Rugby player Kyran Bracken has been crowned champion of the ITV1 show Dancing on Ice along with his skating partner Melanie Lambert.

Bracken was the bookmakers' favourite going into the final, which also included actress Clare Buckfield and former Blue singer Duncan James.

James was knocked out in the first round of the final show, leaving Bracken to battle it out with Buckfield.

The rugby star and his partner went on to achieve the highest score for Torvil and Dean's Bolero routine and finished his flying act to the tune of Come Fly With Me by Frank Sinatra.

Dancing on Ice began on January 13th with 11 contestants including Ulrika Jonsson, former Steps singer Lisa Scott-Lee and former Boyzone star Stephen Gately.

The show has been one of ITV1's biggest hits over the years and is hosted by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby

Bracken and the other finalists are now set to embark upon the Dancing on Ice tour which will span 35 shows during spring.

Scott-Lee, Bonnie Langford and Stefan Booth will also be joining the finalists on their jaunt around the UK.

18/03/2007 11:07:49