This year’s Dancing on Ice has already seen Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson and TOWIE star Lauren Goodger becoming the first two celebrities to be voted off, and in last night’s third live show the tension was high as the remaining 10 celebrities took part in five dramatic duels.
Competing against each other, each celebrity pair took to the ice with their skating partners, with the five winning skaters being granted immunity from the public vote and securing their places in next week’s live shows.
First up to face the judges were former Eastenders actor Matt Lapinskas and rugby player Gareth Thomas, who stepped on to the rink for what was meant to be a manly duel.
Sadly, their performances were described as more Brokeback Mountain, but the judges were impressed with their skills on the ice, with head judge Robin Cousins telling them: “I loved it. I thought it was great energy from both of you.
“Gareth, you were really in the moment now and again. You both have things each other needs. Matt keeps the feet clean.”
With Matt earning himself four immunity votes, he secured himself a place in next week’s live shows, while Gareth faced the public vote.
Next up duelling against each other were Coronation Street’s Samia Ghadie and boxing champion Luke Campbell.
As the couples skated along to Will.i.am and Eva Simons’ This is Love, it became clear that Samia is one to watch, as she outshone her rival and showed the judges exactly what she’s made of.
Even Jason Gardiner was impressed with the stunning actress, saying: “You really stepped it up tonight, I was really impressed. The first time I saw you there were lots of things but you’ve improved so much.
“Just watch your arms because they are like rowing oars.”
The tough-talking judge struggled to find something good to say about Luke’s performance, however, and told him: “It’s Olympically bad. Did you enjoy doing that? Then tell your face, it’s not doing anything.”
With a clean sweep of immunity votes for Samia, the Corrie star sailed straight through to next week’s show while Luke had a tense wait to find out if the public had voted for him.
Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle's performance in last night's show was thrown into jeopardy when she was rushed to hospital earlier in the week with stomach pains, but despite her ill health she managed to compete against Labour MP Oona King](http://shows.stv.tv/dancing-on-ice/talk/210603-dancing-on-ice-duels-olympian-beth-tweddle-takes-on-baroness-oona-king/), and the pair proved that they are sisters doing it for themselves with their high energy skating performance.
It was Beth who impressed the judges the most, however, and gained herself immunity, with Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts saying: “I think you both did great.”
TV presenter Anthea Turner took on former X Factor winner Shayne Ward in a stunning duel, and although they both delivered confident performances, Anthea had the edge with the emotion she showed in her routine and managed to avoid the public vote.
Jason loved Anthea’s performance and said: “You have such beauty and grace out there and that’s just natural with you. It’s gorgeous.
“However, for me once you get onto the ice it isn’t as confident and secure as when you’re in the air.”
Last to face the judges were comedians Joe Pasquale and Keith Chegwin, and their soulful performance certainly entertained the judges, even if it wasn’t perfect.
With Joe doing a knee slide and Keith opting for a scorpion lift as their big moves, it was Keith who took the immunity vote, with Karen Barber telling them: “You bailed this as Clash of the Titans and we got the Return of the Chuckle Brothers.
“Keith, you had sped over the ice, although I’m not sure if it’s co-ordinated, but Joe, you were entertaining.”
With five contestants facing the public vote, there was some light relief ahead for the nervous celebrities as former X Factor winners Little Mix took to the stage to perform their new single, but it wasn’t long before Luke, Shayne, Gareth, Joe and Oona returned to find out their fate.
With Luke, Shayne and Joe all making it through to next week’s live show, there were shocks all round when it was revealed that Gareth and Oona were in the bottom two, meaning that the pair would have to compete again in a skate-off.
Taking to the stage for a second time, Gareth delivered a stunning performance, but there was drama ahead for Oona as her dance partner Mark Hanretty fell to the ice, dislocating his shoulder and putting the skate-off in jeopardy.
The celebrities were left in shock at Mark's injury, but luckily he was able to carry on with the performance, but with three votes for Gareth from the judges and just one for Oona, it was time for the politician to wave goodbye to her Dancing on Ice dream.
Who will be the next celebrity to be sent home? Watch Dancing on Ice on STV, UTV and ITV at 6.15pm and 8.30pm on Sunday night to find out.
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