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Dancing On Ice: Faye Brookes opens musicals week with a bang as she wins a respectable 29 points

Week three of Dancing On Ice saw the celebrities don their best costumes in celebration of Musicals Week.

And kicking off the proceedings was former Coronation Street star Faye Brookes, who dazzled with a Mary Poppins routine to the song Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

The actress, who joked she ‘forgot to breathe’ during the performance, scored an impressive 29 points, however, she failed to match her record breaking debut score,

What a start! Faye Brookes opened musicals week with a bang as she won a respectable 29 points after Mary Poppins inspired skate

In honour of Musicals Week, host and former West End star Phillip Schofield donned his famous coat of many colours from his stint as Joseph in the show Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

The noted that he and Jason Donovon – who also starred in the musical – would both be wearing their matching coats, however, he was left disappointed as the Australian star rocked up in an elaborate costume from Priscilla Queen Of The Desert.

Meanwhile, judge John Barrowman started proceedings with a fabulous performance as all of the skaters and their partners took to the ice.  

Faye took to the ice first and speaking following her routine, she said : ‘I forgot to breathe!’ She added: ‘This is my world, I’m thrilled and what an iconic character. It’s been amazing.’

Look at her go: Up next was Rebekah Vardy and partner Andy, who performed the song Let's Face The Music and Dance from Follow The Fleet

Look at her go: Up next was Rebekah Vardy and partner Andy, who performed the song Let’s Face The Music and Dance from Follow The Fleet

Commenting on her performance, Christopher Dean said: ‘[her score] could have been higher. You were a little bit careful, but it went a bit slower.’

Though he added that her judges challenge element and her spin were ‘excellent.’  

John Barrowman agreed with Chris, adding: ‘When the tempo of the song changed, you should have gone with it and I felt you stepped back.’

Jane Torvill remarked she wanted : ‘More energy and speed over the ice’, while Ashley Banjo commented: ‘A little safe, less content, but beautifully presented.’

Casual: In honour of Musicals Week, host and former West End star Phillip Schofield donned his famous coat of many colours from his stint as Joseph in the show Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Casual: In honour of Musicals Week, host and former West End star Phillip Schofield donned his famous coat of many colours from his stint as Joseph in the show Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Dressed up: The noted that he and Jason Donovon - who also starred in the musical - would both be wearing their matching coats

Dressed up: The noted that he and Jason Donovon – who also starred in the musical – would both be wearing their matching coats

Didn't get the memo: However, he was left disappointed as the Australian star rocked up in an elaborate costume from Priscilla Queen Of The Desert

Didn’t get the memo: However, he was left disappointed as the Australian star rocked up in an elaborate costume from Priscilla Queen Of The Desert

Up next was Rebekah Vardy and partner Andy, who performed the song Let’s Face The Music and Dance from Follow The Fleet.

Rebekah, clad in a blonde wig, remarked she was under ‘unbelievable pressure’ as Torvill and Dean had previously performed to that song, but added: ‘We had so much fun and I hope that showed.’ 

Dancing On Ice has been thrown into chaos in recent days after three celebrities were forced to pull out of this weekend’s live show. 

Although two of the three celebrities are likely to return after a week off the ice, show bosses are said to be ‘preparing for every possible outcome.’

It’s thought that two of the three absentee stars will return: Rufus Hound, 41, is self-isolating after coming into contact with coronavirus, while Billie Faiers, 31, is taking the week off to grieve the loss of her grandmother Wendy.

Chaos! Denise Van Outen, 46, was forced to pull out of the show completely after fracturing her shoulder during training (pictured with pro skater Matt Evers)

Chaos! Denise Van Outen, 46, was forced to pull out of the show completely after fracturing her shoulder during training (pictured with pro skater Matt Evers)

No stopping! Rufus Hound, 41, will miss this week's show as he's told to isolate after coming into contact with coronavirus (pictured with pro skater Robin Johnstone)

No stopping! Rufus Hound, 41, will miss this week’s show as he’s told to isolate after coming into contact with coronavirus (pictured with pro skater Robin Johnstone)

They'll be back: Billie Faiers, 31, is also taking the week off to grieve the loss of her grandmother after she passed away earlier this week

They’ll be back: Billie Faiers, 31, is also taking the week off to grieve the loss of her grandmother after she passed away earlier this week

Denise Van Outen, 46, however, who was skating with pro Matt Evers, 44, has permanently pulled out of the show after dislocating her shoulder. 

She has been replaced by gymnast Amy Tinkler, 21, who will skate with pro Joe Johnson this Sunday 

It’s also been claimed that producers are ready to call on stand-in Matt Richardson, 29, if anyone else should permanently drop out. 

A source told The Sun: ‘The trio of absences have caused major headaches. Bosses have to fill two hours in prime time. 

‘They thought the biggest hurdle would be getting the programme on air, but they couldn’t have foreseen coronavirus causing a contestant to drop out at the same time that two other stars left due to an injury and a bereavement. 

‘With such a run of bad luck, they’re preparing for every possible outcome. They’re taking nothing for granted.’ 


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