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Angela and Nadia leave skating show

Angela Rippon and Nadia Sawalha were the first celebrities to leave the qualifying rounds of the new series of Dancing On Ice.

The pair became the first casualties of two special knock-out shows to whittle down the 16 contestants to 12 before the competition begins.

They faced a skate-off along with Nickelodeon presenter Laura Hamilton after receiving the fewest votes.

Nadia and Angela failed to impress the voting public with their performances.

Actress and TV presenter Nadia, who scored nine out of 30, started with "great potential", judge Jason Gardiner said, but struggled skating on her own.

Presenter and former newsreader Angela, 66, the oldest of the contestants, was described as "elegant" after scoring 11 out of 30. After being voted off, she said she felt she had "let everyone down" at home.

Laura had earlier impressed with an energetic fast-paced performance, which the judges gave 16 out of 30. Judge Robin Cousins said it was "fantastic" while Emma Bunton said she was "excited" by the routine.

Former Coronation Street actor Steven Arnold, who played Ashley Peacock, was the first to step onto the ice with a routine to Madness's hit House of Fun with professional Nina Ulanova. He scored a lowly seven out of 30. Gardiner said: "You were relying heavily on Nina. You have to be the male presence in this partnership."

Kerry Katona scored a respectable 14 with an emotional number to Adele's Make You Feel My Love in front of her daughters who were in the audience and Jeff Brazier scored 11 in a lively performance before Vanilla Ice rocked the rink in leather trousers to Word Up.

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