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What The Judges Said: 'Dancing On Ice' Week Nine

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The final six celebrities took to the ice last night for the first ever group battle as well as their usual individual performances. Keep reading for Jason Gardiner, Robin Cousins and Emma Bunton's verdicts on their routines:



Denise Welch: 'Alone'

Jason: (5) "It was a marked improvement on last week. What it shows is that you are better, as we all say, at the slower stuff. For me though, it was a bit like watching two people play Twister. It was like Matt did a position then assisted you into another position. There was no flow for me."
Robin: (5) "You're in your comfort zone in the slow routine. It was great that with the lift you took it to the next level."
Emma: (5) "I found tonight that some of your transitions out of your lifts were a little bit messy, but I don't want to even look at that because the thing which I love about you is that most people find the slower numbers much harder, but somehow you bring real control to it. You bring real calmness to the performance and that's what I love about you."
Total: 15



Jeff Brazier: 'Hit The Road Jack'

Jason: (7) "It played to your strengths, but for me you needed more groove in your move. There were some musicality difficulties for me."
Robin: (7.5) "I tend not to agree with Jason entirely. I feel because you are given more difficult stuff that is why you are not connecting with it as much. I saw an all-round performance tonight and you did a really good job."
Emma: (8) "I loved seeing another side to the smiley Jeff tonight. You were strong and passionate, you really worked on that character and you are doing wonderful things."

Total: 22.5



Sam Attwater: 'Crazy Love'

Jason: (8.5) "That was a little bit controversial what we just learnt then Jayne. Thanks for that little insightful information [Jayne revealed they lost a move from the choreography in the week]. I think if you're set stuff, obviously Jayne and Chris are giving them stuff and pushing them so we get to see more from them, but I do think you should give it your best shot to give it a go... that said, I thought there were lovely tender moments throughout that routine. It was a very, very graceful, very, very elegant performance. Again, as you've highlighted, there was trouble in the rotating lift especially coming down out of that. But what's lovely about you, Sam, is that you still retain your masculinity in the more romantic numbers."
Robin: (8.5) "You don't need all the bells and whistles to be good at what you do. But what you have to do is allow yourself to take the time it needs. What I felt tonight was I could see you trying to make it right rather than doing what you do everyday and let it happen, and be right. For me, yes it was a slower number, the quality of your skating is brilliant, you're lovely, you're very much in control with Brianne, but I saw you working at it for the first time in a few weeks and that made a difference for me."
Emma: (8.5) "I feel awful saying this because you are brilliant and you always have so much control over your routines, but I didn't believe your performance tonight. I really didn't. It kind of lost heart for me and now because you are so good of course we are always looking for that extra sparkle in your routine and it wasn't there for me tonight."

Total: 25.5



Chloe Madeley: 'Empire State Of Mind'

Jason: (8.5) "For me, this was you on your best form. That opening lift sequence was stunning, so well done."
Robin: (9) "Every week you come out here and you amaze me, and from a choreography point of view - and Chris can correct me if I'm wrong - but that has to be one of the most difficult routines that any female celebrity has had in six years of this show. The fact that you come with no preconceived ideas, you're not a dancer, you're not a singer, you're not an actress, you are such a blank canvas, which is the best thing you can be for those two people standing next to you and tonight it came together and was brilliant."
Emma: (9) "Every week you bring something special to your performance. You are trying something different every week."

Total: 26.5



Johnson Beharry: 'You Are So Beautiful'

Jason: (5.5) "That lift is very difficult, it was very smooth across the ice. Strangely it was quite beautiful."
Robin: (6) "Terrific performance. So lovely to see you so relaxed and comfortable. I wasn't expecting to see any lifts from you. It looked lovely. Sweet performance, congratulations."
Emma: (6) "A very, very sweet performance. What I love is you are pushing yourself through your comfort zone every week and the lift was beautiful and I really felt a lovely connection with you tonight."

Total: 17.5



Laura Hamilton: 'I'm So Excited'

Jason: (9.5) "Wow, you two are unbelievable to watch. It was fast, it was furious. I just want to urge people at home, I want them to vote for you as you are brilliant."
Robin: (9.5) "I second that. A lot of detail that people may not be looking at at home. You absolutely nailed every move."
Emma: (9.5) "I still can't believe you were in the skate-off last week. You are brilliant and it wouldn't be the same without you."

Total: 28.5

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