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Dancing On Ice: Rebekah Vardy does the SPLITS as she wows the judges in dance week

Rebekah Vardy impressed the judges with a very energetic cancan routine during Sunday’s Dancing On Ice before newcomer Matt Richardson was voted off on his debut. 

The WAG, 38, was sure to set standards high as she dominated the rink alongside pro partner Andy Buchanan and ended her performance by doing the splits, scoring the duo an impressive 30 out of 40 points.

However the show’s dance week came amid claims of ‘favouritism’, with some of the cast reportedly feeling Colin Jackson, Faye Brookes and Jason Donovan have been shown ‘special treatment’. 

Going for it! Rebekah Vardy impressed the judges as she did the splits during a very energetic cancan routine on Sunday’s Dancing On Ice

Rebekah and Andy commanded attention during week four, showcasing the star’s ever-improving skating skills to land in the top half of the leaderboard and make it through to next week’s Valentine’s special. 

Receiving feedback from the judges, John Barrowman said: ‘I loved it, kicks and splits and two single toe-loops which weren’t perfect but you’re trying!’

Jayne Torvill then added: ‘I loved that you were in character and loved the whole thing, keep up the improvement you’ll go along way’

And Ashley Banjo was also impressed with Becky’s skating, telling her: ‘You captured the spirit, the feel of dance week – I think you did a great job and have been the most successful so far!’

Christopher Dean was in agreement too, giving the couple a huge eight points, and saying: ‘I thought you were marvellous, attacking the steps, had that energy and you were performing it! You were in character, playing with Andy and having fun.. brought together on the ice was a complete performance.’

Over so soon: Newcomer Matt Richardson and his pro partner Vicky were voted off after making their debut on Sunday

Heading home! The duo tried to keep their spirits up after learning the news

Over so soon: Newcomer Matt Richardson and his pro partner Vicky were voted off after making their debut on Sunday

And despite it being his debut on Dancing On Ice, comedian Matt Richardson was the celebrity sent packing after a skate off with Colin Jackson.

The ice panel were all in agreement about saving Colin and sending home Matt at the end of the show, all saying they’d judged on the standard of the skating in front of them.

Trying his best to not be disappointed, Matt said he’d enjoyed the entire experience and hilariously added: ‘I can’t wait until I’ve got a mulled wine at the ice rink next Christmas, being that guy who thinks he can skate.’

Giving his verdict, Ashley told the two duos: ‘First thing, Colin and Klabera, you had a great skate. I really enjoyed that. For you, Matt and Vicky, I think you handled it really well. But based on the quality of the skate and the content, I’m saving Colin and Klabera.’  

And John told them: ‘You guys were all fighting for your position tonight. It was a valiant effort but the couple I am going to put through – I have to save Colin and Klabera.’ 

Impressive: Rebekah and Andy Buchanan were given 30 our of 40 points for their efforts

Impressive: Rebekah and Andy Buchanan were given 30 our of 40 points for their efforts

That's the spirit! Rebekah and Andy proved they're not only good skaters but also performers with a range of animated facial expressions

All smiles: She managed to maintain a huge smile for the entire dance

That’s the spirit! Rebekah and Andy proved they’re not only good skaters but also performers with a range of animated facial expressions

Having fun: The WAG appeared to be having a great time as she grinned during the dance

Having fun: The WAG appeared to be having a great time as she grinned during the dance

Feeling great: Rebekah and Andy embraced at the end of their glowing feedback

Making a good impression: All of the ice panel praised the WAG for her performance

Feeling great: Rebekah and Andy embraced at the end of their glowing feedback

Matt had joined the cast after stepping in to fill Rufus Hound’s spot in the competition, following his second positive coronavirus test earlier this week. 

Rufus and Matt shared a FaceTime ahead of the show, with Rufus cheekily giving him the advice of ‘just be really good’ ahead of the big night. 

And chatting after the skate, Matt was asked how he feels by host Holly Willoughby. He replied: ‘Feel? I’ve got a dry mouth, I’m sweaty I’m snotty don’t know if I’m coming or going to be honest!

‘The last four days have been the most terrifying ever, but look what I did! And a five from Dean after he broke my face, come on!’

Although it being his first week, the judges weren’t overly impressed with Chris giving him a dreary five points which sparked some boos in the studio. 

