Dancing On Ice’s Ashley pours heart out over Perri after gets perfect score

Dancing On Ice had fans wiping away the tears tonight as judge Ashley Banjo let out all his feelings about close pal Perri Kiely.

Ashley, who's part of dance group Diversity with Perri, was close to tears himself as he told of his pride at seeing Perri win this series' first perfect score.

Other Diversity members were in the audience tonight, cheering on Perri as he took to the ice with pro partner Vanessa Bauer.

As Christopher Dean was left to round off the scoring, he told the pair: "I tried to press 11, but it wouldn't go. It's a 10!"

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Perri started to well up behind his glasses, Holly Willoughby announcing: "Tens across the board!"

"They're standing up!" Phillip Schofield shouted over the roar of the crowd, "You've got a standing ovation!"

Holly soon turned attention to Ashley at the far end of the judges' bench, who looked like he might shed a tear at any moment.

"I'm here," he said, "And our squad's over there. But you were out there on your own.

"Seeing you become the man you've become, I'm so proud bro."

Later he added: "Obviously, that's personal, but just as a skater, what you're achieving and pulling off in this competition is…yeah, I don't know what to say, well done, proud of you."

Perri's been the favourite from the start, wowing the judges and fans alike from day one.

He went through to next Sunday's live final, alongside Joe Swash and Libby Clegg.

Libby found herself in the dance off against Ben Hanlin, but prevailed after three of four judges voted to save her.

Ben's pro partner Carlotta Edwards had a slip on the ice, but since Ben stayed standing, head judge Christopher Dean told them it wouldn't play into his decision.

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