Dancing On Ice Eliminations – the final series of Dancing on Ice continued tonight and like all good celebrity talent shows the worst performer lived to see another day.
It is a shame for ITV that the show is ending as it just seems to be getting into its stride after several series. Just like its less slippery rival, Strictly Come Dancing, the show has benefited from the odd ‘joke’ performer who has got the public sympathy vote as well as being helped along the way by all that sexual chemistry and resulting off-screen romances.
In fact this year the ‘are they/aren’t they’ stories for DOI look to be moving well ahead of Strictly’s recent quota. Even during tonight’s intro feature from Torville and Dean they had to mention twice how romance had blossomed during the show’s live tour. Both David Seaman and Sam Attwater are now engaged to their skating partners after meeting on the Dancing On Ice Tour.
Sadly for David Seaman the spark of romance on the ice was not enough to save him tonight after he and fiancée Frankie Poultney failed to impress with their ice dance routine . Dancing to The Kinks ‘You Really Got Me” the pair messed up an early move with the former England goalkeeper saying afterwards that he had ‘messed me hands up.’
He did manage to pull off the dangerous headbanger move this time though which must have been a relief to his future wife as he had not been quite so lucky on his first time on the show. In fact during series 1 of DOI Seaman’s partner Pam O’Connor needed medical treatment after her chin made contact with the ice when they performed the dangerous move during the pre-show training session.
The other celebrity to leave the show tonight was Eastender’s actor Gary Lucy who performed well but disappointed the judges who all said they wanted more and the routine didn’t show what he was capable of.
Lucy lost out in tonight’s Skate Off to the other engaged couple on the show, former Eastender’s actor Sam Attwater and his partner Vicky Ogden. Sam and Vicky’s Skate Off routine to Riverdance impressed all 4 of the judges and they live to see another dance.
Both David Seaman and Gary Lucy must be a little annoyed as, despite not perhaps being on top form, both of them achieved a huge amount more than Todd Carty whose main claim to fame tonight, apart from showing us he could hold onto a pair of maracas, was that he managed to not fall over or end up in the wings again. He did however manage to capture the famed Ann Widdecombe/John Sargent/Dave Myers sympathy vote and was saved by the public.
On a more positive note the best performance of the evening came from former Hearsay singer and Emmerdale actress and now West End star, Suzanne Shaw. Suzanne was performing again with professional Matt Evers who won Series 3 of DOI with her. It seems like they have still got that magic going as they pulled off an almost flawless routine to Rihanna’s ‘Stay’ that was both exciting and romantic and the judges awarded them the first 9s of the series.
The show returns next Sunday on ITV at 6.15pm.