Denise Welch has become the latest casualty of Dancing on Ice 2011 2011, after finding herself in the bottom two for the first time.
The Loose Women presenter had previously escaped the bottom two despite failing to score highly with the judges – but her luck ran out when she came up against Johnson Beharry VC, who was also facing his first brush with the skate-off.
And after both had reprised their roles, the judges’ verdict was unanimous.
“Denise, I’ve loved watching you,” Emma Bunton said, “but the smoother performance came from Johnson.”
“You both performed better in the skate-off,” Robin Cousins added, “but because of his determination I’m saving Johnson.”
Afterwards Denise shared her amazement that she had made it to such a late stage of the competition.
“I never in a million years thought I would get to this stage,” she said. “I am knackered, I have had the most wonderful time and I’m going on the tour so you haven’t seen the last of me yet!”
Her performance earlier in the show raised eyebrows after Jason Gardiner compared it to “watching two people playing Twister” – only to be confronted by her husband, actor Tim Healy, who left the audience and went to the judges’ desk to defend her.
She had previously finished bottom of the judges’ scoreboard with 15 out of 30 – but saw her points doubled after winning the team skating challenge as part of Laura Hamilton’s team.
The result of the challenge saw Chloe Madeley and Sam Attwater – who were on the losing team – knocked down to fourth and fifth places on the scoreboard from their previous second and third spots.
But although this put them in a potentially vulnerable position when it came to the results, both still sailed through to next weekend’s show on the public vote.
Laura Hamilton – who earlier scored the highest mark of the series so far – and Jeff Brazier were also voted through.
Next weekend’s show will see the remaining five contestants incorporating props into their routines.