Chloe Madeley has finished in third place in the Dancing on Ice 2011 final, leaving Sam Attwater and Laura Hamilton to compete for the series title.
The 23-year-old daughter of Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan missed out on the chance to perform Torvill and Dean’s famous Bolero routine after receiving the lowest number of public votes in the first half of the final.
However she took defeat graciously, saying she had had an “incredible” time on the show – and was full of praise for her partner Michael Zenezini
“I’m on cloud nine I’m so thrilled that we got to the final and I love Michael to bits,” Chloe said. “Hopefully we’ll get to do his Bolero on tour because it is a treat.”
“This has been the most incredible fun and for everybody who’s going to do it next year I am jealous.”
Sam and Laura will now perform the Bolero in their final bid to be crowned series champion.
Chloe had been the bookies’ outsider to take the title, with former EastEnders star Sam the favourite to win.
Earlier in the show she had finished bottom of the judges’ scoreboard after performing a showcase routine to I’ve Had The Time Of My Life from Dirty Dancing and also reprising her Kiss Kiss routine from the ’round the world’ themed week of the series.
“I have loved watching you progress,” Emma Bunton told her. “I feel like we have watched this woman appear before our eyes.”
However her Dirty Dancing routine was not quite so popular with Jason Gardiner, who complained that one of her lifts looked like “a collapsible card table”.
“Maybe you had too much fun,” he said, “which is why things went wrong.”
Once again though Emma leapt to Chloe’s defence. “I feel like every time you perform you really light the ice up and I enjoyed your performances so much,” she said. “Yes, there was a little bit of finesse missing tonight but it was every girls dream to do this dance!”