Gareth Gates has been voted off the Dancing on Ice rink – but he’s not hanging up his skates just yet.
The Bradford singer has joined the line-up for the last live tour of the show, celebrating the 30th anniversary of ice legends Torvill and Dean’s Olympic success.
Gareth and professional partner Brianne Delcourt skated back in time for Sunday’s 1984-themed Dancing on Ice show. Wearing a George Michael-style blond wig, Gareth skated to Freedom by Wham! and judges Jason Gardiner and Karen Barber said it had been his best performance of this final series.
But with the fewest public votes, Gareth ended up in the bottom two, competing in a skate-off against Sam Attwater and losing out to the former EastEnders star, who was saved by all four judges.
Now Gareth, who shot to fame on Pop Idol in 2002, will join the Dancing on Ice Final Tour, alongside other previous contestants such as Ray Quinn, Hayley Tamaddon and Kyran Bracken.
Gareth said: “I’ve loved this series, so I’m glad I don’t have to hang up my skates just yet – I can’t wait to get on the tour and skate all around the country! We’re going to have a lot of fun.”
The tour, which comes to Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena from April 15-17, will star Torvill and Dean. Olympic gold medal winner Robin Cousins will head the panel of rink-side judges, alongside former professional skaters Karen Barber and Nicky Slater.
Pudsey actress Hayley Tamaddon, a previous Dancing on Ice winner who is competing in the final series, said: “Dancing on Ice is a huge part of my life and to be on the final tour is a real honour. Having performed on the tour before, I know just how great the arena shows are and the fantastic support you get from audiences across the UK.”
l Fans of Gareth, who runs the Gates Academy for performing arts in Bradford, will still see him on the small screen over coming weeks, thanks to his appearance in ITV2's The Big Reunion.
The show reunites former pop bands but has also created a new ‘pop supergroup’, 5th Story, made up of Gareth, former Coronation Street actor Adam Rickitt, Another Level singer Dane Bowers, solo artist Anthony Kavana and Blazin’ Squad rapper Kenzie.