The three finalists in Dancing On Ice have been beset by a string of disasters in the final week of rehearsals, according to the papers.

The Sun reports that Ray Quinn needed oxygen after he nearly fainted practising one of his final routines, in which he is suspended from a wire above the ice.

Medics were called in to treat the 20-year-old after he began feeling dizzy and sick.

“He was in a bad way on the high wire as he suffers from motion sickness,” a source told the paper.

And Jessica Taylor was reduced to tears as she struggled to get to grips with Torvill and Dean’s classic Bolero. The final two contestants in Sunday’s show will perform the gold medal-winning routine.

Elsewhere Donal McIntyre was left badly bruised after a fall on the rink. The incident occurred while the TV reporter was practising a complicated lift with skating partner Florentine Houdiniere.

“Everyone was thinking ‘is this jinxed’?” an ITV insider said, “So little was going right.”

Meanwhile Quinn is reported to be the hottest favourite in series history, with Paddy Power offering odds of 1-6 on him taking the title. McIntyre is favourite to be eliminated first.

All three contestants will perform a routine on Sunday’s show which will involve them ‘flying’ across the rink on wires.

Other celebrities from the series will also appear, including Todd Carty, who will apparently perform his infamous Help! routine again.