http://salsiando.com/finelit/2006 Dancing on Ice will skate back onto screens as it makes a triumphant return to ITV in 2018

Legendary skating duo site de rencontre serieuse totalement gratuit Jayne Torvill and watch Christopher Dean will be reunited with original hosts http://avpsolutions.com/blog/category/merchant-services/page/2/ Phillip Schofield and https://www.mccarthyarchitecture.com/indigose/11333 Holly Willoughby on the show that sees celebrity skaters take to the ice in a bid to dance and dazzle their way to glory.

With a brand new cast of celebrities plucked from the world of TV, music and showbiz, a refreshed line up of skating professionals, a spectacular new set, and more ambitious routines than ever before, the show’s revival will prove unmissable event television.

Torvill and Dean will both sit on a revamped ice panel alongside the formidable http://www.romagnamotorsport.it/?binarnewe=siti-operazioni-binarie-iq&997=dc Jason Gardiner and choreographer extraordinare uk order metformin Ashley Banjo. ITV Racing’s binäre optionen demo konto Matt Chapman will commentate.

Having originally run on ITV between 2006 and 2014, the series pairs famous faces alongside professional skaters, who each week perform in a bid to impress both the panel and the viewers at home.

The full line up of celebrity skaters and their professional partners is as follows:

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Alex Beresford and Brianne Delcourt
Candice Brown and Matt Evers
Kem Cetinay and Alex Murphy
Antony Cotton and Brandee Malto
Max Evans and Ale Izquierdo
Lemar and Melody Le Moal
Jake Quickenden and Vanessa Bauer
Perri Shakes-Drayton and Hamish Gaman
Brooke Vincent and Matej Silecky
Stephanie Waring and Sylvain Longchambon


Wow! It’s back! How excited are you both feeling?
Holly: I can’t wait! There have been rumours the show was coming back for a couple of years and I was asked if I’d be interested if it were and obviously it was that bite your hand off kind of thing! Now it is, everyone does feel it is the right time to bring back DOI.
Phillip: It is the right time. It definitely needed a break. We had broken most of the people who would have done it! We had to hatch some more celebrities to break because it is so hard. But it is not a case of bringing it back – it is a reboot. The team we have got in place is brilliant and it is a whole new show. Yes it has ice in the centre of it and there is a competition but it will look and feel different. There is a new studio, Jayne and Chris are on the panel and that frees up our professional dancers to choreograph. They will choreograph the routines; they will be working on ensemble stuff, which you never saw before. Jayne and Chris always did the skating and the pros were the supporting cast. But now they are the stars of the show and that’s exciting.

And thanks to Dancing on Ice, you’ve formed an incredible TV presenting partnership. You first started working together on the show didn’t you…?
Phillip: Dancing on Ice is what started it all off. It was the first time we worked together. We had such fun on DOI that when the position became vacant on This Morning, I said ‘Holly is the only person I want. If I can’t have her I am not playing’.

Have you missed doing the show – particularly you Phil?
Phillip: Yes you always miss doing a big show like DOI especially during the first winter off. But what I loved is it finished with great dignity. I was so proud of the last show. It was a beautiful show. I do always think it’s a bad idea to cancel anything. If you cancel something, it can’t come back. If you rest it then it can come back. If I were a TV exec, I’d never cancel anything! I would rest everything!

Holly is it nice for you to be returning to the series?
Holly: Definitely. What is really nice is I have found a new appreciation for this kind of show (which I love) since having the kids. It is exactly the type of show we sit and watch as a family. We love Strictly, The X Factor and we love sitting there watching those big family event TV moments. It is nice my children are now old enough to come and watch and enjoy DOI.

Do you feel there has been a gap in the Sunday night TV viewing schedule?
Holly: Yes, especially January!
Phillip: That’s the lovely thing about it. DOI runs after Christmas and you are ready for it.

Jayne and Chris are going to be head judges. Do you think they are going to surprise people?
Holly: I think so. Before this, we saw them bringing a lot of camaraderie to the set, they were the shoulder to lean on and they were brilliant at it. But what you don’t see and know is how much knowledge they have of the sport. To see this side of them is going to be good. It’s going to be great to hear their opinions.
Phillip: They are both very lovely people and so I think they will be constructive and helpful. There isn’t a mean streak in either of them. They will be supportive but they will also spot everything. There is nothing you can hide from them.

And there’s the arrival of Ashley, the dance guru…
Holly: The blend is really good. And also the thing about Jason being on the panel, too, is you may go ‘OMG that was a bit mean’ but he used to get the biggest change out of them! He might say ‘the shape of your arms is looking like a tree’, but then the next week they would have graceful, beautiful dancer arms.
Phillip: We have got a great balance on the panel. We’ve got two of our best skaters and the backbone of DOI. Without them, we wouldn’t have got the show off on telly in the first place. Ashley is fantastic with dance choreography, he’s a super guy.

Jason can be very honest can’t he?
Phillip: Occasionally he needs to turn the hit button off but I love it. When people boo and he says something and everyone goes ‘OMG’, it just makes me laugh.
Holly: People know what Jason is like now. If it was me and he was critiquing me, I would be disappointed if he didn’t say something like that! You want him to do a Jason on you!
Phillip: It’s like Craig Revel Horwood, Paul Hollywood, Simon Cowell – there is always someone. I know they will want to impress Jayne and Chris but with Jason, they always look to him to see what he is going to say. If he says something nice, you see their shoulders relax a bit. They want to impress them.

Do you think DOI is the hardest reality show?
Holly: It’s up there. You can seriously hurt yourself.
Phillip: There is no question it is tough. There is the combination of skill and danger.

Lets talk generally about the contestants. Do you think the actors will have an advantage when it comes to performing?
Holly: I think it will help. That is their skill.
Phillip: Antony Cotton will be fun.
Holly: And he’s got the relationship with Jason!
Phillip: He said ‘if Jason hits me with anything I am going to have a go right back at him’ and I thought ‘OMG That is not a good idea’! Hopefully they might be quite fiery! Brooke will be good. She could be our Hayley Tamaddon.
Holly: Brooke was training before she even got on the ice. She has been hitting the gym, trying to get strong, as she knew with lifts, you needed a strong core. She is definitely taking it seriously

And the sports stars are going to be fit aren’t they?
Holly: Exactly, and they have the desire to win.
Phillip: And then you have got Kem. He is indestructible. He is mad for it, falling over, hitting the ground hard, having another go, he sounds like he has the one thing that is essential – he is fearless. If you do something like this, you don’t want the fear. Candice is also fantastic. She is one of the ones who surprised me the most that she would have a go.
Holly: They are all brave.

Are you envious of the celebrities taking part?
Phillip: I am envious when they are really good. But I am not envious of the hours and hours they put into it, falling over and that freezing cold moment when you are face down on the ice rink.
Holly: I remember the last time we did the show and the ice rinks had an unprecedented number of people coming in to join. It had this effect where people wanted to ice skate and that can only be a good thing.
Phillip: I went into an ice rink. The woman said ‘OMG because of you we have sold out of everything”. And I replied ‘that’s a bad thing?!’

Do you think this year’s DOI could be bigger and better?
Phillip: The whole set is different, the way the show is being done is different and there are big screens with great projection onto the ice. That’s going to be amazing.

What are you most looking forward to?
Holly: Seeing the celebrities on the ice for the first time. You get a gauge of what standard they are at. There are so many things I am looking forward to! I just want to be back!
Phillip: I am a bit of a geek. I want to see what the new graphics are like.

Holly, have you started planning your outfits?
Holly: I haven’t started shopping yet. I am looking forward to that. There are not many shows where you can really glam up. I am also looking forward to seeing what the skaters are wearing – that whole explosion of sequins, glitter and glamour especially in January when it is just dark and dreary

And Phil. Will you be buying new suits?!
Phillip: We are already talking about suits!
Holly: Every Monday morning, you will be covered in glitter.
Phillip: The one thing that drives me crazy is the glitter. You have to get used to it on DOI. You can’t have a glitter phobia, which I have! I can’t bear it. Why? If it gets on your hands and you can’t get it off or there is a piece on your face and they start picking at your face, it drives me mad.

Do you find it tiring doing DOI and then going straight to This Morning first thing Monday?
Phillip: It is only telly. You are not digging ditches or fixing people’s brains! It is great fun to do.

What has been the reaction like on the streets from the fans?
Phillip: There has been 100 per cent warmth towards the return.
Holly: People are excited.

And finally, who has been your favourite ever contestant?
Holly: I loved Ray Quinn. He was so amazing and a great skater. I kept thinking ‘you could have done this. Skating could have been your thing’.
Phillip: For me, it was Suzanne Shaw. She was a beautiful skater.



Wow! Dancing on Ice is back. What was your reaction when ITV first approached you?
Jayne: About a year ago we started having talks. We were secretly excited about it but we didn’t want to get too excited in case it didn’t happen! Now it obviously is, we are absolutely thrilled.
Chris: We are really excited. It’s nearly four years since we left and we were ready for a break when it finished – that’s for sure. But after a couple of years, our feet started to get itchy and when there was some suggestion of it coming back, we got really excited. When ITV asked if we would be part of it, of course we said we would!

Your feet got itchy. But did people in the street start to ask you to bring it back?
Jayne: So many people said to me ‘oh I wish DOI would come back’. I already knew it might be and kept saying ‘you never know’.
Chris: What’s great is the show is going to come back refreshed. There’s a whole load of new people working on it. The heart of the show is all about teaching celebrities to skate. It’s being refreshed with different people working on it.

Did you bring any ideas to the table to make it bigger and better?
Chris: Oh yes there are lots of little tweaks. I am so looking forward to it all. There is lots of nostalgia and freshness. I can’t wait for show time and getting back out there and showing off what skating can be about.
Jayne: The new look set will give it a fresh feel too. It will have a new look and it will feel different.
Chris: There are a lot of new professionals.
Jayne: Yes new skaters.
Chris: And really good judges!

