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'Dancing on Ice' week one - live blog

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Dancing on Ice returns to help you shake off those January blues, and a brand new crop of celebrities are putting their skates on - literally - in order to reign supreme on the rink.

But one famous face will have to suffer the shame of leaving before they've barely begun - who will it be? Stay with Digital Spy as we track all the moves they make - and see whether Jason and Karen come to blows again...

Dancing on Ice lineup

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20:58So, Pammy's out, Chegwin lives to skate another day and Jason didn't make anyone cry. That basically sums up the first episode of DOI. Leave your comments about tonight's show below and join us next week for more thrills, spills and - hopefully - minor injuries... Goodnight, all!


20:57Well, this is like Ella Henderson's exit all over again. But not really.


20:55Right, I need to get my knife and fork out and get chewing. The biggest star on the show this year has left already... in place of Cheggers!


20:53It's wobbly and a bit naff, and Pamela nearly suffered an extreme wardrobe malfunction at the end, but I'll eat my hat, shoes and jumper if she doesn't go through...


20:51Keith attempts to do broody and intense while flapping his arms about like an ostrich to a piece of music which is so overtly grand for this programme it's making me laugh like a good 'un.


20:49Matt describes Dancing on Ice as 'the ultimate reality show in the UK'. I don't even know where to start with that statement...


20:48So Pamela and Keith are in the skate-off. Oh dear. I think we all know what this means... It'll be back to paying £7.50 at the local rink for Chegwin next week.


20:47Lastly, Samia is through!


20:47The second safe is Beth, and the third is Matt (no surprises there).


20:46So, after a painfully long ad break, we're back on the ice! And the first through is... Shayne!


20:38Christopher Dean describes this evening as the best start to a series ever. That definitely loses its importance and gravitas when everyone on every single reality show ever without fail says that at the start of every series. Yawn.


20:36The main buzz that Keith appears to have got from this evening is having a go on an ice rink without having to pay for it. If that's the highlight for him, finances must be tight chez Chegwin.


20:35Helpfully, Christine informs us to call 'the long number' from a landline and 'the short number' from a mobile to vote. Essentially a patronizing way to talk to the people who obviously struggle to understand what a phone is.


20:32Anyway, back to the celebrities that weren't quite famous enough to star on Strictly, but are a bit too good to eat kangaroo anus Down Under...


20:31ITV2's Fake Reaction looks like a bundle of fun, eh what...


20:30Welcome back, everyone! Thanks for returning for more punishment - I mean, rinkside fun! This series may have only been on telly for approximately three seconds, but it's already time for one celebrity to hang up their skates and spend the next umpteen weeks laughing all the way to the bank...


19:46Well, thanks for joining Digital Spy! If you can take the unrivaled excitement, come back at 8.30pm for the skate-off! Bleakley said it's going to be better than ever, so, you know, it must be good...


19:44If you do want to, though, make it a vote for Chegwin. If he leaves next week, he will probably end up at The Priory for post-traumatic stress. Remember, folks, this is HIS DREAM and the only naff reality show he's ever wanted to do...


19:44So, who are you going to vote for? No-one? Thought not. Dead certs for next week are probably Beth and Matt, and hopefully Cheggers for lolability.


19:39I don't know about you, but after all that, I'm absolutely gutted no-one has fallen over tonight. What's that about? In the earlier series, at least a few bumbling middle-aged man types would land flat on their tush. They seem to put months of practice in these days and avoid the bum-bruises. Sadly.


19:36More Emeli Sandé filling up the telly as Pammy dances to 'Read All About It'. Haven't heard from her for about five minutes and was starting to worry. Phew, panic over. Situation normal.


19:34Pamela Anderson's schedule is seemingly too busy to be in the UK. Is she? Really? Or could she just not be arsed to move? I know what my money's on...


19:33Arguably one of the most famous mugs this series is Pamela Anderson, who seems to be filling her time these days doing the reality rounds. CBB, Dancing with the Stars... But instead of DOI, surely she'd have been more suited to the already much-maligned Splash!?


19:27It can't be doing much for morale for Karen to know she's only really, let's be honest, back on the panel because Jason's been wooed back.


19:25And he's also borrowed Pamela's Baywatch swimsuit. Lovely jubbly!


19:23Elasticated faux-leather trousers are so de rigeur... Nice.


19:23Apparently 5.5 million votes were cast for Shayne to win The X Factor. Proof that mega numbers like that count for absolutely naff all in the long run.


19:22And Shayne is with pro Maria - one of the very, very few skaters who is vaguely recognisable.


19:21Floptastic X Factor winner Shayne Ward is wobbling about, now. Avert your eyes, James Arthur, here is your future...


19:17Well, that's what we can look forward to from the second half next week, then. Mumbling Welshman Gareth Thomas, Tena Lady-wearing Joe Pasquale and totes nerves Lauren Goodger. If you didn't want to tune in next week before - you almost certainly won't now!


19:15Woah, blimey, what has that woman done with Anthea Turner?


