Dancing On Ice 2019: Gemma Collins nearly takes a tumble after doing the splits

The second rebooted season of Dancing On Ice returned to screens on Sunday night, with TOWIE icon Gemma Collins making her much-anticipated debut – even performing the splits!

But the blonde bombshell nearly took a tumble when she added an impromptu hair flick into her routine, impressively saving herself and regaining her balance.

Despite this save, she was met with scathing critique from judge Jason Gardiner, who ended up coming to blows with Gemma’s pro partner Matt Evers over it.

GC On Ice! The second rebooted season of Dancing On Ice returned to screens on Sunday night, with TOWIE icon Gemma Collins making her much-anticipated debut

GC On Ice! The second rebooted season of Dancing On Ice returned to screens on Sunday night, with TOWIE icon Gemma Collins making her much-anticipated debut

GC On Ice! The second rebooted season of Dancing On Ice returned to screens on Sunday night, with TOWIE icon Gemma Collins making her much-anticipated debut

Jason called Gemma’s routine ‘uncomfortable to watch’ and likened it to ‘a French & Saunders parody’.

Before Gemma, 37, took to the rink, friend Jonathan Cheban – who had traveled from Los Angeles to watch from the audience – told hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby: ‘I wouldn’t miss this, are you kidding me?’

Gemma’s boyfriend and fellow-TOWIE star James ‘Arg’ Argent – who was also watching, decked out in a swish tuxedo – added: ‘I’m so nervous for her! It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Gemma, we love you, we’re proud of you!’

Gemma’s VT saw her meeting pro Matt for the first time, whose reaction to seeing her was: ‘Oh my f**king God!’

Telling him what she wanted from her first skate, Gemma said: ‘I want the lot. Splits and fireworks!’ Matt then informed her that the show was live, to which a shocked Gemma replied: ‘I thought it was a pre-record!’

She and Matt danced to Beyoncé’s Crazy In Love, and scored 16/40, receiving 4.5 from all judges apart from Jason who gave her a 2.5.

Loggerheads: Despite saving herself from a tumble, Gemma was met with scathing critique from judge Jason Gardiner [L], who ended up coming to blows with her pro partner Matt Evers [R] over it

Loggerheads: Despite saving herself from a tumble, Gemma was met with scathing critique from judge Jason Gardiner [L], who ended up coming to blows with her pro partner Matt Evers [R] over it

Loggerheads: Despite saving herself from a tumble, Gemma was met with scathing critique from judge Jason Gardiner [L], who ended up coming to blows with her pro partner Matt Evers [R] over it

Loggerheads: Despite saving herself from a tumble, Gemma was met with scathing critique from judge Jason Gardiner [L], who ended up coming to blows with her pro partner Matt Evers [R] over it

Loggerheads: Despite saving herself from a tumble, Gemma was met with scathing critique from judge Jason Gardiner [L], who ended up coming to blows with her pro partner Matt Evers [R] over it

Blonde bombshell! Gemma nearly took a tumble when she added an impromptu hair flick into her routine, impressively saving herself and regaining her balance

Blonde bombshell! Gemma nearly took a tumble when she added an impromptu hair flick into her routine, impressively saving herself and regaining her balance

Blonde bombshell! Gemma nearly took a tumble when she added an impromptu hair flick into her routine, impressively saving herself and regaining her balance

Flexible! Despite this save, she was met with scathing critique from judge Jason Gardiner, who ended up coming to blows with Gemma's pro partner Matt Evers over it

Flexible! Despite this save, she was met with scathing critique from judge Jason Gardiner, who ended up coming to blows with Gemma's pro partner Matt Evers over it

Flexible! Despite this save, she was met with scathing critique from judge Jason Gardiner, who ended up coming to blows with Gemma's pro partner Matt Evers over it

Flexible! Despite this save, she was met with scathing critique from judge Jason Gardiner, who ended up coming to blows with Gemma's pro partner Matt Evers over it

Flexible! Jason called Gemma’s routine ‘uncomfortable to watch’ and likened it to ‘a French & Saunders parody’

