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Denise's 'clumsy' skate fall nearly put her Dancing on Ice debut in jeopardy

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Denise van Outen partially dislocated her shoulder in a fall

Denise van Outen partially dislocated her shoulder in a fall

Denise van Outen partially dislocated her shoulder in a fall

Denise Van Outen man- aged to make her debut performance on Dancing On Ice despite a "clumsy" fall that nearly dashed her dreams of taking part in the competition.

Van Outen (46) was rushed to hospital last week after partially dislocating her shoulder when she fell face first during rehearsals.

"Thank you for all your lovely messages this morning. Told you I'm clumsy on the ice!" she wrote on Instagram.

She also thanked the "glorious" NHS for "looking after me because I know how overstretched you are at the moment".

"Also thank you to Matt Evers for being a true friend and taking care of me and making me laugh when I feel like crying," she said.

Tumbles

The West End singer previously discussed her injury, saying she has "taken a few tumbles since we started training, but with this one I knew immediately it wasn't good".

"Straight away I knew I'd done something. I just thought, 'Please don't let it be a break'," she said.

"The on-site medics and physio checked me over immediately and my shoulder was quickly iced."

Last night's launch featured performances by van Outen alongside five of the other 12 contestants.

Actors Jason Donovan and Joe-Warren Plant, comedian Rufus Hound, media personality Rebekah Vardy and rapper Lady Leshurr all took to the ice.

Despite her shoulder injury, Van Outen and Evers performed an upbeat routine to Tina Turner's Proud Mary.

After the pair received a total score of 19.5, show judge Christopher Dean said: "Once this arm is better and you get more confidence I know you'll come out fighting."

According to Ladbrokes, actress Faye Brookes, who is scheduled to perform next week, is the favourite to win the competition.

Dancing On Ice is on Virgin Media One on Sundays


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