OXFORDSHIRE man Matt Richardson has been eliminated from Dancing On Ice after just a single week on the show.

The comedian, who was partnered with professional skater Vicky Ogden, made his competitive debut replacing fellow stand-up Rufus Hound, who dropped out after catching Covid-19.

But he failed to impress the judges and languished at the bottom of the leaderboard with 23.5 points out of a possible 40.

He faced Olympian Colin Jackson in the skate-off but the judging panel chose in the sportsman’s favour.

Mr Jackson will compete in next week’s Valentine’s Day-themed contest.

After being eliminated, Mr Richardson said: “I am quite relieved. This is the most horrifying and terrifying and fear-inducing thing I have ever done.

“The whole experience has been amazing. Training to skate, being a stand-in was amazing because everyone was doing the TV bit, I didn’t have to do any of that. I was very happy.

“But it has been great. Vicky has been phenomenal. I have loved skating with her.”

READ MORE: Matt Richardson speaks to the Oxford Mail about all things Dancing on Ice 

In our chat with the Didcot funnyman, who found fame through his acclaimed stand-up performances and through presenting reality TV spin-off programmes The Xtra Factor and Big Brother's Bit on the Side, he said he never expected to appear on the show in front of millions of viewers. 


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