Saira Khan has revealed what Gemma Collins told her after she competed in the dreaded skate-off, and sadly lost.
The Apprentice and Loose Women star lost her spot in the competition after losing the skate-off to cricketer Ryan Sidebottom, who sat out of last week’s competition due to an injury.
But many fans suggested it should have been Gemma to face the judges’ verdict after she gained the lowest score of the night with her "car crash" routine.
In an appearance on Loose Women, Saira has shed some light on what happened after she was voted off, and what Gemma said to her after her skate-off fail.
Saira said she was ‘gutted’ to leave the show
She became tearful as she watched her best bits from the show
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Saira said: "Well yesterday, I’ve got to give credit where credit’s due. She came to me and said, ‘I should have been in the skate-off, not you.’
"She did say that so she knows it, but it’s a TV show, it’s entertainment and people are keeping her in because whatever you think about her, I want to watch her on the ice.
"It’s TV vs. a skating show."
Saira became tearful as she watched her best bits from the ice, and admitted she was "gutted" to be leaving.
She said, accompanied by her skating partner Mark Hanretty: "I’m going to be really honest, I am really gutted. I genuinely am really gutted.
She spoke out about her time on the ice
Mark also spoke about her journey on the show
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"Mark was just taking me to that next stage. And it was Fairytale Week this week so we didn’t want to do loads of dancing away from each other. It’s Cinderella, it’s Prince Charming, we wanted to tell a story about being lifted up in the air and in love.
"All Mark wanted to do was make me look so elegant and pretty, that was Cinderella! I was living a childhood dream of dancing. I was gutted when it ended. You [Mark] were bringing such emotion out of me."
Saira had received criticism from the judges about how much time she and Mark spend skating apart in their routines, but they both believed the fairytale story was the perfect time to stay together.
But she also said her husband, Steve, tried to prepare her children for her exit as they watched in the stands every week.
Saira as Cinderella with Mark Hanretty
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She added "They came to every single show – it became part of their life. Apparently when Steve [her husband] realised I was in the skate-off he was going round to my son saying, ‘Mummy’s going to go out tonight’.
"He kept saying, ‘Daddy stop saying that, she might not go out!’ [But Steve said], ‘No she is, I think she’s going to go out.’”
Dancing on Ice airs Sundays at 6pm and Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.
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