Credit: ITV

It was week two of series 14 of Dancing on Ice this weekend, where some of our nation’s favourite celebs show how well they can adapt to and learn a new skill. After a dazzling series opener last week, we were glued to the screen to see if anyone could outshine the brilliant Brendan and his skate partner, Vanessa Bauer.

First on the ice this week was rugby player Ben Foden and partner Robin Johnstone. Dancing to Ricky Martin’s catchy “Living La Vida Loca,” the pair were styled with vibrant, Latino colours with a stage set to match. Ben showed strength in his moves and lifts but seemed to struggle with flexibility. Perhaps first show nerves were dominating, and Ben expressed he was pleased they had been first up and could now relax. The opening pair scored a respectable but lower end 22.5.

The Vamps singer and bassist Connor Ball, teamed with Alexandrea Schauman, were next on the ice. With youthful energy on his side and a rock star edge, they danced to “Paint it Black,” by The Rolling Stones. A stylish dance with rhythm and ease that felt mesmerising for week one! 

Next up should have been 90’s group S Club & singer, Rachel Stevens with partner, Brendyn Hatfield but due to an injury for Rachel, the pair are missing a week and will hopefully perform their debut next week. 

Paralympic athlete Stef Reid was next to show her skills. Partnered with Andy Buchanan, it was amazing to see her strength and determination, despite needing a specifically constructed prothesis for the show. But then she’s a Paralympian for a reason; inspiring resilience and skill. Skating to “Baby Give it Up,” by KC & Sunshine Band, the performance was funky and upbeat with good technique. A score of 24, met with vocal disappointment by the audience.

Liberty Poole, from reality show Love Island, was next on the ice with professional Joe Johnson. The youngest contestant, at 22, Liberty would have only been 5-6 years old when the show started in 2006. Dancing to “Shout Out to My Ex,” by Little Mix, the dance started fun. Both Liberty and Joe have bubbly personalities, and seemed to have an on-ice chemistry that made the judges and audience smile. Technique has definite room for improvement and it may have been down to admitted nerves by Liberty.

Fourth on the ice was footy legend Paul Gascoigne’s son, Regan Gascoigne. The trained dancer, paired with Karina Manta, perhaps already had an expectation to excel, given his fitness level and co-ordination. Wow, we weren’t let down! The performance was effortlessly beautifully and stylish to Sam Smith’s, “Too Good at Goodbyes.” The choreography was striking and the pair demonstrated ease at lifts and graceful exchanges, resulting in the award of the highest score of the series so far, at a well-deserved, mega impressive 33!

Credit: ITV

As the public voted, we were treat to a performance from Torvill and Dean to “Lucy in the Sky With Diamond’s,” by The Beatles. It was then announced that following the vote, Ben and Robin held the lowest scores and therefore would participate in the skate off with last week’s lowest scoring skating pair, Ria Hebden and Łukasz Różycki. Both pairs performed well. Ben and Robin demonstrated a chemistry and technique that wasn’t as evident in their original dance. However, they were still voted off by the judges, and sadly, the first pair to leave the show. Ria and Łukasz survived to skate another week.

After week two, unsurprisingly, Regan and Karina are bookmaker’s favourites to win. But we know how quick this could change! 

Tune in next week to see all remaining eleven stars perform with their skating partners.

Credit : ITV

Helen Aitchison

Helen is a journalist for Radio Gateshead, a local lass who has spent the last two decades working in health and social care. She has recently set up a community interest company called Write on the Tyne which amalgamates her passion for supporting and empowering marginalised groups to thrive with her love of writing. Her debut novel, The Dinner Club, was released in March 2022 with UK based Cahill Davis Publishing, and her second book The Life and Love (Attempts) of Kitty Cook will be released in March 2023.