John Fashanu said his time on Dancing on Ice was “amazing” and made him the first celebrity to be left out of the new series.
After Sunday’s public vote, the 60-year-old former footballer was caught in a terrifying skate-off with Love Island winner Ekin-Su Culculoglu, 28, who performed in the first batch of celebrities last weekend. was
Fashanu and his professional partner Alexandra Shoman will perform again in Norman Greenbaum’s Spirit in the Sky, while Kurkuroglu and her partner Brendin Hatfield will perform as Ariana Grande. No Tears Left to Cry.
After the couple had a head-to-head confrontation, the judges unanimously voted to save Kurukuroguru and sent Fashanu’s luggage.
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He also confirmed that he would continue skating and said he might start teaching others.
Earlier in the episode, in his first routine, he paid homage to his sports background when he performed Collapsed Lung’s Eat My Goal.
Fashanu and Schauman glide over the ice in soccer jerseys, accompanied by people dressed in football costumes dancing around them.
They scored 19 points for the effort, and judge and former Olympic skater Christopher Dean described him as the most improved skater since boot camp.
He added that there was “a lot of smoke and mirrors” and “not a lot of skating”, but Fashanu praised his steady footing overall.
Elsewhere, RuPaul’s drag racing star Vivian also said she was “honored” to make history by becoming the first drag queen to participate in an ITV1 skating competition.
The opening routine saw Vivian, 30, and her dance partner Colin Grafton give an energetic performance to Cher’s Strong Enough.
Dressed in a black curly wig and sparkly black outfit as a tribute to the US singer, the drag queen performed a twist and dramatic lift, scoring 28.5 points.
Judge Jane Torville felt their skating was “very solid and smooth” and liked how the drag queens seemed to be enjoying their routines.
Dean added, “A star was born on the ice tonight.”
However, it was former Hollyoaks star Carly Stenson who topped the leaderboard with a score of 32 during the episode.
Clad in a pale blue sparkly dress, the 40-year-old actress skittered through Jesse Ware’s “Say You Love Me” routine alongside partner Mark Hanretty.
Coronation Street’s Molly Gallagher gave an elegant performance to Abba’s Angel Eyes on ice for the first time.
The 25-year-old actress and her skating partner Sylvain Longchambon scored 26.5 points.
Judge Oti Mabuse praised Gallagher for incorporating his acting skills into his routine and encouraged him to focus on his leg work.
Comedian Darren Harriott scored 26.5 points for an energetic Pitbull Fireball performance with skating partner Tippy Packard.
They wore fiery red, orange, and black outfits, and Packard threw a glass of water in Harriott’s face, ending the routine in comedic fashion.
Judge Ashley Banjo said he was “very impressed” with the many moves they packed into the routine and said he would have scored higher, but there were a few moments where he wobbled.
At the show’s opening, professional ice skaters in tuxedo-style costumes gave a spectacular performance to Barry Manilow’s rendition of Dancing Fool.
Dean and Torville also showcased their skating prowess in a fast tango-style performance to Canadian singer Michael Bublé’s hire.
The guys, best known for winning gold at the 1984 Winter Olympics, have been skating five times a week since September and have previously said they are performing in front of packed crowds for the first time since the pandemic. .
Six celebrities performed on the first episode last week, with former Olympic gymnast Nile Wilson taking home the highest score of the night from the judges of 29.5.
Dancing On Ice continues Sunday on ITV1 and ITVX