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Sunday 20 April 2014

Samia shrugs off love speculation

Samia Ghadie and dance partner Sylvain Longchambon were first to take to the ice on Sunday

Coronation Street star Samia Ghadie has kicked off the new series of Dancing on Ice - and says she fells added pressure and worry because of speculation over her relationship with dance partner Sylvain Longchambon.

The 30-year-old actress, who plays Maria Connor in Corrie, was first to take to the ice in front of the judges on television on Sunday night.

Earlier this week Hollyoaks star Jennifer Metcalfe pulled out of ITV's diving talent show Splash! days after she was reported to have split with professional dancer Longchambon.

Speaking after the first dance she told presenter Phillip Schofield: "Obviously with all the unwanted press attention it has been difficult this week but out there tonight I put the fallout to one side and didn't let it affect my skating. So regardless of that, that was the best that I can do anyway."

Ghadie was given support by sharp-tongued judge Jason Gardiner. He gave the pair a score of 3.5 - the lowest of all the judges - but said they had great potential.

He added: "I know you are having a problem with the chemistry - don't shy away from that, ignore what everybody is saying but show us that there a strong partnership here and develop it."

Hollywood star Pamela Anderson was sent crashing out of the competition after a stumble and wardrobe malfunction marred her dance off against television funnyman Keith Chegwin.

Despite finishing third in the judge's vote the Canadian-born former Baywatch star and Playboy model, 45, and partner Matt Evers took part in the "safety skate" against Chegwin and Olga Sharutenko after they finished in the bottom two once the public votes were added.

But the judges unanimously voted to axe the blonde star, who danced to Sinead O'Connor's cover of Elton John's Sacrifice, preferring Cheggers' routine set to Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.

A stunned looking Anderson said afterwards she was sad to have been knocked out on the first night, but added: "I just stumbled, my dress...my boobs fell out, it happens."

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