fueling the speculative flames around Wes and Vanessa’s off-the-ice relationship.

Graceful: The pair had taken to the ice to perform their own rendition of the Bolero, made famous in 1984 by Dancing On Ice's head judges, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean
Graceful: The pair had taken to the ice to perform their own rendition of the Bolero, made famous in 1984 by Dancing On Ice's head judges, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean

Graceful: The pair had taken to the ice to perform their own rendition of the Bolero, made famous in 1984 by Dancing On Ice’s head judges, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean

Compliments: Christopher told them, as they completed the iconic routine, that it was 'one of the best ever to be performed in the history of the show'

Compliments: Christopher told them, as they completed the iconic routine, that it was ‘one of the best ever to be performed in the history of the show’

Scrutiny: The ballroom star was under scrutiny weeks ago, when the ITV skating show first returned to screens, with fans suggesting he had an unfair advantage thanks to his dance training

Scrutiny: The ballroom star was under scrutiny weeks ago, when the ITV skating show first returned to screens, with fans suggesting he had an unfair advantage thanks to his dance training

After a tumultuous few weeks on the show – which has seen Wes split from his former Love Island co-star Megan Barton Hanson amid rumours she was jealous of Vanessa – Phillip introduced their first routine of the night with a slathering of innuendo.

‘Would you like to see them pump it?’ the presenter asked Holly. Holly replied, tentatively: ‘As long as that’s the name of the song they’re dancing to!’ ‘Yes. It is,’ Phillip replied with a twinkle in his eye. 

Indeed, Wes and Vanessa then put on a raunchy, Lycra-clad routine to Pump It by the Black Eyed Peas – which helped them sail through to perform the Bolero against James and Alexandra, knocking Saara and pro partner Hamis Gaman out of the competition in the process. 

Pump it! The final kicked off on Sunday night with Phillip Schofield fueling the speculative flames around finalists Wes Nelson and Vanessa Bauer's off-the-ice relationship

Pump it! The final kicked off on Sunday night with Phillip Schofield fueling the speculative flames around finalists Wes Nelson and Vanessa Bauer’s off-the-ice relationship

And flex: After a tumultuous few weeks on the show – which has seen Wes split from his former Love Island co-star Megan Barton Hanson amid rumours she was jealous of Vanessa – Phillip introduced their first routine of the night with a slathering of innuendo

Wes was sure to flex his physique in a skimpy red sports vest, while Vanessa showcased her own athletic frame in a a sports bra and skinny leggings.

Their efforts impressed the judges, with each of them awarding them 10/10, giving them a perfect score.

Jason declared that he was able to just ‘sit back and perv on them both’ when they put on such a seamless  performance.

Suggestive: ‘Would you like to see them pump it?’ Phillip asked co-host Holly Willoughby

Oh my! Jason Gardiner declared that he was able to just 'sit back and perv on them both' when they put on such a seamless performance

Oh my! Jason Gardiner declared that he was able to just ‘sit back and perv on them both’ when they put on such a seamless performance

Despite this, Vanessa hit back at suggestions she and the Love Island star had enjoyed a fling earlier on in the competition by taking to her Instagram hours earlier on Sunday to claim the reports were ‘a lie’.

The pair took to the ice for their second routine – this time a Peter Pan and Wendy-themed routine – landing them a second 40/40.

‘This is the best night of my life!’ Wes declared, hugging tightly onto Vanessa, who gushed about how far he had come in the competition.

The reality star also admitted that during the headbanging move in their routine – which saw him swing Vanessa around repeatedly – his wrist bone ‘popped out’.

Let’s get physical: Wes was sure to flex his physique in a skimpy red sports vest

Athletic: Wes showed off his physical prowess in his latest routines
Athletic: Wes showed off his physical prowess in his latest routines

Athletic: Wes showed off his physical prowess in his latest routines

‘Oh well, it is what it is!’ Wes laughed as a concerned Holly watched on and Phillip pretended to throw up.

Earlier in the day he had complained of similar injuries, taking to Instagram to show his bandaged wrist, admitting he was ‘bricking it’ ahead of the finale.

After completing their own rendition of the Bolero, ahead of the results reveal, Wes had claimed that he ‘couldn’t describe the feeling’ it had left him with. 

The judges gushed over Wes and Vanessa, with Christopher telling them he was ‘so proud’ of them, Jayne noting that there was ‘no tricks… just passion’ and Ashley commending Wes for being ‘a hard-working young man’.

Vanessa was seen to become emotional as Holly reminded them that they would not be skating again, with Wes’ father in the audience fighting back tears as he applauded his son. 

Jubilant! The duo were thrilled with their 80/80 overall score, hugging each other excitedly as the scores were read out
Jubilant! The duo were thrilled with their 80/80 overall score, hugging each other excitedly as the scores were read out

Jubilant! The duo were thrilled with their 80/80 overall score, hugging each other excitedly as the scores were read out

Come hither: The reality star also admitted that during the headbanging move in their routine - which saw him swing Vanessa around repeatedly - his wrist bone 'popped out'

Come hither: The reality star also admitted that during the headbanging move in their routine – which saw him swing Vanessa around repeatedly – his wrist bone ‘popped out’

Third place finalists Saara and Hamish received 40/40 for both their first and second routines, with Hamish seen to get emotional in the pair’s final VT as they watched clips back from the 2019 season.

