Belfast Telegraph

Blue Peter's Andy gets ice axe

Blue Peter presenter Andy Akinwolere became the first celebrity to be voted off the new series of Dancing On Ice when he lost a skate-off against Sugababes singer Heidi Range.

The children's TV presenter, who had scored 14 out of a possible 30 with his partner Maria Filippov, had to compose himself after the result and said he was "gutted".

New judge Louie Spence had described Akinwolere's performance as "very floppy", and said he needed to be "more precise and on the music".

Louie and head judge Robin Cousins opted to save Heidi after the skate-off, with Robin describing the show as a "girls' night" before presenter Phillip Schofield announced who was in the bottom two.

After Heidi's performance Robin said it was "very strong" and "very solid", but the purple-clad singing star scored less than Andy, receiving a score of 12.5.

Hollyoaks star Jorgie Porter topped the table with a score of 18.5, and Coral bookmakers have slashed the odds of her winning to 7-4, after being backed at 14-1 before the show.

Her partner Matt Evers said he had chills the whole way through the performance, while Robin said he thought it was one of, if not the, strongest opening performances by a celebrity on any series of the show to date.

New judge Katarina Witt, a former Olympic champion, said Jorgie was "like a feather" and "added the first spark of magic to tonight's show".

The ITV programme had launched with a dazzling performance by Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and the show's professional skaters as new host Christine Bleakley made her debut appearance.

Phillip introduced his new co-host as "the fabulous Miss Christine Bleakley", and the former Daybreak presenter said she was "thrilled" to be there.


From Belfast Telegraph