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Denise skates off Dancing on Ice

Loose Women host and actress Denise Welch bowed out of Dancing on Ice joking that she was "knackered" but had "the most wonderful time".

Welch (52) and her partner Matt Evers went head to head with Victoria Cross hero Johnson Beharry in the skate-off of the ITV show last night.

Both contenders put in clean performances, but judges Jason Gardiner, Robin Cousins and former Spice Girl Emma Bunton all opted to save Beharry and his partner Jodeyne Higgins.

As the result was declared, host Phillip Schofield said: "You've been such fun, we've loved having you here."

Welch took her defeat with a smile, saying: "Thank you to the best bunch of pals anyone could have had to see us through this.



Wonderful

"I never in a million years thought I would get to this stage. I'm knackered, I've had the most wonderful time and I'm going on the tour so you haven't seen the last of me yet."

The night saw the remaining six contenders split into two teams and complete two group performances judged by the panel, with the winning three doubling their scores on the leaderboard.

Nickelodeon presenter Laura Hamilton captained Welch and presenter Jeff Brazier to victory, skating to Status Quo's Rockin' All Over The World.

Former EastEnders actor Sam Attwater's team, comprising Beharry and presenter Chloe Madeley were left relying on audience votes following their routine to the Scissor Sisters' hit, I Don't Feel Like Dancin'.

Welch initially notched up 15 points, the lowest score of the night, for her slow number to Heart's Alone.

Welch put her head in her hands after her partner, actor Tim Healy, marched up to Gardiner and said: "She's 52 and she's got four jobs."

The judge promptly made an off the cuff comment about his breath.

Hamilton, meanwhile, bounced back from last week's skate-off to achieve the highest score of the series with 28.5 points with a routine to The Pointer Sisters' I'm So Excited.

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