Dancing On Ice: Ben Foden Is First Celeb To Be Eliminated After Oti Mabuse's Score Is Corrected

The ITV show's newest judge had to have her initial score corrected after accidentally over marking.
The Dancing On Ice judges (L-R) Oti Mabuse, Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and Ashley Banjo.
The Dancing On Ice judges (L-R) Oti Mabuse, Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and Ashley Banjo.

Ben Foden has become the first celebrity contestant to be eliminated from this year’s series of Dancing On Ice.

The former England rugby player faced broadcaster Ria Hebden in Sunday night’s tense skate-off after failing to impress the judges and receive enough votes from the public following his skate to Livin’ La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin.

The routine featured hip-shaking, jumps and a little bit of shirt-ripping...

The judging panel scored him 23 out of a possible 40 points, with Jayne Torvill praising him for the “fun” routine.

Following his skate, Oti Mabuse was forced to clarify her score after accidentally over marking Ben.

Oti initially awarded him 6.5 points but quickly admitted she had become too “excited” and pressed the button for six twice – resulting in an additional half point.

Despite Ben urging Oti to let him keep the half point, co-hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield said they would have to deduct it.

Asked whether he had enjoyed his time on the show, the rugby star praised his partner Robin Johnstone.

He said: “I really have. As I have said before, this woman is so incredible, and it’s the people that make this experience.

“I thought there would be someone who couldn’t skate, but turns out it was me.”

Ben Foden and professional skater Robin Johnstone
Ben Foden and professional skater Robin Johnstone
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Sunday’s show also saw Regan Gascoigne, son of former England footballer Paul, secure the highest score of the series so far, with a routine to Too Good At Goodbyes by Sam Smith.

The judges awarded the singer and dancer 33 points out of a possible 40.

Christopher Dean described it as “contemporary dance on ice”, adding: “I loved the simplicity of the movement.”

Happy Mondays dancer Bez also made his return to the Dancing On Ice studio after finishing his period of self-isolation.

He had tested positive for Covid-19 the day after making his debut on the show last week.

He said: “I’ve been calling it hibernation because I have been sleeping all week. I feel absolutely fantastic. I was one of the lucky ones who had no symptoms whatsoever.”

In a first for the show, judges Torvill and Dean skated to Lucy In The Sky with Diamonds while being filmed by a drone controlled from within the studio.

Former S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevens was absent due to an injury sustained during training.

Six of the competition’s 12 couples skated last weekend, with Brendan Cole and Kimberly Wyatt topping the leaderboard.

The episode began with a group dance by the professionals to Higher Power by Coldplay, in which they flew through the air on harnesses.


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