I’m a Celebrity meets Dancing on Ice
As temperatures fell, the competition got hotter on last night’s Dancing on Ice. But which 1980s American icon got the boot this week?
I’m a Celebrity!
Dancing on Ice went for a temporary format change last night, bringing in an “I’m A Celebrity”-style challenge with the chance for half of the remaining 12 couples to win immunity from the voting and the dreaded Skate Off.
But don’t worry – the contestants weren’t asked to chomp on an unmentionable part of a reindeer or skate across a polar bear-infested ice rink.
They each had to perform in a “Duel”: two skating stars and their professional partners performing a joint routine in a head-to-head competition to get the judges’ vote.
The contestants were paired up based on their position on the leaderboard, so although we did see some odd combinations (Rosemary Conley and Corrie’s Andy Whyment for instance), we also saw some stunning routines that really brought out the competitive streak in the performers.
Worthy of note, Sébastien Foucan and Jennifer Ellison were well-matched and produced an athletic and dynamic performance while Sam Nixon and Chico gave us an entertaining routine to Queen’s “Under Pressure” complete with Freddie Mercury-style yellow satin jackets.
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Soap & glory
But, once again, the standout performances were delivered by Emmerdale’s Matthew Wolfenden and Hollyoaks’ Jorgie Porter. Skating together to “4 minutes” by Madonna & Justin Timberlake, this was surely a foretaste of the final top two.
The routine – along with Jorgie’s costume – was gravity-defying (the costume, it has to be noted, appeared to have been sprayed on, but we were authoritatively informed it was constructed from PVC and lycra). While it must have been very close to call, it was Matthew who got the edge from the judges to get saved from the voting. However, with her massive fanbase, Jorgie was never seriously in doubt to go on to skate next week.
Gaining the fewest viewers’ votes and facing the Skate Off were two American stars – Hollywood actor Corey Feldman and Dallas actress Charlene Tilton.
Corey, as usual, jittered and stuttered around the ice while Charlene completed a fun if less-than-perfect routine. And, while we’ll miss the general wackiness of his routines (and his touching if misguided belief that actually he was a stunning skater), justice was done. Corey – and his annoying strand of hair – got the chop.
What did you make of the format change? Will you miss Corey or be glad to see the back of him?
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