GC-razy in love! She and Matt danced to Beyoncé's Crazy In Love, and scored 16/40, receiving 4.5 from all judges apart from Jason who gave her a 2.5

GC-razy in love! She and Matt danced to Beyoncé's Crazy In Love, and scored 16/40, receiving 4.5 from all judges apart from Jason who gave her a 2.5

GC-razy in love! She and Matt danced to Beyoncé’s Crazy In Love, and scored 16/40, receiving 4.5 from all judges apart from Jason who gave her a 2.5

Coming off the ice, ‘The GC’ enthused: ‘I made it! I got a bit carried away at the end where I added in a head flip!’

‘Did you ever think you weren’t going to do this?’ asked Holly and Phil. ‘Yeah, two minutes before I came out,’ Gemma replied.

Matt praised Gemma, saying: ‘She gets hate and trolls online and she’s never exercised but she absolutely smashed it. She committed to it.’

Judge Ashley Banjo told Gemma: ‘You’re a ledge! It doesn’t matter what they say! You’re here, did it!’

But Jason slammed her, saying: ‘You talk a big talk but you don’t back it up. It was like a French & Saunders parody. Uncomfortable to watch.’

Loving it! Coming off the ice, 'The GC' enthused - 'I made it! I got a bit carried away at the end where I added in a head flip'

Loving it! Coming off the ice, 'The GC' enthused - 'I made it! I got a bit carried away at the end where I added in a head flip'

Loving it! Coming off the ice, 'The GC' enthused - 'I made it! I got a bit carried away at the end where I added in a head flip'

Loving it! Coming off the ice, 'The GC' enthused - 'I made it! I got a bit carried away at the end where I added in a head flip'

Loving it! Coming off the ice, ‘The GC’ enthused – ‘I made it! I got a bit carried away at the end where I added in a head flip’

Pipe down! Jason wanted to ensure the focus was kept on him by camping up the scathing remarks

Pipe down! Jason wanted to ensure the focus was kept on him by camping up the scathing remarks

Pipe down! Jason wanted to ensure the focus was kept on him by camping up the scathing remarks

Diva! 'I enjoyed it. I was impressed by your flexibility,' Jayne Torvill said, as Christopher Dean added - 'You've silenced a lot of people. And your bravado will take you through'

Diva! 'I enjoyed it. I was impressed by your flexibility,' Jayne Torvill said, as Christopher Dean added - 'You've silenced a lot of people. And your bravado will take you through'

Diva! ‘I enjoyed it. I was impressed by your flexibility,’ Jayne Torvill said, as Christopher Dean added – ‘You’ve silenced a lot of people. And your bravado will take you through’

Proud: James Argent [L] and Bobby Norris [R], Gemma's TOWIE co-stars, cheered her on from the audience

Proud: James Argent [L] and Bobby Norris [R], Gemma's TOWIE co-stars, cheered her on from the audience

Proud: James Argent [L] and Bobby Norris [R], Gemma's TOWIE co-stars, cheered her on from the audience

Proud: James Argent [L] and Bobby Norris [R], Gemma's TOWIE co-stars, cheered her on from the audience

Proud: James Argent [L] and Bobby Norris [R], Gemma’s TOWIE co-stars, cheered her on from the audience

This sparked a tiff between him and Matt, with the pro asking the audience whether it was uncomfortable, receiving a resounding cheer from them. Holly pointed out that Gemma ‘did the splits’, but Jason bitterly insisted that ‘they weren’t the splits’.

‘I enjoyed it. I was impressed by your flexibility,’ Jayne Torvill said, as Christopher Dean added: ‘You’ve silenced a lot of people. And your bravado will take you through.’

Gemma lived to skate another day, with Mark Little – of Neighbours fame – and Brianne Del-court receiving the least votes. They will face next week’s skate off.

Biggest fans: Before Gemma, 37, took to the rink, friend Jonathan Cheban - who had traveled from Los Angeles to watch from the audience - told hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby - 'I wouldn't miss this, are you kidding me?'

