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IT'S RAY WIN! Mighty Quinn lands Dancing On Ice title.

Byline: by TINA MILES Showbiz Reporter

LIVERPOOL'S Ray Quinn skated to victory last night after wowing judges with his own version of Torvill and Dean's most famous dance.

The 20-year-old Childwall singer beat undercover journalist Donal MacIntyre, 43, in a Dancing On Ice skate-off as they performed the Bolero.

Ray, who achieved perfect scores of 30 in his two rated dances in the final, shouted "Yeah, baby" as he was handed the winner's trophy.

The former Gateacre Comprehensive school pupil said: "I'm absolutely speechless.

"I have been dreaming of this moment since the beginning. I'm so proud."

And for his mum Ray added: "Happy Mother's Day."

The West End star also impressed judges and TV viewers with his flying-wire routine to Take That's hit Greatest Day.

It came just days after the ex-Brookside actor was given oxygen due to motion sickness while practising the stunt.

Ray and his partner Maria Filippov also scored perfect sixes for their ice dance to Starship's Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now.

Ray, who came second to Leona Lewis in the 2006 X Factor final, was 1/5 odds-on bookies favourite to take the crown after dominating the competition for the past 10 weeks.

More than 70% of all bets were on Ray to win.

Former Liberty X star Jessica Taylor, 28,wept as she becamethe first celebrity to leave the final after receiving the fewest public votes.

The two remaining skaters performed their interpretations of the Bolero, which won Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill an Olympic Gold in 1984.

Ray, described by judges as the best celebrity contestant in Dancing On Ice history, faced spirited performances from runner-up MacIntyre, who was the most improved contestant of the series.

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PERFECT SIX: Ray Quinn dancing with Maria Filippov; CHAMPION: Hot favourite Ray celebrates with his Dancing On Ice trophy after landing skating title; ICE WIN: Ray, with his mum Val and his 2002 British Soap Award, said victory was best Mother's Day gift
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 23, 2009
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