'I've loved every minute of it!' Injured Loose Women star Andrea McLean gives gets emotional as she becomes the first celebrity to crash out of gymnastics show Tumble
With two sprained ankles and a weak position on last week's scoreboard, Andrea McLean knew she was facing an uphill struggle when she stepped out to compete on Tumble on Saturday night.
The Loose Women star was seen shedding tears as she suffered her double injury while rehearsing an acrobatic floor routine with her partner Alex Uttley.
'We've only got a few days to go,' a weeping Andrea said. 'I'm having to force myself to keep going through the pain. I'm absolutely not giving up.'
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Heading home: Andrea McLean receives a bouquet of flowers from partner Alex Uttley as she chats with host Alex Jones, after becoming the first star to be voted off Tumble on Saturday night
As she performed her routine to All Saints' Pure Shores on the live BBC1 show, the TV personality lost her balance, costing her vital points.
Wearing a pretty cerise dress, Andrea apologised profusely to her partner for her error as judges Nadia Comăneci, Louis Smith, Sebastian Stellar and Craig Heap gave her a total score of 22 out of a possible 40.
Her low position meant that she had to face off in The Vault against former Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan, who was placed in jeopardy over boxer Carl Froch - who scored 24.5 - after his first and second week totals were combined in a tie-breaker.
Low score: After injuring both of her ankles in rehearsals, Andrea failed to impress the judges with her routine
Shock: Andrea lost her place on the show after facing off against fellow low-scorer Peter Duncan
Emotional: The Loose Women star wept as she suffered her injury during gruelling rehearsals
Therapy: Andrea's injuries were looked at by a professional as she soldiered through rehearsals
Peter, who this week scored 26 out of 40 after a slightly stiff aerial hoop routine to Kenny Loggins' classic Footloose, was the first to go over the pummel in the showdown against Andrea.
As the audience cheered him on, he lost his battle in the middle of a headstand, subsequently landing on his bottom.
Andrea was next up, performing a handspring, which she finished with a perfect landing.
In a spin: Peter's performance didn't prove particularly impressive for judges, although he was saved in the end
Floored: The TV personality was criticised for using his advancing age as a way of lowering expectations
'So pleased I didn't fall over - that's the main thing,' said Andrea, as she completed her vault.
Responded Peter: 'I did fall over! I did five out of six the other day, so I'm a bit disappointed.'
But head judge Nadia, who had to make her decision on who to save based solely on their vaults, shocked audiences when she decided to keep Peter in the competition, after noting that he attempted a more difficult manoeuvre.
Bedtime: Sugababes star Amelle Berrabah received a respectable score of 29 for her performance
Agile: The singer showed off her moves - and strength - as she danced her way through the routine
Visibly disappointed, though retaining a professional smile, Andrea hugged and congratulated Peter before her partner Alex brought her a bouquet of flowers.
She told host Alex Jones: 'I've loved every minute of it - every sprain, every rip, every bump.'
Former TOWIE star Lucy Mecklenburgh, who sat at the bottom of the table last week, showed great improvement as she performed an aerial hoop routine to Lily Allen's Somewhere Only We Know.
Painful: Ian 'H' Watkins suffered an array of hand injuries while rehearsing for his routine
Gory: Some of the former Steps star's injuries were shown to viewers on Saturday night
Alright on the night: Despite his pain, the singer was able to pull through his performance
After crying at her disappointing performance the previous week, Lucy vowed: 'I am not leaving this competition without a fight.'
Dressed in a green leotard, Lucy performed a graceful routine with partner Billy George, scoring an impressive 28.5.
'I feel like this is a different Lucy this week,' said Louis. 'I was very impressed.'
Lights out: Sarah Harding revealed that the lights on her outfit failed to switch on during her performance
Flexible: The star showed off an array of moves that wowed the panel of judges
Hug: The former Girls Aloud star embraced her partner Leon Fagbemi as their routine came to an end
Also seeing great improvement was Emma Samms, who incorporated the ballet she learned as a child into her hoop routine, landing 30 out of a possible 40.
Former Eastenders star John Partridge, who last week hit the top spot, also went for an aerial hoop performance, mastering painful toe hangs as he showed off his moves while the Dean Martin Classic Ain't That A Kick In The Head played in the background.
For his very flexible performance, John and partner Kat Would scored an improved 28.5.
Graceful: Emma Samms showed incorporated ballet moves into her routine this week
Dreams: The former Dynasty star revealed that she trained to become a ballerina before suffering an injury
Ian 'H' Watkins suffered the most unsightly of all the stars' injuries on the show this week, as his hands were left with deep cuts and blisters during his rehearsals.
'I'm digging deep. I'm going to ignore the pain,' he said before stepping out for his hoop performance 'On the live show I'm gonna nail it.'
And nail it he did, as he topped the table with an impressive 31 out of 40.
Balanced: Screen star Bobby Lockwood was all smiles as he balanced partner Kristin Allen
Steady: The actor impressed judges by performing a very difficult short-arm handstand
Fellow singer Sarah Harding, who placed fourth last week, danced her way towards a score of 28.5 - but her biggest issue appeared to be her wardrobe malfunction.
After her performance with Leon Fagbemi, Sarah revealed to host Alex that her stunning purple leotard was supposed to have been covered in lights - but they didn't switch on.
'There was a little technical fault just before we started,' she said. 'I'm short circuiting all over!'
Jumping through hoops: Former Eastenders star John Partridge scored an impressive 28.5 for his routine
Bobby Lockwood and his partner Kristin Allen thrilled judges, earning 28 with their seaside-themed floor routine, which included a difficult short-arm handstand - and a teddy bear as a prop.
Sugababes star Amelle Berrabah incorporated a complicated 'slinky' move into her floor routine - otherwise dubbed 'the back-breaker' - as she and Doug Fordyce danced to Bjork's rendition of It's Oh So Quiet.
'After everything I've gone through, I think I deserve to do alright on the night,' she said, before performing her bedroom-themed routine, which ended in a playful pillow fight and earned her 29.
Challenge: Boxer Carl Froch failed to impress judges - but narrowly missed out on the elimination round
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