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    Posted: 09 Jan 2011 at 23:35

Dancing On Ice 2010: Angela Rippon and Nadia Sawalha's skating dreams are over before they've begun as they're voted off

Angela Rippon and Nadia Sawalha became the first celebrities to be voted off Dancing On Ice as the new series kicked off tonight.

The former newsreader, 66, and ex-EastEnders actress, 46, received the lowest amount of public votes after taking part in a triple skate-off.

Children's TV presenter Laura Hamilton, who was top of the leader board, won a place in the official competition after going up against Rippon and Sawalha.


First out: Angela Rippon, pictured left with partner Sean Rice, and Nadia Sawalha, with partner Mark Hanretty, were voted out of Dancing On Ice

After learning of her fate, Rippon said: 'I am gutted. I've had a wonderful time. It's been tremendous learning to skate.'

Sawalha added: 'I'm gonna miss everyone. (My partner) Mark Hanratty is the most beautiful skater and nobody saw how beautiful he is. Maybe next year.'

The episode saw only eight of the 16 celebrities competing for their place in the competition, with the remaining eight expected to perform next week, with a further two eliminations.

Because the official competition doesn't start for another two weeks, the judges scores didn't affect the outcome tonight.


Scraped through: Laura Hamilton and Colin Ratushniak (centre) celebrate after making it through the official Dancing On Ice competition


We're through: Hamilton and Ratushniak were shocked to find out they had survived to the competition

This year, the judging panel has shrunk from last year's five to just three - comprising of head judge former Olympic champion Robin Cousins, choreographer Jason Gardiner and ex-Spice Girl Emma Bunton.

Former judge, Ice skater Nicky Slater revealed in November he had been axed from Dancing On Ice after five years, while Karen Barber is now head coach.


Former Coronation Street actor Steven Arnold, who left the soap when his character Ashley Peacock was killed off in the tram crash live episode, was the first celebrity to skate.

The 36-year-old and his Russian partner Nina Ulanova performed a comedic routine to Madness' House Of Fun and received only 7 points out of a possible 30.


First to perform: Former Coronation Street actor Steven Arnold and his partner Nina Ulanova performed a comedic routine to Madness' House Of Fun


Bottom of the leader board: Arnold and Ulanova didn't impress the judges

Cousins told him: 'You can dance better than that.'

Known for his caustic comments, Gardiner toned it down for the first contestant: 'It was entertaining... but you didn't sustain it.'

Rippon, at 66 the oldest ever contestant in the competition, was the second to skate with her Canadian partner Sean Rice to Etta James' At Last.

The newsreader, who was praised for her 'elegance' by mentor Jayne Torvill, received a total of 11 from the judges.


Elegance: Angela Rippon, the oldest contestant on Dancing On Ice ever, and her partner Sean Rice received 11 from the judges

Despite her struggles in the VT, she managed a graceful, if somewhat wobbly at times, performance in a white dress.

Bunton told her: 'You look gorgeous, you've still got those legs, but the transitions weren't smooth.'

Gardiner complained: 'You're lacking emotional connection with the choreography. It's a little dull and safe.'

Next up was children's TV presenter Laura Hamilton, who revealed she lost a chunk of muscle after a nasty accident during training.


Energy and gusto: Children's TV presenter Laura Hamilton and Canadian professional Colin Ratushniak put on a fast-paced routine to Kelly Clarkson's My Life Would Suck Without You


Top of the leader board: Hamilton and Ratushniak scored an impressive 16

The Nickelodeon host, 28, and Canadian professional Colin Ratushniak put on an impressive routine to Kelly Clarkson's My Life Would Suck Without You and scored 16.

Cousins said: 'It's fantastic to see the energy and the gusto with which you attack it. You need to pull the adrenalin junkie aside.'

Bunton added: 'It was fast, brave, exciting. You do need to slow down. You're losing a bit of control because you're so fast.'

Gardiner said: 'Watch your face because you look a bit goofy... but I'm thrilled because I can see someone who's got great potential for this competition.'


Easy does it: War hero Johnson Beharry VC skates backward with partner Jodeyne Higgins to Wishing On A Star

There was a bit of technical glitch before war hero Johnson Beharry VC took to the ice with his Canadian partner Jodeyne Higgins when Nadia Sawalha's VT started playing instead of his.