It’s great you are going to both judge. Did you want to step away from teaching?
Jayne: ITV asked us to be judges. They wanted to change things around and they really wanted us to be head judges this time. We thought about it and thought ‘yes we never have judged before’.
Chris: We are the most qualified virgin judges there are!

What kind of judges are you going to be? Are you going to be harsh?
Chris: We are going to be honest and truthful. But at the same time, we know what is good, what is bad and what are smoke and mirrors! We will pull that out for sure. We want to do a good critique that helps the contestants move forward. We don’t want to put them down but tell them where they need to work on. Sometimes the truth might hurt but hopefully it will push them to do better things.

Will you mind if you are dubbed the new mean judges?!
Chris: No. If it’s what we see and think, that will be it. We aren’t going to be contrite. We are going to be who we are
Jayne: I agree. I am looking forward to it because for me personally, I will react on the spot and to what I see. I will be excited every Sunday to see what they are going to bring, what routines they have come up with – and hopefully feel excited.

And how will you feel if the audience boo you?!
Chris: We might be booed but I don’t feel we will have to explain ourselves! We are just telling it how we see it. You can be critical and give a critique. A critique is to find a positive but also explain what they can do better.

Everyone remembers Todd Carty. Will you laugh as judges when there are comedy moments?
Chris: Definitely. When everyone talks about DOI, you’ve got the talent of Ray Quinn, Hayley Tamaddon and Beth Tweddle in the past but then people go ‘our favourite was Todd Carty!’ It was a comedy gold moment.

Jason Gardiner is back on the panel. Are you pleased?
Jayne: It will be good to have him back. He did all the series bar one of the nine. It will be good to have him there.
Chris: Jason has his way of describing things. But in actual fact if you get beyond the acerbic, he’s quite on the mark.

Ashley brings a whole new dimension with his dance background with Diversity. Are you excited about him being on the judging panel too?
Jayne: It will be nice to have Ashley because he will look at things differently. He has a different take on things. He doesn’t claim to know an awful lot about skating but he knows so much about dance and the different styles of dancing. That will be fantastic.

It’s exciting you’ve got loads of new professionals too…
Jayne: The professionals will be doing all the choreography. We don’t know what we can expect from them yet.

Will the professionals perform?
Chris: There is going to be an opening number from the professionals most weeks. The professionals have got to form a bond with the celebrity to bring it together. There’s going to be pressure on them, not only to skate but also to bring the best out of the celebrities and what they are capable of.

So what are you looking for from the celebrities?
Chris: Talent. I think, first and foremost, we want to see someone who can skate. And then when they can skate, we want to see what they bring to it – the emotion, choreography, a neat originality, stability, strength, personality, performance and quality. All of those things are important to be a well-rounded skater.
Jayne: For me, the first thing I am going to look at is the skating ability – that they glide over the ice, they are in control because at this stage they should be all working on all the aspects. They should be working on forwards, backwards and the three turns because if they can do those well, then the professional is able to do a lot more with the choreography.
Chris: They have got to be able to move forwards, backwards and backwards to forwards. Then you start lifting and then you can start doing real choreography

Will you mind if someone who is very good finds themselves in the bottom two after the public vote?
Chris: The wonderful thing about the public vote is the fact that whoever captures the imagination of the public will get their momentum forward. That’s up to them how they make it happen. If they can skate and have a personality, they are on to a winner but if they can’t skate and have a personality, then it’s a whole different game in what they try to do

Let’s talk about this year’s contestants. Who are you most looking forward to?
Chris: It’s hard to say. We are not going to see any of them until the week before when we do a dry run. I am personally a big Coronation Street fan. And so I will be looking forward to watching Antony and Brooke. They can tread the cobbles but can they glide on the ice?!

And then there are the sports stars. Perri and Max?
Jayne: They are used to training and obviously they have competitiveness in them. They will be ones to watch.

There’s Jake, Cheryl and Lemar – all singers.
Jayne: If they can master their skating skills, they will be more confident performing.

Then there’s Stephanie who is an actress. Performance is key isn’t it?
Chris: Yes I think people who have been in front of the camera are going to have that ability to be a little less afraid. Having said that, you put someone on ice with the camera and sequins – that is something they are really apprehensive about.

Candice and Kem – the TV reality stars. For them, it’s completely different because they are so out of their comfort zone.
Chris: You never know! We have worked with people in the past where we have been surprised they can do it! Sometimes it is that natural gyroscope in your body to allow you to skate. Kem has got a larger than life personality too.

Donna and Alex could surprise everyone.
Chris: Absolutely. We are waiting to see ( just like everyone else) what they will be like. Skating is a skill to be learned.

Do you think DOI is tougher than other rival dancing shows?
Chris: Gosh yes. You’ve got to learn how to skate before you can dance on ice.

Holly is back presenting with Phillip! Are you looking forward to the original presenters being back together?
Jayne: Yes! DOI brought them together in the first place. It was the first time Phil and Holly had worked together. Since that time, they have worked together on This Morning and become household names as a duo. People see them together.
Chris: You get to that point where you know what the other one is thinking!

So as it gets closer to the return, have you got an extra spring in your step?
Chris: I think so. We are so looking forward to it coming back. We developed the show from its conception with ITV so we feel very close to it. We feel it’s a part of us and we would definitely have felt a little bit upset if we weren’t involved. Everyone has memories of past contestants and how it was. It always generates a warm feeling. People will hopefully come back to it wanting to watch it. And hopefully the return will be bigger and better!

What else are you both up to at the moment?
Chris: After the series finishes we take it on tour. We are excited about that. We haven’t hung up our skates yet!

And finally, do you think this programme works well for Sunday nights?
Chris: I think so. It’s the right time of the year. It’s a little bit gloomy, a little bit cold and so now Sunday nights are about cosying up and watching the sparkles of DOI!


Are you excited about being back as a judge on Dancing on Ice?
I feel honoured that everybody is so happy about it returning and that they wanted me to come back as a judge. It is flattering. There has been such an overwhelming response from members of the public on Twitter. They’ve got in touch and sent such nice messages to me saying things like ‘the show wouldn’t be the same without you’ and that really does resonate. Many others have told me the show helps them get through winter and how much they look forward to it. That’s so lovely. Shows like Dancing on Ice bring families together. It is fun and entertaining.

Do you think now is the right time to bring it back?
I do think absence makes the heart grow fonder! Dancing on Ice is part of TV history and I feel so proud of its legacy. We all put a lot of work into making the programme brilliant.

So will you be as straight talking as ever?!
It’s how I am. I am not there to sugar coat anything. I am there to be a judge. I know I get tarred with the ‘Mr Nasty’ judge on this show but there always has to be a Mr Nasty – I get it. What I find interesting is many members of the public tell me that they like the fact I am straight down the middle and I keep it real. The celebrities who make it to the end say thank you to me. I feel really honoured they do. They work so hard and it is not an easy show to do. They come up to me and say ‘love or hate you, your comments, however hard they have been, have really motivated me to do better’. That is lovely. I am not there to state the obvious. What I am there to do is say how they can be better. People may have exception with the way I do that but there is a method to my meanness. I am a pussycat compared to half the people who trained me! Tough love does drive you to be better. It makes or breaks you. Some of them can take the criticism and improve whilst others get freaked out and crushed by it. Therefore it is goodbye to them.

What advice would you give to the celebrities listening to your comments?
I am telling the truth. If they are clever and they don’t let their egos get in the way, they will see what I am saying is actually going to help and not destroy them. I am fair. If you look at the history of the show, I always have kept it real. If someone really moves me then I will tell them they have done an amazing job. I will give the credit when they deserve it. But I am not going to sit there on week two and say ‘it’s great you are trying’. I am not there to judge whether they are trying because everybody is trying. It is whether or not they are delivering. I am very impartial and I don’t have favourites.

But do you mind being called Mr Nasty?
I find it lazy and really boring! I will be really disappointed if no one can come up with a different catchphrase for me. But I bet you any money that is not going to happen!

What would your catchphrase be?
It is not up to me. I am just a judge.

Are you delighted Jayne and Chris are going to be on the panel?
I love Jayne and Chris. I did this show initially because of Jayne and Chris. They are huge idols of mine and they are phenomenal. They are so dedicated and hard working. I like all that kind of stuff. It’s the same stock I come from. We get one another, they have the same level of perfection and discipline (as me) and it is all those things I find absolutely delicious about life. They are ice skating royalty. The panel is evenly divided this year between two incredibly experienced ice skaters and two incredibly experienced dance choreographers.

Who do you think this year’s runners and riders are?
I don’t want to cast any expectations on anyone or predict that a person is going to be better for one reason or another. We have to be impartial and for me, they all have to be on an even playing field. I want to see them all when the viewers do and when they do it live. That for me is so exciting. I don’t care what they have done, what they look like and who they are. For me it is what they deliver on ice in their routines. I am not there to judge their careers. I am there to judge what I see. That is my style and I am not changing it. If they don’t give me the goods, I will tell them why.

What are you most looking forward to?
I am excited about seeing what the set is going to look like and where we are going to be for the next ten weeks. I get excited about seeing how we can take people who have never skated or danced and watch how they grow and how they bloom. A lot of them won’t but the little gems that come along and light up the stage to create magic is fantastic. When I see they get it, I can’t wait to watch the show every week. I love that kind of magic. It is what I live for.

Do you like the comedy gold moments too?
For me personally, those kinds of moments don’t do anything. I understand why the public love it. But I like talent. I like to see things that are good. I like it when people are great. Mediocre is not what turns me on. I like surprises and I want to feel the magic. Then I am hooked. It’s a very tall order though to ask for!