19:15And here's an utterly thrilling and compeling montage of what we can expect from next week's contestants, including Joe Pasquale claiming he doesn't want to be the joke act this year. Hmm. Good luck with that!


19:13Oh no, Matt is bringing out the Maloney big guns with the "As long as I've made my nan happy" line. No, please, make it stop!!


19:12Good to see that Jason's hair transplant has managed to last this far. Not so good that there's an incredibly defined line on the side of his head. You'd think if you'd as paid as much for it as he had you'd get that sorted...


19:11Topping the board so far, including the oddly-hard-to-please Ashley, Matt could well be a contender.


19:10Meanwhile, skating partner Brianne seems to have forgotten to slap fake tan in her armpits. Well, why would you really?


19:09For some inexplicable reason, Matt just reminds me of a generic annoying bloke in sixth form. There is always one, and they look just like that.


19:06Next up is ear of rings, hair of wax, ex-EastEnder lad Matt Lapinskas. Unless you watch 'Enders, which I don't, you probably won't have the utter faintest who he is. And, for that matter, you probably won't care...


19:00Within 45 minutes, Jason has already earned his paypacket for the whole series in my eyes.


18:59Jason was "bored to Beth" by Tweddle's performance, saying it was "robotic" and asking for more fluidity. It was almost a repeat of his 'faecal matter that won't flush' comment with Sharron Davies. But, sadly, not quite.


18:57Beth is, obviously, brilliant. She looks like she's been skating for yonks, and if her personality can come across over the weeks through the telly screen she could have a real chance of winning.


18:55Up next is Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle. She seems like a lovely lass, and it's no wonder that she's already being tipped for DOI victory. But you can't help but feel that the BBC cleaned up with the A-list Olympians with Pendleton and Smith.


18:53That Schofield is a cheeky one. Not content with causing one of 2012's biggest TV hoo-hahs on This Morning, he's now antagonising the Jason/Karen situation and fanning the flames of hatred. Keep fanning, Pip, we need some controversy!


18:48And Keith apparently can't stop smiling because he's "so happy" to be here, revealing that he turned down every other reality show because he was so desperate to do this. Can some big-shot telly people please employ him? Please? Or maybe we should all text a £5 donation to Keith if he needs the money?


18:45Jason Gardiner describes Keith as "an egg"; maybe because his head looks like a hard-boiled oeuf with a bit of fuzz on top.


18:44For some of those taking part in this, Dancing on Ice will be the little bits of splinters at the bottom of the barrel. At least for Mr Chegwin, he's already been way, way, below this. See C5's Naked Jungle for evidence.


18:42Keith's dancing to 'Things Can Only Get Better' (well, if it worked for the Labour party...) like a smiley, confused old man.


18:41Good old Cheggers. So eager was Keith (read: had nothing else to do) to take part in DOI, he's back this year. He's certainly determined. Well, determined to get paid anyway.


18:40Hooray! Up next is clumsy wotsit Keith Chegwin, who says Dancing on Ice was 'the only show he wanted to do'.


18:38Does anyone know what Continental Winter Tyres are doing sponsoring this thing? Very strange.


18:34Philip's straight in there with the "chemistry" between Samia and buff, flicky-haired Sylvain. Neither are biting. Rubbish!


18:32It's good to see ITV doing something different. Emma Bunton - the blonde girl group member who could dance a bit but knew nothing about skating - has been replaced by Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts. Nuff said.


18:31Jason revels in dishing out a 3.5 to Samia, and the others are pretty middling in the voting. The crowd boo. It's like it's never been away!


18:29With speculation rife (and absolutely not in any attempt to boost ratings) it's fun to play the whole 'are they, aren't they' game during that. 'Ooh, Sylvain touched her bum' etc etc


18:28So up first is Samia Ghadie who says that the pressure is "not easy", down to the fact that she's been tabloid fodder all week in regards to her and Sylvain's supposed relationship. If it's that hard, dear, I'd suggest asking the producers not to stir. But, hey, that's not going to happen!


18:25The judges are now being wheeled out, and obviously the best news is that flatcap-wearing, bitchy judge-bot Jason Gardiner is BACK. Thank goodness, because quite frankly, the show has been dire without him.


18:23Anyway, here's Pip and Christine. Hopefully Philip hasn't turned up to the studio with a list of alleged paedophiles written down ready to spring upon someone...


18:22Well, I think you'll agree, that was an utter whirlwind. Normally the series's intake are wheeled out at a neat pace, but that was mad!


18:22Meanwhile, enter left, 'Ice Royalty' Torvill and Dean - a couple old enough to be your parents but managing to show up those half their age. Bravo.


18:21Whoa, this lot are being rattled through faster than my fingers can move, so I won't even attempt to list them all. We will return to this, later, I assure you.


18:19This series is kicking off with a very moody and ridiculously OTT black and white sweeping shot of the celebrities who are daft, and maybe desperate, enough to take part in this totally cheesetastic annual shindig.


18:17Good evening Dancing on Ice fans! Welcome to Digital Spy's blog...

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