Coronation Street star Andy Whyment has been eliminated from Dancing On Ice 2012 after failing to make it through his first skate-off. The 30-year-old actor - who plays Kirk Sutherland in the soap - had proven popular with viewers during the series despite frequently finishing in the bottom half of the judges' scoreboard - but his luck finally ran out after he found himself skating for survival against Chemmy Allcott. And once again the judges unanimously voted to save the Olympic skiier, who had already survived two previous skate-offs including the solo skate which ended in a double elimination a fortnight ago. "Andy I think you should be very proud about your performance and especially your second one, but Chemmy I would like to see your lift again," Katarina Witt said. Robin Cousins also voted in Chemmy's favour, leaving Louie Spence to deliver the final blow. "Andy you gave it 100 per cent," he told Andy, "but Chemmy shone there a little bit more." Afterwards Andy - who had already appeared resigned to his fate prior to the skate-off - praised all those he had worked with on the show, including skating partner Vicky Ogden. "I've had an absolutely amazing time," he said, "working with Chris and Jayne and Vicky here, she's a friend for life. "I'd like to thank the producers of Coronation Street for letting me do the show because without them I wouldn’t be here," he added, "and also my wife, because I've hardly been at home and I'm looking forward to spending some quality time with my wife and kids now!" Earlier in the show Andy had finished bottom of the judges' scoreboard with 20.5 for his routine to Elvis' Suspicious Minds. Robin said the performance was "so much better than last week" but the other judges weren't so sure. "It was clean, it was tidy but I felt it was a little bit laboured," Louie Spence commented. Five contestants now remain in the competition, with favourites Matthew Wolfenden and Jorgie Porter going straight through to next weekend's show following the public vote, along with Chico and Jennifer Ellison. Next Sunday will see the popular 'props'-themed edition of the show, as the remaining contestants compete for a place in the semi-final. X Factor runner-up Marcus Collins will also perform his debut single Seven Nation Army.
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