Paralympian Stef Reid is the latest celebrity to bust out of Dancing On Ice in a week that saw three contestants earn perfect scores from the judges.
The jury voted unanimously to save BMX Olympic medalist Kye Whyte after a tense skate-off between the two.
After the result was announced, track and field star Reid said: “I absolutely loved every moment. It’s just not something I ever thought I’d be able to do.”
Turning to her professional partner Andy Buchanan, she added, “I’m just learning to skate and I’m learning about performance and dance. I can’t thank you enough.”
At skate-off, Whyte put on an energetic rendition of Sanctify by Years & Years, while Reid took to the rink for an emotional rendition of Michael Bolton’s romantic ballad How Am I Supposed To Live Without You.
Co-hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield praised both attendees and indicated that the quality of the performances this year was at an all-time high.
They also revealed that the celebrity contestants will skate twice in next week’s semifinals and will also include a double elimination.
On Sunday night’s episode, former Strictly Come Dancing pro Brendan Cole, Pussycat Dolls star Kimberly Wyatt and singer-dancer Regan Gascoigne all scored the maximum 40 points.
A shocked Schofield said, “I really think this is one of the best shows we’ve ever done.”
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Gascoigne, son of former English footballer Paul, provided a skate inspired by the circus and Torvill and Dean’s “Barnum” performance from the 1983 World Cup.
Torvill burst into tears as she told him, “We know you’ve always been a good skater technically, but tonight it was all right.”
Visibly emotional, Gascoigne replied, “It was such an honor to recreate part of your life.”
Wyatt scored 40 points for a tap-inspired routine and performed Puttin’ On The Ritz, prompting an excited reaction from her husband, model Max Rogers, who was in the studio audience applauding.
Former Strictly Come Dancing pro Cole was first onto the rink and secured his perfect score by ending his routine with a headbanger move.
The Vamps singer Connor Ball, who fell during last week’s show and needed stitches, delivered a cautious skate to Simon and Garfunkel’s Cecilia, scoring 35 out of 40.
Afterward, he told the judges: “It’s been a tough week,” and judge Oti Mabuse quipped, “You gave a full performance without getting injured.”
Last week, Coronation Street star Sally Dynevor was eliminated from the show after losing to Whyte in the skate-off.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/dancing-on-ice-star-misses-out-on-spot-in-semi-finals-following-tense-skate-off-41417659.html The Dancing On Ice star misses the semifinals after a tense skate-off