Belfast Telegraph

Monday 4 May 2015

Welch bows out of Dancing On Ice

Denise Welch with partner Matt Evers have been voted off Dancing On Ice
Denise Welch with partner Matt Evers have been voted off Dancing On Ice

Denise Welch has bowed out of Dancing On Ice, after her actor husband Tim Healy made his own impromptu appearance on the show - to tell judge Jason Gardiner off.

The 52-year-old Loose Women host and actress and her partner Matt Evers went head to head with Victoria Cross hero Johnson Beharry in the skate-off of the ITV show, after finding themselves in the bottom two.

Both contenders put in clean performances, but judges Jason, Robin Cousins and Emma Bunton all opted to save Johnson and his partner Jodeyne Higgins.

As the result was declared, host Phillip Schofield said: "You've been such fun, we've loved having you here."

Denise took her defeat with a smile, saying: "I never in a million years thought I would get to this stage. I've had the most wonderful time and I'm going on the tour so you haven't seen the last of me yet."

Earlier in the night, her Benidorm star hubbie slipped onto the set from the audience to have a word with Jason, after he said her performance to Heart's Alone was like "watching two people play Twister". Tim appeared beside the judges' desk, and told Jason: "She's 52 years old and has four jobs."

An embarrassed-looking Denise shouted at him to go and sit down.

The night also saw the remaining six contenders split into two teams and complete in group performances judged by the panel, with the winning three doubling their scores on the leaderboard.

Nickelodeon presenter Laura Hamilton captained Denise and presenter Jeff Brazier to victory, skating to Status Quo's Rockin All Over The World.

Former EastEnders actor Sam Attwater's team, comprising Johnson and presenter Chloe Madeley were left relying on audience votes following their routine to the Scissor Sisters' hit, I Don't Feel Like Dancin'.

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