‘I’ve also made a friend!’ Hamish said through tears, as Saara branded him ‘so cute!’

Repeating their Puppet On A String dance from a few weeks ago as their second routine, Saara and Hamish were given high praise from notoriously harsh critic Jason. ‘This was the most memorable routine of Dancing On Ice… ever!’ he gushed.

Yet Saara and Hamish were knocked out of the competition at the last hurdle, leaving Wes and James as the last two celebrities standing.

Swing it sister! Wes threw Vanessa around in theur first routine of the finale
Swing it sister! Wes threw Vanessa around in theur first routine of the finale

Swing it sister! Wes threw Vanessa around in theur first routine of the finale

Third place: Saara and Hamish received 40/40 for both their first and second routines, with Hamish seen to get emotional in the pair's final VT as they watched clips back from the 2019 season

Third place: Saara and Hamish received 40/40 for both their first and second routines, with Hamish seen to get emotional in the pair’s final VT as they watched clips back from the 2019 season

The final also featured a routine from Torvill and Dean themselves, dancing to Summertime.

There was also a return from the former celeb contestants, who have one-by-one been knocked out of the competition week-after-week.

All of the ex-contestants returned – Ryan Sidebottom, Jane Danson, Melody Thornton, Brian McFadden, Mark Little, Richard Blackwood, Didi Conn, Saira Khan and Gemma Collins smiling at the camera from the wings.

There had been a question mark hanging over the latter this week, regarding whether or not she would turn up, after Jason had made seemingly catty remarks about her.

No strings attached: Repeating their Puppet On A String dance from a few weeks ago as their second routine, Saara and Hamish were given high praise from notoriously harsh critic Jason

No strings attached: Repeating their Puppet On A String dance from a few weeks ago as their second routine, Saara and Hamish were given high praise from notoriously harsh critic Jason

'This was the most memorable routine of Dancing On Ice... ever!' Saara and Hamish were knocked out of the competition at the last hurdle, leaving Wes and James as the last two celebrities standing

‘This was the most memorable routine of Dancing On Ice… ever!’ Saara and Hamish were knocked out of the competition at the last hurdle, leaving Wes and James as the last two celebrities standing

Yet she was there – despite not putting a mammoth effort into her last ever appearance on the ice.

Viewers were left enraged when Gemma and her pro partner Matt Evers appeared on the rink under a giant ‘GC’ sign, yet barely moved a muscle.

Stood on the spot, Gemma was seen giving a shimmy before getting onto her knees, rolling over, letting Matt skate over her head and… not doing much else.

Lackluster! Gemma Collins threw on the sequins for one last time and appeared on the rink for the Dancing On Ice finale as promised - but failed to actually skate

Lackluster! Gemma Collins threw on the sequins for one last time and appeared on the rink for the Dancing On Ice finale as promised – but failed to actually skate

Viewers were left enraged when Gemma and her pro partner Matt Evers appeared on the rink under a giant ‘GC’ sign, yet barely moved a muscle.

Stood on the spot, Gemma was seen giving a shimmy before getting onto her knees, rolling over, letting Matt skate over her head and… not doing much else.

‘Gemma Collins was doing more Rolling on Ice than #dancingonice!’ one person observed.

Another tweeted: ‘Love how Gemma did absolutely no skating there.’ 

 
Enraged: Viewers were not impressed by Gemma's final turn on the DOI rink

Enraged: Viewers were not impressed by Gemma’s final turn on the DOI rink

A third posted: ‘Actually screaming at Gemma not skating at all and just rolling around on the ice. Sensational!’

A fourth remarked: ‘I love how even for 10 seconds coming back on the show, Gemma STILL didn’t skate.’

‘The finalists’ routines were devised by Torville and Dean. Gemma’s performance was choreographed by my nan when she popped out for a pint of milk on a snow day…’ someone else wrote.

Followed by: ‘Wtf!! Gemma barely set a blade on the ice!!’

Frozen in place: Stood on the spot, Gemma was seen giving a shimmy before getting onto her knees, rolling over, letting Matt skate over her head and... not doing much else

Frozen in place: Stood on the spot, Gemma was seen giving a shimmy before getting onto her knees, rolling over, letting Matt skate over her head and… not doing much else

Skate? Off! Viewers were left enraged when Gemma and her pro partner Matt Evers appeared on the rink under a giant 'GC' sign, yet barely moved a muscle

Skate? Off! Viewers were left enraged when Gemma and her pro partner Matt Evers appeared on the rink under a giant ‘GC’ sign, yet barely moved a muscle 

Tragic: Gemma revealed she'd been struck down with a virus leaving her feeling 'absolutely terrible' ahead of her finale performance

Tragic: Gemma revealed she’d been struck down with a virus leaving her feeling ‘absolutely terrible’ ahead of her finale performance

Gemma revealed she had been struck down with a virus leaving her feeling ‘absolutely terrible’ ahead of her finale performance. 

Taking to Instagram on Saturday, the TOWIE star, 38, shared a video to her Stories from rehearsals at the rink saying that ‘people are very sad’ the show is coming to an end.

She continued: ‘But I will be coming out centre stage one last time, hell to the yeah’.

The Essex native then switched her camera to front-facing and commented: ‘Guys excuse that I look so bad today, I’ve got that virus that’s going around.

‘I feel absolutely terrible, but I’m not letting down anyone that spent their £1.50 to vote for me.’ 

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