Now the return of Dancing on Ice is approaching, are you getting excited?
I am super excited. It’s such a classic show. It’s exciting to be part of anything as big as this and to be part of something that is SO legendary is a real honour.

You are a brilliant dance choreographer, but iceskating definitely isn’t your forte is it?
If it was an ice skating show only, I don’t think I could be a judge. Nor could I be a judge in the Olympics. I am not an ice skater. But this is not that. It is an entertainment show and it is dancing on ice.

It is all about creating a great performance. You have got Torvill and Dean on the panel and you can’t get any bigger expert than them!

How do you see your role?
My role is something different to the others. They know what they are looking for and they have been doing it for years. I am really looking forward to going in and looking for the creativity and invention. I know they have the skates on and they can glide but I want them to show me something that is different.

So what kind of things are you looking for?
I want to see beautiful movement and something that entertains me. Entertainment can come in so many forms whether that’s through the connection of a love story, comedy or drama. I am there to be drawn in from a performance. It will be based on what I feel. I have got the best seat in the house.

What kind of judge will you be?
I think I will be relatively tough. I am honest but I do think I am sound and fair.

I think in this show, I might come across tougher than I normally do because I am looking for the performance and the choreography. Yes sometimes it is good enough to get around the rink but I am judging a layer above that. I am looking at their strength and performance quality, which they can’t start worrying about until they

Do you think criticism is important?
One hundred per cent yes. I am there to be myself. I will always give my views and positive feedback but I want to be me. This is very important.

Will you mind if the audience boos you over a critique you have made?!
It is part of the show. It’s fun and it is entertainment. Everyone should be the best they can be. They should all take pride in what they do.

Do you have respect for the celebrities taking part?
I’ve got massive respect. A lot of people say ‘oh its just an entertainment show’ but they are going out there, learning a new skill and putting their body and mind on the line.

Are you looking forward to judging alongside Jayne and Chris?
They are legends. It makes complete sense to have people on the panel who are experts in their field. Jayne and Chris are the most qualified people in the world to sit on the panel. Jason doesn’t mince his words and he has great experience. I direct and I choreograph. It’s a great panel.

Do you think it will help contestants if they are used to performing?
Yes definitely because they are used to being in front of the camera and playing a character. But all that changes when you put a pair of skates on!

Are you expecting the sport star contestants to really go for it?
They are used to being competitive and putting their bodies through the physical onslaughts. They are used to training and the daily practice.

How do you feel the reality stars will do?
They have got an edge. The reason they are popular is because they are popular personalities. Kem is Kem because he is such a big personality and he brings a lot to the VT’s and performances.

Do you have any runners and riders yet?
That’s a really good question! I have not seen any of the celebrities yet and so I have no idea what their current ability is. Even though I know their names and careers, I have not seen them skate.

Can you believe how far you have come since winning Britain’s Got Talent?
We are so proud. We will be going on our tenth anniversary arena tour next year. We are consistently driven in what we do.

Would you ever follow your brother into the I’m a Celebrity jungle?!
No never! You have to have a certain mind set to go in there!

And finally, do you go ice-skating for pleasure?
I used to when I was younger. I own a pair of skates and blades. I love skating. I haven’t skated for a while but I can skate. I think judging on this show will inspire me. I can’t imagine going through this without going skating!


What is the biggest appeal about doing Dancing on Ice?
The sparkles! The costumes. And also getting fit and learning to ice skate. I’m really hoping I come out of the show with a six pack. And I might even get a bottom. It’s all to play for!

What is your biggest fear about doing the show?
My biggest fear is hurting myself because I’ve been in a situation before where I’ve hurt myself and not been able to walk. I broke both my ankles, so it’s added to my fear, but I have to put that out of my mind, because that alone could cause an accident. I just need to get my head into gear, which will happen when I get on the ice. I’m hoping I don’t snap on the ice because let’s face it I’ve got skinny little legs.

Have you skated before and how would you rank your skating ability?
I haven’t really skated. At Christmas I will often go to the rink with my daughter, but that’s about it. The last time we went skating my daughter said I needed one of those penguins that the children have. I’d like to get to being a 7/10 by the end of it, and to be honest I just want to get through it without having an accident.

As a dancer, are you usually first on the dance floor or last up?
I’m always first on the dance floor. I love dancing. But obviously without blades on the bottom of my feet. I absolutely love dancing, but being on ice is going to hurt. A whole different ball game.

Are you a naturally competitive person?
I would say no, but I’m going to really try to be competitive on this. My daughter burst out laughing when I said I wasn’t competitive. Maybe I am a bit more than I think, but I need to tap into my competitive edge more. I need to try to be more hungry for it.

What do you hope to get out of the show?
I really want to conquer my fear of hurting myself. I want to feel a sense of achievement for taking the challenge. It would be easy to not do it just because you’re scared. I want to feel I’ve thrown myself into the experience, and I’d like to come out of it being able to skate in one piece, feeling fitter and stronger.

Do you take criticism well and are you nervous about the judges’ comments?
I’m alright with criticism. Especially if It’s constructive, that’s an important part of life. The problem I have is I criticise myself more than anybody else so I can take criticism off other people because it’s never quite as harsh as the criticism I’ve given myself. I can be quite tough on myself.

The costumes are always a stand out part of the show – will you be embracing the lycra and sequins or does it fill you with dread?
I think if you’re doing a show like this, you have to embrace it. The team are already standing by with the spray tans, curlers, and lip gloss. And I say bring it on.

Who do you think your biggest supporters will be going into the show?
Loads of people hopefully. A lot of my girl friends will come down. My daughter and her friends will come along. A few of my friends from Newcastle will visit, as will of course my family and loved ones. I hopefully won’t be short on support.

Your weekends will be fairly hectic from now on – if you weren’t doing Dancing on Ice what would you be doing?
I’d be watching Dancing on Ice like everyone else. I would be at home laughing at people like me who are silly enough to do these shows. That’s what I like doing – I love watching ITV shows like I’m A Celebrity…I enjoy watching that from home, all comfy without bugs crawling over you. I love chilled weekends with my family at home, cooking, going to the park and doing simple chilled things. But that will all change for the next few months.

Do you have any other unfulfilled ambitions?
I would like to do more drama work again. I feel I’ve got more to give as an actress. I’m looking forward to doing some fun weekend TV, because I usually shy away from it. Actually it’s nice to go back to my roots, because it’s what I grew up doing. A lot of the stuff that I do work on is business focused so I’m looking forward to shaking it up and having fun. It will be good for me.

Do you enjoy exercise and getting fit?
I’m not the sort of person who would go to the gym or do squats or any kind of repetitive exercise. Hence I have no bottom or stomach muscles. If you give me something to do though, like ice skating or horse riding, that has my name all over it, because it’s an experience. I know though at some point I’m going to have to put in some gym work to do stabilising and core stuff.

Did you watch the show before and what is your favourite Dancing on Ice memory?
Jennifer Ellison and the blade in the head! That scared me. That in itself is a massive responsibility because I don’t want to cause anyone else any injury. Imagine how bad you would feel injuring your partner. So not only do I not want to harm myself but I don’t want my partner harmed. They are all very brave to take us on.


What was the appeal of Dancing on Ice for you?
In reality, losing weight. But when I was in primary school I was obsessed with ice dancers because they looked so beautiful. And when I won a prize once, I chose an ice dancer picture book and it was pictures of beautiful dancers so I’ve always loved it, even before Torvill and Dean. I used to go on the ice with these iron straps onto your legs. The big appeal for me is to actually be doing it now

Have you done much skating before?
As a child, I used to go and put those leg braces on and just go around the ice like any beginner. I used to watch the people who could really ice dance and wish I was them, watching them spin. I just think it’s so beautiful. It’s more beautiful than ordinary dancing because your legs glide, it’s so much more fluid.

If you had to rate your skating ability now out of 10, what would it be?
0.5 now. By the end of the show, there’s no way I’d make a 10 but I’d love to get to a 6 or 7.

Have you got any fears about doing the show?
I broke an ankle years ago, jumping out of a plane as you do, so I’m fearful for my ankles. And also falling flat on my face and being an embarrassment to my kids.

As well as the skating side of things, this is also about dancing… how do you feel about that?
I love dancing. If I feel comfortable, I can be the first up on the dancefloor! I’m not a trained dancer but I think I have fairly good natural rhythm. I’m really looking forward to this show because of the fluidity of ice skating, plus dancing, it looks beautiful.

Are you a competitive person?
I am competitive but I am also a good loser and I am fully expecting to lose because I’m not as agile or fit as I was 40 years ago. I expect it to be won by someone who is young and supple, seriously, who is going to win at my age? But I would like to come somewhere in the middle.

Apart from new skills, what else are you looking to get out of the show?
I’m hoping to shape up. I saw Linda Lusardi after she did Dancing on Ice and she looked fantastic, all of her muscles were in the right place and she didn’t have an ounce of fat on her. She said it was because of Dancing on Ice. That workout, you’re not just dancing, you’re really using all of your muscles so I’m looking forward to toning my body up.

How do you feel about Judge comments and how well do you take criticism?
I’m fine, I can take it on the chin. I’m not competitive enough to worry about someone saying I did something wrong. It’ll be water off a duck’s back until you see my cry! I’m joking you won’t.

How are you feeling about the sequins and colourful costumes?
I love it! It’s every little girl’s dream, the only trouble is I wish I had the little girl’s figure again! After you have children and after you go through the menopause, all of a sudden you have no waist, I don’t know why. There is this thing that happens. You suddenly wake up after the menopause… I don’t need air, I don’t need breath, I just need them to squeeze my stomach in so I have some kind of shape. I’ve got boobs and I’ve got a bum, I just need a waist now

Who are going to be your biggest supporters while you are on the show?
My family, my twin daughters and my husband will be in the audience. Fizz and all of my mates from school will be supporting me, I still see them all. And all of the Fizz fans, they’ll be so excited I’m doing this.

