07/03/2017 15:11 GMT | Updated 21/02/2021 11:32 GMT

Dancing On Ice's Most Memorable Moments: Blunders, Bust-Ups And Boleros

Who knew the ITV skating show was responsible for so many infamous scenes?

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The cast of Dancing On Ice 2021

It’s not unfair to say that it hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing for the 13th series of Dancing On Ice.

This year’s series has seen a total of four celebrities and two professional skaters have been forced to withdraw from the competition for a variety of reasons, including positive Covid tests, serious accidents on the ice and one unfortunate injury sustained while someone was putting on a sock.

Due to the events of the past few weeks, ITV has made the decision to pause Dancing On Ice for a week, instead airing a one-off special looking back at the long-running skating show’s most memorable moments.

We’re not sure how many of these will end up making ITV’s highlights reel, but here are 16 of the most outstanding, infamous and shocking Dancing On Ice moments from previous series...

1. Pamela Anderson makes £1000 a second (2013)


The former Baywatch actor was Dancing On Ice’s big-name draw back in 2013, reportedly bagging a hefty £150,000 to take part in the show.

Unfortunately for ITV, she only lasted one week, meaning that for every second she was on the ice during her first (and only!) live show, she earned around a grand.

Despite finishing in third place on the judge’s leaderboard, the public were less taken by Pammie’s routine, and she later became the first to be eliminated.

2. Diamonds are Gemma Collins’ best friend (2019)


Gemma Collins’ stint on Dancing On Ice was iconic for all kinds of reasons, but for production value, her second performance was probably the outstanding one.

Performing to Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend, The GC got the opportunity to channel her idol, Marilyn Monroe, and while her skating wasn’t exactly to Tovill and Dean standards, she certainly brought the entertainment value.

3. Jason Gardiner is, apparently, not Gemma Collins’ best friend (2019)

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Immediately after her Marilyn-themed routine, former judge Jason Gardiner tore into The GC’s performance, resulting in the reality star hitting back, and accusing him of “selling stories” on her.

Following Gemma’s outburst, Jason took to Twitter to brand her claims about him “salacious” and “libellous”.

The two rowed throughout that series of Dancing On Ice – and beyond! – with Jason accusing Gemma of turning the show into a “pantomime”.

4. But Gemma isn’t the only one Jason rubbed up the wrong way (2011)


During his long stint on the ice panel, Jason had a habit of getting on the wrong side of people.

When Denise Welch was on the show, he really did seem to have it in for her, and a few weeks into the competition, her then-husband Tim Healy decided he’d had enough of it.

Making his way down from the audience, Tim leant in and famously told Jason (to cries for him to “sit down” from Denise): “Listen, mate, she’s 52, and she’s got four jobs. How many jobs have you got?”

Sadly, Tim’s defence wasn’t enough to keep her in the competition, and she was eliminated later in the episode.

5. Ian ‘H’ Watkins makes TV history with the show’s first ever same-sex skate (2020)


Steps singer Ian “H” Watkins and Matt Evers became the first ever same-sex pairing to skate on Dancing On Ice in 2020, giving their first performance to Panic! At The Disco’s High Hopes.

The routine won praise from viewers, and moved new addition to the panel John Barrowman to tears.

Later that year, Strictly Come Dancing followed suit, with Nicola Adams and Katya Jones performing as part of the BBC show’s first same-sex duo.

6. Perri Kiely’s backflip on ice (2020)


A decade on from his Britain’s Got Talent win, it was obvious that Diversity performer Perri Kiely was always going to bring it on the rink – but even we didn’t predict just how many tricks he would have up his sleeve.

His finest hour probably came during this “dance battle”-inspired routine, which saw him delivering a high-speed backflip on ice skates, a feat we bet even some of the pros would struggle with.

7. Jason Gardiner crosses a line with Karen Barber (2011)


It wasn’t just the contestants that Jason got on the wrong side of during his time on the show.

In 2011, he faced a backlash over comments he made to Karen Barber, who had moved from being a judge to the position of head coach for that year’s series.

After Karen contested one of his comments, Jason flippantly remarked that “if her opinion still mattered, she’d be on the panel”, which came as a shock to viewers and the studio audience, with Holly Willoughby having to step in to defend the former judge.

8. Todd Carty loses control on the ice (2009)


Listen, we know it’s not exactly sophisticated and nuanced humour, but watching Todd Carty slide his way off screen – accompanied, ironically, by The Beatles’ Help! – still has us laughing out loud 11 years later.

9. A whole lot of behind-the-scenes romance drama (Series 8)

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While it’s Strictly Come Dancing that’s famous for the so-called “curse” that often breaks up its contestants and their partners, Dancing On Ice has also had its own turbulent romances over the years.

In series six, Hollyoaks star Jennifer Metcalfe got together with professional skater, Sylvain Longchambon, with whom she was in a relationship for two years.

That is, until he began dating his new partner, Coronation Street actress Samia Ghadie, who he later married in August 2016.

Sadly, it wasn’t an amicable break-up, with Jennifer claiming that being dumped by Sylvain (on Christmas Day, no less) had left her “gutted”. He has always maintained he was never unfaithful to Jennifer.

10. Jennifer Ellison accidentally injures her own head with her ice skate (2012)


Of course, with all the glitter and sequins, it’s easy to forget just how dangerous ice skating actually is – as Jennifer Ellison discovered during one of her routines.

The former Hollyoaks star took flexibility to a new level when she performed a scorpion kick, but accidentally sliced her own head open in the process.

Fortunately, she was alright (but did require immediate medical attention) – and even managed to finish her performance despite her injury. 

11. Gemma Collins suffers a dramatic fall (2019)


After repeatedly facing accusations from the judges that her performances were all style over substance, Gemma and partner Matt Evers decided to do something different, stripping her routine back and making it all about the skating.

Unfortunately, despite getting off to a pretty strong start, this was also the week when she famously hit the ice hard during a fall towards the end of her performance.

Props to Gemma, though – she was clearly shaken, and a little embarrassed, but soldiered on and finished the number. 

12. Hayley Tamaddon gets a perfect score for her Jai Ho! routine (2014) 


A routine that’s frequently named as Dancing On Ice’s best ever, after winning the show in 2010, Hayley returned for the All Stars series in 2014, where she made the final and brought back this classic performance from her original run.

She may not have won the crown that night, but we’re not totally sure this routine has ever been bested.

14. Ray Quinn and Maria Filippov perform the Bolero for Torvill & Dean (2014)


For all we loved that Jai Ho! number, there’s no denying that Ray Quinn was a more-than-deserving winner of Dancing On Ice All Stars back in 2014, for what was intended to be the show’s last ever series (it was, of course, brought back just four years later).

The former X Factor star nailed this Bolero – in front of Torvill & Dean, no less – and went on to be crowned the show’s champion of champions. 

15. Didi Conn channels Rocky Balboa... on ice (2019)


Seriously, if you thought those skills were impressive, wait till you see Didi Conn – aka Frenchy from Grease – pulling off six consecutive push-ups on ice in the middle of this Eye Of The Tiger routine.

16. Literally every single time Sylvain Longchambon skated with his top off

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But especially this time.

Dancing On Ice Sundays at 6pm on ITV.