So, Dancing On Ice kicked off in neon, diamante-incrusted style last night.
Eight of the 16 celebrities skated, and two we’re booted off (that’s gotta hurt when everyone’s wearing sharp skates) the show.
In case you missed all the action or failed to read heatworld’s v. amusing tweets about the opening show, here’s a very quick recap for you.
Coronation Street’s Ashley aka Steven Arnold was up first. He performed a comedy routine with partner Nina Ulanova and scored a not very impressive 7.
Jason Gardiner commented, “For me you didn’t sustain the routine, you have to be the male presence in the act, you lost it half way through for me”.
Angela Rippon and her pro partner Sean Rice skated to At Last by Etta James. The 66-year-old flashed her impressive pins, but only scored 11 points.
Emma Bunton said, “I was going to give you a high score but saw a few tumbles, it was a really sweet performance, you look gorgeous.”
Laura Hamilton and her skating partner Colin Ratushniak were super energetic, whooshing around the rink to Kelly Clarkson’s My Life Would Suck Without You. They topped the leader board with 16 points.
However the judges thought the routine was too fast, Robin Cousins’ critiqued the rotuine by saying, “Fantastic to see the energy you attack the routine with, it’s also your worst trait. You need to pull back and let Colin lead you around the ice, viewers may not have known you when you started but they know you now”
War hero Johnson Beharry performed with Jodeyne Higgins to Paul Weller’s Wishing On A Star. He earned 11 points out of 30, but didn’t escape criticism.
Jason Gardiner commented, “The thing is, from your VT, it’s moving and you’ve overcome so much, but your biggest challenge in this competition is performance, especially the presentation. No energy in what you’re doing – you need to work on it. I’m very divided, with my heart, I’d love you to go through but my head tells me otherwise”
Next up was actress Nadia Sawalha and skater Mark Hanretty. They skated to Tina Turner’s Proud Mary, notching up nine points with Jason saying of the routine, “I wouldn’t say I’m eternally happy, you did start off with great posture and then you started to dance, your legs looked anthestiested, your shimmies were like a nervous twitch .”
Kerry Katona was next on the ice. She skated with Dan Whiston to Adele’s Make You Feel My Love. She earned a respectable 14 out of 30, and was complimented by Robin who said, “Over the last few days of rehersals your emotions were intense, it’s great that you’ve got it as some people fake that and you don’t have to.”
Jeff Brazier was the second to last act. He scored 11 points with a routine performed to Lemar’s The Way Love Goes.
Emma Bunton confessed he was one of her favourites, “I love the dance moves, I’d love you to commit more to the dance moves, make your arms stronger, I have to admit I have a soft spot for you”
Last but not least, Vanilla Ice. He and partner Katie Stainsby earned 15 for their routine to Word Up by Gun. Robin is confident that Ice will go far in the competition, “Great routine, great skating and you will be around for weeks to come so get ready to do that ballad routine!”
Three acts found themselves in the skate-off; Angela, Nadia and Laura. The public then decided to save Laura.
So, what did you think of the first Dancing On Ice show?