Your weekends will be full on with Dancing on Ice now but what is a usual weekend like for you?
At the moment, gigging with The Fizz. Travelling around the country and working. If I’m at home and I’m not gigging on a Saturday, maybe I’d go shopping with my girls, do some gardening and in the evening all sit in, have a stir fry and watch some television. On Sunday, I might go for a run, I like to do 5 miles and then I’ll prepare the dinner. We always have a lovely big Sunday roast and if possible have friends over.

Are there any other ambitions that you still want to achieve?
It’s never going to happen. I wanted to play Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and there comes a time in your career when you are just too old. My ambition was to win the Eurovision Song Contest so how lucky am I that I actually fulfilled my childhood ambition. I had two ambitions, one to win the Eurovision and one to win an Olympic gold medal. Winning the Eurovision is like winning an Olympic gold but for music so for me, I have fulfilled those. And now, it’s to see my kids do well.

Have you got any standout Dancing on Ice memories?
I remember watching my friend, Linda Lusardi. She was a model then an actress so who knew that she could dance on ice as well? And I don’t suppose she knew either so I thought it was amazing that she was as brilliant as she was.


What is the biggest appeal about doing Dancing on Ice?
Dancing on Ice was the show that I always wanted to do out of all of the reality shows. I actually phoned up one of the producers when it was on before and said I’d love to do it. So when I heard it was coming back, I got super excited. I’m over the moon that I’ve got this opportunity to do the show I’ve always wanted to do but there is a fine line between panic and excitement!

Have you got any skating experience?
I used to rate myself and think I could skate a little bit. I used to ice skate weekly when I was a lot younger in school, then I stopped and I’d only ice skate at Christmas when the ice rinks pop up. I usually do it on Good Morning Britain presenting the weather from the London ice rinks. Last time I did that, I fell over live on TV! I have been on the ice before but there is definitely room for improvement.

Have you got any fears about doing the show?
I guess the reality is that you could get hurt so obviously falling over on ice is not going to be comfortable. No one wants to get injured but at the same time I won’t hold myself back.

How do you rate your dancing skills?
I am not the first one up on the dance floor but when I’ve had a few drinks, I am 110% on the dance floor but I won’t be able to drink before the show! The dancing hopefully, I will be OK with. I’m hoping if I have a lack of rhythm, the skates will smooth that out.

Are you naturally competitive?
It’s going to be a great experience and I will make friends but in the back of my mind will be the fact that I’ll have to go up against somebody that I like at some point and potentially be the reason that someone has had to leave the show.

That won’t feel great because who wants to end someone’s experience? But there is no point in doing the show unless you are willing to be a bit competitive and try and be the best that you can be at something new

Apart from wanting to learn this new skill, what else are you looking to get out of the show?
It’ll just be great to be on a massive show which is going to be an incredible experience. The dancing aside, I know that I’m going to enjoy the friendships and entertainment side of it as well. Hopefully I can entertain a bit as well and do something that I don’t usually do. It’s going to be a completely different show for me. I’m used to live TV but live TV on ice is completely different! Stepping out on to the ice for the first time, live, that’s when I’ll either sink or swim.

How do you feel about performing for the Judges – do you take criticism well?
I think if they were being really critical about me I’d just try and laugh it off. But I’ll also take what they say seriously if it’s constructive criticism. I’ll take it on board and try and bite my tongue if they get nasty.

Are you ready for the sequins and lycra?
I feel quite comfortable about lycra. I go to the gym a fair bit so I do put on a bit of lycra from time to time. I don’t mind a splash of colour, in fact pink is one of my favourite colours. I’m used to the brighter colours, the glitz and glamour. I’m used to getting dressed up. The performing side of it will be fun, it’s a bit of theatre really isn’t it?

Who will your biggest supporters be while you’re on the show?
My family, they are all over the moon and looking forward to it. They’ll be just as nervous as I will be. The missus and my son are really excited about coming down to the show on weekends. In this industry, you can’t always share the experience with them but them being able to watch will be great.

It’ll be a new experience for all of us as I’ve never done anything like this before and they are along for the journey

Your weekends will be full on with Dancing on Ice from now on but what is a typical weekend for you usually?
My family home is in Bristol so on Fridays, I hotfoot it to Paddington and jump on the first train I can back to Bristol. I’m quite a home body and weekends are spent in the house. I couldn’t think of anything better than a Saturday evening, Chinese takeaway, bottle of wine, my little one running around and sat down and watching television, Strictly and The X Factor. I like to be home and cosy rather than being at a nightclub, I’ve left my raving days behind me and I’m ready to pick up the skates!

Have you got any other unfulfilled ambitions you would still like to achieve?
I just enjoy working in television and I don’t want to be boxed off as the weather guy, I know I can do more than just present the weather so I’d love to do other shows as well. It’s been a great experience and there are so many people that I look up to in this industry who are doing more than one thing. I’m looking forward to potential opportunities that could come from being in other people’s living rooms each weekend.

Have you got any stand out Dancing on Ice memories?
I remember Todd Carty, bless his cotton socks, trying to get himself around the ice rink. Then at the other end you’ve got Ray Quinn who when I found out I’d got this show, I naturally started to research clips on YouTube. He comes up very regularly online because he was amazing and I actually had to stop watching his videos because it does frighten you how good he was. He looked like a pro! I don’t know if anyone will ever be as good as he was, but I hope that I am. The competitive side of me says I can do this.


What is the appeal of Dancing on Ice for you?
Learning a new skill and taking on a challenge. I love sport and used to enjoy taking part in so many different sports and was ok at them but I would love to have been really good at one of them so the idea of being trained properly in such an amazing skill, I’m really excited about. I do like a challenge!

Have you got any fears about Dancing on Ice?
I think the main one is what everyone will say, falling on my bottom. Fear makes you practice doesn’t it, it was the same on Bake Off. I didn’t want to fail, so I practiced and you just have to hope you get a little bit of luck along the way. I’m looking forward to it more than anything.

Have you skated much before?
I skated a bit when I was younger and my mum and dad used to take us to Scotland and we’d go ice-skating or skiing and then a few years ago, I went with the girls but then we’d end up at the pub about half an hour later… I can stand up, I can move and I can stop and last time I went I didn’t land on my bottom so that is positive. I’d put myself at about a 3 or a 4 out of 10 at the moment – there is definitely room for improvement and more learning, learning, learning!

How do you feel about the dancing part of Dancing on Ice?
I’m a great jumper, I can jump really well! I have no fear of looking silly, I do that most days so I love to have a bop but I’m definitely more of a bop and a shuffler. It’ll be interesting to see how I get on with the choreography side of things, having to learn that. I can’t wait to fully get involved in it and start taking on a different character and become someone different each week, hopefully. I love a good dance and I love a good shake!

You have some experience of being in a competition from Bake Off – are you very competitive?
With Bake Off we had to be reminded that it was a competition because we all got on so well and we all helped each other

I don’t have it in my nature to wish something would go wrong or badly for someone else because that is not how I think. At the end of the day it is a competition and you get into it because you would like to progress but I can’t think too much past the first week yet. Naturally I am competitive. I love sport, I used to play a lot and I love watching it now. I think I’m passionate more than competitive but of course I would like to do well!

What are you hoping to get out of Dancing on Ice?
Just being able to say that I did it. That’s a big one for me. I want to raise my confidence in another area, push myself and say, ‘Yes I did that!’ Also I can’t wait to meet all of the different people, meeting the other celebs competing on the show and the people backstage, and get my hair and make-up done. I can’t wait to get into those sequins and sparkles. I want everything, if you’ve got an idea let’s do it. I’m quite happy to do everything and surprise people. I can’t wait for the whole experience; it’s going to be like nothing I’ve ever done before.

How do you feel about the lycra and the sequins?
I am so ready to embrace it. I want all the lipsticks, I want all the feathers, I want all the sequins. I love getting dressed up so this is getting dressed up and then some so I’m looking forward to that and the creative side and being able to ask 101 questions to learn all about it. ‘How big a wig can I wear?’ for example!

Do you take criticism well – how do you feel about performing for judges?
I like asking questions – what can I do to improve and get better? And it was the same on Bake Off, I wanted to know why something had gone wrong, what they would have done differently and how I could have improved. I like to learn new things and I want to know about it. That constructive side of criticism is so important and I will take their feedback on board because I will want to progress. I don’t know what I’m doing so if someone is telling me ‘you need to do this to get better’ then I will.

Who will your biggest supporters be while you are on the show?
My biggest supporters will be my friends and my family, my other half Liam has always been my biggest cheerleader. He has been amazing from the moment we met. My mum and dad are incredible and my brother and sister. Then you’ve got the extended family. And then my friends, they’re all amazing and have been a real support through lots of things. I’m very lucky to have an incredible group of friends and family who will probably laugh at me, cry with me, pick me up and dust me down and hopefully vote lots. They’ll be there every week hopefully

Your weekends will be full on with Dancing on Ice from now but what is a typical weekend for you?
At the moment it is baking shows or demos all over the country. Recipe developing as well and writing. A lot of it surrounds baking, it’s very rare I’ll have a day where baking isn’t involved. Then it’s time with Liam and the dogs. It’s a very different life at the moment, to a year ago, but it’s amazing. And always food related!

Have you got any other ambitions you want to fulfil?
I am ambitious but ambitions were never anywhere linked to anything like this because it’s so unexpected. Anything that has happened to me in the last 18 months has been so unexpected. I never expected to get on The Great British Bake Off, I didn’t expect to win and I didn’t expect any of this. When opportunities arise like this, I’m like ‘Yes, I’m going to run with this and do the best I can!’ I just want to keep taking opportunities because I’m very aware it could go too. I’ve always said for many years I’d like a little cake shop, nothing big or fancy so at some point, there might be one of those.

