Dancing On Ice winner Joe beat Perri by just 1% of vote in closest ever final

Joe Swash managed to pip Perri Kiely to the Dancing On Ice crown on Sunday by just one per cent of the vote.

The I'm A Celebrity Extra Camp host, 38, left viewers stunned at the weekend after managing to beat frontrunner Perri to be crowned the winner of the skating competition.

Despite all three finalists scooping perfect scores, it seemed certain that Diversity Perri and pro partner Vanessa Bauer would rise to victory.

After paralympian Libby Clegg was announced as placing third, Joe and Perri both skated their own versions of Jayne Torville and Christopher Dean's famous Bolero.

Chris hailed Perri and Vanessa's the best he'd ever seen, but viewers chose to crown the show's best improver Joe and partner Alex Murphy the 2020 champions.

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And newly released figures from ITV have shown that Joe managed to bag 50.53 per cent of the vote while Perri obtained 49.47 per cent after going head to head in their final skate.

Following their first skates, Joe also had a majority at 43.2 per cent while Perri managed to nab 41.8 per cent.

Libby was knocked out after receiving just 15.31 per cent of the vote, which hadn't been surprising after she landed in the bottom two over the last couple of weeks.

Earlier today, Perri spoke out after fans accused Joe of "robbing him" of his win, insisting he still feels like winner because he achieved things that "hadn't been done on the ice before".

"I couldn't have asked for a better week to end it all on," he told fans in a video message.

"I just want to say thank you for all the message and those showing the love. And I'm getting loads of messages saying 'gutted you didn't win' and stuff," admitted Perri.

He went on: "I know it sounds super cheesy and of 'course you're going to say that' but I feel I've achieved all I wanted to and more.

"When I first got asked to do the show I wanted to push myself as much as I could and do stuff that's never been done on the ice before."

He also addressed Joe and Alex's win and had nothing but kind words for the pair.

The dancer said: "And also Joe… Alex… You guys are like… you guys are just sick. Honestly, I've made friends for life. Joe you are an absolute legend.

"It's rare to do shows like this and leave with genuine friends but I feel like I really have.

"I'm super proud of the whole journey. I've loved every single minute of it. Congratulations Joe and Alex."

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