Laughing as he gave feedback, Chris replied: ‘You did that to your own face to be fair? Come in most difficult situation, and have change routine last moment.. it’s a tall ask. But there was lots of two footed skating.’ 

What a debut! Matt Richardson also put on a solid performance as he took to the ice for the first time after stepping in for Rufus Hound

What a debut! The comedian was however sent home after the skate

What a debut! Matt Richardson also put on a solid performance as he took to the ice for the first time after stepping in for Rufus Hound, however it wasn’t enough to see him through to next week and was sent home after the skate off

He's done it! Speaking after his routine, Matt told Holly: 'The last four days have been the most terrifying ever, but look what I did!

He’s done it! Speaking after his routine, Matt told Holly: ‘The last four days have been the most terrifying ever, but look what I did!

Skills! During the dance off, Vicky dazzled in a purple costume and the couple ensured to show off their lifting abilities

Performance: The comedian seemed completely committed to the routine

Skills! During the dance off, Vicky dazzled in a purple costume and the couple ensured to show off their lifting abilities

Skate off: Matt was up against Colin at the end of the show, with all four judges opting to save Colin from elimination

Skate off: Matt was up against Colin at the end of the show, with all four judges opting to save Colin from elimination 

John added: ‘It was a valiant effort, you did a really nice job. I who have trained as a matador in Spain, thought some of your positions were fab. But you do need to work on your speed and get off the two skates.’ 

Jayne also agreed that although needing a bit of work, Matt’s opening was a ‘great first effort’. 

And Ashley said: ‘I’m no olympian, but five seems a little tough! For your first show, I thought you did great… and you’ve got a great partner in Vicky.’

However it was John’s revelation that he’s trained as a matador which really ticked Philip Schofield, with the presenter joking ‘well, there you go!’ to end the segment. 

The show also comes amid claims of favouritism with some cast members reportedly feeling that Colin Jackson, Faye Brookes and Jason Donovan have been given less of a challenge in the routines picked for them.

Ex-Corrie star Faye skated to ballet Swan Lake on Sunday’s show, with the actress thought to have some ballet experience, however her mother revealed in a VT aired on Sunday that she’d not done ballet ‘from being a dot’. 

While Colin and his pro partner Klabera Komini performed a samba, which he was also taught on Strictly Come Dancing. And Jason also had past experience with his dance on Sunday – the tango – through his past stint on Strictly having danced it three times and even scored a perfect 40. 

Claims: Ahead of the episode, it was claimed that some cast members felt Colin Jackson, Faye Brookes and Jason Donovan were getting 'special treatment' amid claims of 'favouritism' (Colin is pictured during his dance)

Claims: Ahead of the episode, it was claimed that some cast members felt Colin Jackson, Faye Brookes and Jason Donovan were getting ‘special treatment’ amid claims of ‘favouritism’ (Colin is pictured during his dance)

Got the moves: Elsewhere, Colin Jackson performed a samba which he admitted was ‘a lot of fun’ as he ‘loves the music’

Feeling it: The duo ensured to include some classic samba moves

Got the moves: Colin performed a samba which he admitted was ‘a lot of fun’ as he ‘loves the music’

Swan lake: Faye Brookes performed a ballet-inspired routine, with the judges saying they wanted to see more from her next week

Upping her game: The judges said they wanted her to keep on pushing and test her skating limits with more risks

Swan lake: Faye Brookes performed a ballet-inspired routine, with the judges saying they wanted to see more from her next week as she needs to keep on pushing herself

On the ice: Jason Donovan also improved this week, adding more content to his performance, with Jayne telling him to keep it up as ' you naturally can perform'

On the ice: Jason Donovan also improved this week, adding more content to his performance, with Jayne telling him to keep it up as ‘ you naturally can perform’

A show source told The Sun: ‘It’s not gone unnoticed by some of the celebrities and their partners and people have been discussing whether they’ve been given favourable treatment.

‘Skating is a hard thing to learn, but nailing a performance is made much easier if you’ve had a load of prior training in advance.’

MailOnline has contacted Dancing On Ice for a comment.     

Joe-Warren Plant and Vanessa Bauer had kicked things off on Sunday with an energetic quickstep, showcasing a range of impressive moves as they elegantly skated around the rink.

Sonny Jay and his pro partner were also sure to catch the judges eye as they became the first couple to do overhead lifts.

Chris was particularly impressed, telling him that he noticed how ‘silent on the ice’ he was at the beginning of the routine which means he’s ‘got the blade just right’.

