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Dancing On Ice‘s Phillip Schofield has confirmed that the dreaded skate-off has been scrapped this week.

It was previously said that bosses of the ITV dance contest were reportedly hoping that the huge formatting shake-up will ramp up the pressure on the celebrities. 

And on Sunday’s show, the host warned that ‘there are no second chances’ for the celebrities as those with the lowest judges scores and viewer votes combined will go straight out of the competition.

It's official! Dancing On Ice's Phillip Schofield has confirmed that the dreaded skate-off has been scrapped this week

It’s official! Dancing On Ice’s Phillip Schofield has confirmed that the dreaded skate-off has been scrapped this week

While Holly branded the move ‘brutal’ for the contestants, Phil shared: ‘More than ever, they will be hoping to bring the house down as tonight, there are no second chances.

‘We’ll combine the judges scores with your vote and then the lowest placed couple will go straight out of the competition.’

He added: ‘For one week only…there’s no skate off to save them!’

Following the announcement, viewers of the ITV show were quick to take to Twitter to share their reaction.

No second chances: It was previously said that bosses of the ITV dance contest were reportedly hoping that the huge formatting shake-up will ramp up the pressure on the celebrities

No second chances: It was previously said that bosses of the ITV dance contest were reportedly hoping that the huge formatting shake-up will ramp up the pressure on the celebrities

One person shared: ‘I’m annoyed by the lack of a skate off tonight I always love to see what songs the couples get/choose for the skate off routines.’

‘Is there a reason why the skate off has been scrapped?’ questioned a second person.

A third watcher fumed: ‘No skate off. No point.’

Tough: on Sunday's show, the host warned that 'there are no second chances' for the celebrities as those with the lowest judges scores and viewer vote combined will go straight out of the competition

Tough: on Sunday’s show, the host warned that ‘there are no second chances’ for the celebrities as those with the lowest judges scores and viewer vote combined will go straight out of the competition

Battle: While Holly branded the move 'brutal' for the contestants, Phil shared: 'More than ever, they will be hoping to bring the house down as tonight, there are no second chances'

Battle: While Holly branded the move ‘brutal’ for the contestants, Phil shared: ‘More than ever, they will be hoping to bring the house down as tonight, there are no second chances’

‘It’s the 2nd week not having a skate off in the 2nd week is ridiculous,’ commented a fourth.

While another remarked: ‘It’s brutal there’s no skate off.’

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Meanwhile, Ekin-Su Culculoglu will dress as Maria von Trapp on Sunday’s Dancing On Ice after a risque see-through catsuit prompted more than 100 Ofcom complaints in the opening show a fortnight ago. 

The Love Island winner, 28, will cover up as the character from the 1965 classic film The Sound of Music as she attempts to stay in the competition.

Reaction: Following the announcement, viewers of the ITV show were quick to take to Twitter to share their reaction

Reaction: Following the announcement, viewers of the ITV show were quick to take to Twitter to share their reaction

Ekin-Su will wear a blouse that comes up to her neck, with a bodice over the top which will ensure that little skin is seen. 

It isn’t known whether she is teaming it with a short or long skirt but she will also hide her long brunette hair with a wig so she can emulate the movie nun’s blonde crop for her performance to the movie’s Do-Re-Mi as part of the musicals-themed show.

The Turkish beauty, who is dating fellow Love Island star Davide Sanclimenti, said of Sunday night’s outfit and routine: ‘Whoever you see in the performance, whether I’m playing Britney Spears or Maria from The Sound of Music, I will be that person.

‘With Britney, I was having fun with it, I couldn’t have performed it better in my opinion. I don’t regret it. 

‘This time I’ll be playing a character from The Sound of Music and I’ll be how she is supposed to be. 

Modest: Ekin-Su Culculoglu will dress as Maria von Trapp on Sunday's Dancing On Ice after a risque see-through catsuit prompted more than 100 Ofcom complaints

Modest: Ekin-Su Culculoglu will dress as Maria von Trapp on Sunday’s Dancing On Ice after a risque see-through catsuit prompted more than 100 Ofcom complaints

Complaints: It comes after after a risque see-through catsuit prompted more than 100 Ofcom complaints in the opening show a fortnight ago

Complaints: It comes after after a risque see-through catsuit prompted more than 100 Ofcom complaints in the opening show a fortnight ago 

Change of look: The Love Island winner, 28, will cover up as the character from the 1965 classic film The Sound of Music as she attempts to stay in the competition (Julie Andrews pictured in the 1965 film)

Change of look: The Love Island winner, 28, will cover up as the character from the 1965 classic film The Sound of Music as she attempts to stay in the competition (Julie Andrews pictured in the 1965 film)

‘People forget I’m an actress. If I was asked to play Henry VIII on ice, I’d do it.’

