British swimming legend Sharron Davies, partnered by Pavel Aubrecht became the seventh star to be given the boot from this year’s dancing On Ice.
The 6ft tall, 47 year-old was forced to skate for survival with partner Pavel after the public voted her in the bottom two of tonight’s live show alongside actress Emily Atack.
But in the end she lost out as the ice panel judges voted a clean sweep 5-0 in favour of keeping the Inbetweeners star in the show.
Explaining her decision to axe Sharron, judge, former Spice Girl Emma Bunton commented: “For real determination and you made me smile I’m saving Emily.”
Nicky Slater was next up. Backing Emily he said: “One of those performances would have looked fine on MTV and that’s the one I’m going to save-which of course is Emily."
Explaining why she saved Emily guest judge Angela Rippon commented; “This isn’t just skating on ice, this is dancing on ice.”
Normally gobby Jason Gardiner had nothing to say bar Emily’s name as he showed Sharron the exit door, as did head judge Karen Barber making the clean sweep was complete.
Sharron earlier stunned viewers and Ice Panel judges on tonight’s live show by going ahead with a routine of her own choosing rather than that of show coaches and fellow Olympians Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.
She made the controversial decision, the first time a celeb has ever made their own change on the show after complaining she didn’t like the music chosen for this week, 1982 hit I Want Candy by Bow Wow Wow. She changed it for a slower routine to Shakespeare's Sister hit Stay after maintaining that swimming injuries have restricted her ability to perform physically demanding routines..
Asked whether she’d enjoyed her time on the show by co-host Phillip Schofiled, injury plagued Sharron replied: “I have enjoyed my time here. First and foremost I had the best partner I could ever wish for who has just been fantastic.
"The atmosphere behind the stage is just amazing. So thank you very much for the experience. I will not be hanging up my skates.
"It’s a great sport. It’s a great way of keeping fit and it’s been 15 years since I got my kit bag out so I really shouldn’t put it away should I?”
Sharron has been no stranger to controversy during her time on the show and had run ins with judge Jason Gardiner.
Writing in The Sun newspaper this week he said he was keen to see her go. He said: “She is the next one I want to see leave. It’s so painful to watch her. There is no redeeming quality in her performance.”
Sharron narrowly avoided being axed in the very first live show when she managed to survive the skate off after a botched frog lift saw 80s pop star Sinitta become the first celeb to be booted out.
Jason backed the 6ft swimmer then but there has been no love lost between the pair ever since.
On a previous show the outspoken Aussie provoked a furore when he compared Davies's outfit last week to "faecal matter" that would not flush away. The outspoken Aussie was then forced to make a groveling public apology after there were calls for him to be sacked over the comments.
At the time swimming legend Sharron called him “vindictive” and "an attention seeker” and said:” "Even by his standards he has taken his role of pantomime villain too far and now just seems determined to shock."
Seven celebrities now remain to battle it out for glory and the chance to be crowned this year’s D.O.I. champ.