Biggest fans: Before Gemma, 37, took to the rink, friend Jonathan Cheban - who had traveled from Los Angeles to watch from the audience - told hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby - 'I wouldn't miss this, are you kidding me?'

Biggest fans: Before Gemma, 37, took to the rink, friend Jonathan Cheban – who had traveled from Los Angeles to watch from the audience – told hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby – ‘I wouldn’t miss this, are you kidding me?’

Surprise! Telling Matt what she wanted from her first skate, Gemma said - 'I want the lot. Splits and fireworks!' Matt then informed her that the show was live, to which a shocked Gemma replied - 'I thought it was a pre-record'

Surprise! Telling Matt what she wanted from her first skate, Gemma said - 'I want the lot. Splits and fireworks!' Matt then informed her that the show was live, to which a shocked Gemma replied - 'I thought it was a pre-record'

Surprise! Telling Matt what she wanted from her first skate, Gemma said - 'I want the lot. Splits and fireworks!' Matt then informed her that the show was live, to which a shocked Gemma replied - 'I thought it was a pre-record'

Surprise! Telling Matt what she wanted from her first skate, Gemma said - 'I want the lot. Splits and fireworks!' Matt then informed her that the show was live, to which a shocked Gemma replied - 'I thought it was a pre-record'

Surprise! Telling Matt what she wanted from her first skate, Gemma said – ‘I want the lot. Splits and fireworks!’ Matt then informed her that the show was live, to which a shocked Gemma replied – ‘I thought it was a pre-record’

Chopping block! Gemma lived to skate another day, with Mark Little - of Neighbours fame - and Brianne Del-court receiving the least votes. They will face next week's skate off

Chopping block! Gemma lived to skate another day, with Mark Little - of Neighbours fame - and Brianne Del-court receiving the least votes. They will face next week's skate off

Chopping block! Gemma lived to skate another day, with Mark Little – of Neighbours fame – and Brianne Del-court receiving the least votes. They will face next week’s skate off

Cheering her on! Samia Longchambon was there to support Corrie co-star Jane - who is paired with her husband Sylvain

Cheering her on! Samia Longchambon was there to support Corrie co-star Jane - who is paired with her husband Sylvain

Cheering her on! Samia Longchambon was there to support Corrie co-star Jane – who is paired with her husband Sylvain

It's back! The second rebooted season of Dancing On Ice returned to screens on Sunday night, with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield reunited as a presenting duo after Holly's stint on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! at the end of last year

It's back! The second rebooted season of Dancing On Ice returned to screens on Sunday night, with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield reunited as a presenting duo after Holly's stint on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! at the end of last year

It's back! The second rebooted season of Dancing On Ice returned to screens on Sunday night, with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield reunited as a presenting duo after Holly's stint on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! at the end of last year

It's back! The second rebooted season of Dancing On Ice returned to screens on Sunday night, with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield reunited as a presenting duo after Holly's stint on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! at the end of last year

It’s back! Holly and Phillip reunited as a presenting duo after Holly’s stint on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! at the end of last year

The pair danced to Land Down Under, in homage to his Aussie roots and received the lowest score of the night, having been branded ‘an out-of-control mess’ by Jason, with Ashley telling Mark ‘you need to master the basics’.

The show kicked off with Holly and Phil being reunited as a presenting duo after Holly’s stint on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! at the end of last year.

Gemma and Mark joined the likes of Jane Danson and Didi Conn as they hit the ice for the first time for the live 2019 premiere episode.

Jane was the first to dance – and judge Jason didn’t hang about when it came to doling out his trademark bitchy critique, giving her a paltry score of 3 and Didi a 2.5.

