On Ice is back! The 2012 series got underway with the first seven of
this year’s celebrity line-up making their debut on the rink – but whose
dream would be over before it had even begun?
The series kicked off with a spectacular opening routine featuring Torvill and Dean and the professional skaters
And then it was time to meet the newcomers, including co-host Christine Bleakley, who joins Philip Schofield following Holly Willoughby’s departure from the show
It was also time to welcome Louie Spence to the judging panel….
…..as well as another new arrival, Olympic skater Katarina Witt
Sugababes singer Heidi Range was the first contestant on to the ice
She won praise from the judges for her routine with partner Andrei Lipanov – but a low score of 12.5 to kick things off
Could Mark Rhodes be the new Todd Carty? The CBBC presenter looked unsteady during his routine with Frankie Poulteney – but he won the hearts of the audience
Dallas star Charlene Tilton fared better with partner Matt Gonzalez, delivering a performance that led Robin Cousins to suggest she could become the viewers’ ‘guilty pleasure’
However it was Hollyoaks’ Jorgie Porter who impressed the most on the first night, topping the scoreboard with 18.5 and winning some rave reviews for her routine with Matt Evers
Skiier Chemmy Allcott, who is skating with Sean Rice, also did well, with an energetic routine that won her 16 points and second place on the scoreboard
Former Blue Peter presenter Andy Akinwolere and skating partner Maria Filippov tried to convince us they had the Moves Like Jagger
And Coronation Street’s Andy Whyment – who is skating with series newcomer Vicky Ogden – rounded things off with a light-hearted routine to Run DMC’s Walk This Way
When it came to the results, Andy was also the first person to learn he had made it through to the next show, following the public vote
Jorgie and Matt were also among the five couples who made it straight through
However it wasn’t such good news for Heidi, who found herself in the first skate-off of the series
And Andy also had to reprise his routine in a bid to stay in the competition
But despite a close vote from the judges, in the end Andy became the first person to leave the competition
He admitted that he was ‘gutted’ to be leaving so early but ultimately accepted the defeat graciously as he took to the rink for a final lap of honour. Next week, it’s the turn of the remaining eight to skate….