Jason Donovan also improved this week, adding more content to his performance, with Jayne telling him to keep it up as ‘you naturally can perform’. 

Series first: Sonny Jay and his pro partner Angela Egan were also sure to catch the judges eye as they became the first couple to do overhead lifts

Series first: Sonny Jay and his pro partner Angela Egan were also sure to catch the judges eye as they became the first couple to do overhead lifts

Brave move! Lady Leshurr and Brendyn Hatfield shot straight to the top of the leaderboard with their skating routine

Incredible: John was so taken he gave the star the first ‘fabulous’ of the season, standing in his seat to declare: ‘F A B U L O U S!’

Brave move! Lady Leshurr and Brendyn Hatfield shot straight to the top of the leaderboard with their skating routine

Elsewhere, Colin Jackson performed a samba which he admitted was ‘a lot of fun’ as he ‘loves the music’.

However Ashley said he’d liked to have seen him be a ‘bit looser’ for the dance but Chris and Jayne enjoyed the nods to original samba movements done in ice dancing.

Lady Leshurr was another standout, with the rapper shooting to the top of the leaderboard with 32.5 points after her skate.

John was so taken he gave the star the first ‘fabulous’ of the season, standing in his seat to declare: ‘F A B U L O U S!’

And Chris added: ‘I’m just looking for a kitchen sink, the only thing that wasn’t In there.! What you have you can’t teach, this expression and character… and Brendyn, you make her look great.’

Amy Tinkler and her pro partner Joe were treated to a special good luck message from H from Steps during the week as they prepped a fun routine to hit song 5, 6, 7, 8.

All dressed up: Hosts Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby ensured to bring the glamour for dance week

Stunning: Holly opted for a stunning blue gown with a one-shoulder detail

All dressed up: Hosts Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby ensured to bring the glamour for dance week

Kicking things off: Joe-Warren Plant and Vanessa Bauer opened the show with a fun quickstep

Kicking things off: Joe-Warren Plant and Vanessa Bauer opened the show with a fun quickstep

Turning the rink into a honky tonk, the duo showed off some line dancing steps as well as impressive choreography and lifts.

Despite this, John told them the ‘timing was off’ on their synchronised moves and Jayne said she’d like to ‘see more skating’ than dancing next time.

And on ween four, it was Faye Brooks who closed the show with a ballet-inspired performance.

Although wanting to impress the judges this week after being told she was holding back last week, Faye’s feedback still told her to push further and try out more dangerous moves.

Jayne said: ‘I loved it, but I agree with John [who wanted to see more risk] moving forward you’re capable of so much more and you need to take some risk now.’

Yee Haw! Amy Tinkler and Joe Johnson showcased their linedance moves on Sunday's show

Yee Haw! Amy Tinkler and Joe Johnson showcased their linedance moves on Sunday's show

Yee Haw! Amy Tinkler and Joe Johnson showcased their linedance moves on Sunday’s show

Looking good y'all: The couple exuded confidence as they played with their hats on the rink

Looking good y’all: The couple exuded confidence as they played with their hats on the rink

And Ashley told them: ‘It somehow felt empty and I wanted more’.

Chris praised Faye for being ‘one of the best skaters we’ve seen’ however agreed with the rest of the ice panel saying she should ‘challenge herself more’.

Sunday’s show comes after a very dramatic week for the show which saw two contestants withdraw from the competition. 

Billie Faiers broke her silence ahead of the show after she was forced to withdraw from Dancing On Ice 2021 after suffering a fall during training on Friday.

The Mummy Diaries star, 31, took to Instagram on Sunday morning to upload a photo of herself with professional partner Mark Hanretty from their ‘first and last’ dance as she admitted she’s ‘so, so gutted’.

'I'm going to miss it': The Mummy Diaries star, 31, took to Instagram on Sunday to upload a photo of herself with professional partner Mark Hanretty from their 'first and last' dance

‘I’m going to miss it’: The Mummy Diaries star, 31, took to Instagram on Sunday to upload a photo of herself with professional partner Mark Hanretty from their ‘first and last’ dance

Media personality Billie has become the third contestant to pull out of the competition after Rufus Hound and Denise Van Outen’s departures, with host Phillip Schofield recently revealing that bosses have ran out of reserves.