Getting judgey with it: Jason, Ashley, Jayne and Christoper doled out scores as each star took to the ice

Getting judgey with it: Jason, Ashley, Jayne and Christoper doled out scores as each star took to the ice

Getting judgey with it: Jason, Ashley, Jayne and Christoper doled out scores as each star took to the ice

Supportive spouses: James and Ola Jordan joined the audience to cheer on their other halves

Supportive spouses: James and Ola Jordan joined the audience to cheer on their other halves

Supportive spouses: James and Ola Jordan joined the audience to cheer on their other halves

Supportive spouses: James and Ola Jordan joined the audience to cheer on their other halves

Supportive spouses: James and Ola Jordan joined the audience to cheer on their other halves

Kick-starter: Jane Danson was the first to dance for the judges, audience and viewers at home. The Corrie star aptly danced to On The Street Where You Live made famous by musical My Fair Lady, with her pro partner Sylvain Longchambon

Kick-starter: Jane Danson was the first to dance for the judges, audience and viewers at home. The Corrie star aptly danced to On The Street Where You Live made famous by musical My Fair Lady, with her pro partner Sylvain Longchambon

Kick-starter: Jane Danson was the first to dance for the judges, audience and viewers at home. The Corrie star aptly danced to On The Street Where You Live made famous by musical My Fair Lady, with her pro partner Sylvain Longchambon

Kick-starter: Jane Danson was the first to dance for the judges, audience and viewers at home. The Corrie star aptly danced to On The Street Where You Live made famous by musical My Fair Lady, with her pro partner Sylvain Longchambon

Kick-starter: Jane Danson was the first to dance for the judges, audience and viewers at home. The Corrie star aptly danced to On The Street Where You Live made famous by musical My Fair Lady, with her pro partner Sylvain Longchambon

Up and away! Despite kicking off the show with some highly impressive Cinderella lifts, rotations and 'no wobbles on the cobbles', Jason was quick to dish out a nasty comment or two to commence proceedings

Up and away! Despite kicking off the show with some highly impressive Cinderella lifts, rotations and 'no wobbles on the cobbles', Jason was quick to dish out a nasty comment or two to commence proceedings

Up and away! Despite kicking off the show with some highly impressive Cinderella lifts, rotations and ‘no wobbles on the cobbles’, Jason was quick to dish out a nasty comment or two to commence proceedings

Jane – a long-standing star of Corrie – aptly danced to On The Street Where You Live made famous by musical My Fair Lady, with her pro partner Sylvain Longchambon.

But despite kicking off the show with some highly impressive Cinderella lifts, rotations and ‘no wobbles on the cobbles’, Jason was quick to dish out a nasty comment or two to commence proceedings.

‘If you did that on my street I’d probably call the council,’ he said, cashing in immediately on the Corrie references. ‘I want to finesse you. There was no fluidity, no emotion, and your thoracic spine is very tight.’

When no-one knew what he was talking about he brashly spat: ‘Google it, I don’t have time to explain.’

Scathing: 'If you did that on my street I'd probably call the council,' Jason said, cashing in immediately on the Corrie references. 'I want to finesse you. There was no fluidity, no emotion, and your thoracic spine is very tight'

Scathing: 'If you did that on my street I'd probably call the council,' Jason said, cashing in immediately on the Corrie references. 'I want to finesse you. There was no fluidity, no emotion, and your thoracic spine is very tight'

Scathing: ‘If you did that on my street I’d probably call the council,’ Jason said, cashing in immediately on the Corrie references. ‘I want to finesse you. There was no fluidity, no emotion, and your thoracic spine is very tight’

Icon: An emotional Didi Conn was next, famed for her iconic role as Frenchie in Grease, who called the whole experience 'magical'

Icon: An emotional Didi Conn was next, famed for her iconic role as Frenchie in Grease, who called the whole experience 'magical'

Icon: An emotional Didi Conn was next, famed for her iconic role as Frenchie in Grease, who called the whole experience ‘magical’

Perfect Finnish: X-Factor's 2016 runner-up Saara Aalto was next, putting on an impressive show

Perfect Finnish: X-Factor's 2016 runner-up Saara Aalto was next, putting on an impressive show

Perfect Finnish: X-Factor’s 2016 runner-up Saara Aalto was next, putting on an impressive show