Do you have any stand out Dancing on Ice memories?
Hayley Tammadon when she did ‘Jai Ho.’ My goodness, I think I’m just going to have to try and channel all of that because it was absolutely incredible. Everyone is really different and has been, people like Ray Quinn doing that jumping split when he won. I want to do that! But the massive stand out moment was Hayley’s ‘Jai Ho’ it was just perfect, spectacular!


What is the biggest appeal about doing Dancing on Ice?
I’m a very competitive person, and I’ve always been into my sports, so it’s a chance to work towards something. I might not be amazing at first but I can keep training and getting better. My family have always loved the show as well, so it was something that really excited me.

What is your biggest fear about doing the show?
Trying to lift my partner, but falling over and hurting myself and her. I’m quite small so I need to have a small partner, otherwise I won’t be able to lift them. Imagine lifting someone and trying to skate? Surely you fall over. And then if I fall over, what do I do? Do I get up? Do I carry on? Do I just lay on the floor on the ice?

Have you skated before and how would you rank your skating ability?
I have been on an ice rink before with my friends, but not in a very long time. I’ve just been on and fallen down a few times and that’s about it. I want to be as good as I can be. I am going to put everything I can into it and take it very seriously in terms of my diet and training. It’s not about where I come in the show, it’s about developing.

As a dancer, are you usually first on the dance floor or last up?
I am definitely up first. I think my dancing’s good; I’m just a bit eccentric with my dance moves. I’ll definitely be putting some moves into the skating

Are you a naturally competitive person?
I’m very competitive. I’ve played football semi pro all my life. For me, I’m not doing it to be at the bottom. It’s not about beating other people, it’s about doing it as well as I can and not finishing thinking ‘I could have done better.’ It’s a competition so I want to win.

What do you hope to get out of the show?
Just doing something that is out of my comfort zone. I want to push myself and do something really competitive, and hopefully see lots of progression. It will be fun, even though we are all up against each other, hopefully it will be one big family, like Love Island was.

Do you take criticism well and are you nervous about the judges’ comments?
I’m not very good at taking criticism, my mum and dad say. I’m getting better I think, but I’ll probably be a bit scared of the judges. If they give me criticism, I’ll stand there like a little boy being told off. But I’ll be working myself up, so if they give me criticism I will be going home and analysing it, trying to improve. So in some ways it will help me because it will make me more competitive.

The costumes are always a stand out part of the show – will you be embracing the lycra and sequins or does it fill you with dread?
I’m so extra it’s a joke! I want more colours, more sequins. I love that type of stuff. If you’re going to do it, you might as well do it properly. I don’t want to wear a basic outfit, I want to be over the top. That’s just the way I am.

Who do you think your biggest supporters will be going into the show?
Hopefully the Love Island fans, as they’ve already voted for me to win that show. So I’m hoping they really get behind me and push me through. Hopefully families and mums and dads as well, as the older generation who haven’t seen as much will hopefully like me and vote for me. My mum and dad will come down a lot and Chris said he’d come to as many as he could.

Your weekends will be fairly hectic from now on – if you weren’t doing Dancing on Ice what would you be doing?
I like to go for dinner, go for drinks, meet my friends, and have a good time. I like to socialise but on a Sunday I try to chill at home, watching films. I get loads of snacks and just chill and try not to overdo it.

Do you have any other unfulfilled ambitions?
I’d love to do presenting one day. When I’m ready for it. I see people like Rylan and I find him really interesting to watch as he is so his own character. I never thought I’d be doing Dancing on Ice and I’m excited about it, so whatever comes my way. Who knows? I could be a pilot, I’ve always wanted to be a pilot.

Did you watch the show before and what is your favourite Dancing on Ice memory?
Watching Todd Carty fall over. He flew down the tunnel. It was so funny.


What is the biggest appeal about doing Dancing on Ice?
The most appealing thing genuinely is that I’m very competitive and that I enjoy a challenge. I’m most looking forward to the learning process; I’m a great believer that you never stop learning. I’m also a real company person. I love being part of the Coronation Street family. So hopefully this will be a new tribe of people for me to be part of. I know Samia and Sylvain very well, and Samia still skates as it’s part of her set up now – so who knows what will happen.

What is your biggest fear about doing the show?
It’s really dangerous. I’m glad that nobody has to pick me up, but the downside is I have to pick my partner up. I hope I don’t end up with a Russian shot putter as a partner! A 6ft Amazonian woman coming towards me! I want someone who is 3 foot, 3 stone that I can wing round. I’ve also got this weird fixation about slicing my fingers off. I don’t know why.

Have you skated before and how would you rank your skating ability?
I’ve done a spread eagle and I was told I had open hips. I’d say I’m a 1 now. I can go forwards, that’s about it. I’m somebody that goes skating in New York. I do like roller blading, I’ve done it a few times in Miami. I’m good at that, but ice is a whole other thing. But the end of the series, the competitive side of me would like to be a 10, but in reality I’m hoping for a 7.

As a dancer, are you usually first on the dance floor or last up?
I am really shy normally, and I’m often the last one on the dance floor. If I’m in a room purely full of friends and it’s all people I know, then I’ll absolutely get up and dance. When it’s not that, I’m the last person to get up and dance. I think I’ll enjoy all the showing off, apart from the three minutes dancing! All the skating, training, playing up to camera, laughing, I will love…

Are you a naturally competitive person? Do you think you and Brooke will have any rivalry?
I would never be competitive against Brooke as she’s like a little sister to me and I adore her. Everyone else I will be competitive with, but not Brooke. I’ll be the opposite with Brooke. I am my father’s son, my dad is the most competitive man. We’ll see what happens, but I am fiercely competitive.

Do you take criticism well and are you nervous about the judges’ comments?
No I don’t take criticism well, not in any way, shape or form. It’s not productive, it’s actually counter productive, and it doesn’t encourage you. Critiquing is slightly different. Luckily I’ve known Jason for many years – so we’ll see what happens. I know him, I adore him, but we’ll see what happens.

The costumes are always a stand out part of the show – will you be embracing the lycra and sequins or does it fill you with dread?
I will not be like Max Evans being photographed with no top on! I’m not going to be someone that’s fleshing loads of flesh but I’ve said officially if there’s space for a sequin, stick it on. I don’t want to be doing serious love dances, so I want my routines to be fun. If I’m doing Copacabana, I want ruffles…me doing this show is what it says on the tin. There’s no point me coming out all serious and smouldering. Fun, fun, fun, and I will embrace every sequin.

Who do you think your biggest supporters will be going into the show?
Everyone will become very familiar with my mum Enid. Everyone will know her. She’s officially the nicest person in the world. She’s just discovered social media in the past couple of years. She’ll be there every week.

Your weekends will be fairly hectic from now on – if you weren’t doing Dancing on Ice what would you be doing?
I’m lucky enough to have a house that can accommodate a few people and I always have friends round. That’s my favourite kind of weekend – having a house full of people.

Do you have any other unfulfilled ambitions?
I hate flying, I hate heights, and I hate enclosed spaces, but it doesn’t stop me from flying. If I don’t get on a plane I will never see the world. I jumped out of a helicopter in the jungle, which was the worst day of my life. I do a lot for Help the Heroes, who I’m an ambassador for, and I’ve just been asked if I will jump with the Red Devils. I’ve said yes. It’s not an ambition, but I suppose it’s considered an ambition. In a perverse way, I’m looking forward to it. But I can’t believe I’m saying that out loud! I’m also doing more writing, which is another ambition of mine.

Did you watch the show before and what is your favourite Dancing on Ice memory?
When Samia hurt herself, I was in the audience. I was sat next to her mum in the audience, and Samia was really upset backstage and didn’t want to go on. Her mum asked me to go and talk to her. So I ended up walking across the ice to speak to her. She needed a bit of a pep talk and that’s why I remember it, because it’s a nice memory of a friendship. So I technically have been on the ice. As a performance memory, it’s Hayley Tamaddon doing Jai Ho.


What is the biggest appeal about Dancing on Ice?
For me being a sportsman, to be able to train and become better at another sport is just huge. I’ve always considered myself to be a sporty guy, I’m sporty in a lot of things but I had no idea how to skate so I’m just massively excited. I think fitness is always going to help you no matter what but one thing I really need to work on is my flexibility and do some yoga, which is something I never really did when playing rugby, it was more about strength and power. I think I will need to get a bit more flexible though!

Have you skated much before?
Before my audition for the show, the last time I’d skated I was a kid, around 13 years old. I do have balance and I do have rhythm, I like dancing so hopefully I’ll pick up the skating but very limited experience. Based on how my audition went, I would say I am about a 5 now and by the end I’d like to be between an 8-10.

Do you have any fears about being on the show?
Surprisingly I have no fears about hurting myself, I’m used to that from the rugby. My biggest fear is I do not want to hurt my partner, that would be the worst because recently I watched the top 10 worst injuries on Dancing on Ice online. I don’t care about myself, I just don’t want to hurt my partner.

Dancing on Ice is about dancing as well as skating – how do you rate your dance moves?
I’ve grown up with a brother who, most would say, is the entertainer so I’ve had to keep up with him so I’m always up on the dancefloor fairly early trying to keep up with him. I’ve got no issue with dancing, I love dancing, I love all different types of music.

Are you naturally a competitive person?
Yes I’m massively competitive. I’ve got a brother very close in age and we’ve grown up competing in everything so I’m really competitive. No one wants to be the first one out but I definitely want to get more than half way through the competition, I want to try and win it.

Apart from the winning title and learning new skills, what else are you hoping to get out of Dancing on Ice?
I’ve been told, and I get the feeling that, Dancing on Ice is like a family atmosphere so it’ll be nice above everything to make new friends from different walks of life. I’m looking forward to meeting the other celebs involved, the pro-skaters and wider members of the team. I love people, meeting new people and hearing people’s stories so I’m looking forward to making new friends and having new experiences.

