Danny Young has missed out on a place in the Dancing On Ice semi-final after losing out to Kieron Richardson in a tense skate-off.

The Coronation Street star had escaped elimination on two other occasions, but this time his luck finally ran out after he struggled with the routine when he came to reprise it.

During the skate-off Danny had difficulty controlling the prop – a bowler hat – that he incorporated into this week’s performance, and as a result did not finish skating until after the music had finished.

And although Karen Barber forgave the error and voted to save him, the other four judges all favoured Kieron.

“It’s getting tough, but it does come down to what we’re required to do,” Jason Gardiner said, “and it’s props week, and you messed up what you had to do.”

Afterwards Danny said he had had an “amazing” time on the show. “Thanks to the judges and everyone who voted for me,” he added.

Earlier in the show he had received his highest score yet – 25.5 out of 30 – for his routine. “You captured the character from the off and made use of it which excited me,” Nicky Slater told him.

His departure now means that Kieron progresses to next week’s semi-final, where he will join Gary Lucy, Hayley Tamaddon and Danniella Westbrook.