Fan-boying: Christopher couldn't help but gush over Didi, planting a kiss on the Hollywood star's hand - despite awarding her just a 4

Fan-boying: Christopher couldn't help but gush over Didi, planting a kiss on the Hollywood star's hand - despite awarding her just a 4

Fan-boying: Christopher couldn’t help but gush over Didi, planting a kiss on the Hollywood star’s hand – despite awarding her just a 4

Grease stain! Didi was skating in her Pink Lady jacket, used in Grease, complete with mustard stain

Grease stain! Didi was skating in her Pink Lady jacket, used in Grease, complete with mustard stain

Grease stain! Didi was skating in her Pink Lady jacket, used in Grease, complete with mustard stain

Grease stain! Didi was skating in her Pink Lady jacket, used in Grease, complete with mustard stain

Grease stain! Didi was skating in her Pink Lady jacket, used in Grease, complete with mustard stain

He then told Sylvain he was ‘pulling Jane around like a shopping trolley’.

Her total scores came in at 20.5/40, with a 5.5 from Ashley and a 6 each from Torvill and Dean.

An emotional Didi was next, famed for her iconic role as Frenchie  in Grease, who called the whole experience ‘magical’.

Yet, despite being the oldest-ever contestant at 67-years-old, Jason slammed her by awarding her 2.5. The others gave her each a 4, totaling at 14.5/40.

Icon: Despite being the oldest-ever contestant at 67-years-old, Jason slammed her by awarding her 2.5. The others gave her each a 4, totaling at 14.5/40

Icon: Despite being the oldest-ever contestant at 67-years-old, Jason slammed her by awarding her 2.5. The others gave her each a 4, totaling at 14.5/40

Icon: Despite being the oldest-ever contestant at 67-years-old, Jason slammed her by awarding her 2.5. The others gave her each a 4, totaling at 14.5/40

Icon: Despite being the oldest-ever contestant at 67-years-old, Jason slammed her by awarding her 2.5. The others gave her each a 4, totaling at 14.5/40

Icon: Despite being the oldest-ever contestant at 67-years-old, Jason slammed her by awarding her 2.5. The others gave her each a 4, totaling at 14.5/40

Opinionated: Jason said he was 'disappointed' by Didi, having 'dined out' on dancing thanks to Grease for her entire career, after skating to We Go Together from the 1978 classic with pro Łukasz Różycki

Opinionated: Jason said he was 'disappointed' by Didi, having 'dined out' on dancing thanks to Grease for her entire career, after skating to We Go Together from the 1978 classic with pro Łukasz Różycki

Opinionated: Jason said he was ‘disappointed’ by Didi, having ‘dined out’ on dancing thanks to Grease for her entire career, after skating to We Go Together from the 1978 classic with pro Łukasz Różycki

Impressive: Saara danced to to Lady Gaga's Born This Way with Hamish Gaman

Impressive: Saara danced to to Lady Gaga's Born This Way with Hamish Gaman

Impressive: Saara danced to to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way with Hamish Gaman

Thrilled! Saara and Hamish seemed more than happy with their critique

Thrilled! Saara and Hamish seemed more than happy with their critique

Thrilled! Saara and Hamish seemed more than happy with their critique

Like a duck to... ice: James Jordan who was cheered on by his wife Ola from the stands. He cleaned up after (somewhat ironically) dancing to I Can't Dance

Like a duck to... ice: James Jordan who was cheered on by his wife Ola from the stands. He cleaned up after (somewhat ironically) dancing to I Can't Dance

Like a duck to... ice: James Jordan who was cheered on by his wife Ola from the stands. He cleaned up after (somewhat ironically) dancing to I Can't Dance

Like a duck to... ice: James Jordan who was cheered on by his wife Ola from the stands. He cleaned up after (somewhat ironically) dancing to I Can't Dance

Like a duck to… ice: James Jordan who was cheered on by his wife Ola from the stands. He cleaned up after (somewhat ironically) dancing to I Can’t Dance

Congrats! James is coupled up with pro Alexandra Schauman for the competition

Congrats! James is coupled up with pro Alexandra Schauman for the competition

Congrats! James is coupled up with pro Alexandra Schauman for the competition

Jason said he was ‘disappointed’ by Didi, having ‘dined out’ on dancing thanks to Grease for her entire career, after skating to We Go Together from the 1978 classic with pro Łukasz Różycki.

