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Bissix voted off ITV ice contest

Gemma Bissix and Melinda Messenger
Gemma Bissix (l) lost out to Melinda Messenger (r) in the final skate-off

Former EastEnders actress Gemma Bissix has become the second contestant to be voted off ITV's Dancing on Ice.

Bissix, 25, and former model Melinda Messenger, 37, polled the least number of public votes.

But the star was shown the door after the judges unanimously chose to save Messenger after the two performed again in a skate-off.

Bissix said she was "absolutely gutted" at being voted off as she was the show's "biggest fan".

Earlier, Bissix and skating partner Andrei Lipanov skated to Celine Dion's The Power of Love, scoring 13 out of 30.

Head judge Robin Cousins told the actress: "It was an okay start, it wasn't a good start."

Fellow judge Ruthie Henshall added: "You wanted a challenge and you've certainly got one. Your determination and drive hopefully will keep you in."

Former Liberty X singer Jessica Taylor impressed the judges the most, scoring 21 points.

Only the six female celebrities skated after the male contestants had their first turn on the ice last week, when former footballer Graeme Le Saux became the first celebrity to be kicked off.



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