It was “the Leveller” this week with a 30-second solo skating routine for each of the remaining eight celebrities.
First up were Samia Ghadie and Sylvain Longchambon skating to Wings by Little Mix. Samia’s solo skate sequence was very cautious. An 18 out of 30 from the judges means the viewers will have to help her get into next week’s show.
Robin: The team fell apart when Sylvain left your side. You need to get the solo work up to scratch
Ashley: You need to give me something. That sexy sassiness just was not there
Jason: It was tragic, that whole solo section just fell apart. You are very much reliant on Sylvain
Karen: It was always going to be a challenge but the positive was you did get through it.
Next up were Keith Chegwin and Olga Sharutenko skating to Hernando’s Hideaway. After struggling with illness this week it was a brave performance and the judges scored it at 21. Keith’s solo skate was certainly much stronger than Samia’s.
Karen: I would have liked more content in the solo section
Jason: Hernando hid away but Humpty Dumpty took his place. You are endearing as a performer though
Robin: You are a lot better than this performance. Please vote for Keith as he deserves to be here next week
Ashley: You always commit to the performance. Well done
Shayne Ward and Maria Filippov skated to Tom Jones’s Momma told me not to come. Shayne opened the routine with his solo skate and performed it and the rest of the routine well. He seems to have upped his game from last week and the judges rewarded him with a 23.5.
Jason: I love the fact that you have incorporated the criticism from last week in the routine. Well done
Robin: You were almost more comfortable on your own than with Maria.
Ashley: I never thought I’d be turned on by a man in a pink outfit
Karen: You show improvement every week
As an added treat this week we had a great routine from Torvill and Dean who skated in front of an animated screen. It looked great.
Matt Lapinskas and Brianne Delcourt, skating to Night on a Bare Mountain by Mussorgsky, produced a stunning performance which earned them a score of 28 which is deservedly the best score of the series so far.
Ashley: I was amazed, you gave me goosebumps
Karen: An amazing performance
Jason: That was a whole ballet of emotion. I applaud you for trying something completely different. You handled it well
Robin: The performance was great but there were a lot of technical issues. There was a lot of “cheating” there and you need to work on the footwork
Luke Campbell and Jenna Smith performed to a slow piece, Little Things by One Direction. Luke has had challenges with the performance side of previous routines but there was a noticeable improvement in his stance. Still lots to work on but a score of 23.5 will give him some encouragement.
Karen: That performance flowed.
Robin: You are developing. What I loved was you performed very genuinely with your partner
Ashley: It was beautiful. You look like you are enjoying it
Robin: The pair work and the solo work were on a par with each other
Gareth Thomas and Robin Johnstone skated to Michael Buble’s The Best Is Yet To Come. It was a smoother performance from Gareth than we have seen before and the judges rewarded him with a 27.5
Jason: You captured the essence of the music in your solo skate
Karen: Tonight was a strong performance. You have control in the lifts and you performed some difficult content with style
Robin: It was the hardest choreography we have seen tonight. Very good but work on your “banana hand”.
Beth Tweddle and Daniel Whiston skated to Emily Sande’s Clown. Beth’s solo skate was controlled and graceful with some good one foot spins and she is starting to put some emotion into her performance. It deservedly got the best score of the series at 30.5
Jason: That was a great performance with technical brilliance and emotional connection.
Karen: That performance was just beautiful
Ashley: That was gorgeous. It connected tonight
Joe Pasquale and Vicky Ogden closed the show and the biggest excitement was whether Joe could beat Samia and avoid last place on the judges leaderboard. Joe was skating to Hippy Hippy Shake and it was a little shaky in the solo section but he did manage some turns. It was a close run thing with Samia but a score of 18 meant that they tied for bottom place. It could be time for Joe to leave and when he listed his extensive range of ailments you knew he was appealing for the viewers sympathy vote.
Jason: Not enough hippy and way too much shake
Karen: I worked with Joe all week and half of that routine I didn’t recognise!
We will have to wait until later tonight before we can answer the question of who left dancing on ice in week 5.
See full scoring and Dancing On Ice leaderboard at results for Dancing On Ice