Christopher couldn’t help but gush over Didi, planting a kiss on the Hollywood star’s hand. Holly couldn’t contain her excitement over the fact that Didi was skating in her Pink Lady jacket, used in Grease, complete with mustard stain!

X-Factor’s 2016 runner-up Saara Aalto was next, putting on an impressive show to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way with Hamish Gaman, followed by ex-Strictly Come Dancing pro James Jordan who was cheered on by his wife Ola from the stands.

He cleaned up after (somewhat ironically) dancing to I Can’t Dance with pro Alexandra Schauman.

Jason declared that ‘finally we have hope’, Ashley branded the performance ‘buttery’, while Jayne said: ‘It was the best we’ve ever seen in show one!’ He received 30.5/40 overall.

Perfect start: Jason declared that 'finally we have hope', Ashley branded the performance 'buttery', while Jayne said - 'It was the best we've ever seen in show one'

Perfect start: Jason declared that 'finally we have hope', Ashley branded the performance 'buttery', while Jayne said - 'It was the best we've ever seen in show one'

Perfect start: Jason declared that ‘finally we have hope’, Ashley branded the performance ‘buttery’, while Jayne said – ‘It was the best we’ve ever seen in show one’

Aussie spirit! The pair danced to Land Down Under, in homage to his Aussie roots and received the lowest score of the night, having been branded 'an out-of-control mess' by Jason, with Ashley telling Mark 'you need to master the basics'

Aussie spirit! The pair danced to Land Down Under, in homage to his Aussie roots and received the lowest score of the night, having been branded 'an out-of-control mess' by Jason, with Ashley telling Mark 'you need to master the basics'

Aussie spirit! The pair danced to Land Down Under, in homage to his Aussie roots and received the lowest score of the night, having been branded ‘an out-of-control mess’ by Jason, with Ashley telling Mark ‘you need to master the basics’

Next week: The six celebs set to perform next week took a turn around the ice; and Jason's nasty commentary was back

Next week: The six celebs set to perform next week took a turn around the ice; and Jason's nasty commentary was back

Next week: The six celebs set to perform next week took a turn around the ice; and Jason’s nasty commentary was back

Bitchy: Jason told Richard Blackwood, Wes Nelson, Saira Khan, Melody Thornton, Brian McFadden and Ryan Sidebottom that they needed to perfect their finesse before next week

Bitchy: Jason told Richard Blackwood, Wes Nelson, Saira Khan, Melody Thornton, Brian McFadden and Ryan Sidebottom that they needed to perfect their finesse before next week

Bitchy: Jason told Richard Blackwood, Wes Nelson, Saira Khan, Melody Thornton, Brian McFadden and Ryan Sidebottom that they needed to perfect their finesse before next week

Bitchy: Jason told Richard Blackwood, Wes Nelson, Saira Khan, Melody Thornton, Brian McFadden and Ryan Sidebottom that they needed to perfect their finesse before next week

Bitchy: Jason told Richard Blackwood, Wes Nelson, Saira Khan, Melody Thornton, Brian McFadden and Ryan Sidebottom that they needed to perfect their finesse before next week

After this, the six celebs set to perform next week took a turn around the ice; and Jason’s nasty commentary was back.

He told Richard Blackwood, Wes Nelson, Saira Khan, Melody Thornton, Brian McFadden and Ryan Sidebottom that they needed to perfect their finesse before next week – particularly pinpointing Brian, who has declared war against pal James when it comes to this year’s competition.

Jayne also confirmed later in the episode that she and Christopher will take to the ice at some point during the current season, receiving much cheer from the audience.

Dancing On Ice returns to ITV next Sunday from 6PM. 

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