Horror fall leaves Suzanne on the brink of quitting Dancing on Ice

Last updated at 07:23 21 January 2008

A horrendous fall while rehearsing an ice dancing routine left Suzanne Shaw in doubt about her future on ITV's Dancing on Ice.

The fall, in which the former Hear'Say singer was stunned and bloodied, happened during a practice session yesterday afternoon.

However the star recovered in time to take part in tonight's live contest which saw TV presenter Natalie Pinkham and her partner Andre Lipanov voted off.

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Pinkham became the second contestant to be booted off Dancing On Ice after a "disappointing" performance.

Pinkham, 29, found herself in the bottom two after the public vote, alongside former Blue Peter presenter Tim Vincent.

Judges on the ITV show chose to save Vincent, despite a mistake early on in his performance to Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic by the Police.

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Pinkham received a total score of 14 points from the judges for her dance with partner Andre.

Jason Gardiner said: "We want to see an improvement and what I was looking at tonight was a lot of things that were disappointing me.

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"Your arms are like an old-fashioned scale, always tipping off-balance, and I found that with the lift, if it wasn't for Andre's strength you wouldn't have been up there.

"It looks like someone has velcro-ed you on to him."

A disappointed Natalie said: "Honestly I've had the best time. The guys are the best and everyone says it but its true."

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Other celebrities still competing in the series include pop star Gareth Gates and former tennis player Greg Rusedski.

TV presenter Sarah Greene was the first evictee last week.

Suzanne, 26, slipped and fell while being held by American skating partner Matt Evers during a rehearsal on Saturday.

She landed face first on the rink before being clipped by Matt's skate, causing a head injury.

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Paramedics at the practice area treated Suzanne immediately but they were unable to move her for more than 15 minutes.

The star was also treated for bruising to her arms and bottom and the rink was closed for more than half an hour because of spilled blood.

A Dancing on Ice source said: "Suzanne suffered a bad cut to the head when she fell.

"Luckily Matt managed to avoid landing on top of her but his skate clipped the side of her head.

"It was quite a bad accident and there was blood all over the ice.

"She is hoping she will be fit enough to appear on tonight's show but her confidence has taken a massive hit."

Suzanne was assessed earlier today to see if she was fit to compete this evening.

The source added: "Suzanne is regarded as one of the best skaters, so it just shows how dangerous ice danncing is."

The fall hit other celebs competing on the show, who looked "edgy" during later practice sessions.