How do you feel about the Judges’ comments – do you take criticism well?
Yes. Without sounding too big headed, I haven’t been criticised too much in my life, I’ve been very fortunate so it might be something new to me if I’m having to deal with that. I take constructive criticism as a good thing, it’s only going to make me want to be better.

The lycra and sequins are also a big part of Dancing on Ice – how do you feel about the costumes?
I’m easy when it comes to stuff like that. I’ve got no issues, I actually prefer to be showing a bit more skin than not. The crazier and more colourful, the better! I’m looking forward to that part of it.

Who will be your biggest supporters while you’re on the show?
Obviously, hopefully, a lot of my old rugby team mates and rugby fans. Hopefully they’ll enjoy seeing this different side of me. I like to think maybe the ladies will be impressed by some of my dance moves!

Hopefully everyone will show support and get behind me. I couldn’t wait to tell my family – when my brother Thom was on Strictly Come Dancing, I couldn’t wait to go and watch him so he will be coming to watch me.

Your weekends are going to be really full on with Dancing on Ice now but what is a typical weekend for you?
Since retiring from rugby, it’s been nice not getting beaten up every weekend so weekends are a bit more chilled, I do a bit of work at rugby games, commentating and punditry but also I just enjoy the weekend, getting out. What has been great is that I can finally go to weddings, I missed so many playing rugby. I also like to keep fit and go to the gym and let my hair down a bit on nights out which I never did before.

Have you got any ambitions you still want to fulfil?
I am desperate to be a dad so I can’t wait to have kids. I’ve already been lucky to be good at a sport, one thing I always dreamed about was to inspire people. Another great thing about Dancing on Ice is that it is a family show and is about inspiring people as well because you can go from being a complete beginner not being very good at something, to getting better and improving and hopefully making it closer to the final. I want to keep inspiring people so I’ll be able to do that through this.

Have you got any stand out Dancing on Ice memories?
When I think of Dancing on Ice, I think to Kyran Bracken doing so well and going on to win it which has really inspired me and given me a lot of confidence that a rugby player has come before and gone on to do so well. Aside from that is the stupidity of watching all of the Dancing on Ice injuries. I’ll focus on Kieran winning it!


Welcome to the show – how do you feel?
It’s exciting, it’s still daunting, things feel a bit real but it’s a lot of fun. I think I’m going to have a laugh, it’ll be good.

Tell us about your partner, Melody.
Melody is a lot of fun, we had an interesting first day on the ice and she definitely put me through my paces.

What is the biggest appeal for you to do Dancing on Ice?
Learning a new skill. I’ve been doing a lot of cycling this year. When I heard about Dancing on Ice’s big return, I thought it would be a good opportunity to get a new skill under my belt and see how well I can do.

Have you done any skating before?
No, I went ice-skating once when I was about nine or 10. Everyone I was with was older than me, my brothers and sister and friends and I was worried someone was going to go over my fingers with a blade so after that day, I never went back. It’s been interesting, my first steps on the ice were not encouraging in my opinion but I like learning things and pushing myself. This is definitely out of my comfort zone.

What is your biggest fear about doing the show?
The only thing that I’m afraid of is falling, breaking something or hurting myself seriously. I love my day job, I love singing and performing so I don’t want to get on the ice and break anything or damage anything!

As well as the skating, there is a dancing element to the show – what are you like as a dancer?
I have a musical background but I’d say I was more of a mover than a dancer. I’m not sure I gave the dancing as much thought when I signed up. Obviously once you start to train, you realise choreography whilst standing on the ice with no grip is totally different to what I am used to, so when you factor those things into the equation, learning to skate becomes even more difficult.

Are you competitive?
Yes definitely, I want to learn a new skill but in everything I do in life, I push myself to 100 per cent so whatever my 100 per cent is, I will be giving that. Hopefully it’ll see me through.

Apart from the winning title, what are you hoping to get out of the show?
Honestly, I want to have a good time, I want to have a laugh and have fun. Initially I was quite afraid of getting on the ice but I just want to keep getting better!

How do you feel about potential criticism from the Judges?
I take criticism well, it’s part of what I do. I am very hard on myself when it comes to music and pushing myself in that way. I am probably the most critical person, period, so I’m always up for constructive criticism and bettering myself. I don’t think that will be a problem. I just think the hardest thing is going to be the blades, that is what is proving to be most difficult at the moment. If I can master that then I think there is hope.

Will you be embracing the sequins and colourful costumes?
I’m not sure that comes first hand for me but it’s in keeping with the show and the fun vibe. It’s a bit of fun.

Who will be your biggest supporters while you’re on the show?
I’ve got two little ones who I reckon will be my biggest supporters. My family and friends.

From now on your weekends will be full on with Dancing on Ice but what would a typical weekend usually be like for you? I’m usually out performing somewhere so it’s a show of some sort and then I’ll be travelling. It’s always a weekend of work or studio, writing the songs. And of course I try to see my family as much as I can but usually at this time of year it’ll be filled with shows.

Have you got any other ambitions that you still really want to fulfil?
I’ve ticked most boxes. For me at the moment, in all areas of life, it’s just bettering myself and having experiences and moments to make memories. Dancing on Ice is a memory, a moment and an opportunity to learn something new so I intend to make the best of it.

Have you got any stand out Dancing on Ice memories?
I remember seeing Ray Quinn, he was a great skater! I caught his performances and routines. I think someone also performed to one of my songs, so I definitely watched that one. Whenever you see someone on ice who can actually skate, they move so gracefully and beautifully, you think ‘I want to do that!’ It’ll be interesting to see if eventually I can move the way I think I am moving in my head.


What is the biggest appeal about doing Dancing on Ice?
Free ice skating! In Doncaster, it’s about £7.50 a go normally! And obviously to learn to dance. I’ve not done any skating before. When I was 13 or 14., I used to go to discos on a Thursday night where you would just go to skate after girls, but that was it! The last time I actually skated was about three of four years ago, just with mates. This is totally new.

What is your biggest fear about doing the show?
Kicking my partner in the head with the blade on my skate. It’s bad enough kicking someone in the head without one! I’m quite big and I think I need to become more elegant. I’m quite clumsy. I’ve got good coordination but I am clumsy. My legs are long. That’s my biggest worry – injuring my partner.

Growing up playing football, I’ve had so many injuries that I’m just used to it. Having no fear might help because I want to be someone that tries ambitious things like back flips. You have to get out of your comfort zone and not be afraid.

Maybe doing the jungle helped with that but I’ve always been out there and like throwing myself into things.

Have you skated before and how would you rank your skating ability?
I’d say I’m a five. I’m average. I can stand up on the ice and I can skate a bit. I want to get to a ten by the end – like the Mighty Ducks!

As a dancer, are you usually first on the dance floor or last up?
I used to be up on the dancefloor first – I would do dance offs at school. Since I turned 25, for some reason I just can’t dance like I used to. Even on The X Factor I didn’t really dance – it was very much slow love songs. I think I’ve got rhythm.

Are you a naturally competitive person?
100%, I’m very competitive. Every show I’ve done, I’ve wanted to win. I’m just planning to try hard, and do well, and if I win, I win. Even me and my brother get uber competitive over Fifa!

My whole family are competitive and growing up in a football background, when I lost I would spend two days in a bad mood.

What do you hope to get out of the show? Hopefully I will make some new friends, learn how to ice skate – it’s such a massive show. It’s always been me and my mum’s favourite show. The fact that I can do it and my mum’s always wanted me to be on it is enough to me. If I win though, even better!

Do you take criticism well and are you nervous about the judges’ comments?
Because I’m not an ice skater, any criticism I get I will take on board and take it as constructive and use it to become better the next week. I probably won’t argue back…probably! It was easier to argue back when I was judged on my singing, because I can sing. That was my thing and I had done it for years but this is a totally new skill, so whatever they tell me I’m going to take it on board and come back the week after better.

The costumes are always a stand out part of the show – will you be embracing the lycra and sequins or does it fill you with dread?
I’ve been walking around in my fiance Danielle’s tights for the last week, so I’m buzzing to do it. The more out there the better! Anything they give me, I’ll whack it on.

Who do you think your biggest supporters will be going into the show?
Probably Danielle and my family. My mates are never really that supportive. They will text me but they won’t be down there with pom poms. They will watch me on TV, and then tweet me afterwards. My family will be there every week, as will Danielle’s family. Carl will probably have a laugh at what I’m wearing.

Your weekends will be fairly hectic from now on – if you weren’t doing Dancing on Ice what would you be doing?
Going out or chilling with my family. I’m not much of a party animal anymore, so I’d rather stay in and go to Danielle’s mum and dad’s house or go and write some songs in the studio, and just try to keep busy.

Do you have any other unfulfilled ambitions?
I feel like this is such an amazing opportunity and I’m really happy about it. I count myself very lucky. Whatever I get out of this experience I will just take it and run with it. I would love to present my own TV show though.

Did you watch the show before and what is your favourite Dancing on Ice memory?
I think Ray Quinn, who is a friend of mine, was unbelievable. Chris Fountain did a spin and how he didn’t end up on the bottom of the ice from spinning so quickly was incredible. They are the kind of guys I am watching and thinking ‘if I can be anywhere near as good as they were, then I would be happy with what I get out of it.’ You don’t often get a professional coach to teach you to ice skate, so it’s pretty cool. Whatever I can get out of it, and if I can do some spins along the way, then I’ll be buzzing.


What appeals to you about Dancing on Ice?
The glitz and the glamour, that’s the one thing when I heard about the show, I thought, I want in.

Have you got any fears about the show?
Yes! I might forget the routine. It might get all too much for me and I might forget what I’m supposed to be doing but I’ve got a strategy for if that does happen… I’ll just smile to the camera.

