Michael Underwood has become the fourth casualty of Dancing on Ice 2009 after narrowly losing out to Melinda Messenger in this week’s skate-off.

The GMTV presenter initially looked as though he would survive another week after both he and Melinda had reprised their routines, and he won the first two votes from Karen Barber and Nicky Slater.

However the vote then swung the other way, with Jason Gardiner, Ruthie Henshal and Robin Cousins all opting to save Melinda.

The judges admitted it was a tough choice. “You are two people who don’t deserve to be in the bottom two this week,” Jason told the pair, “but based on the performances one really stepped up tonight.”

Michael said afterwards he had had a “brilliant time” on the show. “It was great to come back,” he added.

It was the third year running that Michael had been involved with the show. He trained as a reserve celebrity for the 2007 series and actually made it on to the ice in 2008 – only to drop out early on in the series after breaking his ankle during training.

It is the second time this series that Melinda has been saved by the judges after landing in the bottom two.

The remaining eight celebrities – including series favourites Jessica Taylor and Ray Quinn – made it through on the public vote. And Todd Carty also managed to avoid the skate-off, despite finishing bottom of the scoreboard once again.