The remaining eight contestants in Dancing on Ice 2011 have made their skating debut, in a bid to win one of six more places in the final line-up.

And the second week of the show saw an early front-runner for the series title in the shape of Sam Attwater.

The Ex-EastEnders star surged ahead of the competition following his routine with professional partner Brianne Delcourt – scoring 21 out of 30 from the judges, the highest mark of the series yet.

“The viewers at home watching,” Emma Bunton said of the performance, “this is what they want.

And the notoriously hard to please Jason Gardiner agreed. “I have a feeling that you guys are going to be around in this competition for a long time,” he told the pair.

It was also a good week for Chloe Madeley, who made her debut skating to Pixie Lott’s hit Mama Do.

The model and TV presenter scored an impressive 16 out of 30 from the judges following her performance.

“You were in control,” Robin Cousins told her,”and if you weren’t you weren’t showing it – it was a great start to the competition.”

Jason however wasn’t quite so sure. “You weren’t dreadful,” he said, “that’s what you’ve got to believe. What’s lacking is the presentation.”

However those two found themselves well ahead of the competition, with the remainder failing to score even half marks on their first attempt.

Hollyoaks star Jennifer Metcalfe showed promise but still only managed 12 out of 30 for her ice debut with partner Sylvain Longchambon.

“It started off so well,” Jason said, “but you let your nerves get the better of you.”

And a trio of the celebrities – cricketer Dominic Cork, model Elen Rivas, and Chris Moyles’ sidekick ‘Comedy’ Dave Vitty tied on 11 points apiece.

Robin complained that Elen’s routine lacked “freedom of flow” and described it as “staccato” while Emma said, “I thought you looked a bit uncomfortable, a bit tense”.

However the judges praised Dominic for what Robin described as “natural charisma”, and suggested he showed potential. “There were glimpses of a showman,” Jason said. “If you worked on your presentation I think you could do well in this competition.”

And Dave was also told he had “potential” although Jason was less kind to the comedian. “I thought it was a bit like watching a Thunderbird,” he said.

At the bottom of the heap, meanwhile, were Loose Women presenter Denise Welch, and ex-soap star Craig McLachlan, with 10 and nine points respectively.

The pair struggled despite both skating with former show winners, Denise with Matt Evers and Craig with Maria Filippov.

And once again that left Jason an excuse to let rip. “There were moments of promise,” he said of Denise’s routine which closed the show, “combined with moments of Matt skating with his mum.”

He was even less kind about Craig’s routine which kicked off the show, suggesting at one point that it looked as if he was “wearing a soiled nappy”.

The results will be revealed later on Sunday evening, with two couples voted out of the competition by the public.