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The groove was on this week as our celebs and their professional partners performed to classic dance styles. With some celebrity guests in the audience, another celebrity guest co-presented this week with Holly. Stephen Mulhern stepped in to host, as Phil was self-isolating. 

The top score so far in the series to beat was 34, achieved by Kimberly and Mark last week and with a solo spin as the first celebs challenge, resulting in a gain of 0.5 score for thosecelebs who complete the test, the contest is heating up!

First to perform on the ice was Rachel Stevens and partner, Brendyn Hatfield. The pair danced the Waltz to ‘If I Ain’t Got You,’ by Alicia Keyes. The pair danced with grace and flow, with Rachel almost managing the solo challenge. With a score of 25 out of 40, it felt slightly harsh. Feedback pointed out their rhythm wasn’t ideal for the Waltz and the panel wanted the pair to let loose a little more.

Sally Dynevor and Matt Evers were second on the ice, dancing to the Foxtrot. The music choice was the catchy ‘Build Me Up Buttercup,’ by The Foundations. What Sally may lack in technique and confidence compared to some othercelebs, she makes up for in smiles and does exceptionally well for a woman of almost 60 years old. Sally and Matt received a mediocre score of 24.5.

Third to perform was Regan Gascoigne paired with Karina Manta to the classic dance, Reggaeton. With magnetic energy and huge stage presence, the pair were phenomenal as they skated to ‘Reggaeton Lento (Remix)’ by CNCO, Little Mix. Receiving 35.5, their highest score of the series and  well-deserved, positive feedback.

Stef Reid followed Regan to show her skills. Partnered with Andy Buchanan, they skated to the powerful ‘Bad Romance,’ by Lady Gaga to Medieval dance. Completing the judges solo challenge, Stef and Andy went on to perform a fast paced and entertaining dance with the right level of attitude! Scoring their personal best of the series, 29.5, Oti and Chris both commented on Stef’s confidence growth and presence.

Next up and after missing last week, was Kye Whyte and Tippy Packard. Grooving Disco, to ‘Rasputin,’ by Majestic, Bony M, the pair had sparkly choreography and costumes. A real audience smiler, the flamboyant pair looked to be having the time of their lives, despite a slight tumble. Judges gave praise to their spin, speed and vibes on the ice, resulting in the pair’s highest score of the series at 30.

Liberty Poole and professional Joe Johnson executed their dance next. Voguing to the iconic ‘Vogue,’ by Madonna, the performance was stylish and classic but perhaps lacked the chemistry the pair had last week in their more animated dance. Scoring 27.5, their best score of the series, but a lower 6.5 from Jane and Chris.

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Brendan Cole and Vanessa Bauer synchronised to the Fosse. Performing to ‘Sing, Sing, Sing (Part II)’ by Fosse Original Broadway Cast, the pair continued to mesmerise us with their on ice magic, drama and emotion despite the Fosse not being a dance Brendan likes. A spectacular performance and a matching score of 35.5, they left us wanting more.

Following Brendan, it was the turn of Connor Ball to tackle the ice, teamed with Alexandrea Schauman. Performing the well-known Charleston to Take That’s ‘Out Of Our Heads,’ the pair shone with energy and massive smiles. Connor performed despite having stitches before coming on the ice! This pair are top for entertaining and seem to genuinely have fun in their performances. Their stage presence and vigour awarded them an impressive 34.

With kilts as costumes, Bez and partner Angela Eagan amusedus skating the Highland Fling.  ‘I’m On My Way,’ by The Proclaimers was the choice of song in this wacky performance. The judges commented that Bez continues to improve and entertain, and he absolutely does that, which feels worth a load of points in itself! The pair scored their personal best of the series so far with 20.

Kimberly Wyatt and Mark Hanretty skated the sensual Argentine Tango to Gotan Project’s ‘Santa Maria.’ With elegance, addictive presence and electric choreography, Kimberly and Mark’s Tango was breath-taking, awarding them the best score of the series at 37.5. 

Before the skate off, we were treated to a stunning performance by Alexandrea Schauman and Łukasz Różyckiwhich left myself, and I’m sure so many viewers, with a desire to want to learn how to skate! Then the public votes were announced, leaving Rachel and Brendyn in the skate off for the second week against Kye and Tippy, to face what would be for one couple, their final skate off. After Judges comments, the ice was proven to be too thin for Rachel and Brendyn and they were voted off the show, leaving Kye and Tippy to survive, for now!

This week we witnessed a visible increase in skills and confidence from the celeb skaters, demonstrating the fruits of their gruelling labour and the expertise of their mentors. I’ve got my top three favourites, but who’s yours?

Watch Dancing On Ice, each Sunday 6pm on 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.