Luke still on target for blades of glory
BOXING ace Luke Campbell proved he is taking his skating education seriously on Dancing On Ice and has been voted through to the next round.
During last night's school disco-themed episode on ITV1, the Olympic gold medalist skated to Boyzone's When The Going Gets Tough, wearing denim and a sparkly silver tank top.
He showed off some tricky footwork and threw partner Jenna Smith into the air, receiving an impressive mark of 20 out of 40 from the judges.
Even "Mr Nasty" Jason Gardiner said he'd seen an improvement in Luke's skating after giving him yet more harsh comments.
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Jason said: "Yes, there were a lot of timing issues made, it's so funny to watch because you cannot naturally feel rhythm.
All of your footwork and your sequences were painful to watch. It looked like you were stepping on drawing pins.
"But what I will say is there was an improvement in the skill. It was good.
"We now need to start to fine tune the performance and the presentation, we need to get you into a better zone."
Luke said he loved the banter between him and Jason and compared it to a "sparring match".
He said: "Jason was enjoying it as well, probably more than I was, but at the end of the day, it's about skating."
The routine included a lot of dancing which Luke found difficult but after smashing his elbow on the ice, he simply carried on and took on board comments from his coach.
Luke said he wanted the performance to be fun and said he didn't care if it was at his own expense.
His highest score on the night was from judge Karen Barber, who gave him six out of ten, saying she'd also seen an improvement.
"We've worked hard to find a rhythm and we appreciate the skating skills you have, we're getting there," she told Luke.
Judge Robin Cousins said: "You had more fun, you came out and you owned the performance.
"We have no choice but to give you the credit for the skating skills that are out there.
"Working on your own, working with your partner, two or three jumps, the skating skills are there."
Luke joked that he couldn't dance but managed to find his feet and even performed a low spin and some difficult lifts.
"I have no rhythm, I hold my hands up, they are totally right," he said about the judge's comments. "But I'm trying and, hopefully, by the end of it, I'll have a bit of a beat."
Luke also took a trip down memory lane this week, in keeping with the school theme by returning to Sirius Academy in Hull.
In a video entitled Boys Are Back In Town, Luke revisited his old stomping ground in west Hull.
Pupils screamed as he walked into assembly and they were filmed being taught some boxing skills.
He also performed a tricky lift off the ice with partner Jenna who went along to meet the students.
The teenagers held up a banner in support of the former pupil and promised for vote for him last night.
Luke's fiancée Lynsey Kraanen also took to Twitter to show her support.
She said: "Absolutely incredible, best skate yet."
Luke was the last to be told he had escaped the skate-off as viewers were left on the edge of their seats.
After a quick costume change into a glittery blue ensemble, he hugged Jenna and went on to support his fellow contestants.
Watch Luke skate again this Sunday on ITV1 at 6.15pm. Also visit www.itv.com/dancingonice to see Luke's visit to Sirius Academy.