Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Christine Bleakley's last spell as the ice maiden begins with controversy and a hasty exit

Christine Bleakley
Christine Bleakley

Hollyoaks actress Jorgie Porter's performance on Dancing on Ice has met with a frosty reception – leading to her and professional skater Sylvain Longchambon being the first to be voted off the show.

The final series of the skating contest is co-hosted by Christine Bleakley – who it is rumoured, could take to the ice for the last episode.

Christine's £4m, three-year 'golden handcuffs' deal with ITV is at an end and it's understood she is seriously considering making her debut in skates.

There was controversy when it was announced Porter and Longchambon would be dancing together – as Longchambon is the former boyfriend and Dancing on Ice partner of Porter's best friend, fellow Hollyoaks star Jennifer Metcalfe.

In a video clip shown before Porter's dance, she and Metcalfe were seen sneering at a picture of Longchambon – who is now dating Coronation Street actress Samia Ghadie, another Dancing on Ice contestant he had been paired with.

When show bosses announced her professional partner, Porter appeared shocked, saying: "Are you serious? Really? Does that mean I'm going to be his new girlfriend?"

Ghadie seemed not to take the ribbing well, writing on Twitter: "Jorgie needn't worry... He won't go for burgers."

Porter and the Frenchman were all smiles during their routine to Icona Pop's I Love It, for which they wore matching neon striped outfits, and earned a respectable 29 out of a possible 40 points.

She insisted being paired with Longchambon was the "best thing ever" and he said he had "enjoyed it a lot".

But they finished with the fewest votes, leaving Porter, who had competed on 2012's show, looking distraught and being comforted by fellow skaters.

She was speechless when show host Philip Schofield tried to interview her, saying: "Are you all right? You're not all right, are you?

"You look really, really sad, really disappointed."

Instead, he gave the tearful actress a hug and reassured her the voting was "incredibly close".

This year's Dancing on Ice features celebrities from past series, including several former champions.

Seven pairs performed on last night's show but two had to leave.

A skate-off between entertainers Bonnie Langford and Joe Pasquale led to the judges unanimously deciding to save Langford, who impressed with a performance to Baby It's Cold Outside.

Pasquale, who had performed a comic routine to Queen's Flash in a bid to win favour, seemed to take it in his stride, saying: "Don't be sad. I'll be back. I'm going to sneak in."

ITV announced last year that it was axing the show after this, the ninth series.

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