The mother-of-two wrote: ‘Our first and last dance. I am so so sad that our @dancingonice journey has come to an end after an accident in rehearsals on Friday causing me a head injury, forcing us out of the competition.’

The businesswoman went on to praise dancer Mark, 35, for supporting her during her stint as she added: ‘@markhanretty A true friend for life, you have been the most incredible partner throughout all of this, I mean you taught me to skate for one.

‘Thank you for being so kind, supportive, patient, understanding, and thank you for being such a happy, positive person when I needed it the most.’

The former TOWIE star also explained how she used skating as a ‘distraction’ following her beloved grandmother’s death.

'We worked so hard': The former TOWIE star also explained how she used skating as a 'distraction' following her beloved grandmother's death

‘We worked so hard’: The former TOWIE star also explained how she used skating as a ‘distraction’ following her beloved grandmother’s death

Billie shared: ‘It’s been a tough couple of weeks personally for me and coming back to skating this week has really been a great distraction. I am so so gutted we can’t perform tonight, we worked so so hard on this week’s routine.

‘However, although it has sadly been cut short , being part of @dancingonice has been the best experience, I have met some wonderful people and I actually feel quite proud of myself that I pushed myself so far out of my comfort zone and faced some of my biggest fears.

‘I’m going to miss being part of this incredible show so much. I wish all of the rest of cast so much luck and I will be cheering you all on every Sunday, you are all amazing !!! 

‘Thank you to everyone for your kind messages and support throughout all of this. It means so much to me and I am so grateful.’ (sic) 

An ITV spokesperson confirmed to MailOnline the former glamour model quit the show after suffering a concussion and will not be replaced for the remainder of the series.

Ouch! An ITV spokesperson confirmed to MailOnline the former glamour model quit the show after suffering a concussion (pictured in January)

Ouch! An ITV spokesperson confirmed to MailOnline the former glamour model quit the show after suffering a concussion (pictured in January)

According to The Mirror, the Essex native went to hospital for an MRI scan after being left unconscious following the accident. 

A representative said: ‘During rehearsals for this week’s show, Billie Shepherd has had a fall. 

‘Taking the expert advice of the Dancing On Ice medical team, she sadly cannot perform this weekend and will therefore now withdraw from the competition. We wish Billie well as she now takes the time to rest and recover.’ 

Billie had previously taken a week-long break from the show following the death of her nan Wendy.

A DOI spokesperson said at the time: ‘Sadly due to a family bereavement this week Billie Shepherd is taking a break from the ice and won’t be on Sunday’s show. We look forward to her returning next week and send her all of our love at this sad time.’  

During her short-lived Dancing On Ice stint, the TV star only performed once as her Spice Girls-themed skate earned a score of 25 points out of 40. 

Earlier in the week, presenter Phillip, 58, admitted TV executives have run out of stand-in stars for the first time in the show’s history.

Dancing On Ice 2021: A Series Of Unfortunate Events 

January 13

Graham Bell’s partner Yebin Mok suffers a freak accident after suffering ‘a very nasty wound from an ice blade’. 

While it was initially thought she would return to the competition, the injuries were worse than anticipated and she was replaced by Karina Manta. They were voted out on Saturday.

January 26

Denise Van Outen announced she’s quit Dancing On Ice after learning she’d fractured her shoulder in an accident during training. 

The presenter, 46, shared an Instagram statement telling fans she’d withdrawn the show after being told by doctors the injury would leave her severely limited in training.

Denise will be replaced by retired Olympic gymnast Amy Tinkler, 21, who will make her ice debut this Sunday alongside pro Joe Johnson.

January 28 

Billie Faiers reveals her grandmother Wendy has tragically passed away

In the wake of the news it was revealed that the former TOWIE star wouldn’t appear in the next episode of the ITV skating show following the death.

It was confirmed by MailOnline on Thursday that Billie, 31, and her sister Sam’s grandmother had passed away aged 77 from pneumonia.

Following the news, a representative for DOI revealed that Billie will miss Sunday’s show as she grieves the ‘devastating’ loss of her relative.

February 3 

Rufus Hound withdraws from the show after testing positive for COVID. 

The comedian, 41, took to Twitter on Wednesday evening to announce in a tweet and accompanying video message that he has sadly had to withdraw from the ITV skating competition.  

Show bosses confirmed that Rufus and his professional partner Robin Johnstone have both been axed from Dancing On Ice and will be replaced by Matt Richardson, 29, and his pro-skater partner Vicky Ogden this weekend. 

