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Sunday 17 December 2017

Torvill and Dean's Bolero routine will be final test for the Dancing On Ice celebrities

After almost three months of scrapes, tumbles and tears, three finalists will skate it out to be crowned Dancing On Ice champion tomorrow.

The finale will be a battle of the soap stars as the fifth series of the ice-dancing contest comes to an end, with each of the stars flying high for a nail-biting routine in the air.

Ex-Emmerdale star Hayley Tamaddon, left, Hollyoaks actor Kieron Richardson, centre, and former Bill hunk Gary Lucy, right, are the trio who have made it through the 11-week competition, dodging the barbed comments of Jason Gardner.

Bookies' favourite Tamaddon and underdog Richardson skated straight through to the final last week, while Lucy battled it out with Danniella Westbrook, before he slid through to the last stage thanks to the judges' vote.

Each couple will perform their favourite dance of the series, before a vote decides the remaining two.

The last pair will then perform the Ravel's Bolero routine which catapulted Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean to Olympic glory for Britain in 1984. As part of the finale, coaches to the stars Torvill and Dean will then perform their gold medal-winning routine -- but, in a new twist, it is expected to be an aerial display as they dangle above the ice from silk scarves.

Tamaddon is tipped to win, after having carved her name at the top of the leaderboard almost every week.

She was only beaten to the top slot once, by Westbrook's "sexy secretary" routine. Defeated contestants will also feature in tomorrow's show.

Around 12 million viewers are expected to switch on to the final, which starts at 7.45pm on ITV1.

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