Belfast Telegraph

Stunt sees Bracken skate through

The most dangerous move ever attempted on Dancing On Ice earned f ormer England rugby star Kyran Bracken a pass into the next round of the ITV reality show - while entertainment veteran Bonnie Langford said her goodbyes.

Extra medics had to be drafted in as a precaution as the 39-year-old former champion performed the "pendulum death drop" with partner Nina Ulanova.

But the stunt - which involved Bracken draping Ulanova's legs around his neck before tossing her in the air and catching her by her legs - passed without injury.

It was enough to persuade head judge Robin Cousins to put the Rugby World Cup winner through to the next round at the expense of ex-soap actor Sam Attwater in a night of "duels" on set.

He said: "I had to take it down to the technicality. The person I'm sending through is Kyran."

The celebrities were paired off against their rivals, with former champions coming up against each other in three of the four duels.

Joining Ktran in the next round are pop singer Gareth Gates, who beat 70s child star Bonnie; ex-Emmerdale actress Hayley Tamaddon, who triumphed over Britain's most decorated gymnast Beth Tweddle; and competition favourite Ray Quinn, who overcame fellow talent show singer Suzanne Shaw.

The duel losers' fates were at the mercy of the voting public, who decided to send Beth and Suzanne through to the next round after watching them skate again, in routines they had choreographed with their professional partners. This left Sam and Bonnie to compete in the final skate-off.

All four judges opted to save 2011 DoI champion Sam, who was skating with his real-life partner Vicky Ogden.

This is the last series of Dancing On Ice.


From Belfast Telegraph