Pop star Sinitta has become the first casualty of Dancing On Ice 2010 after losing out to Sharron Davies in the dreaded skate-off.
The So Macho singer got the boot despite a performance which had been praised by the panel earlier in the show.
Despite initially finishing higher up the judges’ scoreboard than Davies, she came a cropper after making a mistake while reprising her routine – while Davies’ performance improved.
And although the final vote was not unanimous, Sinitta lost out by four to one when the judges gave their verdict, with only newcomer Emma Bunton voting in her favour.
“I thought I knew exactly how that was going to go,” said a surprised Karen Barber following the skate-off, “but the tables have turned.”
And Jason Gardiner agreed. “It is very difficult, but you have to judge on what you see and no mistakes can be tolerated.”
Afterwards Sinitta was unable to hide her shock and disappointment at being the first to leave.
“I had such high hopes for this, I was starting to love it,” she said.
“I can hardly speak but it was an incredible experience.”
Next Sunday’s show will see the male celebrities making their debut on the ice, with one of them ultimately leaving the competition.