Antony Cotton crowned Let’s Dance champion

Antony Cotton has won the final of Let’s Dance For Comic Relief 2013, triumphing over five other acts with his tap dance routine.

The Coronation Street star took the prize following a performance to Anything Goes set around an old people’s home – with Antony donning both overalls and an old-fashioned tuxedo during the dance.

West End star Jodie Prenger – the former winner of BBC One’s I’d Do Anything – finished runner-up with her recreation of the routine to Cameo’s 80s hit Word Up.

The singer, who won last Saturday’s heat, only joined the line-up at the last minute after previous competitor Keith Duffy pulled out due to unforseen circumstances.

Others who made it to the final included comedienne Katherine Ryan – who re-interpreted Nicki Minaj’s Starships, complete with fat suit – and funnyman Lee Nelson, who was joined by former Britain’s Got Talent runners-up Twist and Pulse for a ballet-themed routine.

Comedian Tim Vine – who paid tribute to Justin Timberlake’s Rock Your Body video – and a soap star quartet consisting of Natalie Cassidy, Claire Sweeney, Dean Gaffney and Ricky Groves, who performed a routine from Hairspray, completed the final line-up.

Antony’s tapping skills saw him win the second heat of the charity show – and he once again managed to impress a panel of judges which this week included Frank Skinner, Jo Brand and comedian Greg Davies.

“It was right up my 42nd street,” Frank said of the actor’s hoofing, adding: “It did make me feel like going our and learning to tap dance” – while Greg described the performance as “incredible”.

Saturday’s show also featured the final part of One Direction’s visit to Africa, which has been shown throughout the past four weeks in a bid to raise money for Comic Relief.

This year’s official Red Nose Day and TV telethon is on March 15.

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