Dancing on Ice: Gareth Thomas too ill to go on, Matt Lapinskas, Beth Tweddle and Luke Campbell automatically in final

Gareth Thomas was forced to pull out of Dancing on Ice after falling too ill to skate, meaning Matt Lapinskas, Beth Tweddle and Luke Campbell are automatic finalists.

Gareth Thomas makes an unusual exit from Dancing On IcePoor Gareth Thomas was forced to withdraw from the competition under unprecedented circumstances - and Matt Lapinskas splits from his girlfriend:

Gareth Thomas is out the comptetion sadly. Copyright: [itv]

Gareth has been suffering from motion sickness which had got so bad that medics insisted the rugby star leave the ice for good.

In his VT ahead of the performance Gareth was shown being sick as he struggled with the flying harnesses.

Gareth was seen being sick in his VT. Copyright: [itv]

Following his performance, Gareth was looking very peaky as he approached the judges, prompting Phillip Schofield to be very concerned and usher him off stage.

This caused havoc for producers who were forced to frantically try and fill the extra time.

This meant we were treated to all three 'save me skates' (however, with no need to save anyone) to pad things out.

Your DOI finalists! Copyright: [itv]

Plus, viewers who voted have been promised a full refund after Sunday's public votes were cancelled.

Philip Schofield told the audience: "Gareth is in the skate-off, however due to the nature of his condition we have cancelled the skate-off."

"Viewers who voted tonight can apply for a refund. Gareth has withdrawn from the competition."

Meanwhile, now it would seem Matt Lapinskas is the fave to win after scoring an impressive two 39.0s skating to Michael Jackson's Bad.

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Fri, Mar 23, 2012 10:01 GMT