Have you done any skating before?
When I was really young, I used to go ice skating with my cousins. So I can go forward and backwards, I’ve got the basics but it’ll be interesting to see how much I can improve my skating. I would rate myself as a 7 out of 10 at the moment. I want to be a 9 by the end. Well you want to be a 10 really. I’ve got the basics but there is room for improvement.

How do you feel about the dancing side of Dancing on Ice?
I love dancing. If I hear music, it’s got to be loud and I love a boogie. Dancing on Ice is going to be very different. Even in my audition I was a bit stiff! And you’ll be more cautious than just dancing on the dance floor. I don’t know if you’ll see my best dance moves on the ice but hopefully it’ll be some controlled movement.

Are you a competitive person?
Yes. No one wants to be kicked out early. Obviously I’m going to do my best to try and get as far into the show as I can. I will enjoy it, this is an experience that doesn’t come about all the time and it’ll be very different to what I usually compete in. My coach was a bit cautious about me coming on the show because I’ve had a knee injury previously, but I got told that I wouldn’t be able to run again but now I am and I’ve had no issues so far, I want to prove to myself and anyone who ever doubted me that I have been able to come back, race, win a silver medal at the World Championships and now do this show. I’ve not been put off by having an injury in the past, it is spurring me on more to prove I can do it. I injured myself running, you can hurt yourself anywhere. There is a team behind us that look after us and it’s a risk that I’m willing to take.

Apart from new skills, what else are you looking forward to getting out of the show?
I love being in front of the camera. Eventually, my career as an athlete will come to an end so I need to think about what will be my next path and I hope people will get to see another side of me. At the moment people see me on camera doing post-race interviews when I’m out of breath. But this time, I want people to see a bit more of my personality.

How do you feel about taking criticism and performing for Judges?
I don’t take criticism well, I really don’t. I will probably be rolling eyes. My running coach doesn’t criticise me, he is always really positive so this is going to be interesting to see how I react to it. It’s going to be something that I am not used it. I don’t like it. I’ve just got to be tough skinned.

How do you feel about the lycra and sequins?
I am going to be embracing it. Obviously I race and most of the time I’m in lycra but this is going to be a glammed up version. I’m looking forward to it all!

Who will be your biggest supporters when you are on the show?
My family. They will be coming down every week. They are already talking about getting t-shirts with my face on! It’s a show that we grew up watching and I always get asked if I’d like to do a TV show like this and so of course when I was asked, I was so excited. My fiancé as well has been pushing me to do it.

Your weekends will be full on with Dancing on Ice now but what is a typical weekend for you?
I’m always out and about, whether at an event or out for food or round my mums. I’ve always got something happening, whether it’s a christening or a birthday so I think I’ll be trying to rest a bit more as this is going to be full on.

Have you got any ambitions you still want to achieve?
I want to give back and inspire people in sport. I already go into schools and talk to kids but I am currently working on a website doing similar and I really want it to do well. Other than that, travel the world. I travel a lot as an athlete but you never get to see anything. I’ve got a list of places that I want to go.

Do you have any stand out Dancing on Ice memories?
I’ve been watching a lot of Beth Tweddle’s performances back. I’ve been watching a lot of her stuff as a fellow athlete. There is an elegance that I’ve felt being on the ice, it’s so beautiful to watch.


What is the biggest appeal for you to do Dancing on Ice?
Dancing on Ice for me is one of those shows where when I was a teenager, I’d watch with my nana, with my mum, thinking ‘I want to do that, it’d be so good to do, such a good experience.’

Why turn down this opportunity? It’s something new and fun and a massive challenge and then when it’s Christmas and ice rinks are open, I can do the head banger and no one will think anything of it.

Have you done any skating before?
I’ve been about three or four times but nothing to the point where I can move at any speed. I like to go and watch people fall over. Karma will get me back! On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the best, I want to be a 10 by the end. I’m probably a 4. It’s my favourite number. I don’t think I’m horrendous but I’m definitely not the best yet.

What is your biggest fear about doing the show?
I haven’t really thought about fears. I don’t really think of fears when I agree to do things, I just think ‘yeah, let’s do it.’ Obviously the main one is being injured because nobody looks good with one shoe and a boot. I’m not really fearful of much else. Not in a cocky way, I just focus more on the positives.

As well as the skating, there is a dancing element to the show – what are you like as a dancer?
I’m going to have to learn to dance as well! I dance on a Saturday night, in the club, with the girls. Where you can bat off any awkwardness with a dance off and then I’ll get my drink or go to the toilet. I’m on that ice and I’m for all to see and I can’t professionally dance but I’m going to give it my best shot, definitely.

How competitive are you feeling?
Very! No, I’m not competitive until I know somebody wants to beat me, then I’m competitive. With my boyfriend, he wins most things that we compete at, bowling, golf, things like that I’m rubbish at and it doesn’t bother me. Until I know that he really wants to beat me then I really up my game. There is no point in doing it if you don’t want to win – I want to win!

Apart from the winning title, what are you hoping to get out of the show?
I’ve stopped smoking for the show so I’m not out of breath when they are telling me I’m getting scores of nine and ten! I’ve come on a journey with my fitness, not really drank, have been eating well, training and it’s been a lifestyle change for me. Dedicating this time to myself and to my body, it’s just a mega challenge for myself so I’d like to come away from it with some selfsatisfaction, saying well done and patting myself on the back.

How do you feel about potential criticism from the Judges?
I don’t want to cry, what if they say something horrible and I cry? I do take criticism well with anything whether it’s a scene at work, I like criticism and I like to know what I can improve. That’s going to be a massive thing for me, to take criticisms on board and go back the next week having improved. I will value what they say, they are the judges for a reason. So I’m going to take what they say and work on it and try and make it better.

Will you be embracing the sequins and colourful costumes?
I am very much a trainer, black jeans, black top kind of girl. I generally look like I’m going to a funeral most days but I’m going to embrace my inner Paris Hilton for this. I’m going to go with whatever they want to give me!

Who will be your biggest supporters while you’re on the show?
My mum and my boyfriend, they are obviously going to be my biggest fans. My family, I’ve got a lot of friends, a lot of the girls want to come and watch so I’m excited.

From now on your weekends will be full on with Dancing on Ice but what would a typical weekend usually be like for you?
I’d get up and I’d have a McDonalds breakfast. Then I’d go and see my nana and my grandad and then I’d get ready, go out with the girls that night. Then stay in bed all day Sunday in pyjamas, and eat McDonalds breakfast again. I’m quite normal. I’m excited because a change is as good as a rest, I’ll embrace change.

Have you got any other ambitions that you still really want to fulfil?
I’d love to have my own clothing company. No sequins. All black. I have such a passion for fashion and I like clothes, I love looking at clothes, I like buying clothes, I like buying other people clothes. I really want to do something with clothes.

Have you got any stand out Dancing on Ice memories?
My friend Hayley Tamaddon did Dancing on Ice and she did Pussycat Dolls, Jai Ho. She was amazing in it. It wasn’t until I watched that back that I realised how cool Dancing on Ice was. Watching other people back and seeing what is in store for me has made me really excited to get to it!


What is the biggest appeal about doing Dancing on Ice?
I really want to learn the skill. I really loved ice-skating when I was younger, and it was something I always wanted to do. I’m not a trained dancer, but to be able to put the two together and actually be good at it would be great.

What is your biggest fear about doing the show?
Falling, or misjudging a landing. I suppose that’s everybody’s fear isn’t it? It’s the fear of the unknown. But you have to trust. Have you skated before and how would you rank your skating ability? I’m not sure how good I’d be – I’d say average, maybe a 5. I can skate on two feet which is an achievement given I can’t walk in heels most of the time! I don’t know how I’ll be once the tricks and moves are thrown in. I’d like to get to a ten. I will learn, work hard, and aim to stay on two feet the whole time. And hopefully not hurt myself!

As a dancer, are you usually first on the dance floor or last up?
Get a Prosecco down me, and I’m Beyonce! I love dancing. I love to go out, and I love to dance. I’m not a trained dancer, I’ve never been to a dance class. I think I’ve got rhythm.

Are you a naturally competitive person? You are also following in the footsteps of other Hollyoaks stars…does that make you want to get further than they did?
I didn’t think I was, until I got this. But now I think I am. I want to do well. I will push myself. I’m not timid in that way where I think ‘I can’t do it.’ I’ll push myself to get the best result. In terms of my co-stars, Jorgie Porter is actually my favourite contestant of all time. I was mesmerised watching her. I would love to be as good as her. What do you hope to get out of the show? Just to do myself proud and complete the task in hand. I want to learn a new skill and do it well to the best of my ability. And hopefully to make some new friends as well. I want to make my kids proud, and my family and friends.

Do you take criticism well and are you nervous about the judges’ comments?
I don’t take criticism well. I wear my heart on my sleeve and I’m quite sensitive. I will try to take it on the chin but I do let negative comments bother me a bit. I tend to be a people pleaser. I will try to take it on board as constructive criticism. I don’t know how I will react to criticism. My blood might boil if I think it’s unfair or unnecessary, but I can be quite emotional as well. If something hurts. I won’t know until I’m in that situation.

The costumes are always a stand out part of the show – will you be embracing the lycra and sequins or does it fill you with dread?
I will absolutely embrace the sequins! I love dressing up, and I love glamorous clothes and sequins and I can’t wait to be a little doll.

Who do you think your biggest supporters will be going into the show?
The Hollyoaks fans, my kids, my cast members and my family and friends. I’m hoping the fans get right behind me – and any new fans I make along the way!

Your weekends will be fairly hectic from now on – if you weren’t doing Dancing on Ice what would you be doing?
A typical weekend is dinner, a few drinks, and then onto a late night bar. I’m not really a club sort of girl. But I like late night dancing. Or watching The X Factor with a Nandos. If I wasn’t doing this show I’d be sat at home watching it.

