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Cheryl loses her fizz on Dancing on Ice

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Cheryl Baker has become the fourth celebrity to leave Dancing on Ice - after Lemar escaped the skate off for the first time this series.

The star lost out in a tense skate off with Donna Air and was sent home by the judges

Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, she said of her last skate: "I loved it. I was singing all the way through!
"I think you've all been very kind, I know I'm the worst skater but I've had the best time and I have the best partner."

Her skating partner Daniel Whiston was full of praise for the Bucks Fizz singer.  He said: "Cheryl is the essence of Dancing On Ice for me.

"A complete beginner and starts off and tries so hard every week. She's an absolute delight and we're very proud of you so well done."

Possibly even more surprising than Cheryl leaving was the fact Lemar managed to escape the skate off for the first time this series.

The singer has found himself in the bottom two for the last three weeks, but was always saved by the judges.

After achieving his best score to date tonight with his routine to Ed Sheeran's Shape Of You, the public obviously decided to give him a break and voted him through to next week's Love Week.

 

The show opened with a very British routine with lots of Union Jack's and the youngest British skating couple performing alongside the contestants and their professional partings.

Hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby then drove on to the ice in a Union Jack emblazoned Mini Cooper to get the show started.

First up was rugby player Max Evans, who performed a high speed routine to Paolo Nutini, and impressed the judges in the process.

He scored 26 out of 40 and achieved his highest score of the series so far, with Ashley Banjo praising him for bring something different every week.

Next up was Jake Quickenden, who has been one of the top skaters each week so far on the show.

The singer performed a romantic routine with his partner Vanessa Bauer and attempted one of his most daring lifts to date.

The risks and the hard work paid off as he achieved the highest score of the entire series so far with 33.5 points.

Ashley Banjo praised Jake, saying: "You've taken the competition to a whole new level" while Jason Gardiner said it was "sublime".

Donna then switched up the tempo, performing to Jennifer Lopez's Let's Get Loud.

After scoring 25.5, Donna was told she did well but it was "a bit reserved" and could have had "a bit more sass."

Last week's skate off survivor Lemar was next on the ice, and while he achieved his best score of 20.5, Jason still said he looked like he was having "involuntary spasms."

However Ashley said: "It definitely was your best week, you deserved your best score."

Cheryl also improved her scores after dancing to She's Always A Woman with partner Dan and achieving 19 points, but it wasn't enough to save her from the skate off.

Jayne told her: "It was beautiful, an improvement, I loved the connection you had and I loved the positions you had in the lifts."

Even Jason was positive about it, adding: "This week you actually improved and you pushed yourself.

"I almost thought you weren't going to try but actually you have improved in the overall skating."

But defending him, Ashley said: "I cannot even believe you are out here with broken ribs, you could have played it safe but you didn't, i think it was a great job."

Love Island star Kem Cetinay was next and brought plenty of personality to his upbeat routine to Bruno Mars' 24K Magic.

Kem wanted to impress Diversity star Ashley with his street dance moves, but Ashley said: "I think you know that you can do that better than that as sometimes it was shaky, and sometimes the timing was out.

"But the lifts, the attitude, it was great, I just wish it was a tad cleaner."

Kem scored an impressive 29.5 but Jason said it could have been higher if he nailed his timing.

He said: "You get so into it, which is wonderful, but you have to be in control of it and not let it get away from you."

It wasn't such a great night for Good Morning Britain's Alex Beresford, who was the first celebrity to fall over during a routine this series.

Speaking after his stumble, he said: "I just had a catalogue of errors, I cut my finger open, I sprained my thumb during the group routine but other than that I'm fine."

Despite that, he still managed to score a respectable 21.5 and Ashley said: "You're such a great skater, usually so smooth and controlled it's such a shame you fell."

Jason added, first to his partner Brianne Delcourt: "I think you're doing a great job with Alex, this was smooth and seamless until the stumble.

"You didn't let it affect the rest of the routine. I didn't think you'd hold your nerve so well done."

Alex added: "Someone had to fall first, and it was me."

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