DENISE Van Outen returned to Dancing On Ice tonight to watch from the sidelines after quitting due to a shoulder injury.
The 46-year-old took a tumble and dislocated her shoulder last week, confirming the joint had been smashed in three places.
Denise returned to Dancing On Ice in a sling tonightCredit: Rex Features
Denise made efforts to continue in the show, even performing live for audiences at home – but the pain proved too much for her.
She sadly had to resign from the series, but made a comeback of sorts this weekend, cheering on her fellow celebrities as they continued on.
Keeping her as part of the Dancing On Ice family, she was given a small hosting role announcing ITV’s latest competition during the show.
Denise was seen giving her best wishes to her replacement contestant, Olympic athlete Amy Tinkler, as she made her debut on the ice.
Denise had a nasty fall last week and dislocated her shoulderCredit: Rex Features
A behind-the-scenes clip saw Denise watching Amy train, with the gymnast telling audiences the actress and TV personality had been supporting her.
Viewers were pleased to see the star back on the show after sharing their disappointment last week when she backed out of the programme.
“Devastated about Denise,” wrote one sad viewer. “Hopefully she’s back on the show next year.”
“Poor Denise, she never really had a chance,” said another. “It’s a shame she has to leave. I hope her shoulder heals soon.”
Viewers were pleased to see Denise make a returnCredit: Rex Features
Denise still performed last week despite the injurtCredit: ITV
Others were quick to compliment her sparkling medical gear, as the star appeared in a diamond-encrusted sling.
“Denise, where did u get those amazing slings?” one woman wrote. “I’ve got a broken wrist and they would be perfect!”
The Sun revealed last week that Denise could return to Dancing on Ice in 2022 after her premature exit.
In an exclusive chat, Denise’s skating partner 44-year-old Matt has confirmed that this is a definite possibility, and he’d “love” to join the 46-year-old star on the ice next year instead.
He told us: “There’s been a lot of comment online for ‘Denise and Matt 2022′, they have never really done that before.
“At this stage we are just looking at next week, but there is a lot of support for Denise to do the show again next year. I would love that.
“That’s because I get along with Denise so well, we just laughed so much.”
Dancing On Ice continues Sundays at 6pm on ITV.