Meet Maria Filippov, Ray Quinn Dancing on Ice winner. See photos, video and a biography here of the Bulgarian champion who partnered with the X-Factor singer for victory.
The British ITV1 program ‘Dancing on Ice’ 2009 winner was 20-year-old singer and actor and X-Factor star Ray Quinn. In the ‘Dancing on Ice’ finals, Maria Filippov and he competed against 42-year-old investigative journalist Donal MacIntyre; both finalists performed to Ravel’s Bolero.
Quinn and Filippov impressed the judges and received perfect scores of 30 in their two rated dances in the final. Of their performance of ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now’ Judge Robin Cousins said, “You capture the love story. It blows me away,” and that the performance was ‘breathtaking.’ With such outstanding performances, judges readily determined Maria Filippov, Ray Quinn Dancing on Ice Winner.
Ray Quinn first rose to fame in 2006 with his second place finish on The X-Factor. He released his debut album, Doing It My Way in 2007.
Bulgarian ice dancing champion Maria Filippov, interviewed after the victory, said, ‘This is the best gift for Mother’s Day.’
As a biography, Maria Filippov, was born on June 20, 1974 in Bulgaria so her age is 34. Her birth name is Maria Hadjiiska. She first began competing with the Bulgarian National Ice Dance Team in 1988. In 1990-1991, she was the Bulgarian national ice dance champion.
In 1991, with her partner Hristo Nikolov, Maria Filippov represented Bulgaria in ice dancing in the European Figure Skating Championships but withdrew. They failed to reach the final in the World Figure Skating Championships.
In 1992, Maria Filippov retired from competition and in recent years has appeared ‘Dancing on Ice.’ She first appeared on the program in 2007 and was singer Duncan James’ partner. They were third in the competition. In 2008 she returned to the program as the partner of singer Gareth Gates. They were voted out in the semi-finals, during week 9.
Maria Filippov now lives in Australia with her husband and son.
More photos and a video of Maria Filippov, Ray Quinn Dancing on Ice Winner are below.