Well we’re only two weeks away from the final now and the pace is hotting up with the five celebrities and their professional partners all looking to raise their game and grab a place in next week’s semi-final. This is where the stronger skaters come to the fore. Samia Ghadie and Luke Campbell seem to be a little behind the others and it would not surprise me to see one of these two leave tonight.
It’s props week on Dancing On Ice so all the contestants arrived sitting on chairs in the opening routine. Some looked more comfortable than others. I think we are all looking forward to Samia doing some skating this week. We could be shocked at how good she is – after 3 months of skating she is probably quite good now. If only she would show us.
Beth Tweddle and Daniel Whiston opened the competition, skating to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way. Beth’s prop was a Hula hoop, which seemed to have a mind of its own in rehearsals. I loved the start of the routine as Beth went into a handstand. We saw a raunchier version of Beth with an all white revealing Lady Gaga outfit with matching hair and silver hoop (or was it grey?). A score of 30 was, I feel, a little harsh. I do find myself agreeing with Jason (worrying I know) that Beth does need to deliver more, performance wise. She just needs to let rip sometimes and let her enthusiasm and passion come through.
Robin: A great start to the show but a little predictable. A little clean and safe
Ashley: It started with a strong pose and I loved the lifts. Could I see more punch and attack. Yes
Karen: You performed very well it was a fun routine
Jason: You are skilled but you lack personality throughout. You were so concentrated on getting everything perfect and forget about projecting a personality.
Next up were Luke Campbell and Jenna Smith performing to Sweat by David Guetta & Snoop Dogg. Olympic Champion Luke certainly knows the ropes in a boxing ring so he was given a skipping rope to use in the routine. I liked his skipping, not easy wearing ice skates I’m sure. There were also some good lifts but he still does not look a natural on the ice. A score of 30 from the judges made him equal with Beth on the leaderboard and blew away his previous best score of 24.5.
Robin: Your best performance to date. Great basic skills.
Karen: I thoroughly enjoyed it. Well done.
Ashley: I loved the bit at the beginning with the punch bag
Jason: You were in your comfort zone. It was great to see your personality come out. Also you used the prop artistically which was good.
Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean gave the celebrities a lesson in ice dancing as they performed to a live performance of Accentuate the positive with Jules Holland on the piano playing with his rhythm and blues orchestra.
Last week’s top performers, Matt Lapinskas and Brianne Delcourt, danced to a music compilation of I Need A Dollar/Entertainer/In The Navy (by Aloe Blacc/Scott Joplin/The Village People). Matt was given three different hats as props to use in his song medley. After Matt’s stunning score of 35 last week he seemed back to his confident best. The routine certainly suited Matt’s personality and gave a big range of dance moves for Brianne and Matt to perform. He did well not to drop any of the hats. A score of 36 puts him out front on the judges leaderboard and is also the best score of the series.
Robin: It was brilliant done. We saw different characters coming out and the two of you played creatively with the hats
Karen: Absolutely brilliant. Every hat had a different personality
Ashley: You had fun. It was just awesome.
Jason: It was genius to see you performing with three different hats. You showed great skill and exterity in usign your props
Samia Ghadie and Sylvain Longchambon skated to Roxette’s The Look. It was no surprise that Samia was given a chair for her routine, apparently to reflect her role as a hairdresser in Coronation Street. It does mean that Samia will spend less time on her skates. There was a 10-second part of the routine where she skated on her own and I have to say that Samia and Sylvain do look good together as a pair. Each of the judges gave them a score of 7 for a total of 28, Samia’s best score of the series but one that leaves her at the bottom of the leaderboard and looking for viewer support.
Robin: A girl with attitude and a purpose showed up tonight.
Karen: That was a great performance. You attacked it. We saw some solo skating.
Ashley:You had fun tonight. It was a tough prop, a chair on wheels
Jason: You tried to immerse yourself into the prop. We saw a little bit more from you
Gareth Thomas and Robin Johnstone closed the show performing to The Script ft. Will.i.am by Hall of Fame. It was a rugby ball prop for former Welsh rugby international Gareth. Robin demonstrated some great ball handling skills as she and Gareth exchanged passes without a mistake. Sign her up for the Welsh rugby team.
Robin: Fantastic. A seamless use of the prop
Karen: What I loved was that you both used the ball equally. It was beuatiful
Ashley: It was a great partnership between the two of you.
Jason: You turned the use of the ball into a dance. I knew Gareth that you could handle the ball but Robin did well as well.
So with only four places in the semi-final the judges leaderboard looking like this:
- 36 Matt Lapinskas
- 34.5 Gareth Thomas
- 30 Luke Campbell
- 30 Beth Tweddle
- 28 Samia Ghadie
For those following Dancing On Ice fashion, I thought Christine Bleakley had one of her better outfits on tonight. Let us know if you agree or disagree!
For full scoring and Dancing On Ice leaderboard see Dancing On Ice results