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Winners: 2FM presenter Lottie Ryan and dance partner Pasquale La Rocca with the trophy. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Winners: 2FM presenter Lottie Ryan and dance partner Pasquale La Rocca with the trophy. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Winners: 2FM presenter Lottie Ryan and dance partner Pasquale La Rocca with the trophy. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Broadcaster Lottie Ryan lifted the glitterball trophy last night after a dramatic end to RTÉ's 'Dancing With The Stars'.

Producers took the last-minute decision to skip the semi-final stage and bring the final forward by a week as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.

The shock announcement was made just a few hours before the programme went to air, given the ongoing pandemic.

But even having no live audience in the studio could not take the shine off 2FM presenter Ryan's big victory as she emerged the winner with partner Pasquale La Rocca.

A clearly emotional Ryan said that she had "no words".

"This journey has been the best thing I have ever said yes to. Getting to meet these people; Pasquale has just been life-changing for me to meet, the things he has taught me, how he has pushed me and I just can't thank you enough for everything you've done," she said.

The show provided some well-needed light entertainment for viewers as it came to a close after 11 action-packed weeks.

Competing in last night's final was Kilkenny GAA star Aidan Fogarty alongside 'Fair City' actor Ryan Andrews as well as former Miss Universe, Ireland's Grainne Gallanagh.

They all had to perform one main dance and then pull off a 'trio' performance in which they were joined up with two pro dancers for their final turn on the dance-floor.

Ryan had been the clear favourite from the start of the competition.

Irish Independent