DANCING on Ice viewers crowned Joe Swash as their 2020 champion after a tense battle this evening.
It was a night of perfect 10s and standing ovations as the finalists put their heart, body and soul into three intense performances.
Announcing the result, Phillip Schofield said: “You have voted for your champion and it all comes down to this. I can tell you the vote has been incredibly close.
“The winner of Dancing on Ice 2020 is Joe Swash.”
A stunned Joe looked overwhelmed as he was crowned champion. He said: “Honestly, this has been the most amazing experience and to share it with Alex.”
Humbled Perri said: “Joe has come so far and I’ve genuinely made a friend for life with Joe, I love you mate.”
Joe Swash won Dancing on Ice
Joe and partner Alex Murphy fought it out with Perri and partner Vanessa Bauer after blind Paralympian Libby Clegg MBE finished third with her partner Mark Hanretty,
After reaching the final two, Joe and Perri performed the iconic Boléro in front of judges Jayne Torvill and Christoper Dean.
Chris told Perri: “That’s got to be the best Boléro we’ve ever seen.”
It proved they had the edge as viewers voted them the winners of series 12.
Perri Kiely finished in second place
Libby Clegg finished in third place
Judge Ashley Banjo told Perri: “You’re my brother, you’re family and sometimes when you’re close you don’t say the things you should, but you inspire me every day my friend.”
Meanwhile Joe’s partner Stacey Solomon was in the crowd with their baby son Rex and Joe’s first born Harry, who shouted “go on dad” before every performance.
Earlier in the evening Perri became the first ever celebrity to do a back flip on the ice.
Despite battling against nerves of a live audience, the Diversity dancer performed the dangerous move.
“The consequences are seriously dangerous,” said Perri ahead of the show.
“One slight thing that goes wrong and it can pretty much end in disaster.”
But everything went without a glitch as he threw himself into the air and landed safely on both skates.
Joe’s dance partner Alex was overcome with emotion after they performed the Boléro.
She sobbed as judges praised their routine after making it to the final two.
And the show made history when Jayne and Chris’ finale performance was shot with a single camera by a crew member on skates.