AMY Tinkler has been tipped to win Dancing On Ice after replacing Denise Van Outen on the show.
The 21-year-old Olympic gymnast made her first appearance on the ITV skating competition last night after the presenter, 46, fractured her shoulder in three places.
Amy – who won a bronze medal on the floor at the 2016 Olympics and was also crowned British all-round champion in 2015 – may have found another calling.
Despite having very little time to prepare for her first performance, the athlete and pro-skater partner Joe Johnson managed to bag themselves an impressive 21 points with their impressive routine for Musical Week.
The newbie received 7.5 from John Barrowman, 7 from both Ashley Banjo and Christopher Dean, but only scored a measly 6.5 from Jayne Torvill.
Many fans took to Twitter to praise Amy for her outstanding performance and think that she could be the dark horse of the competition.
One wrote: “cannot wait for Amy Tinkler to pull a Kelvin and win this being a reserve choice. #DancingOnIce#DoI.”
Another said: “Amy Tinkler knocking it out of the park for me with that pairs spin on her debut! All feels a bit undermarked from where I’m sitting, though I don’t like to disagree with Torvill and Dean! #DancingOnIce.”
A third tweeted: “Amy is a fab edition to the show! Hope she goes far #dancingonice Great first performance.”
A fourth chimed in: “Well Amy & Joe arrived with a bang! Awesome! #dancingonice#doi.”
Denise is just one of THREE contestants who had to drop out last week of the show last week.
Towie’s Billie Faiers dropped out due to a family bereavement and comedian Rufus Hound had to self-isolate – but both stars will hopefully be returning to the rink soon.
Denise, who dislocated her shoulder last month whilst training and fractured it in three places, decided to call it a day because of the unbearable pain.
The accident also left the West End performer terrified of falling again on the ice, but put on a brave face last night and returned to the ice to cheer on her fellow celebrities.
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An ITV insider previously told The Sun: “The trio of absences have caused major headaches. Bosses have to fill two hours in prime-time.
“They thought the biggest hurdle would be getting the programme on air, but they couldn’t have foreseen coronavirus causing a contestant to drop out at the same time that two other stars left due to an injury and a bereavement.
“With such a run of bad luck, they’re preparing for every possible outcome. They’re taking nothing for granted.”