Her look is a stark contrast to two weeks ago when she left Dancing On Ice viewers stunned with a diamond-encrusted, nude body stocking which she wore to dance to Britney Spears hit song, Toxic.

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As part of her routine, Ekin-Su was seen crawling along the ice alongside her dance partner Brendyn Hatfield which led to 112 compaints to television regulator Ofcom who insisted the catsuit was ‘too sexy’ to be worn before the watershed on a family show. The organisation has not yet decided whether they will investigate. 

Ekin-Su said: 'Whoever you see in the performance, whether I'm playing Britney Spears or Maria from The Sound of Music, I will be that person'

Ekin-Su said: ‘Whoever you see in the performance, whether I’m playing Britney Spears or Maria from The Sound of Music, I will be that person’

It comes after John Fashanu became the first star on the line-up to be eliminated from the ITV series last week.

After the five celebrities performed during week two, it was revealed John would face Ekin-Su in the skate off, with both couples performing new routines.

Judges Ashley Banjo, Oti Mabuse, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean were all in agreement and voted for Ekin-Su to stay in the competition as she included ‘more technical skating in he routine’. 

Gutting! It comes after John Fashanu became the first star on the line-up to be eliminated from the ITV series last week

Gutting! It comes after John Fashanu became the first star on the line-up to be eliminated from the ITV series last week

Skate off: After the five celebrities performed during week two, it was revealed John would face Ekin-Su in the skate off, with both couples performing new routines

Skate off: After the five celebrities performed during week two, it was revealed John would face Ekin-Su in the skate off, with both couples performing new routines

DANCING ON ICE 2023: MEET THE CONTESTANTS

PATSY PALMER 

AGE: 50

PROFESSION: Actress and DJ

WHAT DID THEY SAY?:  ‘I’ve turned it down before because I was terrified, but when I turned 50 I made a pact to get out of my confront zone. ‘

EKIN-SU CULCULOGLU

AGE: 28

PROFESSION: Love Island star 

WHAT DID THEY SAY?:  ‘I’ve got some amazing news to tell you. I’m so excited, I can’t wait to get myself on the ice and skate. Stay tuned and see you on the ice.’

 MOLLIE GALLAGHER 

AGE: 24

PROFESSION: Actress

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve not got the best coordination so when people find out they will laugh, but I don’t want to spend my life saying “I can’t do this, I can’t do that.”

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JOEY ESSEX

AGE: 32 

PROFESSION: Ex TOWIE star

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’m so excited. I wanted something in my life with structure and it’s more serious than what I usually do.’

 CARLEY STENSON

AGE: 36

PROFESSION: Actress and West End star

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’m so excited that I get to learn how to dance…on ice! I’m terrified but can’t wait – I just want to make the most of this whole experience.’

SIVA KANESWARAN

AGE: 33

PROFESSION: Singer

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I want to learn how to skate and make my family proud of me and put on a show for everyone to see.’

 JOHN FASHANU 

AGE: 60

PROFESSION: Former footballer and pundit 

WHAT DID THEY SAY?:  ‘I am definitely in it to win it.And this may be one of the scariest things I’ve ever signed up for but I couldn’t be more ready for the challenge!’

NILE WILSON

AGE: 26

PROFESSION: Olympic gymnast 

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve not done much ice-skating but I am so excited for the opportunity. I’m so excited to get into that routine and to feel like an athlete again.’

 JAMES LEE WILLIAM AKA THE VIVIENNE 

AGE: 29

PROFESSION: Drag queen

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘To be the first drag artist to take part in one of the big UK reality competition shows is an honour and a big step forward for queer representation on TV.’

  DARREN HARRIOT 

PROFESSION: Comedian 

AGE: 34 

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve got giant feet, I don’t skate and I can’t danceMy family has already made bets – they’re making bets that I’ll fall on the first episode!’ 

 MICHELLE HEATON

AGE: 43

PROFESSION: Singer

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve always wanted to do it but I know I would never have been able to complete anything because of the way I was 18 months ago, so I’m really truly grateful that I’ve got it this year when I’m a lot stronger.’

 

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