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Vanilla Ice has skated off Dancing On Ice

Vanilla Ice has skated off Dancing On Ice

Vanilla Ice has skated off Dancing On Ice

Rapper Vanilla Ice has hung up his skates as his Dancing On Ice "adventure" was brought to an end.

Despite failing to win votes from any of the judges, he remained cheerful and gracious in defeat, kissing fellow contestant Laura Hamilton as it became clear he would be bowing out of the competition.

Jason Gardiner, Robin Cousins and Emma Bunton opted to save the bubbly presenter in the skate-off, with former Spice Girl Emma admitting: "This has definitely been the toughest decision so far."

Amid massive cheers from his fans, Vanilla Ice said: "I've had a great time ... Everything here has been just amazing and I appreciated the whole experience - it's been a great adventure."

The star's Dancing On Ice departure came after he and skating partner Katie Stainsby wowed the audience with their lively flamenco-style dance to Justin Timberlake's Like I Love You.

Their efforts also drew considerable praise from the judging panel.

Robin Cousins told the 43-year-old he was "very commanding, very much in control" and termed his performance "really quite strong," though he added: "I missed the Vanilla flavour in it."

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But Jason Gardiner was a little less effusive, telling the rapper there were moments when he looked "like a space invader".

Tonight's show saw Coleen Nolan step in to replace pregnant Holly Willoughby who was advised to rest by doctors after apparently suffering from migraines.

Coleen, who works alongside Holly and co-host Phillip Schofield on ITV daytime show This Morning, skated herself in 2009 and has presented the spin-off show Dancing On Ice Friday. Ahead of this evening's episode, Phillip tweeted "Get well soon Holly x x" and added: "Very odd getting ready for the show without @hollywills."


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