Dancing On Ice was back for its third live show of the final series tonight and we had no idea what was going to happen after the shocking eliminations of the first two weeks.
Last week EastEnders star Gary Lucy and former footballer David Seaman left the competition joining week 1’s rejects comedian Joe Pasquale and Hollyoaks star Jorgie Porter. With 10 couples remaining in the show, Torvill and Dean said this is where the competition really begins for the series.
Kicking off the show tonight was actress/singer Suzanne Shaw who wowed us all last week with a leaderboard topping routine. The pressure was on for Suzanne and her partner Matt Evers to keep up the standard they set last week which was no easy feat. Tonight they skated to Lady Gaga’s Applause. Did they wow once again?
We thought Suzanne and Matt did fantastic once again. Was it as good as last week’s? We didn’t think it was as effortless and moving as last week but it was still a very impressive performance.
Suzanne and Matt were awarded 31.0 out of 40 from the judges.
Jason said he loved the full commitment that Suzanne gives throughout her routine even in the lifts. Ashley said there was a lot going on in the routine telling Suzanne ‘good job’. Karen said she thought Suzanne’s confidence had dropped prompting Jason to start arguing. Robin agreed with Karen saying that there were moments of hesitation from Suzanne on the technical side.
Second to skate tonight was Sam Attwater and his partner Vicky Ogden. Last weekend saw Sam in the bottom two where he narrowly escaped leaving the show. In his intro VT he admitted he was shocked to be in the bottom two and from the training video it looks like he’s doing everything he can to avoid being there again. Tonight Sam and Vicky skated to Stray Cats Stray Cat Strut.
A much better performance than last week with no incidents that we could see. Surely Sam has done enough to stay out of the skate-off this weekend?
Sam and Vicky were awarded 31.0 out of 40 from the judges.
Ashley said she thought Sam was more centred and focussed this week. Jason said he loves to see Sam dancing on the ice but told him he needs to work on his upper-body strength to improve his lifts. Karen agreed with Jason and Ashley saying Sam did struggle with some of the lifts. Robin said the performance was dynamic and commended Sam for pushing himself with new lifts.
Actress Zaraah Abrahams took to the ice next with her partner Andy Buchanan. Zaraah surprised everyone last weekend by receiving one of the highest scores. She admitted she’d been battling with confidence and it looks like a good first skate has helped her a lot. Tonight Zaraah and Andy skated to Miley Cyrus’ We Can’t Stop.
Nicely done Zaraah! What a confident performance with some great tricks, lifts and clean skating. Best of the night so far for us!
Zaraah and Andy were awarded 30.0 out of 40 from the judges.
Robin said Zaraah’s technique is what he loves. Ashley said she felt there was a little sparkle missing during the performance. Karen said the lift didn’t go quite according to plan but agreed with Robin that Zaraah’s basic skating is fantastic.
Bonnie Langford and her partner Andrei Lipanov have already survived the first week skate-off so there’s pressure on them to up their game this week. During training Bonnie broke down in tears due to the pressure she’s under to perform. She admitted she’s put it to one side to concentrate on getting it right. Bonnie and Andrei skated to Pussycat Doll’s Sway.
Well done Bonnie! She’s definitely representing older women and there were some seriously impressive tricks during that performance.
Bonnie and Andrei were awarded 28.0 out of 40 from the judges.
Robin said Bonnie’s skating was stronger but said it wasn’t flowing as much as he would like. Karen agreed with Robin calling it a ‘solid performance’. Jason said the performance felt disconnected from Bonnie telling her it needed to be more sultry.
Gareth Gates sailed through the first week despite not giving a great performance. In his intro VT he told partner Brianne Delcourt that he needed to impress the judges and pull it out of the bag this week. In training it looked like Gareth was fighting back so did he improve tonight? Gareth and Brianne skated to fun’s We Are Young.
A better performance from Gareth but we felt the tricks hid his skating ability a little too well.
Gareth and Brianne were awarded 25.0 out of 40 from the judges.
Jason gave Gareth a 4.5 causing an uproar with the audience. He told the singer that the performance was one-level. Karen said she could see Gareth is improving but told him he needs to bend his knees more. Ashley said there was improvement but told Gareth that he needs to really up his game.
