By News Team
24th January 2020
Tensions ran high on last Sunday’s Dancing on Ice episode following the dramatic on-air announcement that model Caprice Bourret had split with partner Hamish Gaman, with one contestant dropping an f-bomb and presenter Phillip Schofield overheard accusing co-host Holly Willoughby of throwing him ‘under the bus’.
All the drama, aptly unfolding on musicals week, distracted viewers from a succession of impressive performances by the celebrity contestants. We run through the odds on offer for all the favourites, plus those available for the next elimination.
Perri Kiely’s dance with partner Vanessa yet again merited the highest score of the week. The couple delivered a majestic Lion King skate, wowing the judges enough to award the pair 32 points for their efforts – the highest score of the series thus far. The markets were equally impressed, with Kiely emphatically retaining his frontrunner status at 4/11.
After reducing skating legend Christopher Dean to tears last weekend, Libby Clegg, along with partner Mark Hanretty, continued to make history this time round as the show’s first ever blind contestant.
“Inspirational” was the word used by the judges on that occasion and her performance did little to dampen the Dancing on Ice panel’s enthusiasm this time round. Libby and Mark’s cat-themed skate to ‘Memory’ was awarded 28 points, but there was one person who warned the double Paralympic champion not to take part in the hit ITV show – her own coach, Paula Dunn.
In Cleggs’ own words, she said: “Paula expressed it’s really not the best year to do it and I completely agree with her, but these opportunities don’t come around very often. I felt like if I didn’t take it, I’d regret not doing it.” At 7/1 to win outright, it seems she made the right decision.
Listening to Lisa George, it’s clear that Clegg is not the only contestant with a deeply personal motivation for entering the rink. The Coronation Street star turns 50 this year and describes herself as “fat and diabetic.”
“I was never confident about my weight and didn’t like how I looked,” admits George as she explains that putting on the skates is a way of turning her health around. At 14/1, she remains an outsider for the ultimate crown.
After avoiding elimination by the skin of his teeth last time round, Kevin Kilbane is the favourite to be booted off on Sunday at 8/15. Ben Hanlin and Radzi Chinyanganya are the next in line at 9/2 and 6/1 respectively. All three will be hoping for an upset.