Matt Lapinskas, Beth Tweddle and Luke Campbell have made it to the Dancing on Ice final after an unprecedented semi-final.

Gareth Thomas’ Dancing on Ice journey ended earlier then the Welsh rugby star had hoped last night, when he was ruled out of performing his second skate of the night on medical grounds.

As well as a skating routine, each semi-finalist performed a flying routine, in which they were hoisted up in the air on a harness to perform a number of trick, twirls and spins.

As a result Thomas received a low number of votes from the public and was placed in the bottom two, which, under normal circumstances, would have seen him take to the rink again to skate for his survival in the competition.

However, he immediately withdrew from the competition as he was not fit enough to take to the ice again. This meant that EastEnders star Matt Lapinskas, Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle and boxer Luke Campbell were automatically put through to the final.

To prevent the programme from finishing early, all three finalists then performed their 'Save Me Skate' routines, which they had rehearsed during the week in the event of landing in the 'Skate Off'.

Before performing, Lapinskas said: "I want to wish him [Thomas] all the best and I want to put my heart and soul into it."

Tweddle added: "It's such a shame for him to go out in this way. Me and Dan [skating partner Dan Whiston] pass on our well wishes to him."

Campbell said that he was "gutted" about the manner in which Thomas had left the competition. He said: "He's another sportsman and that's the last thing you want."

The Dancing on Ice final takes place next Sunday (March 10) from 7pm on ITV.