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Bonnie Langford bows out of Dancing On Ice

Bonnie Langford has become the latest celebrity to bid farewell to Dancing On Ice following Sunday night's 'duels' heat which saw the contestants go head to head.

The actress and singer's luck ran out after she lost in the first round against fellow skater Gareth Gates, only to find herself in the skate-off against Sam Attwater later in the show.

And although the judges were impressed by her 'save me' skate to the classic musical number Big Spender, they were in no doubt as to who they wanted to save.

"Bonnie, you skated the best I've ever seen you skate and it's rather cruel, but I'm saving Sam," Karen Barber told her.

Meanwhile Robin Cousins added: "Bonnie you are going out giving the performance of your life and the performance of the night - but I'm saving Sam."

Afterwards Bonnie told Philip Schofield: "I have really loved this evening. It took a lot of convincing for me to come back, and I wanted to do it for the celebration rather than the competition.

"I don't think I've done a bad job for someone that's nearly 50," she added.

Earlier in the evening Bonnie - having lost to Gareth in the duel - made a second bid to stay in the competition with a routine to 70s hit Devil Gate Drive, and won a largely positive response from the judges.

"I have to say you never cease to amaze us," Karen said, "you may have lost the duel but you've won us over.'

Robin added: "You let loose and yet it was still perfectly contained and perfectly placed - glorious."

Sunday's show saw Kyran Bracken, Gareth Gates, Hayley Tamaddon and Ray Quinn all go straight through to next weekend after winning their 'duels' against the others.

Both Beth Tweddle and Suzanne Shaw - who lost their duels - later made it through on the strength of the public vote.

Next weekend's show will have a 1984 theme, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Torvill and Dean's Bolero peformance at the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.