February 6

Billie Faiers withdraws from the show after suffering concussion following a fall in training.

An ITV spokesperson said: ‘Taking the expert advice of the Dancing On Ice medical team, she sadly cannot perform this weekend and will therefore now withdraw from the competition’

It was also confirmed that Billie would not be replaced by another celebrity. 

The host said on This Morning: ‘It is very strict at the rink, which is how we’ve been able to keep the show on, but we are really sad that Rufus should go. We realised that is the first time ever we’ve used both of our reserves.’

Comedian Rufus took to social media on Wednesday evening to announce he has had to withdraw from the show after testing positive for Covid a second time.

His departure came after he had already missed two weeks of shows due to self-isolation – during which he tested positive with ‘a mild case’ of the disease.

Despite completing the government mandated quarantine time to recover from coronavirus, strict rules at ITV dictated he couldn’t return at all. 

Sad news: Media personality Billie has become the third contestant to pull out of the competition after Rufus Hound tested positive for Covid twice (pictured)

Sad news: Media personality Billie has become the third contestant to pull out of the competition after Rufus Hound tested positive for Covid twice (pictured)

Show bosses confirmed that Rufus and his professional partner Robin Johnstone were both axed from Dancing On Ice and will be replaced by Matt Richardson, 29, and his pro-skater partner Vicky Ogden this weekend.   

Breaking the news to his followers, Rufus tweeted: ‘I will no longer be participating Dancing On Ice. 

‘COVID is – as I’m sure we’re all well aware – a b**tard and sadly the world isn’t short of those.’ 

In a statement, ITV spokesperson said: ‘We can confirm that following a positive test result, Rufus Hound is unable to return to Dancing On Ice this weekend.

In his own words: Comedian Rufus took to social media on Wednesday evening to announce he has had to withdraw from the show

In his own words: Comedian Rufus took to social media on Wednesday evening to announce he has had to withdraw from the show

‘Although Rufus and his partner Robin’s time on the ice has been all too brief, they can be truly proud of their achievements. We thank them for all their hard work and commitment to the show.’

With the departure of Rufus and Robin, comedian Matt Richardson and his pro-skater partner Vicky Ogden will replace them on the line up from this weekend. 

It’s hoped that when the full cast reunite for the series’ final, Rufus will be able to be back in the studio with everyone. 

Ahead of his axe, Rufus had already missed two live shows of the competition after isolating because he came into contact with someone with Covid, before testing positive with a ‘mild case’ himself. 

The announcement of his departure from the show came after Dancing On Ice informed all the celebrity skaters and their professional partners that if they test positive for coronavirus they will immediately be axed from the ITV show.   

An ITV spokeswoman has explained to MailOnline: ‘We have stringent protocols to ensure the health and safety of all our contributors and staff which are routinely monitored and updated to reflect government guidelines.’

Another exit: Denise Van Outen was forced to pull out of the competition early due to injury as she learned she'd fractured her shoulder in training (pictured in January with Matt Evers)

Another exit: Denise Van Outen was forced to pull out of the competition early due to injury as she learned she’d fractured her shoulder in training (pictured in January with Matt Evers)

‘Following the guidance on isolation, a positive Covid-19 diagnosis for any of our cast at this stage would mean two weeks missed and sadly an end to their time on the show. It has always been the case that no celebrity skater has missed more than one public vote.’   

Meanwhile, TOWIE narrator Denise was replaced by retired Olympic gymnast Amy Tinkler after doctors discovered she had three bone fractures in her shoulder which meant she’d be unable to perform any lifts or solo skating.

She wrote at the time: ‘GUTTED! If you’ve been watching @dancingonice you will be aware that just over a week ago I had a nasty fall and injured my shoulder. I managed to skate my first dance with @themattevers on the live show through a gritted smile because the pain was unbearable…

‘I’ve tried as hard as I can to carry on because I love the show and the amazing team in front and behind the cameras. Initially we thought with rest I could make a return to the ice, but a recent MRI scan has shown that I have three bone fractures as well as a partial dislocation. OUCH! No wonder I’ve been in agony.’

New rules: It came Dancing On Ice informed all the skaters that if they test positive for Covid-19 they will immediately be axed from the ITV show

New rules: It came Dancing On Ice informed all the skaters that if they test positive for Covid-19 they will immediately be axed from the ITV show

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