The 2009 series of Dancing On Ice has kicked off, with a fresh batch of celebrities competing to be crowned the best star skater.

The first show of the series saw the seven male contestants taking to the ice with their professional partners – with mixed results.

Leading the pack was former X Factor finalist turned West End stage star Ray Quinn – who scored an impressive 23.5 out of 30 for his debut routine.

Judge Nicky Slater told Ray that he had given a “real demonstration of dancing on ice”.

“You have a natural Sinatra swagger and you were doing some very complex moves but you made them look easy.”

However, it wasn’t such an easy ride for former EastEnders star Todd Carty, who scored just 7.5 out of 30 from the judges for his routine to Bryan Adams‘ Everything I Do.

The notoriously prickly Jason Gardiner was not impressed. “You have to learn not to appear like you’ve had an accident in your pants,” he told him

There was also praise for actor Jeremy Edwards and rubgy star Ellery Hanley, while investigative reporter Donal McIntyre and footballer Graeme Le Saux fared poorly on the scoreboard but nonetheless received some positive comments.

“You were in control of the partnership,” Robin Cousins said of Donal’s performance, “the skating will come.” Ruthie Henshall meanwhile told Graeme Le Saux, “I did see someone trying to give a good performance.”

GMTV presenter Michael Underwood – who pulled out of last year’s series after breaking his ankle – returned for another try, and rounded off the show, skating to Rod Stewart’s Have I Told You Lately.

“I want to say well done,” Karen Barber said afterwards. “It’s a massive achievement to get back on the ice. Stay safe this time.”