An explosion of sound and movement to open the show, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps merging into Standing in the Way Of Control. Chris is missing, an injured shoulder gives Jayne the chance to skate away with Daniel and Matt. But I don’t hate her. Jeremy and Darya have hit it off: “Ding Dong!” said Jeremy and she’s gone all bashful! As he said “No-one wants to look at a minger!” He’s made me laugh out loud twice already. They perform a lovely dance to ‘True’. A little wobble but nice lines, musical opening. Oops, steady on the steps. Score: 15. Donal and Florentine: A nervous Mr Undercover Tough Guy, He‘d be alright if the judges had knives! He’s still working and has so far skated badly in Prague, Paris, Cape Town, Ukraine, Dublin, Mexico and Slough. Poor Florentine - someone shot a poison dart in her eye, Donal really should leave her somewhere safe while he’s working. ‘Rock Star’ the song, gives it some attitude, not too shoddy at all! Needs to work on presentation but a good effort. Score: 13.5. Jason said: “I was overall impressed - got deflated in the lifts, fix postural problems …something else positive”. This is known as a s**t sandwich and is how constructive criticism is given. Which made his comments to Todd all the more hysterical. Suzy initially showed some frustration with Todd but by the time they took to the ice they’d worked through it and there was a warmth between them for ‘Everything I do, I do it for You’. As he stretched out his arms to glide to her side I thought: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Yes - it’s Big Bird, doing an impression of a plane! Aw, bless. It was very shaky but he enjoyed himself. Score: 7.5 Can’t really argue but Jason’s “You looked like you‘ve crapped yourself” will see him safely through to the next round. I just had to stop typing because I can’t stop laughing. But that's shocked hysterical laughter, by the way - not a fan of that kind of vulgarity early in the evening! There’s a quickie interview with the ladies and I'm staring at Zoe’s hair, it’s … it’s …well, it looks like she been on a boat and they’ve been practising knots. Jessica can’t wait - Coleen so can, in fact, she’d rather make the tea. And oh look - there’s a rivalry being built between the soap queens. *Yawns*
We’re back from the break - Jason looks like he’s been told off! Not surprised, there’s a bunch of kids in the audience all harassing their mums asking: ‘What’s crapped yourself mean , mummy?” Ellery and Frankie are ‘Born To Run’. I’m likin’ the attitude already but how funny - he doesn’t know his left from right! Shame they ran out of material in wardrobe for Frankie. They could have raided the canteen for silver foil, surely? Ellery is solid, most competent performance so far and hints of a show man! Score: 17.5. Ray and Maria brings shades of Maria and Gareth to the ice, performance full of musicality to 'Mm Bop'. Ray has the confidence and balance borne of roller blading, bit like an excitable puppy though. Brilliant performance, nifty footwork. Score 23.5. Doubt it’ll be beaten tonight. Graham and Kristina go for a swingy ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’ but the jacket is a pain, he’s Mr. No-Neck. Nasty fall affected his confidence. Nicely done though, some good lines. Score: 14.5. Michael and Melanie back together again! Hope he’s not too angsty about the ankle, he's a fun guy and my favourite last year for the two weeks he was in it. ‘Have I Told You Lately That I Love You’ brings out a lovely performance, a couple of mistakes but he’ll be safe. Score: 15.
Who would I vote for if I voted? Hard to say - they’ve all got likable qualities and potential, some were technically far superior but we all know it’s not just about that don’t we? Nicky said as much - Todd sums up the spirit - it’s the taking part, not the winning. Todd should go but he won’t, I can see the bottom two being Donal and Graham, possibly Jeremy at risk too. The Skate-Off: Safe - Michael - Ray - Jeremy - Ellery - and what a surprise (not) TODD! Donal and Graham it is then, only one point between them before so all to play for. Donal stronger this time round. Graham lost the jacket and was also better than before but I think Donal shaded it. The judges agree unanimously. So Todd’s the one with the JS factor! Judges, eh? They never learn.