A look back at Musicals Week, in which: Saara Aalto skated and sang; James Jordan experienced his first stumble as an otherwise fantastic Phantom; Wes Nelson topped the leaderboard; the ice really hit the fan when Gemma Collins clashed with Jason Gardiner; and the second celeb was sent home…
“I just feel more confident skating when I’m singing it,” Saara explained.
And her efforts saw her score an impressive 26. Perhaps Westlife star Brian McFadden should start singing his songs before he dances too (and not drop his partner, maybe).
James Jordan slips up after a Phan-tastic performance
James Jordan wowed the judges in week one, earning the highest score ever for an opening performance.
And it looked as if he would continue the trend when he confidently took to the ice as the Phantom of the Opera – donning a glittery mask and waving a cape around, the Strictly star looked set to take top marks once again.
But in the final moments of the routine, James found himself stumbling on the ice…
And Love Island’s finest came out in force to support the series four runner-up, with last year’s love-rat Adam Collard sat in the audience, alongside series three favourite Montana Brown.
But Megan Barton-Hanson, Wes’s Love Island girlfriend, evidently chose to sit this show out, and was noticeably absent from the studio audience after feuding with Wes’s partner Vanessa.
Gemma v Jason
There was always the potential for things to get a little bit frosty between Gemma Collins and some of her Do I co-stars at the end of a week in which she was called “unprofessional” by hosts Holly and Phil – following reports that she had left the last show early because she was bored – and been lambasted as “lazy” by judge Jason Gardiner in a tabloid interview.
And after her frankly underwhelming skate as Marilyn Monroe to Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend, things kicked off…
But it was Jayne Torvill who had the final say, with the Olympic skater choosing to save Saira.
Richard was left visibly emotional, explaining he was “disappointed” to have been voted off.
Brian McFadden laughed through the pain, Melody Thornton wowed the judges (except Jason, obviously) and we said goodbye to Mark Little.
Brian McFadden cracked us up
Brian McFadden may have partially dislocated his shoulder the day before he took to the ice (with many of us wondering whether he will even be able to skate on the live shows), but the Westlife singer didn’t lose his sense of humour about the whole thing.
In these legendary scenes, he compared falling over in front of Torvill and Dean to his “two divorces”…
Turning up late to the first rehearsal (unapologetically holding a coffee, iconic) she told her fellow skaters she was “The GC, remember?” – which we all loved, naturally – before throwing herself into rehearsals.
High/low points included him sniping at Coronation Street star Jane Danson’s performance to Vic Damone’s On the Street Where You Live (“If you’d done that on my street, I’d have called the council”), and turning his nose up at the first group dance (“You should have just stayed on the podium”).
Despite being a self-confessed Grease fan who’d previously told us he wore out his VHS tape of the film as a kid, even Didi Conn wasn’t safe from Jason’s putdowns, as he told her after her shaky first routine, “Didi, I feel Conned.”
Didi Conn’s Frenchy Fancy
It seems Grease Is the Word (and will probably be the only word) for Didi Conn, with the 67-year-old including references to the movie as possible in her first performance.
She danced (rather shakily, but she is one of this year’s older contestants, so have a heart) to Grease’s We Go Together in her original Frenchy jacket – complete with a real life Grease mustard stain.
But despite her best efforts, she only scored a measly 14.5 from the judges, leaving her second from bottom of the leaderboard.
We can’t wait to see what other Grease tidbits Didi will pull out of the bag if she gets any further in the competition – Olivia Newton John and John Travolta in the front row perhaps? A girl can dream.
Was James Jordan a little too good?
When we spoke to James Jordan ahead of his Dancing on Ice debut, he said his training as a professional dancer had no bearing on how good he would be on the ice – in fact, as all his moves had been inverted, it actually made things more difficult.
But that doesn’t seem to have been Strictly (sorry) true, judging by his dapper performance on Sunday night, which saw him score an eye-watering 30.5 – the highest score they’ve ever had in week 1.
His natural ability on the ice should easily make him one of the show’s frontrunners, but already there’s a Twitter storm brewing over whether James should be allowed to take part considering he’s already a professional dancer.
It was the moment we’ve literally all been waiting for – Gemma Collins actually ice-skated.
We were doubtful as a nation that notorious walker Collins would make it onto the ice, with even Phillip Schofield expressing his concern about one of the show’s star signings.
But Gemma made us all eat our words with her already iconic performance to Beyonce’s Crazy in Love, which involved hair flips, the splits and a stumble (even if it was described by Jason Gardiner as “like a French and Saunders parody”).