Andy Akinwolere has become the first casualty of Dancing On Ice 2012, following the series opener in which the first seven celebrities made their skating debut.
The former Blue Peter presenter made an early exit after finding himself in the first skate-off of the series alongside Sugababes star Heidi Range.
And after both had reprised their routines – Heidi skating to Katy Perry’s E.T and Andy to the Maroon 5 hit Moves Like Jagger – the judges found themselves divided on who should go.
Louie Spence voted first for Heidi, saying “I’m going to go for the routine which was more refined and polished,” while Katarina Witt opted to save Andy instead. “Heidi your performance was better,” she told her, “but I still feel Andy is the better skater.”
All of which left Robin Cousins with the casting vote – and he too chose Heidi. “One was cleaner, one had a lot more energy,” he said. “But I like a bit of sugar with my babe.”
Afterwards Andy admitted that he was “gutted” to be leaving the competition so early.
“We put so much into it,” he said of his performance with skating partner Maria Filippov, “but it wasn’t our day so it’s cool.”
And Maria added, “it was short and sweet but I loved every minute of skating with you.”
Earlier in the evening Andy had picked up mixed reviews from the judges for his performance, although finished in third place on the scoreboard with 14 out of 30 and was the highest placed male contestant on Sunday’s show.
Katarina said, “You look like you were born on skates,” but Louie had criticised his dance moves, describing them as “floppy”.
Five other celebrities – Jorgie Porter, Mark Rhodes, Chemmy Allcott, Charlene Tilton and Andy Whyment – made it through to the next show on the strength of the public vote.
Next Sunday’s show will see the remaining eight celebrities in this year’s line-up – including Jennifer Ellison, Laila Morse, Corey Feldman and Matthew Wolfenden – take to the ice for the first time.