Rowland Rivron is the Let"s Dance Weapon Of Choice as he takes charity show"s title with Christopher Walken-inspired routine

Rowland Rivron is the Let's Dance Weapon Of Choice as he takes charity show's title with Christopher Walken-inspired routine

|

UPDATED:

01:07 GMT, 18 March 2012

He may be 54 years of age, but Rowland Rivron proved that middle-aged people can still hold their own.

The comedian took the Let's Dance title this year ahead of his competitors, some of whom were as young as 16.

Rivron danced to Fatboy Slim song Weapon Of Choice, recreating Christopher Walken's famous dance from the song's video.

First Choice: Rowland Rivron was presented with his trophy by last year's winners James Thornton and Charlie Baker

First Choice: Rowland Rivron was presented with his trophy by last year's winners James Thornton and Charlie Baker

A well-deserved beer for the winner: Rowland Rivron is presented with a celebratory drink after taking victory on Sport Relief's Let's Dance

A well-deserved beer for the winner: Rowland Rivron is presented with a celebratory drink after taking victory on Sport Relief's Let's Dance

He begin the routine in a chair looking a little weary, before launching into the routine.

The comedian strutted around on stage imitating Walken, at one point running up to the judging panel to smack a bell.

He spun around in a luggage trolley and
was joined by a pair of dancers dressed as hotel porters who watched
with confused expression on their faces as he danced on a table.

Walken on air: The funnyman's routine was based on the video to Fat Boy Slim's track Weapon Of Choice which starred Christopher Walken

Walken on air: The funnyman's routine was based on the video to Fat Boy Slim's track Weapon Of Choice which starred Christopher Walken

Suits you sir! Frank Skinner said Rivron's dance proved that middle age can be beautiful

Suits you sir! Frank Skinner said Rivron's dance proved that middle age can be beautiful

Dancers wearing the same outfit as him joined in the well-choreographed routine.

Finally, left alone, he jumped on a chair, which hit the floor under his feet.

And he returned to the same chair he started off in and was handed a beer for his efforts.

Obviously loved by the crowd, the end of his routine was met with cheers and sustained applause from the audience and the judging panel were certainly just as impressed.

Impressed: Comedian Frank Skinner loved Rowland's routine

Impressed: Comedian Frank Skinner loved Rowland's routine

Back on the panel: Arlene returned to judging after her departure from Strictly Come Dancing

Back on the panel: Arlene returned to judging after her departure from Strictly Come Dancing

Frank Skinner told him: 'The message is don't be afraid of middle age, it can be beautiful. That is one of the est dances I've ever seen on this show, I totally loved it.'

Arlene Phillips agreed, saying: 'You are my weapon of massive choice. You have style dripping off you like molten lava. The swan steps were spot on.'

Welsh comedian Rod Gilbert added: 'That was potentially a disaster. It was a brave bold choice because you're on your own for most of it.'

Rowland's routine beat off competition from seven other celebrity contestants, which included Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards, the Olympic skiier.

Dressed in full Austin Powers garb Eddie arrived from above in a pair of skis and danced to Soul Bossnova from the famous film.

Yeah, baby! Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards performed an Austin Powers-inspired routine

Yeah, baby! Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards performed an Austin Powers-inspired routine

He was soon surrounded by a group of male and female dancers in sixties gear.

Eddie shimmied and spun his way through the routine baring his teeth and pointing all the way through the good-humoured arrangement.

The judging panel looked pleased with what they were seeing, smiling and laughing throughout.

He disappeared after sitting down to read a large newspaper and reappeared with a marching band (from the Royal British Legion band of Romford).

An impressed Frank Skinner told him: 'It was an extravaganza, it looked like there were 10 million people on stage. With you looking like a distressed zebra. I have to say there was some great pointing, if it wasn't for you I would've missed half of what was going on. It was state-of-the-art.'

Swinging sixties: The Olympic skiier put lots of energy into his routine

Swinging sixties: The Olympic skiier put lots of energy into his routine

While Arlene said: 'I thought I was hallucinating, it was like one big psychedelic dream. I can't critique it because I was somewhere else'

Welshman Rod added: 'It was inspired choosing a character that allows you to wear your own glasses. Awesome. You were a sexy walrus-toothed love eagle.'

Next up was comedian Terry Alderton who was dressed as Tina Turner.

He danced to her famous song Proud Mary.

Started off silhouetted with a slow, sexy dance.

He then exploded into a fast paced dance routine, putting on his best Tina Turner face throughout.

Express yourself: Terry Alderton provided plenty of laughs as Tina Turner

Express yourself: Terry Alderton provided plenty of laughs as Tina Turner

Lots of comedic moments, as expected – he pretended to swim keeping up the high energy throughout.

