By NADIA MENDOZA
Triumphant: Matthew Wolfenden takes over as Dancing on Ice champion from last year's winner Sam Attwater
Matthew Wolfenden has taken the baton from Sam Attwater to be crowned king of the rink. The Emmerdale star won Dancing On Ice tonight, pipping rival Jorgie Porter to the title.
It was neck and neck as the two finalists performed their breathtaking Boleros - with head judge Robin Cousins saying Matthew's was the 'most difficult' since the programme began in 2006.
Having both scored perfect maximum 30s for previous performances, the competition was tight.
As it was announced, a very shocked Matthew said: 'It's going to take a few days to sink in. The first time I stood on the ice, I thought I'd made the biggest mistake of my life and I'd be a laughing stock.'
King of the rink: Matthew Wolfenden beat Jorgie Porter to win Dancing On Ice 2012
Jorgie could barely speak as she choked on tears, but managed to say: 'I'm so happy for them.'
Following their incredible final performance, Robin said: 'That is the most difficult Bolero we have had since the start of the show.'
Katarina Witt heaped praise on him, saying: 'From the beginning it was mesmerizing, it was gentle, it was sexy.
'I can't imagine what kind of world class skater you would've become if you had started as a little boy.'
Moment of truth: The atmosphere was incredibly tense before Phillip Schofield announced the winner
The opening of the show was like waiting an hour for a bus - and three come along at once - as Matthew finally received a perfect score of 10 from the trio of judges to score the maximum of 30.
Along with partner Nina Ulanova, the duo performed an ensemble piece to Singin' In The Rain.
Fireworks: The studio was full of pyrotechnics after Matthew won
Recreating the iconic Gene Kelly performance - complete with bowler hat, umbrella and a lamppost - the routine was thrilling as they were joined by an ensemble cast of the professional male skaters.
Judge Louie Spence claimed Matthew's skills 'surpassed' those of the West End cast.
Having seen the production twice at the Palace Theatre in London this week, he said: 'I'm telling you, what you have just done on the ice, surpassed what I have seen on feet.'
Robin added: 'I've been waiting for a few weeks to reward you that 10. You just led a fully professional ensemble piece as the leading man.'
Gutted: After all her hard work, Jorgie ended in second place
Matthew was clearly overwhelmed, saying: 'I can't believe it, I'm lost for words,' before Christopher Dean revealed he and Jayne (Torvill) had 'goosebumps'.
But snapping at his tail was little pixie Jorgie, who earned herself 29.
Looking every inch the pop princess in a fiery red leotard, she put on a magical showcase to the iconic theme tune of Fame with partner Matt Evers.
Rewarding another 10, Louie said: 'You are hot! You burnt the floor out there, the ice was melting. The lifts were phenomenally difficult and you were just throwing them out. It was absolutely superb.'