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Sam crowned ice king after hair-raising final

Ex-EastEnders actor Sam Attwater was crowned Dancing On Ice champion.

The 24-year-old raised a few eyebrows with his performance of Bolero, by ending with his hand on partner Brianne Delcourt's breast.

Host Phillip Schofield quipped: "Have a look in the papers tomorrow."

The three finalists -- Attwater and TV presenters Chloe Madeley and Laura Hamilton -- each had to perform a showcase dance and a favourite routine from the series.

Attwater went first and scored an impressive 29.5 for his energetic performance to Footloose.

It even impressed Jason Gardiner -- although the judge still only gave him 9.5, docking half a point because one lift was not perfect.

Attwater's favourite routine was River Dance, for which he got 28.5 -- better than his previous score of 27.

Nickel-odeon presenter Hamilton performed her showcase to Express Yourself by Madonna, aiming to recreate the sexy pop video.

But the performance, for which she scored 26, just missed the mark.

However, she made up for it with the reprisal of her routine to I'm So Excited, gaining a perfect score of 30 and persuading Gardiner (pictured below) to take off his hat.

The fierce commentator has been in the press recently because he has had hair replacement therapy.

Whipping off his head gear, he said: "Laura, I have to say my darling, I take my hat off to you." Schofield remarked: "So that's what 20 grand looks like."

Madeley clearly put all her effort into a Dirty Dancing-inspired performance to I've Had The Time Of My Life, scoring 25.5, and then 28.5 for a belly-dancing themed routine to Kiss Kiss.

But the winner was decided by audience votes alone and she went out in third place. This left Hamilton and Attwater to compare Boleros. Gardiner declared Hamilton's was "slow to get going", while Attwater's was "beautiful" -- despite the saucy ending.

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