Do you have any other unfulfilled ambitions?
I like taking on new challenges, and for me this is a huge challenge, and it has become an ambition. I take anything that comes along. Hopefully being an actress will help me on this as well, in terms of connecting with the performance. Especially with music, you have to get involved with the lyrics and the message in the story.

Did you watch the show before and what is your favourite Dancing on Ice memory?
There are so many! I love the finals. Hayley Tamaddon’s Jai Ho, all of Jorgie Porter’s routines. Also Matt Wolfenden, he was amazing.

Are you doing the show to stay in shape?
Yes! I want a new bum. I’m doing this to get my bum lifted off the floor! I do yoga a lot to help with my flexibility and core and strength. I’m trying to put a few pounds on me as well because I know I’ll lose weight training. I want to get strong.

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The Emmy® award-winning The Late Late Show with James Corden will return to London to broadcast four special episodes from the historic Central Hall Westminster, from Tuesday 19 June to Friday 22 June 2018, to air exclusively on Sky One and TV streaming service NOW TV in the UK.

Corden will host a star-studded lineup for the show’s second UK adventure, including Cher, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Niall Horan and Foo Fighters, with additional guests to be announced.

The episodes, produced by CBS Productions and Fulwell 73, will air in the US on the CBS Television Network and share highlights of James’s time in the UK. The Late Late Show’s signature musical and comedy segments, such as Crosswalk: The Musical and Take a Break, will be given a British twist.

Ben Winston, executive producer of The Late Late Show with James Corden, said: “Broadcasting The Late Late Show from James’s hometown of London last year was such a thrill. Thanks to CBS and our partners at Sky One, we are back for a second year. We are looking forward to a fun week in London, putting a UK spin on our nightly show.”

Philip Edgar-Jones, head of entertainment at Sky, said: “James Corden is one of Sky One’s brightest stars and we are delighted to welcome him home for his London recordings of The Late Late Show. And with such a stellar lineup of guests, it’s going to make British summer time even hotter.”

Sky One will broadcast the homegrown episodes from 19-22 June at 10.00pm, and they will also be available on TV streaming service NOW TV.

James has been a firm favourite on Sky One and NOW TV for a number of years, presenting A League of Their Own and appearing in two successful series of A League of Their Own: US Road Trip.

The Late Late Show with James Cordon is available daily via Sky’s on demand service and NOW TV. The show regularly features a mix of celebrity guests, musical acts, games and sketches. The show holds the YouTube record for the most-watched late-night clip with Adele Carpool Karaoke, which has more than 180 million views. The Late Late Show with James Corden airs weeknights on CBS. Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe are the executive producers.


To mark the 20th anniversary of the global hit game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, the iconic programme will return to ITV for a week of celebratory episodes, starting this Saturday. Airing as a stripped event across the week, the 7×60 minute episodes will play out every night and will be hosted by brand new presenter, Jeremy Clarkson.

The show will offer members of the public the chance to win £1,000,000. Each contestant will have the opportunity to answer 15 questions on their way to hopefully winning this life changing prize.

The contestants will be helped along the way by familiar lifelines of ‘Ask The Audience’, ‘Phone a Friend’ and ’50:50’, plus a brand new fourth lifeline; ‘Ask The Host’.

This brand new, additional lifeline allows the contestant to ‘Ask The Host’ if he [Jeremy Clarkson] knows the answer or if he has an opinion on what it might be. Jeremy never sees the questions ahead of the contestants so there is no guarantee he will know the answer. Will Jeremy be able to help someone along the way to winning one million pounds or will it cost them everything?

In another twist, contestants will be able to set their own second safety net amount. There is a fixed safety net at £1,000, meaning once a contestant has successfully answered Question 5 and won £1,000, that’s the minimum they will take home.

Traditionally, the second safety net was automatically set at £32,000. However, in these seven celebratory episodes, this new twist will allow the second safety net to be set by each contestant. Once they have banked £1,000, they will be given the opportunity to set their safety net ahead of the next question being asked. They can set their safety net only once and anywhere from £2,000 to £500,000. Will contestants be brave enough to risk losing big money in the hope to go all the way?

Jeremy Clarkson said “If the contestant chooses that lifeline [Ask The Host], they get to ask me if I know the answer. God help them. Anyone who doesn’t win £1,000,000 is bound, at some point, to ask me if I know the answer. And if it’s 1970’s prog rock music, I probably will. If it’s anything other than that, I probably won’t.”

On talking about the safety net changes, Jeremy Clarkson added “They can choose where it goes. So they choose how much they are going to lose at any given moment, which is a very clever idea. That requires balls of steel. To go beyond, say £32,000, when you’re going to drop back to £1,000 if you get it wrong. To say, ‘no I’ll set it at £64,000 and risk losing £63,000 if I get it wrong’, balls of steel.”

The series will be produced by Stellify Media with filming taking place in Manchester. Commissioned for ITV by Siobhan Greene, Head of Entertainment, with Ben Kelly Commissioning Editor, it will be executive produced by Fiona Clark and Stellify’s joint managing directors Kieran Doherty and Matthew Worthy, with Julia Knowles as Director. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is a Sony Pictures Television format.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? starts Saturday 5th May at 9.15pm on ITV and continues nightly thorough-out the week at 9pm

More Details on All The Format of The Show:
In each episode, six different contestants will play ‘fastest finger first’ for the chance to win a place in the coveted chair and play the game. If a game concludes with one contestant, the remaining contestants will play ‘fastest finger first’ again for another opportunity to play for one million pounds.

Each contestant can see the question, answers, use their lifelines and still choose not to play the question and walk away with any money they have banked. The host is never shown the answer in advance of the contestant deciding to play the question and locking in their answer by saying ‘Final Answer’. The host does not have an earpiece or have any way to find out the answer.

Fastest finger first
The host will read out a question and four answers. Contestants will need to put the answers in the correct order. Fastest finger first questions are timed and the contestant who answers correctly in the fastest time, wins a place in the chair to play for one million pounds.

The contestants will face 15 questions for the chance to win one million pounds. Money will increase in the following increments:

Question 1 – £100
Question 2 – £200
Question 3 – £300
Question 4 – £500
Question 5 – £1,000
Question 6 – £2,000
Question 7 – £4,000
Question 8 – £8,000
Question 9 – £16,000
Question 10 – £32,000
Question 11 – £64,000
Question 12 – £125,000
Question 13 – £250,000
Question 14 – £500,000
Question 15 – £1,000,000

Safety Nets
There is a fixed safety net at £1,000. This means that once a contestant has answered the £1,000 question correctly, this is the minimum they will take home. Traditionally, the second safety net was automatically set at £32,000.

However, in these seven celebratory episodes, a new twist will allow the second safety net to be set by each contestant in play. Once they have successfully answered Question 5 and won £1,000, they will be given the opportunity to set their safety net ahead of the next question being asked. They can set their safety net anywhere from £2,000 to £500,000. The can only set this once during their game and until they set their second safety net, they will be asked ahead of seeing the next question. If they choose to set their safety net at the next question, they must correctly answer that question for it to be set and be in play. For example; A contestant has successfully answered Question 10 and won £32,000, they could then be asked if they want to set their safety net at £64,000. If they say yes, they will then see the question, four possible answers and can decide if they want to play. If they play and correctly answer the question, the minimum they will go home with is £64,000. They can continue the game and their safety net will remain at £64,000. This cannot be moved or reset. If they answer the question incorrectly, they will lose £31,000 and leave with £1,000.

Four lifelines are available to all contestants to use once at any point in their game, one more than was traditionally available.

The four lifelines available to each contestant in the chair are:

Contestants can choose to use this lifeline to remove two random wrong answers, leaving one correct answer and one random wrong answer. Even after they have used this lifeline, the contestant can still choose to not answer the question and take the money that they have currently banked.

Ask The Audience
If a contestant decides to use this lifeline, the host will read the question and all possible answers. The host will ask the audience to vote for the answer they think is correct via an electronic keypad within an allotted time. The audience will not have access to any device where they could find out the answer from a third party or Internet. The contestant does not need to take the advice given nor continue playing the game. The contestant can still choose to take the money they have currently banked.

Phone A Friend
If the contestant wants to contact a friend, the host will lead the call and explain to the chosen friend that the contestant needs assistance on a question. Once the host hands the call over, the contestant will have 30 seconds to read the question, possible answers and have any discussions. The ‘friend’ will not see the countdown clock. The contestant does not need to take the advice given nor continue playing the game. They can still choose to take the money they have currently banked.

Prior to arriving to set, each contestant will be asked to select two ‘phone a friends’ and give their details. On the day that each contestant is set to play the game (six contestants per episode), Production will send an independent security team to all phone a friend residents in that episode. Once a contestant plays fastest finger first and wins a place in the chair, the security team will enter both of the ‘phone a friends’ residents. This is to ensure that if and when phoned, the friend does not source outside help to answer the question. Once the contestant has finished their game or used their lifeline, security will leave.

Ask The Host
This is a brand new, additional lifeline available once to all contestants. This lifeline allows the contestant to ‘Ask The Host’ if he [Jeremy Clarkson] knows the answer or if he has an opinion on what it might be. The host can give his opinion, answer or share his thoughts but there is no guarantee he will know the answer. Once he has shared his thoughts / given as much as he can, he will say ‘That’s my final answer’ which signifies the end of his assistance and the contestant can not ask the host any more questions. The host is never shown the answers in advance of the contestant saying this is my ‘Final Answer’. The contestant does not need to take the advice given nor continue playing the game and can still choose to take any money they have currently banked. If the contestant does decide to play, the contestant will select the answer and say ‘final answer’. Once the answer is locked in, the contestant and host will have the answer revealed at the same time.