His Tina Turner wig ended up a complete mess by the end.

Giving him his feedback, judge Frank Skinner told him: 'If Loose Women was a late night show, that's what it would look like.

'I could see muscles tensing and un-tensing in your legs. It was high energy brilliance.'

Arlene joined in with the high praise, telling him: 'There was nothing you couldn't do. You could be Tina's personal, private dancer.'

Terry's all gold: The comedian kept pulling his 'Tina Turner face' throughout

Terry's all gold: The comedian kept pulling his 'Tina Turner face' throughout

Funnyman Rod couldn't help aiming a jibe at his comedy counterpart, saying: 'It looked like you were having an aneurism.'

Following Terry's hilarious routine was Fatima Whitbread accompanied by the Cuban Brothers.

The foursome lit up the stage dancing to You Should Be Dancing by the Bee Gees.

Their disco-inspired routine began with the brothers are on bench, each of them then got up and danced with mini glitter balls in their hands.

Three female dancers with disco balls on their heads then joined them on stage, before they stripped off their jackets.

Disco inferno! Fatima Whitbread and the Cuban Brothers work their way through their routine

Disco inferno! Fatima Whitbread and the Cuban Brothers work their way through their routine

The boys lifted up one of the dancers, just as Fatima appeared in red dress and joined the routine, while all the boys dropped the girl and tried to woo her.

In a routine that involved one of the Cubans doing a headspin and Fatima joining in proceedings.

Frank told them: 'I really loved that. The thing I didn't realise about dancing in flares is that the trousers keep moving after you've stopped. it was great, it had a sports legend in a nice frock, it had everything.'

Arlene added: 'You have made my Saturday night a fever. Who ever dreamed it's taken til 2012 to see Fatima to do the hustle'

Lots of fun: The foursome were very entertaining from start to finish

Lots of fun: The foursome were very entertaining from start to finish

Rod risked Arlene's wrath when he insulted Fatima, when he said: 'I saw four John Travoltas.' as Arlene tried to stop him.

Rather oddly, he also said: 'It made Travolta look like… a wheelie bin'

Omid Djalili did a great routine based on Singing In The Rain, which morphed into a satirical, hip-hop based routine.

Frank told him: 'That was rocking. The ending with brooms was like a game of urban quidditch. Marvellous.'

Hats off to him! Omid Djalili put in a great turn during his satirical routine

Hats off to him! Omid Djalili put in a great turn during his satirical routine

Omid replied to tell him it was based on the clean up after last year's riots.

An excited Arlene said: 'You had a butch crew, you did not let your b-boys down. The rhythms were jumping out of those shoes. Your hips were hopping.'

Rod joined in praising his fellow comedian, and said: 'Amazing bit of satire. It was News At Ten the musical. You were a hip hopping body popping Trevor McDonald.'

Next up were Tyger Drew-Honey and Dani Harmer, who returned to their Bugsy Malone-inspired routine.

Fat Sam's Grand Slam: Tyger gets into his Bugsy Malone-inspired routine

Fat Sam's Grand Slam: Tyger gets into his Bugsy Malone-inspired routine

Showgirl: Dani Harmer hams it up on stage

Showgirl: Dani Harmer hams it up on stage

Frank Skinner told them: 'It was like being at a musical, it was almost too good for this show. Top notch.'

Rod agreed, saying: 'You're sickeningly talented.'

Talking to Tyger, he said: '16 You should be playing fruit machines in a chip shop, that's what I was doing at your age.'

Miles Jupp followed as Keith Flynt from The Prodigy, dancing to the No1 hit Firestarter.

Going down in flames: Miles Jupp's routine as Keith Flynt from The Prodigy was uninspiring

Going down in flames: Miles Jupp's routine as Keith Flynt from The Prodigy was uninspiring

His routine was a little uninspiring and lacked energy and enthusiasm.

Still
laughing Frank told him: 'It looked like Ronald McDonald had been in a
fire. It made a nice change from the dancing. Exciting.'

Arlene told him: 'There wasn't a lot of choreography, but it was an excellent portrayal of a nightmare.'

EastEnders duo Tameka Empson and Laurie Brett provided plenty of laughs as Beyonce and Lady Gaga respectively.

Get on down! (l-r) Laurie Brett and Tameka Empson were last to perform

Get on down! (l-r) Laurie Brett and Tameka Empson were last to perform

Their brilliant routine ended with their dancers pretending to die after Laurie poisoned them all.

Frank said: 'I'm getting Pepsi and Shirley flashbacks. That crouching thing at looked really hard, I'm surprised you got back up. It was proper dancing, I loved it.'

Rod said: 'That totally ruined EastEnders for me. Are you really Jane Beale Amazing, fantastic.'