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Melinda Messenger dances off ice

Melinda Messenger and Fred Palascak
Messenger had been partnered by professional ice skater Fred Palascak

TV presenter Melinda Messenger has been voted out of ITV's Dancing on Ice programme after a skate-off against former Liberty X singer Jessica Taylor.

It was the fourth time Messenger had finished in the bottom two after the public telephone vote but this time the judges refused to save her.

Judge Nicky Slater said Messenger had "brightened the show" but was "not strong enough against Jessica".

Her departure leaves six celebrities in the competition.

The former glamour model chose to dance to Let's Hear It For The Boy from the film Footloose while Taylor danced to Toni Braxton's Unbreak My Heart.

Harsh words

Messenger was not hopeful of her chances before the skate-off, saying: "I may as well go and get the flowers now."

During the tie-breaker, Taylor successfully pulled off a lift which she had failed to manage in the first round.

Singer and actor Ray Quinn followed his perfect score of 30 from the judges last week with an almost perfect 29.5. Robin Cousins called his dance to Rock Around the Clock by Bill Hayley & The Comets "brilliant to watch".

There were harsh words for Roxanne Pallett. After her turn on the ice, judge Ruthie Henshall declared: "You just don't do it for me."

TV presenter Zoe Salmon, investigative reporter Donal MacIntyre, actress and Loose Women regular Coleen Nolan are the other remaining contestants.

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