Politician Oona King leaves Dancing on Ice after skate-off drama

Baroness Oona King has becomesthe latest celebrity to leave Dancing on Ice
Baroness Oona King has become the latest celebrity to leave Dancing on Ice Photo: ITV Dancing on Ice

Baroness Oona King and her partner Mark Hanretty have become the latest couple to leave ITV's Dancing on Ice.

They lost out to rugby legend Gareth Thomas and his partner Robin Johnston after a dramatic skate-off.

King's professional partner took a dramatic tumble seconds before their skate-off performance.

Mark Hanretty hurt his shoulder in the fall as the couple got into position and had to receive medical attention before it was confirmed that he was able to take part in their last dance.

Baroness Oona King checks to see if her partner Mark Hanretty is ok after his tumble
Baroness Oona King checks to see if her partner Mark Hanretty is ok after his tumble Credit: ITV Dancing on Ice

An anxious King was called over by presenter Phillip Schofield as medics treated Hanretty's who had dislocated his shoulder.

With uncertainty hanging over the couple, mentor Jayne Torvill said: "You know when a professional can't get up like that it's pretty serious."

The judges were also shocked by the dramatic turn of events
The judges were also shocked by the dramatic turn of events Credit: ITV Dancing on Ice

However, shortly afterwards, the duo were able to perform to the hit Just The Two Of Us, after Hanretty's shoulder was popped back in.

After the performance, Hanretty said of his tumble: "I'm fine, I'm good. It's back in now".

Unfortunately, it was not enough to keep them in the competition as the judges opted to save ex-rugby player Gareth Thomas and his partner Robin Johnstone who had danced to Queen's Somebody To Love.

Judge Ashley Roberts told both couples they had put on "amazing performances", while controversial judge Jason Gardiner said it was "definitely one of the most dramatic skate-offs we've ever had".

Head judge Robin Cousins told King: "Against anyone else, a skate of that calibre would easily have taken you through."

Baroness Oona King said she had loved learning to skate
Baroness Oona King said she had loved learning to skate Credit: ITV Dancing on Ice

On learning her fate, King, who is known for losing her Bethnal Green seat to Respect leader George Galloway, said she "adored" the experience.

"I loved learning how to skate," she said.

Referring to her injured partner, she added: "I feel really devastated for him."

Hanretty then joked: "I didn't expect to have as much fun as I had with a politician."

Celebrities and their professional skating partners were shocked and upset by the events
The other celebrities and their professional skating partners were shocked and upset by the events Credit: ITV Dancing on Ice

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