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Sarah Judd reviews Dancing On Ice, which is back at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle tonight and on May 6.

Sarah Judd reviews Dancing On Ice, which is back at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle tonight and on May 6.

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The stars of Dancing on Ice at the Metro Radio Arena were no strangers to Newcastle - except for presenter Andi Peters.

"Good afternoon Nottin... Birmin.... Newcastle", he spluttered while he remembered where he was, getting the show off to an awkward start.

Proving he was just as clumsy on the ice, the presenter of the ITV spin-off show gained some sympathy by showing off the broken ankle he sustained while rehearsing a routine with would-be partner Kristina Lenko.

Thankfully the rest of the international ice-skating entourage, including stars of sport, screen and pop, managed to dazzle the crowd - and we're not just talking about the fantastic costumes.

Queen of the ice skating world Jane Torvill told the crowd: "It's 10 years since we've been in Newcastle skating and we never thought we would be back again, thank you for coming."

Bonnie Langford and her partner quickly followed the duo's interpretation of Queen's A Kind Of Magic, and we knew we were in for a great afternoon's entertainment.

The pantomime continued when reviled judge from the TV version of the show Jason Gardiner said: "For a woman of her age, it's incredible," to more boos and hisses from the crowd.

Lisa Scott-Lee got the men's vote with her interpretation of Man! I feel Like a Woman in her saucy black and diamante costume. She said: "I've been here many times before with Steps and Newcastle was always one of the loudest audiences, so it's great to be back."

Rugby international Kyran Bracken admitted he now prefers tanning sessions and sequins to a scrum. He said: "I've been to Newcastle every year and had everything knocked out of me!" Another star performance came from actress Clare Buckfield (Declan Donnelly's ex-girlfriend), despite nursing an injury after pulling a muscle under her ribcage. She admitted she "got all emotional" about being back in Newcastle.

Dancing on Ice Live was an excellent family day out. Grandmother Anne Jackson said grandaughter Chloe, four, had been dazzled by the live show, after spending her Saturday nights skating around the living room in her socks during the TV run.

The audience voted former Blue heart-throb Duncan James and Kyran Bracken to skate in the show's finale with their partners - Torvill and Dean's famous Olympic gold-winning Bolero of 1984.

And even though Duncan was the ultimate winner there were many happy Kyran fans who were happy to shake his hand at the end of the show - including me.

Extra tickets, including special needs seats, have been released for tonight's show. Ring 0870 707 8000 for more details.

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