Belfast Telegraph

Monday 31 August 2015

Anthea expelled from ice show

Published 27/01/2013

Anthea Turner and Andy Buchanan are out of Dancing On Ice
Anthea Turner and Andy Buchanan are out of Dancing On Ice

Presenter Anthea Turner has been expelled from Dancing on Ice in the skating show's school disco week.

The former Blue Peter host failed to wow with her routine to Donny Osmond's Puppy Love, putting her in the skate-off against Keith Chegwin.

Skating with partner Andy Buchanan, she strapped on her boots again to dance to Michael Buble's version of Feeling Good, but Keith won more votes from the judges on the ITV1 show.

Anthea gave an emotional farewell to her new friends but agreed with head judge Robin Cousins that her time on the rink had to come to an end.

She said: "I'm sounding a little bit wobbly because I'm going to miss all my friends here.

"But Robin's right - I've probably got to my level when it comes to skating."

Fellow TV presenter Keith had won praise for his first School Disco skate, with the usually-critical Jason Gardiner saying the routine - to the Jackson 5's I'll Be There - was "soft, lyrical and smooth".

Keith looked delighted by the response, telling Jason: "That's the best thing that's ever happened. I loved every minute of it."

He looked philosophical at ending up in the skate-off, as both he and Anthea had been there before. But in the end, his dance to Rihanna's Disturbia was judged the most impressive, with Robin telling him: "You skate divinely."

EastEnders actor Matt Lapinskas topped the leader board in the show after performing to his own favourite song from his school days, 5ive's Slam Dunk Da Funk.

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