He's Bad! Matt Lapinskas shrugs off love split as he scores two 39.0s with stunning Dancing On Ice routines
He's had a dramatic week with splitting up from his girlfriend Shona McGarty and turning 24.
However, Matt Lapinskas didn't let the distraction affect his skating performance as he pulled off two stellar routines on Sunday night's Dancing On Ice.
The ex-EastEnders actor ended up with two scores of 39.0 for two different routines with his partner Brianne Delcourt.
Flying high: Matt Lapinskas and Brianne Delcourt perform their first routine on Dancing on Ice
'The most beautiful flying routine from a male celebrity': Matt was rounded praised by the judges for his grace in the air
The pair were the first to perform on Sunday's live episode with their flying routine to Nat King Cole's Straighten Up and Fly Right.
They were thrilled with their score of 39.0 after getting three 10s from the judge - which would later be equaled with their second non-flying performance.
Robin hailed Matt's performance as 'the best male flying we've ever had in all of our series so far'.
Old school: The pair performed to a Nat King Cole song
He continued: 'You trusted him and he trusted you. Was beautiful from beginning to the end. Seamless.'
Defending his 9 when the other judges gave 10, Jason said: 'Nine is really good. You were the best you've ever seen with a male celebrity in the air. You looked great tonight.
'The only thing was the back leg is the extended leg, I would have like to see it just a little bit higher. I'm a bit picky, but is the semi-finals people.'
Excited: Matt and Brianne celebrate after getting their high score
Matt and Brianne's second routine was back on the ice and was sexy number to Michael Jackson's '80s classic Bad.
Jason ended up giving his first 10 of the series: 'Matt, we really needed that tonight. That was a semi-final performance. It was dynamic, edgy, punchy. It was a complete package for me.'
Ashley Roberts enthused: 'You were bad! Salsa verde extra hot and spicy. You've got the it factor.'
Wowing the judges: Matt's second routine was to Michael Jackson's Bad
However, the two skaters on the panel Karen and Robin gave them 9.5 each because of the hesitation on one of his lifts.
Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle's non-flying performance was given a particularly harsh critique by Jason, who described her as 'dead behind the eyes'.
She and partner Dan Whiston performed to Jessie J's Domino, ending up with their highest score ever 33.5.
However, Jason said something was still lacking: 'You are technically so brilliant with what you can do. I've been asking for you to dig down and give me something that connects with you.
Sexing things up: Beth Tweddle and partner Dan Whiston performed to Jessie J's Domino
'There were moments... But you're mechanical. It's like you're dead behind the eyes.'
Luke Campbell's first performance of the night was his flying routine with partner Jenna Smith to James Vincent McMorrow's Higher Love.
The Olympic boxer ended up with a respectable score of 30.5 - although Jason only gave a 6.5.
Robin said: 'A very nice clean routine. It was all contained. I wanted you to show us you were enjoying it. I could see that little bit of trepidation in your face.
Let's fly: Luke Campbell's first performance of the night with partner Jenna Smith was to James Vincent McMorrow's Higher Love
Jason was rather harsh: 'I don't like watching boys fly. Unfortunately you don't exude or express anything in the air. You were devoid of any emotion of the piece or your partner. It was very lacklustre.'
However, their second performance was to Westlife ballad What About Now?, giving them their best score so far with 31.5.
Ashley told him: 'There were some difficult and different moves. I wanna see even more from you.'
Gareth Thomas and Robin Johnstone performed a non-flying routine to Coldplay's La Vida, ending up with a total score of 33.5.
Karen told him: 'I was pleased with that. I was concerned a bit at the beginning about your balance. Later in the routine, you got it back.'
Not well: Gareth Thomas and partner Robin Johnstone only performed once as he struggled with severe motion sickness
However, Jason noticed that Gareth wasn't feeling 100 per cent and it had impacted on his routine: ' Tonight you're not on your A-game. You're not the Gareth we're used to see. The lifts were a little bit clunky.'
Philip said Gareth had been feeling poorly that day as the rugby star nodded, looking visibly unwell before rushing off stage.
Jane admitted he had been 'really disorientated' during rehearsals earlier that day.
However, after consultations with the medics, it was decided Gareth wouldn't be performing his flying routine, meaning he and Robin were at the bottom of the leaderboard with only 33.5.
Dancing On Ice semi-final leaderboard
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