Dancing on Ice reached its final stage tonight, with a trio of skaters competing for the 2019 skating title. Love Island star Wes Nelson, former Strictly Come Dancing professional James Jordan and X Factor singer Saara Aalto are all set to battle it out in front of the regular, four strong panel. Jayne Torvill, 61, and Christopher Dean, 60, are British ice dancers who have competed at Olympic and world championship level. They now sit on the judging panel alongside Ashley Banjo, 30, and Jason Gardiner, 47.
Body language expert Judi James told how they showed “different levels” of enthusiasm – with Jayne Torvill in particular letting her feelings show.
Judi told Express.co.uk of the Olympians, who saw their iconic 1984 Bolero performed twice tonight: “The couple were perfectly in tune tonight in preparation for their own performance, plus the Bolero homages later.
“They were also in quasi indulgent parental mode too as they’d choreographed some of the routines themselves.
“Jayne still tends to show different levels of excitement for different celebs though.
“Perhaps keeping James’ shoulder injury in mind she literally threw both arms straight up in the air as she gave him a ten point score.
“For his second 10 she performed a jazz hands gesture in celebration.”
Judi then told how Chris took a different approach, letting his inner passion for skating come through.
Judi added: “Chris meanwhile always looks as though he’s gagging to get out there on the ice with them, miming the juggling Saara was doing and performing seal claps when he scored Wes.”
The skaters then delighted fans with a performance before the final results were revealed.
At the end of tonight’s Dancing on Ice, James was crowned this year’s winner.
Wes, the semi finalist, promptly rushed over to give him a huge hug.
As ever, the couples will be judged by Jason Gardiner, Ashley Banjo, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.
The former 2019 contestants also made an appearance to cheer on their former competitors.
After the Dancing on Ice final airs tonight on ITV, it will be available to stream on ITV Hub’s catch-up service.
Last year saw Jake Quickenden take the title.