Joe Warren Plant lights up Blackpool as he dances his way to top of Dancing on Ice leaderboard and into love week with professional partner Vanessa Bauer

Blackpool actor Joe Warren Plant has cemented his place as one of the favourites to win this year's series of Dancing On Ice with another first place finish on Sunday night's show  - and found his name in big lights across Blackpool Tower.

By Nicola Jaques
Monday, 8th February 2021, 11:23 am
Updated Monday, 8th February 2021, 11:26 am

The iconic resort attraction was lit up with the words 'Vote Joe and Vanessa' as Emmerdale star Joe, 18, took to the ice with professional partner Vanessa Bauer for the fourth episode of the celeb skating contest for dance week.

Joe and Vanessa had been busy in training all week ahead of their quickstep for the Ballroom Blitz themed show and had taken some inspiration for their routine with a special visit and dance session at the Empress Ballroom in the historic Winter Gardens.

The tribute was arranged for the 18-year-old actor by Shop It Local in Blackpool, a service that delivers food and essentials to the elderly and vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic which Joe has been helping.

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In a video message dedicated to his hometown ahead of the show, Joe said: "A big, big thank you to every one who voted for me and Vanessa, We're through to dance week and it means so much to me knowing I have so many people from my hometown rooting for me and I can't describe how it feels, I appreciate it so much."

Joe and Vanessa finished joint top with a total 32.5 points handed out by the DOI, the same score given to Lady Leshurr and pro-skater partner Brendyn Hadfield and former Coronation Street star Faye Brookes and Hamish Gaman.

Blackpool-born Joe is represented by Blackpool's Scream Management and is the youngest ever Dancing On Ice contestant.

Joe Warren Plant and Vanessa Bauer get inspired ahead of dance week in Blackpool's Empress Ballroom Picture Dave Nelson
Dancing on Ice Joe Warren Plant and Vanessa Bauer top the leaderboard again for dance week with Lady Leshurr and Faye Brookes