It was another triumphant night for Matthew Wolfenden on Sunday’s Dancing On Ice , after he nabbed the highest score of any contestant so far this series.
The Emmerdale actor won an impressive 28.5 from the judges – retaining his place at the top of the scoreboard – after he and partner Nina Ulanova wowed them with their routine to Olly Murs’ Dance With Me Tonight.
“Your repertoire of material is growing week by week and we are rarely seeing any repetition…it’s brilliant,” Robin Cousins said of his performance.
And Louie Spence added, “The ease with which you move on the ice is stunning.”
Jorgie Porter meanwhile continued to make a good showing, finishing a close second with 26 out of 30 for her routine to Beyonce’s Crazy In Love.
Robin called the performance “a brilliant start to the show,” while Katarina Witt praised her partnership with Matt Evers. “I think the two of you are the perfect package,” she said, “Matt really lets you shine.”
Meanwhile Chico livened things up with a routine to LMFAO’s Sexy And I Know it which saw him skating topless – while Jennifer Ellison also had a good week, scoring 24.5 for her performance to the Leona Lewis song Happy.
“I always thought less is more but with you more is even better,” Katarina said of Chico’s routine while Louie told Jennifer, “That is how you do a lyrical dance routine on the ice.”
Chemmy Allcott also landed her highest score of the series so far, grabbing 25 points from the judges and winning some favourable comments. “Technically the strongest skating we have seen so far this series,” Robin said, while Louie was similarly enthusiastic, describing the routine as “by far your best performance”.
Coronation Street’s Andy Whyment finished bottom of the heap, scoring 20.5 points following his performance to Elvis’ Suspicious Minds. “It was clean, it was tidy but it felt a little bit laboured,” Louie Spence complained, although Robin praised him for his improvement, saying the performance was “so much better than last week”.
Sunday’s show also saw the six remaining contestants compete against each other in teams, with Jorgie’s girl team skating to the Spice Girls’ Spice Up Your Life and the boys, led by Matthew Wolfenden, skating to the Village People’s YMCA.
After much deliberation from the judges the girls’ team were voted the winners and automatically had their scores doubled – ultimately leaving Jorgie, Chemmy and Jennifer at the top of the judges’ scoreboard ahead of their male rivals.