Fresh from showing off his new luscious locks, Jason Gardiner has said that Sam Attwater deserved to win Sunday's Dancing On Ice final. The ever critical ice panellist said that the Eastenders actor's routine was by far the strongest of the night, adding that he had worked so hard on the programme.
Talking about Sam and skating partner Brianne, Jason explained: “When this couple first hit the ice it was like an explosion! Sam had all the attributes that I look for in a potential champion. He was strong, technically superb, confident, a great partner and boy could he skate.
“He delivered one of the strongest routines of the series with his Riverdance and astounded the panel with his brilliant execution.”
Writing on his blog, Jason continued: "Then this partnership hit a trouble patch where they were out of sync and not quite gelling together. Sam started to lose his spark while others excelled. But like a trooper he kept fighting and worked hard to overcome his problems."
Jason added: “In the semi-final he proved that he was back and on top of his game as a real contender. After tonight, Sam has shown that the road to success isn’t always an easy one but by applying yourself and with single-minded determination, you can overcome anything if you put your mind to it. He deserves to be the king of this series because he has truly worked so hard for it.”
The Dancing On Ice 2011 final was watched by more than 9 million viewers on Sunday night.