Dancing on Ice’s Joe Swash crowned surprise winner in astonishing result

Joe Swash and Alex Murphy have been crowned the shock Dancing on Ice 2020 champions.

The couple saw off tough competition from Perri Kiely and Vanessa Bauer, who finished in second place, while Libby Clegg and her pro Mark Hanretty ended in third.

It was one of the most sensational nights in the ITV skating show's history – with all three finalists receiving perfect scores of 40 for each of their dances.

Presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby told viewers the public vote had been incredibly tight before revealing the surprise result.

Gobsmacked Joe nearly collapsed in surprise while his proud son Harry and girlfriend Stacey Solomon applauded alongside baby Rex.

On how it felt to win, Joe said: "Honestly, amazing. It is the most amazing experience. To share with Al."

Joe gave host Phillip a high five before hugging pro partner Alex.

When Phillip told Perri he everyone thought he "had it in the bag", the runner-up replied: "I gave everything I wanted to. Joe has come so far. I've made a friend for life with Joe, he's like my brother."

Phillip claimed Joe was the most improved skater "without question" before Holly handed over the trophy.

Cheeky chappy Joe admitted he didn't think he would make it past Christmas before his incredible improvement on the ice.

Speaking moments before his big win, Joe said: "Honestly it’s the most surreal feeling to be here today from where I’ve started. Everyone has really helped me get to where I am now."

While runner-up Perri said: "It's been the most incredible journey ever. I pushed myself as much as I can and done things no one else has ever done on the ice before. Vanessa made that all happen."

Libby was the unlucky finalist that got dressed up to perform the Bolero but was knocked out of the competition just moments before.

Phillip Schofield admitted: "That's the saddest thing in the whole series."

Thanking her support network, Libby said: "Oh my gosh. This past week has been a pleasure being with Joe and Perri. And Working with you [Mark}.

Mark added: "I think I speak on behalf of the entire production…spending time with Libby and seeing the challenges you face and your optimism is incredible."

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All of the couples got magic 10s from all four judges for all of their sensational routines.

Looking at the leaderboard, Phil joked: "How do I make my way through this?"

While Holly added: "I like this. Shall we just call it here? Call it a triple-way draw."

Perri risked serious injury during the live final by completing a death-defying backflip.

No one has ever attempted the dangerous move on the show before, let alone when the stakes were at their highest.

Even Perri seemed stunned that he had pulled off the sensational backflip as he wobbled but remained on his feet and hugged the pro skaters.

Close friend Ashley Banjo jumped up on his seat and admitted he was "lost for words" and shaking.

Perri received a staggering perfect score of 40 from the judges after nearly landing on his head during the risky move.

After his performance, breathless Perri said: "I do backflips for days on the floor. Bringing it to the ice, completely different ball game."

Worried Holly Willoughby , who didn’t want to see replay, confessed: "I’m so relieved it's over."

While amazed Ashley said: "I’m lost for words. I’m literally a bit shaky. That reminded me of the first time I saw you perform in a show.

"It's not easy. The ice, the skate, the guts to go for that one live TV. Honestly, amazing."

*Dancing on Ice airs Sundays on ITV at 6pm

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