Masked Dancer winner confirmed as Louis Smith as Carwash in nail-biting twist

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Masked Dancer's champion has been crowned, with Carwash scooping up the top spot after seven days of spectacular unmaskings.

Carwash, Scarecrow, Squirrel and Zip made it to the final, wowing the judges with splits, hand jives and break dancing in one last bid to secure the lead.

However, after one final dance-off, Olympic champion Louis Smith won over the judges as Carwash, making Masked Dancer history.

Louis has form when it comes to winning – the acclaimed gymnast, 32, has won a bronze medal and two silver medals at the Olympics as part of the Great Britain team.

Davina McCall had guessed he might be inside the costume, but several other names were thrown into the ring, such as crooner Craig David and JLS star Aston Merrygold.

Explaining his decision to take part in the show, Louis said: "I love the singer version, I love dancing and I love performing."

"Having to smile whilst dancing is tough so the mask makes it less to worry about," the Olympian added, confessing he battled nerves behind the scenes.

He admitted: "Oh I was so nervous. I like to put on a good show and I want to make myself and the team proud."

Louis managed to beat Squirrel in the finale, leaving iconic actress Bonnie Langford to be unmasked before the judges.

Take That star Howard Donald came in third place as Zip, having honed his dancing skills as a judge on the German reality show Got to Dance.

EastEnders favourite Tamzin Outhwaite was the first celebrity unmasked during the finale, whipping off her Scarecrow costume and leaving guest judge Holly Willoughby lost for words.

The pair are distantly related – Tamzin is the first cousin of Holly's husband Dan – meaning the This Morning host realised she recognised her dance moves from family Christmas parties.

In the lead-up to the final, eight celebrities were unmasked on the show – first up, Diversity star Jordan Banjo was unmasked as Viper, swiftly followed by former Eternal singer Louise Redknapp in the Flamingo costume.

The Beetroot was burlesque icon Dita Von Teese, and Rubber Chicken was exposed as Olympic ski-jumper Eddie the Eagle.

Professional skater Christopher Dean was hiding in the Beagle costume, radio DJ Zoe Ball was the Llama, and Craig Revel Horwood tore off the mask of the Knickerbocker Glory costume.

Finally, the Frog was unveiled as none other than model Kelly Brook, who described the experience as "scary, hot and sweaty, suffocating" after her reveal.

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