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Dancing On Ice kicks off for final season with a double elimination

Dancing on Ice, the ITV celebrity skating show, kicked off again last night but this time for the final time. The last season will attempt to fill the weekend evening void left by the completion of X-Factor before Christmas.

As it is the final ever season no less than six previous winners - Suzanne Shaw, Hayley Tamaddon, Beth Tweddle, Kyran Bracken, Ray Quinn and Sam Attwater – are returning to the ice. The remaining eight of the fourteen contestant’s also previous contestants.

Hollyoaks star Jorgie Porter was teamed up with her Hollyoaks co-stars Jennifer Metcalfe's ex Sylvain Longchambon. A partnership, it seems, she wasn’t enamoured with from the get go.

Joe Pasquale and Todd Carty are also back on the show and likely to bring a little light humour into the mix as their skating skills certainly left a lot to be desired in their previous appearances.

Gareth Gates, Bonnie Tyler, Zarrah Abrahams, and Gary Lucy also join the line up which is then completed by former England goalie David Seaman who is back and dancing with his fiancée, pro skater Frankie Poultney, whom he met at the 2008 Dancing on Ice tour.

The ones to watch this year will be Ray Quinn who is being touted as favourite as well as Hayley Tamaddon and Sam Attwater who is also dancing with his fiancée, Vickey Ogden.

Last night’s show got underway in grand style with half of the celebrities performing. It was business as usual for bickering judges Karen Barber and Jason Gardiner who were again teamed with Robin Cousins and Ashley Roberts on the panel. In an immediate twist, two celebrities were to go home following the results show - before even all fourteen had performed. Jorgie Porter and Sylvain Longchambon were immediately eliminated. It was not surprising. Their partnership was doomed and the atmosphere seemed frosty between them. In the end joining Jorgie was Joe Pasquale who was voted out after a skate off against Bonnie Tyler who had a last minute pro partner change after her original partner Mark Hanretty injured his shoulder for a second time in almost a year.

The remaining seven celebrities perform next week. If you want to follow the action the show will air every Sunday evening on ITV1 with the results show later the same evening. Contestants will be eliminated each week until the grand final in which someone will be crowned ultimate champion. The final Dancing on Ice tour then kicks off in March 2014.

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