Dancing on Ice starts tonight. ITV1 at 6pm. I can’t wait to get out on the ice but I’m also terrified. Bizarrely it’s not the actual skating that terrifies me. Of course I’m scared of falling but I’m mainly terrified of knowing that millions of people will be watching from home. I’m terrified because I’m sporty, not a performer or an entertainer. I can’t do jazz hands.
- What if I just don’t ‘entertain’ enough?
- What if I don’t show any emotion on my face other than PETRIFIED?
- What if I let Andy down?
- What if my boob pops out?
I’m hoping I step onto the ice and the fears miraculously melt away.
Whatever happens tonight, I’m so thankful to be involved in Dancing on Ice.
Looking back to when they first approached me, I was wary of putting myself out there. I loved being at home with Jamie and the kids and felt secure in our bubble. The thought of going out alone made me feel sick, but doing Dancing on Ice meant that I would have to do exactly that.
Thank goodness Jamie encouraged me to do the show because skating has been an absolute gift for me. Not only did it get me out of the house, but it gave me enthusiasm and passion for something outside of home. I found my spark and it was thanks to skating.
Skating gives me a focus that makes me clear my mind of everything else, school work, nappies, the food shop etc and it makes me feel as free as a bird. I really do recommend it to anyone when rinks open back up again.
I’ve made amazing new friends. We might be skating in pairs but I promise you we’re a team and routing for one another.
I’ve thanked all of the pros and crew on my Instagram this week, but I also want to thank the celebs – my team mates! Good luck to all of you, it’s been such a pleasure to get to know you all and you’re all going to be amazing and Shine Bright!
A special mention to Andy ‘Buckaroo’ Buchanan. I couldn’t have been partnered with a more perfect pro for me. We have the same sense of humour, he is daring and he knows I’ll try whatever he throws at me. He is patient, kind and he’s had his face sliced open by me and not even been angry. I’ve kicked him in the shins with my skates so many times that I ended up buying him shin pads! He’s talented beyond belief, his work ethic is impeccable and he’s been a joy to be partnered with. I hope that shows can start again this year as I would love nothing more than for Jamie and I to go and watch Andy and his wife, Robin, skate together in one of their epic performances.
Thank you Andy and thank you, Dancing on Ice xxx
Dancing on Ice starts tonight. ITV1 at 6pm.