Dancing on Ice Vote Cancelled After Sick Gareth Thomas Pulls Out

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GARETH THOMAS
Former rugby player had been sick and dizzy all week | PA

The viewers' vote on Dancing On Ice was cancelled as contestant Gareth Thomas was too ill to perform and had to withdraw.

The former rugby player had been sick and dizzy all week while performing flying moves on a harness.

And last night the muscle-bound celebrity could only perform one of his two planned routines with partner Robin Johnstone.

Viewers wanting a refund for their phone vote were told to check the Dancing On Ice website today for details.

Thomas's withdrawal meant the three remaining celebrities - Eastenders actor Matt Lapsinskas, boxer Luke Campbell and gymnast Beth Tweddle progress.

Lapsinskas said of the poorly Thomas: "He is my brother and I love him to pieces."

Thomas, bursting out of his lycra dancing costume, scored 33.5 out of 40 for his first spin round the rink with Johnstone.

Despite feeling sick, the Welshman finished his first dance, to Coldplay's Viva La Vida, and won praise from judge Ashley Roberts, the former Pussycat Doll, with her applauding his "transformation" during the course of the show.

Despite the encouragement, he left the stage unable to talk.

He saw a doctor, and supported by his mother, the decision was taken to withdraw him from the competition.

It was Lapsinskas and his partner Brianne Delcourt who most wowed the judges last night.

Performing to Straighten up and Fly Right by Robbie Williams, the pair scored 39 out of 40.

They then equalled that with their final dance, to Michael Jackson's Bad, which brought a full top marks from Jason Gardiner, the notoriously hard-to-please judge.

"We really needed that tonight - that was a semi-final performance and had everything in it," he said afterwards.

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