Dancing On Ice final LIVE: Faye Brookes favourite to win as she battles Sonny Jay and Colin Jackson for the crown

IT is fair to say this year's Dancing on Ice series has been a rollercoaster ride featuring plenty of twists and turns.

With more injuries and drop outs than ever before, the final of Dancing on Ice 2021 is airing tonight – a week earlier than originally scheduled.

The show kicked off at 6pm, with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield hosting rink-side.

And just three celebrities are now remaining, with each one vying to take home the Dancing on Ice 2021 crown.

Faye Brookes has been a clear favourite to win throughout the series, amazing the judges week after week despite changing partners half way through from Hamish Gaman to Matt Evers.

Meanwhile Captial Radio's Sonny Jay has continued to impress the judges, and not found himself in the bottom two despite starting as the underdog of the series.

Ex-Olympian Colin Jackson CBE pulled out all the stops in the final, as he found himself in the skate off against Lady Leshurr last week.

  • Natasha Rigler

    TOP OF THE LEADERBOARD

    With two perfect scores of 40, Colin and Klabera are now sitting at the top of the leaderboard.

    Is Bolero in the bag for the Bodyguard?

  • Natasha Rigler

    SHRINKING VIOLET

    Sorry, did I just miss the joke there?

    “You've grown as a skater…and you've shrunk as a skater,” Chris told Sonny.

    Seems I'm not the only one….

    “Did i miss something? You've shrunk as a skater….. I don't get it. ?…..Am i being dim? . Someone help,” one fan has tweeted. Wish I could, love.

  • Natasha Rigler

    MYLEENE'S MENISCUS

    So while the injured stars are recovering, Myleene Klass has sustained an injury while rehearsing for the final.

    Myleene was supposed to be making a comeback alongside her other co-stars tonight, but has torn her meniscus – a tendon in her knee.

    “You broke my knees,” she told Holly. Quite the accusation to make at poor Hol… lol.

  • Natasha Rigler

    HAMISH REACHES OUT

    Faye's former skating partner has reached out and wished her luck tonight.

    In a sweet Instagram message, Hamish Gaman wrote: “Good luck tonight @faye_brookes. I’m so proud of you. Regardless of who lifts the trophy, you’ll always be my champion.”

  • Natasha Rigler

    FAN FAVOURITE

    While some viewers weren't wildly impressed with Faye and Matt's first routine, their Black Swan/ Swan Lake skate has gone down pretty well indeed.

    One fan tweeted: “Faye’s black swan was just as beautiful as it was with Hamish. My favourite skates of the series.”

    Another added: “Faye's skate to black swan was just as beautiful as it was the first time around well done.”

  • Natasha Rigler

    ALL CHANGE

    Faye picked her Black Swan/ Swan Lake routine for tonight's final, meaning new partner Matt Evers had to learn it quick smart.

    It might not be their swan-song just yet, either, thanks to a perfect score of 40.

  • Natasha Rigler

    DEN'S BACK

    So tonight sees the return of some old faces – including Denise van Outen.

    Denise had to pull out of this year's series after suffering a really nasty shoulder injury.

    But judging by her elation at being back in the rink (wild clapping and bouncing up and down) it seems she is feeling much better. Hurrah!

  • Natasha Rigler

    TOP OF THE PROPS

    So Colin and Klabera are the first contestants of the night to get a perfect score of 40.

    Even with a fluff with the eggs right at the end.

    (They should've considered some 'ladderography'…)

    Well done, guys.

  • Natasha Rigler

    PROP DROP

    When it came to props, it didn't go too well for Colin and Klabera in rehearsals.

    They seem to be pulling it off tonight.

    Not a pan lid crash in sight. But WHOOPS. There go the eggs!

  • Natasha Rigler

    CHILL OUT

    Colin Jackson took a moment out today before tonight’s final.

    Relaxing on a sofa with his hood up, the sportsman posed for a serious selfie over on the 'gram.

    He told his followers earlier today: “Now it’s a bit of a chill time before the dress rehearsal… it’s so nice to see everyone back and buzz it creates. Welcome back everyone to @dancingonice.”

  • Natasha Rigler

    MEMORABLE FINAL?

    Fans have been busy reflecting on past DOI finals over on Twitter.

    But it seems some feel this year's hasn't got its usual sparkle.

