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Celebs get their skates on for an icy encounter

January 15, 2006
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Ten of Britain's favourite celebs put their careers on ice when they jumped, floated and pirouetted their way into prime time at the weekend. Dancer Bonnie Langford and former England goalkeeper David Seaman were among the famous faces vying for glory as the reality show Dancing On Ice made its debut on Saturday night.

It would be fair to say the public's response to the competition was anything but frosty. Over 11 million viewers tuned in to see the contestants show off their skating skills. And there can be little doubt about the competitors' dedication to their choreographies as several of them have suffered injuries during training.

GMTV weathergirl Andrea McLean broke a rib shaking her booty to Beyonce's hit single Crazy In Love, while Olympic golden girl Kelly Holmes hurt her knees as she danced to Britney Spears' Hit Me Baby One More Time.

Eagle-eyed viewers may have noticed Andi Peters was sporting a wrist brace when he took to the rink, but the children's TV presenter confessed the injury was not the result of attempting anything particularly spectacular. "People ask me what I was doing, was it a triple backward pirouette that did the damage?" he explained. "No, I was just walking on ice – believe me, that's bad enough."

Among the other celebs receiving expert training from former Olympic champions Torvill and Dean are Coronation Street's Sean Wilson and The Bill's Stefan Booth. And although It girl Tamara Beckwith might be feeling a little disappointed after becoming the first person to be voted off the show, she can take comfort from the fact she's escaped the cuts and bruises suffered by some of her costars.

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David Seaman made sure there were no slip ups when he made his debut performance. The former England goalkeeper showed his talents were not limited to preventing goals when he sailed into the competitionPhoto: © Rex
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Bonnie Langford gets off to a flying start on Saturday night. The dancer is hoping to be crowned ice queen when the competition comes to an endPhoto: © Rex

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