Dancing on Ice: Faye Brookes partner Hamish Gaman QUITS series after injury
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This year’s Dancing on Ice has fallen victim to another early exit as professional skater Hamish Gaman has had to pull out of the ITV contest. He had been skating with Coronation Street’s Faye Brookes but now a finger injury has brought his time to a premature end.
In a statement from ITV, it confirmed Hamish’s exit from the competition.
A spokesperson said: “Sadly we can confirm that Hamish Gaman, who has been partnered with Faye Brookes, has had to withdraw from the competition.
“We thank him for all his hard work and wish him the very best as he takes some time out to allow his injury to fully heal.”
Faye will keep her place in the competition, however, with series regular Matt Evers stepping in as Hamish’s replacement.
Hamish sustained the injury off of the ice rather than an accident in rehearsals.
In fact, Hamish’s finger injury stemmed from an accident while putting on a sock before taking to the ice.
Despite being allowed to perform on Sunday with some tweak to his and Faye’s Duke and Duchess of Cambridge-inspired routine, the show’s medical team have now advised he pulls out of the competition.
The measures have been taken to ensure Hamish’s injury has time to heal.
Hamish’s departure is the latest in a long list of stars who’ve already had to cut their time on this year’s Dancing on Ice short.
Emmerdale’s Joe-Warren Plant had to withdraw from the contest after testing positive for COVID-19 on February 12.
Comedian Rufus Hound also pulled out after similarly testing positive for coronavirus earlier in the series.
Former TOWIE star Billie Shepherd and actor Denise Van Outen both quit the show after sustaining injuries on the ice.
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Jason Donovan was also given a bye last week after picking up a knock during rehearsals.
With injuries and early exits continuing to plague the series, ITV made the decision to postpone this weekend’s edition of Dancing on Ice prior to Hamish’s withdrawal.
The decision for Hamish to leave the show also came just hours after he’d confirmed he wouldn’t need surgery on the finger injury and was aiming at a return to the rink.
He penned to his 56,000 Instagram followers on Monday evening: “Good news!!! I saw a doctor today (privately) and I don’t need surgery on my finger. I’ll have to wear a splint on it but that won’t affect my ability to skate or perform in the show.”
Hamish continued: “@faye_brookes and I can still do all of the big tricks that we had planned and give you all of the usual Dancing On Ice sparkle safely.
“I’m so grateful and happy. Being back on the show this year means the world to me. Faye and I are having so much fun together and I’m so proud of her.
“We promise to take on board all of the judges comments and come back on Sunday 28th February and smash it!”
Sadly, this won’t be the case for Hamish, but fans will undoubtedly be hoping Faye can replicate her success on the show so far with new partner Matt.
Dancing on Ice returns to ITV on Sunday, February 28.
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