Thursday 20 July 2017

Heidi and Sebastian lose Dancing On Ice skate-off

Catherine Wylie

SUGABABE Heidi Range and freerunning founder Sebastien Foucan were booted out of Dancing on Ice after losing a solo skate-off against skier Chemmy Alcott.

Range and Foucan were voted off by head judge Robin Cousins last night after the three celebrities with the fewest public votes had to perform a solo routine lasting one minute and comprising 23 skills.



The show also saw Jennifer Ellison return to the rink after kicking herself on the head with her ice skate and suffering a gash on her scalp during last weekend's programme.



Foucan broke down in tears after he forgot his choreography and was unable to finish his routine, while Range said her legs were "like jelly".



The freerunner was comforted by his partner Brianne Delcourt and he lay his head on her shoulder, initially unable to speak because of his disappointment.



Earlier in the night, the couple scored 22 as they danced to a fast track by The Prodigy.



Foucan, who wore black leather trousers, said it was "definitely the hardest routine I've ever had" and judge Louie Spence told him he needed to "get over" his obsession with perfectionism.



Range found herself and her partner Andrei Lipanov dancing to one of her band's own songs as they moved around the rink to Push The Button.



Wearing a red, sparkly cropped top and hotpants, Spence said to her: "You look absolutely stunning - what a figure."



The couple scored the lowest of the night though - 17.5 - with judge Katarina Witt commenting on how much she thought Range was "relying on the strength" of her partner.



Alcott and her partner Sean Rice scored 22, with Alcott gliding around the rink in a champagne-coloured outfit.



The sports woman, who broke her leg last year, said she found the routine "challenging", before adding: "I haven't jumped since I smashed my leg up."



Ellison, who danced to Christina Aguilera's Candyman with her partner Daniel Whiston, said last Sunday's accident felt like she'd been "hit by a train".



She was praised by the judges for having the courage to get back on to the ice.



Speaking after her performance, Ellison, who scored 20 points out of a possible 30, said: "It's been one of the hardest weeks. I just feel like I've done it so I'm made up."



Cousins said that while the routine was a "little safe", it was "beautifully controlled".



Emmerdale star Matthew Wolfenden and his partner Nina Ulanova received the highest score of the night, 28 points, prompting Spence to call their performance "fabulous".



Hollyoaks star Jorgie Porter performed the headbanger lift with her partner Matt Evers and the pair scored 25.5.



Witt said to Porter who was wearing denim hotpants: "I just think you're the cutest thing on Earth."



X Factor flop Chico and his partner Jodeyne Higgins scored 24 and Cousins told the one hit wonder that he was "terrific".



Children's TV presenter Sam Nixon and his partner Alexandra Schauman danced to a track from boyband The Wanted and scored 19, with Cousins calling the performance "neat and tidy".



Coronation Street star Andy Whyment and his partner Vicky Ogden scored 19.5, with Spence saying the actor was "Mr Rhythm, Mr Performance and Mr Personality".



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