By News Team
Last Updated: 21st February 2020
Last week’s episode was all about the props. Of course, the contestants have used them previously but this time round the Ice Panel demanded that props be used throughout every routine.
As the skaters found out, it’s not as easy as it looks. Ahead of Sunday’s next episode, we check out the odds on offer for all the main contenders, as well as those available for next elimination.
Paralympic sprinter Libby Clegg burnished her showbiz credentials last time round. Taking to the rink with partner Mark Hanretty, the pair danced to Vanessa Carlton’s ‘A Thousand Miles’ in impressive style, deftly making use of a suitcase to sweep Libby away. The routine bagged them a strong score of 33.5 from the judges. Clegg remains an outsider for victory, though, with her remote chances rated at 20/1 by the markets.
Actor and TV presenter Joe Swash reinforced his cheeky chappy image last week, using a candy cane in a polished routine performed with partner Alex Schauman. The prop was fully incorporated into the dance, doubling as an oar, a golf club and a skipping rope with Robbie Williams’ ‘Candy’ appropriately blaring out in the background.
Having been ruled out by injury in week six, the pair came back in style with an entertaining skate that earned them 34 points from the judges. The markets seem equally impressed, with Swash currently standing at 7/2 to win the competition outright.
This year’s runaway favourite enjoyed another amazing week, with a lively skate to Fatboy Slim’s ‘The Rockafeller Skank’ meriting a score of 38 from the Ice Panel, yet again matching the best points tally of the show so far. Perri is the out and out frontrunner for victory, currently standing at 2/7 to win the competition overall. Is there any stopping him?
Giving the rink a tidy with a broom-based routine set to the sound of ‘The Boy Does Nothing’ by Alesha Dixon didn’t seem to help Maura Higgins last time out. After a public vote landed her in the skate-off against Libby, the judges opted to send Maura packing following an admittedly close contest as she finished the competition in sixth place.
So who’s next for the chop? Libby, Ben Hanlin and Lisa George are all in the frame to be booted off in movies week this Sunday, standing respectively at 8/11, 15/8 and 7/2 to be evicted. Will it be goodbye for Libby?