DANCING On Ice’s James Jordan was left speechless as he received the first perfect score of the series in this evening’s semi-final of the ITV show.
However, a near-blunder from Christopher Dean almost saw the judge give the 40-year-old star one mark instead of 10.
James and his professional skate partner Alexandra Schauman gave a mesmerising performance to James Bay’s Hold Back The River, with the former Strictly Come Dancing pro wowing both the judges and viewers at home with his skilled solo skate mid-routine.
Last week, James’ main competitor, Love Island’s Wes Nelson, managed to nab two 10 out of 10’s for his performance, with James the first to land 40 marks out of 40 this series.
The normally-outspoken star was clearly overwhelmed by his achievement, telling hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby that he didn’t know what to say.
James said: “I am not often speechless, I am normally quite gobby… But thank you so much.”
He also thanked his partner Alex and heaped praise on his rivals’ performances this evening.
Speaking about the skate, judge Jason Gardiner gushed: “That was the most masterful solo skate that we have had, it was so beautiful.
“For me, this was your goosebump moment.”
Ashley Banjo added: “I am speechless as well, it goes beyond impressive.
“That was just Dancing On Ice summed up.”
Jayne Torvill added: “I felt like I was watching a professional out there, it was just fantastic.”
And Chris admitted that he was so impressed by the skate that he almost gave James the lowest score possible.
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He said: “I got so excited I pressed one, and then I entered one to begin with.”
He continued: “How wonderful for all of the judges to be able to watch that performance.”
All of the semi-finalists will perform two skates tonight in a bid to get through to next week’s final.
Alongside James and Wes, Saara Aalto and Brian McFadden also remain in the competition.
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