BEN Foden’s wife, Jackie Belanoff-Smith, couldn’t smile as the pair drove off from the set of Dancing On Ice last night.
Ben, 36 years old, appeared in a lighter mood despite becoming the first celebrity contestant to be awarded the boot.
The rugby player had left the Bovingdon ice rink with Jackie in a white jacket by his side.
She stared at a waiting paparazzo after Ben came out of shock.
He was faced with ITV broadcaster and presenter Lorraine Ria Hebden in an intense skate after failing to receive enough votes from the public.
The jury – Oti Mabuse, Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and Ashley Banjo – unanimously chose to save Hebden.
When asked if he was enjoying his time on the show, Foden praised his partner Robin Johnstone.
He said: “I really have. Like I said before, this woman is amazing, and it’s the people who made this experience possible.
“I thought there would be someone who couldn’t skate, but it turned out to be me.”
Ben impressed viewers who said his exit was a “fix”.
Many people claim that the wrong person has been sent home.
One fan tweeted: “Can’t believe Ben got voted down thinking he was so much better at skating than Lorraine’s friend, of course that played no part in the vote. “
Another said: “Ria can’t skate without literally hugging her partner, clinging to her partner while Ben is lifting his partner like that.”
During the skating section, Foden performed Eric Clapton’s Wonderful Tonight, while Hebden provided an upbeat dance to Me! by Taylor Swift.
Sunday’s show also saw Regan Gascoigne, son of former England footballer Paul, secure the highest score of the series to date, with Sam Smith’s Too Good At Goodbyes routine.
The judges awarded the singer and dancer 33 points out of 40 possible points.
Dean describes it as “contemporary dance on ice,” adding: “I love the simplicity of this move.”
Earlier in the show, Mabuse was forced to clarify her score after accidentally marking Foden too high.
The sportsman was the first to perform, bringing Ricky Martin’s Livin’ la Vida Loca routine with hip wiggles and jumps.
The judges gave him 23 out of 40 possible points, with Torvill praising him for his “fun” habit.
However, Mabuse initially gave him a 6.5 but quickly admitted that she had gotten too “excited” and pressed the button six times – resulting in an extra half point.
Despite Foden urging Mabuse to let him keep the half point, co-hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield said they would have to subtract.
Happy Mondays dancer Bez has also returned to the Dancing On Ice studio after ending her period of self-isolation.
He tested positive for Covid-19 a day after debuting on the show last week.
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He said: “I called it hibernation because I slept all week. I feel absolutely amazing. I’m one of the lucky people who don’t have any symptoms.”
In the show’s first season, judges Torvill and Dean skated to Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds while being filmed by drones controlled from within the set.
Former S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevens was absent due to an injury during practice.
Six of the competition’s 12 couples skated last weekend, with Brendan Cole and Kimberly Wyatt topping the table.
The episode begins with a group dance by the experts on Coldplay’s Higher Power, in which they fly through the air on harnesses.
Dancing On Ice continues next Sunday on ITV at 18:30.
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