Friday 19 January 2018

Pretty in pink: Journalist Donal McIntrye competes in The Jump in sparkly camouflage vest

Donal McIntyre, found himself in the live jump-off last night after bungling his first event.

The bottom two contestants each night are forced to tackle a ski jump to retain their place in the competition. But McIntyre was instantly forced to the bottom of the pile when he failed to clamber on board when the stars were tackling a boblsleigh run.


Viewers will see the contestants all battling each other tonight after previous heats were divided up along gender lines.

TV presenter Laura Hamilton slid out of the show last night,


She was beaten in the climactic jump-off by MacIntyre, when he managed to land half a metre further than her 13-metre distance.


Hamilton had earlier finished bottom of the leader board as a result of achieving the slowest time during a two-man bobsleigh heat. MacIntyre found himself in the jump-off after bungling his effort on the circuit by failing to get into the sled which meant he was disqualified.


Hamilton - who gave birth to her son Rocco by Caesarean section only 11 weeks ago - ended up in the jump-off by finishing only the tiniest of margins behind fellow contestant Anthea Turner, with just one-hundredth of a second in it.


Sir Steve Redgrave pulled off the fastest lap on the bobsleigh track, but missed the live show  as he underwent a check-up after a fall in training. He is understood to be fine and is expected to return to the show tomorrow night.


Hamilton said tonight: "I'm really happy with everything I've achieved. I can't wait to cuddle my baby, Rocco."


She is the fifth celebrity to be eliminated from the show and two contestants - presenter Melinda Messenger and socialite Henry Conway - have had to withdraw as a result of injuries.



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