Model and actor axed from 'Dancing on Ice'

Model Elen Rivas and former Neighbours actor Craig McLachlan have skated off this year’s 'Dancing on Ice' competition.

Model Elen Rivas and former Neighbours actor Craig McLachlan have skated off this year’s 'Dancing on Ice' competition.

The pair did not win enough votes from the audience to proceed to the final 12 selected to take part in the ITV show.

They had faced a skate-off with actress Jennifer Metcalfe after each dancing a routine in a bid to impress both the television viewers and judging panel last night.

TV presenters Angela Rippon and Nadia Sawalha were voted out after last week’s first qualifying round.

Rivas, who has two children with footballer Frank Lampard, scored 11 out of 30 for her routine to Sade’s 'Your Love is King' and stuck out her tongue when she learned the judges had not awarded her more points.

Judge Robin Cousins told her she had been “a bit staccato” while gracing the ice with professional dance partner Lukasz Rozycki, with former Spice Girl Emma Bunton agreeing that she “looked uncomfortable”.

Before learning she had been voted off, Rivas said she wanted to make her little girls proud of her and added: “If I go out now, I would be totally devastated. I would cry.”

She said she was “gutted” after discovering her fate.

McLachlan, best known for playing Henry Ramsay in the popular soap opera, danced to the Rolling Stones’ 'Sympathy For the Devil' and was praised by the judges for having “great charisma”.

The Australian took the news of his departure from the show well, saying: “The good news is, there’s a six-foot swell coming in at Bondi, there’s a new board waiting for me...

“But seriously, I’ve had the best time with this bunch over here.”

'Hollyoaks' actress Metcalfe danced to Madonna’s 'Crazy For You' and won 12 points despite slipping at one point while being lifted. She looked relieved to be voted through to the start of the competition.

The others joining her include Radio One presenter “Comedy” Dave Vitty who was first to learn he had been successful. After earning 11 points for his robotic dance sequence, he said: “I look like an idiot. I’ve never breathed in for so hard and for so long.”

Model and presenter Chloe Madeley was cheered on by parents Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan to also win a place in the final 12 after dancing to Pixie Lott’s 'Mama Do' in a hot-pink outfit.

She scored a respectable 16 and was told by Bunton: “Technically, you’ve got it.”

Madeley said of her score: “I’m really, really happy. It’s really nerve-wracking to have your family watching you.”

'EastEnders' actor Sam Attwater, former cricketer Dominic Cork and Loose Women host Denise Welch will also skate next week after impressing on the ice.

They join former 'Coronation Street' actor Steven Arnold, Victoria Cross hero Johnson Beharry, Nickelodeon presenter Laura Hamilton, reality TV star Kerry Katona, presenter Jeff Brazier and singer Vanilla Ice, who all skated last week, in the final 12.

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