The 31-year-old soldier, who was awarded the Victoria Cross in 2005, performed Rose Royce's Seventies classic Wishing On A Star and scored 11.

Cousin praised his 'sublime' skating, declaring he could have done the routine without the help of his partner Jodeyne.


Criticism: Judge Jason Gardiner only gave Beharry a 2, telling him he needed to work on his performance more

However, Gardiner only gave him a 2, explaining: 'The biggest challenge you'll face is performance... there's no energy in what you're doing.'

Barber attacked Gardiner's lowly score out of a possible 10 as 'ridiculous'.

Former EastEnders actress Sawalha was the fifth contestant and admitted 'I'm not the greatest skater' before taking to the ice with Scottish partner Mark Hanretty.

The 46-year-old, who recently released a fitness DVD after losing three and a half stone, performed a routine to Proud Mary, made famous by Tina Turner.


Nervous: Actress and TV presenter Nadia Sawalha and Mark Hanretty performed a fast-paced routine to Tina Turner's rendition of Proud Mary


Family support: Nadia's younger sister Julia Sawalha and her mother Roberta sat in the audience

The mother-of-two received a total of 9, 3 from each judge.

Gardiner was back to his caustic self as he told her: 'It started off with great potential... and then you started to move on your own and it looked like your legs had been anesthetised. Your shimmies were too constrained, it looked like a nervous twitch.'

Bunton praised her 'arms and extensions', but added 'I would like to see you move a bit more'.


What an improvement: Kerry Katona was praised for stepping up for her performance with Daniel Whiston after a 'disastrous' dress rehearsal


Surprising her critics: The former Atomic Kitten singer put on a much better performance than people had anticipated

Kerry Katona was partnered with two-times Dancing On Ice champion Daniel Whiston, who admitted the reality TV star was lacking in confidence.

The former Atomic Kitten singer, 30, wore an ice blue dress as she performed to Adele's Make You Feel My Love.

Katona was visibly shaking and lost for words as she received a total of 14 from the judges.


Nerves: Katona ended up in third place on the leader board after scoring 14

Gardiner praised her: 'What an improvement from the dress rehearsal... which was quite disastrous. Very tender, very controlled, you melded beautifully with Daniel tonight.'

The penultimate performer of the night was TV presenter Jeff Brazier, 31, who danced to Lemar's The Way Loves Goes with Canadian partner Isabelle Gaulthier and received 11.

Bunton said: 'I'm loving the dance moves, but I'd like you to commit more. I've got a bit of a soft spot for you.'


Great potential: Jeff Brazier put on a good performance with his partner Isabelle Gauthier, but was told he could do better by the judges

Cousins added: 'From a skating point of view I've got a soft spot for you too.'

Last but not least was U.S. rapper Vanilla Ice, real name Rob Van Winkle, and his English partner Katie Stainsby, who did a rock-themed dance to Cameo's Word Up.

Tipped as a one to watch, he managed to skate along while carrying his partner upside down in a sail lift and achieved a 15.


Rock 'n' roll: U.S. rapper Vanilla Ice and his English partner Katie Stainsby brought a energetic climax to the first show of the night to Cameo's Word Up

Gardiner told the 43-year-old he was 'terrifically entertaining', while Bunton was full of praise, but told him to work on his 'posture'.

Mentors Torvill and Dean kicked off the live show with a routine to Black Eyed Peas' Let's Get It's Started.

• Elen Rivas, Denise Welch, Chloe Madeley, Jennifer Metcalfe, Dominic Cook, Craig McLachlan, Dave Vitty and Sam Attwater will perform their first routines on next week's episode on Sunday 16th January on ITV1 at 6:35pm.

Dancing On Ice scoreboard - Week 1

Laura Hamilton and Colin Ratushniak = 16

Vanilla Ice and Katie Stainsby = 15

Kerry Katona and Daniel Whiston = 14

Johnson Beharry VC and Jodeyne Higgins = 11

Angela Rippon and Sean Rice = 11

Jeff Brazier and Isabelle Gaulthier = 11

Nadia Sawalha and Mark Hanretty = 9

Steven Arnold and Nina Ulanova =7

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