She helped Europe make their minds up and led the United Kingdom to their fourth Eurovision win in 1981. And over the weekend former Bucks Fizz member Cheryl Baker relived her glory days on the ITV ice skating show Dancing on Ice with her dancing partner Dan Whiston, back after a four-year absence.
With her fellow Bucks Fizz members watching on from the audience, Cheryl and Dan managed to incorporate some of the choreography we knew from Dublin 37 years ago — including that skirt ripping moment and a new addition — Dan ripping his trousers at the end. The kaleidoscope of colours in the background also served early 80s realness.
Sadly, the Ice Panel weren’t impressed and felt more nul points than douze points. Jason Gardiner gave a 2.5 out of 10, whilst the remaining judges of Ashley Banjo, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean all gave a 3.0, putting Cheryl bottom of the leaderboard with a total of 11.5. Ouch.
Being his brutal self and despite being a huge Bucks Fizz fan back in the 80s, Jason described it as “one of the worst performance of the night” and “a lot of bucked moments with zero fizz”. On a more positive note, Christopher praised Cheryl for her ice-skating ability at 63 and would give a 10 for the choreography.
It was then up to the voting public to make their minds up and that was enough to ensure Cheryl avoided the dreaded skate-off and advanced through to next week’s Disco-themed show. Phew!
Dancing on Ice 2018 – Judges’ scores (Week 2)
Max Evans and Ale Izquierdo – 21.5
Alex Beresford and Brianne Delcour – 19.5
Donna Air and Mark Hanretty – 17.5
Lemar and Melody Le Moal – 15.0
Brooke Vincent and Matej Silecky – 13.0
Cheryl Baker and Dan Whiston – 11.5
What did you think of Cheryl’s performance? Are you happy she’s through to next week? Share your thoughts in the comments below.