Jennifer Ellison misses out on ice final

Published Sunday, 18 March 2012
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Emmerdale actor Matthew Wolfenden, X Factor singer Chico and Hollyoaks star Jorgie Porter will battle it out in next week's Dancing on Ice final after actress Jennifer Ellison was booted out of the show.

Jennifer Ellison misses out on ice final
Actress Jennifer Ellison exits Dancing On Ice (© ITV)

The former Brookside actress failed to impress the judges in the skate-off against Jorgie.

Judges Louie Spence, Robin Cousins and Katarina Witt were unanimous in saving the Hollyoaks star.

Jennifer was in tears as she left, telling host Phillip Schofield: "I really loved it.

"I just want to thank everyone for this opportunity."

The 28-year-old also cried after stumbling during her first performance of the night.

She received a score of 24 from the judges after her routine to Whitney Houston's I Wanna Dance With Somebody.

"I feel like I fell at the last...the critical point," she said.

"I just let myself down a bit."

Katarina Witt told her: "You've been getting better skating-wise for the last few weeks but for me I did not see enough of it."

Louie Spence added: "Jennifer you have come so so far.

"When you first started out you had no confidence in yourself, you built this confidence up.

"After you kicked yourself in the head you started to shine.

"It was a really good performance, unfortunately the standard is so high, and it is the semi-finals, that stumble was just bad luck for you but it was a good performance."

The stars also performed a solo skate to show off their skills.

Matthew automatically earned his place in the final by gaining the highest score on the leaderboard.

Earlier, he had dropped his partner, professional skater Nina Ulanova, during his Michael Jackson themed performance.

He made the error during the dreaded headbanger manoeuvre, where he held Ms Ulanova by her ankles and swung her around.

As he attempted to pull her out of the lift her head grazed the ice and the pair wobbled slightly. But they managed to recover and still impressed the panel.

Mentor Jayne Torvill said: "I loved that routine and let's not take away from the rest of the routine because of that."

Chico earned a high score of 28.5 for an emotional routine, while Jorgie said she was "so so happy" after performing a "floating headbanger" lift - which she struggled with during rehearsals.

Mentor Christopher Dean said: "It would have been so easy to take it out and do something that would have fitted but it was a challenge and they didn't shy away from it."

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