Dancing On Ice contestant Bez made show history on Sunday’s launch episode as he wore a watermelon patterned crash helmet for his performance.
The Happy Mondays star, 57, who is partnered with professional skater Angela Egan, is the first-ever contestant to wear a helmet for his “own protection” on the ice.
Bez performed to his own hit Step On where he paid homage to the lyrics “you’re twistin’ my melon man” by having a watermelon-themed routine complete with maracas.
The star, who was supported by bandmate Shaun Ryder in the audience, received 12.5 out of 40 from the four judges – Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean, Oti Mabuse and Ashley Banjo.
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To which an excited Bez exclaimed: “It’s more than I thought I was going to get anyway!”
With host Phillip Schofield joking: “You are the only person we’ve ever had to send out on the ice with a crash helmet on as we’re protecting your melon, man, that’s for sure!”
Bez also listed off all the other protection he was wearing, including knee pads, a back brace and even something to protect his “old maracas”.
With host Holly Willoughby exclaiming: “Oh my God, I love you so much!”
The judges applauded Bez for showing up and performing an “entertaining” performance, joking he deserved a standing ovation for not falling over.
While fans at home were quick to praise the musician as they insisted that the performance was the “greatest thing” they had ever seen on TV.
Speaking to OK! and other press outlets earlier this week, he explained: “I’ve been doing some spectacular falls, mostly involving my head crashing into the ice. I wear a helmet, so nothing too serious.
“I’ve had a few [injuries], nothing major, but I’m quite bruised and battered.”
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Dancing On Ice continues on Sundays on ITV at 6:30pm.