Dancing On Ice: Dan Whiston’s thoughts on a dramatic week on and off the ice

It’s been a very dramatic week both on and off the rink on Dancing On Ice .

Between Mark Little being sent home, Megan Barton-Hanson kicking off at boyfriend Wes Nelson’s professional partner Vanessa Baeur, and Gemma Collins’ diva behaviour, the ITV show has had the nation’s tongues wagging.

So who made a big impact on the ice? And did the right person go home?

The show’s new associate creative director – and three-time champion – Dan Whiston exclusively gives Mirror Online his behind-the-scenes insight in his weekly column.

Here’s what he thought of the weekend’s action…

It was another another exciting show this weekend with the remaining skating celebrities taking to the ice and showing us what they could do.

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Dancing On Ice: Dan Whiston's thoughts on a dramatic week on and off the ice

Dan Whiston
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They did themselves proud and most managed to showcase the skating skills they’ve been desperately practicing.

Based on their performances, for me two skating celebrities really stood out as ‘ones to watch’.

The first was Melody [Thornton] who really did rise up and stand out with her graceful and smooth skating style, there wasn’t a wobble in sight as she glided over the ice.

Wes [Nelson] also looked super confident and steady when he lifted Vanessa [Bauer] and he even managed a pretty impressive jump on the ice.

Dancing On Ice: Dan Whiston's thoughts on a dramatic week on and off the ice

Wes and Vanessa
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I think both Melody and Wes will give James [Jordan] a run for his money in next weekend’s show.

Brian [McFadden] is a little bit of an ice skating underdog at the moment but considering the injury he sustained earlier in the week it was extremely impressive he put on the performance he did and came third on the leaderboard.

On the surface he may appear to be a cheeky chap but people shouldn’t underestimate how focused and determined he is to stay and do well in the competition.

I loved putting together the Runaway Baby group routine as it was so much fun to do, especially working with all our celebrity skaters to get into character as hotel guests.

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Dancing On Ice: Dan Whiston's thoughts on a dramatic week on and off the ice

Mark Little was sent home
(Image: Matt Frost/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

At times, rehearsals for this routine were a little bit like Fawlty Towers on ice because there were so many people skating and it was quite a fast routine with lots going on but I was really happy with how it turned out.

I was sad to see Mark Little leave the competition but I think it was a fair decision as Ryan Sidebottom put on a stronger performance in the skate-off. Mark took it all in his stride though and didn’t let it get him too ‘down under’.

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