By News Team
6th March 2020
And just like that, we’ve reached the final episode of this year’s series of Dancing on Ice.
Week nine of the show saw the competition intensify as the contestants skated their way through the all-important semi-final. With four celebrities battling it out for places in this Sunday’s hotly anticipated final, where a winner will of course be crowned, the contenders took it to the next level with a string of spectacular skates.
An incredible performance form Cirque du Soleil kicked off the show in stunning fashion, setting a sky-high performance bar that was met with confidence by each of the laser-focused semi-finalists.
For the final time, we run through the odds on offer for this weekend’s winner.
Following a public vote, Ben Hanlin and Libby Clegg were pitted against each other in a skate-off under the watchful eyes of the Ice Panel last week. Despite a heart-warming and nostalgic skate to the tune of Jake Bugg’s ‘Lightning Bolt’ earlier on in the episode, Ben was ultimately eliminated, finishing in fourth place.
Landing in the bottom two, however, seems to have damaged Libby’s chances of skating to victory alongside partner Mark Hanretty. At 33/1, Libby’s odds of outright victory are the most remote of any of the three finalists.
Joe Swash appears to have disassociated himself from the light-hearted, cheeky persona that viewers around the country have come to know and love from watching him on their TV sets. Joe has shown us a whole new side to him with a heartfelt skate previously dedicated to his father.
As a result, Swash, who suffered a head injury in last week’s show, is a short 2/1 to win next week and second favourite to win the title.
Runaway favourite Perri Kiely further reinforced his frontrunner status in week nine, achieving a perfect score of 40/40 for his dance with partner Vanessa Bauer. The judges awarded the pair full marks for an emotional routine to The Balcony Scene from Romeo & Juliet.
Judge Ashley Banjo was clearly delighted by his Diversity pal’s performance, saying “Seeing you become the man you’ve become, I’m so proud bro.” It’s no surprise to see Kiely rated at 2/5 as the odds-on favourite for victory.
The show’s golden boy is rumoured to have more in the pipeline, too. Dancing on Ice’s creative director Dan Whiston told The Sun: “I don’t want to give too much away, but Perri’s working on something that’s never been done by a celebrity ever, ever, ever before. He’s working on something really big.”
Sunday’s final will see the contestants recreate their favourite routine of the series. Whatever they choose, we’re surely in for a treat.