It was semi-final time in week 9 of Dancing On Ice with the remaining four celebrities vying for a place in next week’s final. The theme was flying as the skaters took to the air in one of the two routines they each had to perform this week.
Matt Lapinskas and Brianne Delcourt were first up, with their flying routine skated to Straighten Up & Fly Right by Robbie Williams. It was an impressive display of flying which earned a score of 39 from the judges, with 10’s from all the judges except Jason.
Robin: It was seamless from beginning to end
Jason: You were the best we’ve ever seen from a male celeb on the flying routine.
Karen: I am more than happy. It was absolutely amazing
Ashley: The flying relies on the performance element and what I love about you Matt is that you commit
Beth Tweddle and Daniel Whiston were next up, with their non-flying routine, skating to Jessie J’s Domino. Beth was given a sexy routine to try and overcome her shyness. Beth is so sure-footed but has been a little restrained in previous weeks. It was another fabulous routine with Beth starting to unleashing her emotional side. A score of 33.5 was probably fair but not overly generous .
Karen: I thought you kept the character throughout the performance. It was good
Ashley: The lifts were amazing. I still want to see more attack
Jason: There is no question of your technical brilliance. But I have been asking you to dig down and give me something that will make you connect with me. It’s like you are dead behind the eyes
Luke Campbell and Jenna Smith’s flying routine was performed to James Vincent McMorrow’s Higher Love. Luke had felt a bit sick when he was first introduced to flying but he impressed in his performance with a measured and graceful display. A score of 30.5 is Luke’s best so far but a big gap is opening with the other three celebrity skaters.
Robin: A nice clean routine. You were exactly right. I wanted you to show us you were enjoying it.
Jason: This is exactly why I don’t like seeing boys fly. There was no emotional connection.
Gareth Thomas and Robin Johnstone first performance of the evening was to Viva La Vida by Coldplay. Gareth had been sick just before the show, brought on by the flying, and for me his performance showed this. It was a slightly downbeat Gareth compared to previous weeks but still earned a score of 33.5 from the judges.
Karen: I was a little concerned about your balance in the first few seconds but you came on strong in the second half
Ashley: You are starting to become a performer. Well done
Jason: Tonight I can see that you are not on your ‘A’ game and some of the lifts were a little clunky
After the first round of performances, the skaters were given a brief break as we were entertained by Torvill & Dean’s Dance Explosion skating to INXS’s Never Tear Us Apart. This included two clever switches between live and recorded routine which made it look like they had changed costumes in a puff of smoke. Wow. Some smart CGI effects to go with some great lighting.
Luke Campbell and Jenna Smith performed their non-flying skating routine to Westlife’s What About Now? Luke has made a big improvement over the past few weeks and concentrates hard on his routines but he is nor a natural performer and it looks like he may be going out tonight. A score of 31.5 gives him 62 overall on the night. That is a good level to go out on if he does not make the final.
Robin: I want you to have more energy. It’s just taking it to that next level
Karen: I enjoyed it. What people are picking up on is the performance side. It is more difficult to skate than to smile
Ashley: There were some different moves. It is a semi-final and I wanted to see more
Jason: Performing is about expressing emotion
Gareth Thomas and Robin Johnstone’s flying routine was planned to be to David Bowie’s Space Oddity. Gareth has been sick every time he has done his flying routine and it was pretty clear he was struggling during his first skate of the night. The medical advice was that he should not be allowed to skate, as he was getting progressively worse so he did not perform. No score was given by any of the judges so I presume it’s a zero from each of them. This gives Luke a chance as he will not bottom of the judges leaderboard this week.
Matt Lapinskas and Brianne Delcourt’s second routine was performed to Michael Jackson’s Bad. After the score from the first performance it was pretty clear that Matt was going to top the leaderboard tonight. Another score of 39, including a rare 10 from Jason Gardiner, sealed it.
Robin: Fantastic performance. Matt you command our attention
Karen: It would have been a 10 if you had not hesitated on that lift
Ashley: You were “bad”. The two of you together are amazing
Jason: That was a semi-final performance. It was the complete package for me
Beth Tweddle and Daniel Whiston closed the show with their flying routine, performing to Angel by Sarah Mclachlan. Beth was pretty much guaranteed second place on the leaderboard provided her routine was not a disaster. She delivered a graceful routine with some beautiful lines which earned a score of 38 including a 10 from Robin Cousins.
Robin: Exquisite. Worth a 10
Karen: So very nearly perfect
Ashley: Smooth and seamless. Beautiful
Jason: You really came into your own. A semi-final performance. Sincere
So with only three places available for the final, the judges leaderboard was left looking like this:
- 78 (39 + 39) Matt Lapinskas
- 71.5 (33.5 +38) Beth Tweddle
- 62 (30.5 + 31.5) Luke Campbell
- 33.5 (33.5 + 0) Gareth Thomas
It looks like Gareth will need some viewer support to make it through and it gives Luke some hope of avoiding the skate-off. Find out later who leaves Dancing On Ice in week 9.
For full scoring and Dancing On Ice leaderboard see Dancing On Ice results