Andy Akinwolere first off Dancing On Ice

Andy Akinwolere was the first person to leave 'Dancing on Ice' after losing the skate off to Heidi Range last night (08.01.12)

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Andy Akinwolere was the first person to leave 'Dancing on Ice' last night (08.01.12).

The former 'Blue Peter' presenter was "gutted" after he and professional partner Maria Filipov were voted off the show after competing in a skate-off against Sugababes singer Heidi Range and her partner Lipanov.

He said afterwards: "I'm gutted. We put so much into that but it wasn't our day, so it's cool."

Andy's appearance in the skate-off came as a shock as he had scored a respectable 14.5 from the judges earlier in the evening, 2.5 points more than Heidi and a staggering 6.5 higher than bottom-placed celebrity Mark Rhodes and his partner Frankie.

New judge Katarina Witt had opted to save Andy following the skate-off, which saw the two couples repeat their routines from earlier in the evening.

After Louie Spence saved Heidi, Katarina made her choice and explained: "Your second performance was more steady and better, but Andy as a celebrity and a non-skater it's more difficult to cover a fast number, to keep the rhythm... I still feel you are the better skater."

However, with the deciding vote, head coach Robin Cousins opted to save Heidi because of her "cleaner" performance, rather than the "great energy" exhibited by Andy.

Earlier in the night the series opened with the first set of contestants taking to the ice to impress the judges, including 'Coronation Street' actor Andy Whyment, 'Dallas' actress Charlene Tilton, professional skier Chemmy Alcott, 'Hollyoaks' star Jorgie Porter and TV presenter Mark Rhodes.

Jorgie and professional partner Matt Evers gained the highest score of the night, earning 18.5 from the judges.

The rest of the competitors - Chico Slimani, Corey Feldman, Laila Morse, Rosemary Conley, Sam Nixon, Jennifer Ellison and Sebastien Foucan - will perform for the first time on next week's show.

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