The 11 remaining contestants in Dancing on Ice 2011 have faced their toughest week yet, as the decision on who to eliminate is handed to them.

For the first time in show history the celebrity skaters, rather than the judges, have to decide who to save from the skate-off, and who to send home.

And the moment when the twist was revealed to them by Robin Cousins was shown at the start of the programme – leaving some of the skaters open-mouthed with shock.

Before that moment however they had to make their own bid to remain on the show with their latest routines.

And once again it was a great night for series favourite Sam Attwater, who equalled his previous week’s score of 25 with his routine to Queen’s Crazy Little Thing Called Love.

Jason Gardiner compared the former Dancing on Ice star to “skating Viagra” and added, “It certainly gets very exciting, everything rises when you step on to the ice.”

Front-runners Laura Hamilton and Chloe Madeley also fared well, with TV presenter Laura scoring 20 for her Latin-themed performance and Chloe’s rock n’roll routine just behind on 19.5.

“You always put everything into your performance,” Emma Bunton told Laura, “you have got something very special.”

And she was similarly complimentary about Chloe. “You are going to be in this competition for a very long time,” she said.

Rapper Vanilla Ice had a challenging week, meanwhile, not only having to skate to a ballad for the first time but also coping with a bad head injury after taking a tumble during rehearsals.

Nonetheless he received a largely positive response from the judges and a decent score of 16.5. Jason praised him for being a “considerate partner” while Emma added, “I hope you’re back here next week to show us what you’re made of again.”

And Jennifer Metcalfe received a mixed response from the judges for her routine with Sylvain Longchambon. While Robin Cousins called the dance “quite sweet and natural” Jason disagreed. “The connection between you two is wonderful but there’s something lacking for me.”

Meanwhile Jeff Brazier and Johnson Beharry found themselves in the middle of the scoreboard, while Denise Welch and Comedy Dave Vitty were at the bottom – along with Kerry Katona, who scored her lowest marks yet, just 10 out of 30.

The reality TV star fell foul of Jason Gardiner after he suggested that she had not improved.

The results will be revealed later on Sunday evening.