    One tweeted: “Some fantastic previous finalists over the years, all had memorable skates. Sadly don’t think will remember this years!”

    Another added: “No where near the skating standard a final should be, very poor!”

    Oh dear! Do you agree?

  • Natasha Rigler

    (ALMOST) TOP SCORE

    Sonny and Angela received an almost perfect score of 39.5.

    But Jayne knocked 0.5 off due to him needing “more character”.

    She said: “I loved it. I know how difficult some of those moves are. I just would have liked a tiny bit more character.”

    Her fellow judges disagreed. And so do I…

  • Natasha Rigler

    REACHING HIGH

    If he doesn't win, at least Sonny can fall back on a career as a window cleaner.

    Great ladder control there, Sonny!

    Or should I say…ladderography.

  • Natasha Rigler

    FANS DISAGREE

    Despite Faye and Matt receiving a score of 38 out of 40, fans don't appear to agree with the Ice Panel's comments.

    One tweeted: “This is the worst performance Faye has ever done.”

    Another wrote: Tweet: “This routine definitely doesn’t seem like a final skate, she’s spent more time on the floor than she has skating.”

    What do you think?

  • Natasha Rigler

    JOHN'S SAY

    Ahead of tonight’s final, DOI judge John Barrowman took a swipe at Faye.

    The actor, who himself took part in the 2006 series of the show, said that skating is harder for Sonny and Colin as they are men.

    John said: “It is difficult for the male skaters.

    “They not only have to learn how to skate but have to learn how to lift and do spectacular lifts in order to impress.”

  • Natasha Rigler

    SCORES ARE IN

    Faye has just described her routine as 'a dream' and her and Matt's score of 38 out of 40 isn't too bad either.

    Relaxing on a lilo seems a bit of a dream right now, also…

  • Natasha Rigler

    SLOW START?

    So this Katy Perry track seems upbeat to the ear, but does Faye and Matt's routine seem a bit slow to the eye?

    Looks like I'm not the only one to think this.

    One viewer has tweeted: “This feels really slow somehow.”

  • Natasha Rigler

    LIFE'S A BEACH

    Faye and Matt have kicked things off with a pool party-inspired routine.

    If this isn't enough to lift our spirits on a dreary March night, I don't know what it.

    Don't drop that beach ball, Faye!

  • Natasha Rigler

    NERVOUS LAUGHTER

    Phil and Holly almost seemed to burst into a bit of slightly-hysterical nervous laughter as they opened the show.

    It is no surprise. I think they're in disbelief that the show has even made it until the end – just like the rest of us!

  • Natasha Rigler

    CLAPS AND CHEERS

    I'd almost forgotten that the audience reaction for this year's series is all recorded.

    I've found myself cheering along in this group performance.

    Let's hope the final lives up to its song – AMAZING!

  • Natasha Rigler

    IT'S HERE

    It's the moment we've been waiting for. The Dancing On Ice 2021 final.

    As Ashley Banjo just said: “Tonight is the big one.”

    It wouldn't be a final without a wistful montage, would it?

  • Natasha Rigler

    DRESS OF DREAMS

    Holly Willoughby has pulled out all the stops with her dress tonight – no surprise there!

    The presenter has opted for a rather glam ivory number, which wouldn't look out of place in a little white chapel…

    Looking gorgeous, Holls.

  • Natasha Rigler

    READY TO GO

    Suited, booted and ready to go. That is Ashley Banjo!

    The judge has given us a quick look backstage before the final gets underway.

    Exciting!

  • Natasha Rigler

    FIVE MINUTE CALL

    Nerves will be running high backstage right now, as there is just five minutes to go until this year's Dancing On Ice final gets underway.

    Who is your favourite? Who will skate away as the winner? And will there be any final falls?

    So many questions. It's time to whack on the kettle!

  • Natasha Rigler

    ALMOST-DISASTER ON ICE

    It is no wonder Phil and Holly are so happy to have made it – here is a recap of some of the dramas that have rocked this year's series…
    Emmerdale star Joe-Warren Plant and comedian Rufus Hound both had to leave after testing positive for coronavirus.
    Reality TV star Billie Shepherd and singer and actress Denise Van Outen both had to withdraw due to injuries. And if that wasn't enough, Aussie singer Jason Donovan ALSO had to pull out of the series due to injury.

Source: Read Full Article