Former Sunderland player Kevin Kilbane avoids first Dancing On Ice skate off with new girlfriend Brianne Delcourt

Ex-Sunderland footballer Kevin Kilbane, skated through to the next round of Dancing On Ice after presenter Holly Willoughby teased his new relationship.

Monday, 13th January 2020, 12:48 pm
Kevin managed to avoid the dreaded skate off. Photo: ITV

On Sunday, January 12, Kevin showcased his first couples routine live with his professional skating partner and new girlfriend Brianne Delcourt on ITV’s Dancing On Ice.

Skating to the song Electric Light Orchestra’s Mr Blue Sky, they hoped to impress The Ice Panel, this year consisting of John Barrowman, Ashley Banjo, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.

The couple were scored out of 10 based on the performance and overall they achieved 18.5 out of 40 for their football-themed routine.

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Dancing On Ice continues on ITV. Photo: Matt Frost/ITV

Their total score was added to a leader board which was combined with that evening’s public vote to determine the lowest placed couples.

Following the routine, they laughed as the hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield made comments on them being a couple in real life as the pair recently confirmed they are an item.

Holly said: “Now most people come into this competition dreaming of going home with the title. You’re going home with a whole lot more!”

When asked about their romantic and skating partnership when working together, Delcourt said: "I'm definitely the boss on the ice.

Kevin will skate again on Dancing On Ice. Photo: Matt Frost/ITV

"I allow him to be the boss at home."

During a VT showing footage from training period. Kevin said: “Brianne and I, we’ve got a lot in common.

“We’ve got a lot of chemistry and we’re together."

Kevin managed to avoid gaining a low score in total and escaped battling it out in the dreaded skate off, where they would have to perform a routine again.

It was TV’s Trisha Goddard and her professional partner Lukasz Rozycki who were eliminated from the ITV competition after a dance-off against Lucrezia Millarini and her partner Brendyn Hatfield.

The popular talk show host told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that she had done what she had set out to do saying she “learned to skate.”

Dancing On Ice continues on ITV on Sunday, January 19.