Dancing on Ice: The skate off that should never have been

Shayne Ward was eliminated from Dancing on Ice last night after a shock skate off with hot favourite, Matt Lapinskas.

Shayne became the fifth contestant to be voted off Dancing on Ice, despite giving his best performance to date.

Both men have widely been considered amongst the bookies favourites on this year’s show, but the public failed to vote to save them, causing more drama on the ice programme, which has been full of surprises this year.

Saving Matt, a clearly emotional Karen Barber said: “This is the skate off that should never have been. Mistakes happen and were managed; I have to vote for the stronger skater.”

With Keith Chegwin‘s rib injury putting his performance in doubt and Gareth Thomas‘s foot causing him jip, it has certainly been a worrying time for the DOI team…

Last night, there was no ‘theme’ to the show. It was all about ‘The Leveller’ – a task which means that the stars will have to skate solo for 30 seconds. But who rose to the challenge? And who didn’t?

Who came out on top?

Despite landing in the bottom two, it had all started so well for Matt and Shayne earlier on in the night. Matt burst on stage in a theatrical manner, dressed in an (interesting) feathered outfit. He blew the judges away with a fantastic Fantasia-inspired routine, winning him a very impressive overall score of 28.

Shayne had also truly stepped up his game with his performance this week, even wearing an eye catching pink T-shirt in the process! His solo skate was one of the most competent of the night and he got a score of 23.5 for his efforts – his best score yet. This really was one skate off that should never have happened…

Another one who nearly melted the ice (and probably lots of hearts too) was Luke Campbell, who certainly knows how to make the little things count (excuse the pun!). His solo skate was most impressive and it seems to have done the trick with the judges too. He got an overall score of 23…not bad at all!

However, it was Beth Tweddle who bagged the highest score of the night, as well as the best score of the series so far, beating current frontrunner Matt Lapinskas by two points. The Olympian was given a score of 30 and unanimous praise from the judges. Could Beth be the new favourite?

And who flopped?

She usually skates away after glowing praise from the judges, but this week Samia‘s wings failed to fly. The Leveller challenge saw the Coronation Street star really struggle this week and the judges were disappointed too. Not even Little Mix’s upbeat song could save the performance…

Once again, the judges weren’t particularly impressed with Joe Pasquale, despite his very humorous attempts. However, with his hip shaking and impressive moves during the solo skate, no one can accuse him of not trying…