Actor and singer Ray Quinn was criticised for being complacent during his first skate which has prompted him to train as hard as possible. Spending all the hours he can on the ice with his partner Maria Filippov, Ray has put his family on the back burner to ensure he impressed tonight. Tonight Ray and Maria skated to Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines.
A really confident and fun skate from Ray tonight that he seemed to enjoy whilst being technically very strong.
Ray and Maria were awarded 35.5 out of 40 from the judges.
Jason said he’s glad that he criticised Ray during week 1 as it’s made him push himself harder tonight. Ashley called the performance ‘extra spicy and delicious’. Karen said Ray created the mood and sold the performance. Robin said there was a slight issue with a lift that they saved.
Actor Todd Carty really should have left the competition last week as he was the weakest skater by far. During the intro VT Todd’s partner Alexandra Schauman read out the divisive tweets from viewers and said she was determined to show that he has improved. Did Todd manage to impress rather than just entertain tonight? Todd and Alexandra skated to O Sole Mio.
Well that was a bit odd. Alexandra didn’t move at all whilst Todd skated solo. Surely he’s got to leave the show tonight?
Todd and Alexandra were awarded 12.0 out of 40 from the judges.
Ashley said that Todd had fun. Jason said that he regretted he couldn’t change the channel during the performance. Robin said he couldn’t say much more but seemed as baffled as everyone else. Karen said Todd puts his heart and soul into it but that it doesn’t make much difference to the end product.
Last year’s champion Beth Tweddle and her partner Lukasz Rozycki were the next onto the ice. In training Beth put a lot of pressure on herself and was getting quite emotional. She had a good chat with her parents who said they could see she’d gone straight into competition mode. Tonight Beth and Lukasz skated to Lily Allen’s version of Keane’s Somewhere Only We Know.
Not quite as gung-ho as last week’s performance but we thought Beth did enough to score well with the judges tonight. Did she win Jason over though who seems to really dislike her?
Beth and Lukasz were awarded 34.0 out of 40 from the judges.
Karen said Beth gave a beautiful performance and commended the lift she did which had never been performed on the show again. Jason said there was beautiful flow and seamless skating but told her to show-off during the lifts. Ashley said she could see Beth’s strength and desire but told her to watch her shoulders.
The penultimate skater tonight was Kyran Bracken with his partner Nina Ulanova. Last weekend Kyran came under some serious criticism from Jason and during training he revealed he was pushing himself too hard in a bid to get a better score. Did he pull it out of the bag tonight and impress? Kyran and Nina skated to John Newman’s Love Me Again.
A much better performance from Kyran this week and we thought he was on par with many of the competitors this series. We especially liked the body-popping.
Kyran and Nina were awarded 33.0 out of 40 from the judges.
Robin said that Nina made a mistake that could have ruined the performance but instead it drove Kyran forward. Jason said he wanted to see Kyran do more skating with Nina so he can see them work together. Karen said Kyran, as with the other celebs, are given choreography so don’t get much say in what they do.
The last to skate tonight was Coronation Street’s Hayley Tamaddon and her partner Daniel Whiston. Hayley opened the new series and achieved a decent score but was told by Jason not to be quite so perfect and precise. During her intro VT Hayley said she needs to let go and have the confidence to enjoy herself. Tonight Hayley and Dan skated to If My Friends Could See Me Now.
We liked Hayley’s performance tonight and can’t believe she pulled it off with a calf injury!
Hayley and Dan were awarded 32.5 out of 40 from the judges.
Jason said the performance needed more comical input but said Hayley was too restrained. Ashley said she had fun and enjoyed the performance but thought Hayley could give more. Karen said that Hayley and Dan look very polished and admitted she enjoyed it. Robin said the performance needed more nuance to loosen Hayley up.
The leaderboard for the evening was:
Ray Quinn and Maria Filippov – 35.5
Beth Tweddle and Lukasz Rozycki – 34.0
Kyran Bracken and Nina Ulanova – 33.0
Hayley Tamaddon and Dan Whiston – 32.5
Sam Attwater and Vicky Ogden – 31.0
Suzanne Shaw and Matt Evers – 31.0
Zaraah Abrahams and Andy Buchanan – 30.0
Bonnie Langford and Andrei Lipanov – 28.0
Gareth Gates and Brianne Delcourt – 25.0
Todd Carty and Alexandra Schauman – 12.0
Tune into Dancing On Ice: The Results at 8.30pm on ITV to see which couple leaves the competition.