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Injured on ice! Jennifer Ellison suffers a blow to the head during 'scorpion kick'- but finished routine to receive best score yet

It's an infamously dangerous sport, and contestants are constantly aware of the perils involved while taking part.

And Jennifer Ellison was given a severe reminder of the risks during tonight's episode of Dancing On Ice.

The 28-year-old suffered a blow to her head from the blade of her skate during a 'scorpion kick'- but bravely continued to finish her routine, receiving her highest score of the competition so far, 19.


Caught her head: Jennifer Ellison suffered a blow to the head from her skate during the scorpion kick with partner Dan Whiston as she performed to Everything on the Dancing On Ice Valentine's special tonight


Tended to backstage: The cut Jennifer's head was reportedly glued back together

The blonde left the ring as soon as her routine ended, clearly unwell with blood in her hair.

Her partner Dan Whiston explained that she had 'hit the heel of her skate into the back of her head,' before going to check himself that Jennifer was ok.


Judge Robin Cousins explained what might have gone wrong.

He said: 'Katarina said in the rehearsals that she’s got to be careful. As a dancer, the last thing she would think about is what’s on the end of her boot.'


Going to be ok: Medics were immediately on hand to ensure that Jennifer was taken care of


Kept her company: Dance partner Dan was there for Jennifer as she recovered from the shock

'People do forget that the skates make your feet the heaviest part of your body and just doing a little bit of a flick, makes everything go a lot harder. Very flexible, fantastic performer but there is very little skating being done by Jen at this point.'

Jane Torville added: 'The adrenaline tonight went a bit too far. It shows you how dangerous ice dancing is.'

Dan returned to update the judges on Jennifer's progress, saying: 'She is going to  be ok.'


Are you ok? Dan was immediately worried after the performance, as he checked Jennifer's injury

He described the moment that he realised something was wrong, continuing: 'It was a very scary moment. When I put her down her whole hair was just red.'

Obviously concerned, he added: 'Everyone cares about her, I care about her. She was a trooper, it was her best skate. I'm so proud of her

Jennifer had confessed to some nerves before the show, saying: 'When I watch myself back, I feel like I want to kick myself up the backside. But I can't lose this little bit of fear'


Puts things in perspective: Jane Torville said the incident was a reminder of how dangerous ice dancing is

And this isn't  the first time Jennifer has injured herself on the show.

The former soap actress was injured while practising the Spinning Fish lift a few weeks ago.

The move involved her being spun on her side over partner Dan's head.

It was the second injury the duo have sustained, after Dan delayed their performance by a week when he tore his hamstring.


Scary moment: Dan said he realised something was wrong when he looked down and saw Jennifer's hair was 'covered in blood'

A source told the Sun at the time: 'She is a real trouper and is determined to dance as planned on Sunday.

'She is currently in a lot of pain and it will be hard for her, but she will be all strapped up.'

Jen revealed in her blog for the Liverpool Echo that she resorted to practising with some padding from her dog's basket taped to her side to help alleviate the pain.


Carried on: Jennifer bravely finished her routine, receiving her highest score yet of 19

'It’s been a testing week to say the least, but I don’t want to sound like I’m whinging about injuries, I’m a strong Liverpudlian woman and I can handle it,' she added.

On a more lighthearted Andy Whyment and Vicky Ogden danced to Marvin Gaye's classic Let's Get It On for the Valentine's special, aiming to bring a little humour to the romantic evening.


Kept her focus: Despite confessing to some nerves beforehand, Jennifer pulled off some impressive moves

With tongue in cheek choreography, Andy aimed to play a slightly sleezy character -with some 'serious' skating thrown in .

It's a fantastic routine, I'm happy with it. We got through all the lifts again- and I 'found my romantic side' he quipped.

The pair received 17.5 - the same score as last week.


Let's Get It On! Andy Whyment and Vicky Ogden performed a tongue-in-cheek number to the Marvin Gaye classic


Staying consistent: The couple received a healthy 17.5- their same score as last week

Chico and Jodeyne Higgins skated to L.O.V.E- with Chico keen to match competitor Matthew's impressive lifts.

The pair certainly made an impressive effort, and big stunt lifts saw the pair scoop their highest score of 23.

Jane commented: 'You're improving your skating skills as much as your lifting skills.'


Getting out the big guns: Chico and Jodeyne Higgins showed off with big stunt lifts this week


Pulled it off: Chico and Jodeyne were naturally delighted with their impressive score of 23

Louie said: 'You are not scared to act it out as well as dance it out. I loved you this evening.'

Katarina added: 'There was a long sequence when you skated on your own. You were a romantic gentleman, the ballet lift was seamless.'

Heidi Range and Andrei Lipanov skated to the romantic ballad Wherever You Will Go, but despite pulling off a formidable slip lift were let down when Heidi stumbled on the ice.


Formidable: Heidi Range pulled off the daunting slip lift with Andrei Lipanov, despite fears beforehand


Disappointing: Heidi's stumble after her slip lift brought her score down significantly

Heidi had admitted to being terrified of the lift beforehand, saying: 'It feels terrifying to be up there that high, it's a scary lift. I literally have to trust him'

Matthew Wolfenden and Nina Ulanova performed a smooth sensual number to Everything, receiving a score of  22 and overall positive critique from the judges.

Louie said: 'It flowed lovely, I was happy with your ice dancing last week, this was lovely ice skating. Still a good dance, but not as good a dance as last week for me.'



Score of the series: The pair won a mighty 26 from the judges, securing their place at the top of the leader board

Chemmy Allcott skated to I'm Into You by J-Lo with partner Sean Rice, and picked up a five from Louie, 6.5 from Robbie , and a seven from Katerina.

Louie commented:  'You need to become softer in your moves, include that light and shade and that sexiness in your dance.'

Robbie added: 'The rehearsal was frantic and messy, but you are going in the right direction.'


Graceful: Rosemary Conley and Mark Hanretty performed to I'll Stand By You


Achievement: The oldest contestant ever at this stage of the competition, Rosemary received a score of 15.5


Were they into this? Chemmy Allcott skated to I'm Into You by J-Lo with partner Sean Rice


Mixed reception: Chemmy received a five from Louie, 6.5 from Robin, and a seven from Katerina

Rosemary Conley and Mark Hanretty performed to I'll Stand By You.

The oldest contestant ever at this stage of the competition, Rosemary received a score of 15.5.


Injured: Jennifer Ellison had to be driven home by her husband Robbie Tickle after cutting her head badly in Dancing on Ice


As a worried Jennifer Ellison leaves ITV studios after her spill on the ice, Heidi Range keeps snug with a blanket last night


Catch up: Frank Lampard, Christine Bleakley and Philip Schofield leave ITV studios in high spirits

Jorgie Porter and her partner Matt Evans received the highest score of the series last week, and topped that again with a mighty 26 for their routine to Alicia Keys' Fallin.

Sébastien and Brianne performed toStevie Wonder's My Cherie Amor, and won a score of 21, with each judge awarding them seven points.

Sam Nixon and Alexandra Schauman skated to Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars, and picked up a core of 19.5, which Sam called 'ridiculous'.

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