How relieved it is to not skate! Thank you so much for overcoming this first hurdle and advancing to Musical Week. Because there is so much to prove after that fall.
To be honest, it’s a bit blurry. As soon as my blade cut the back of my foot, I said, “No! I fell and I cannot recover!”
By that point I felt like my routine was going really well, so when I hit the ice I flinched. However, once I fell down, I heard all the other pros and participants cheer me up.
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It really lifted me up and helped me get up again and continue my routine. Watching live TV in front of millions of people was embarrassing. Just laugh.
It certainly motivated me to go to Musical Week. Despite the fall we were on top of the joint leaderboard. So I thought, “Wait a minute. You can actually do it.”
I can’t understand how much bother the results are. I will not lie. It’s probably the scariest thing I’ve ever been through in my life.
I thought Lady Leshurr and Brendyn Hatfield did some phenomenal performances. For me, theirs was the best routine that night. So I stood next to them and really thought I was on the skating off and that was all. I was running a routine for it in my head because I was sure it was me.
I felt tremendous relief when they said they were Joe and Vanessa, but I was so sorry because I thought Brendyn and Leshurr were amazing and really great.
Everyone is truly amazing behind the scenes. It’s like a big family.
Rumor has it I’ve never seen a skating lesson before. I did ice skating with my family at Christmas, but it was only about an hour. The first thing that got right on the ice was Torvill and Dean’s master class. That’s when I realized that I wanted to take it seriously and do well.
It’s definitely not the only story that is circulating. Romance rumors and everything like that comes with the territory and is part of the job. That is what it is. I try not to put it step by step.
My top priority training. To be honest, it’s sometimes intense and slightly stressful. Vanessa and I are both perfectionists and always want to donate 100%.
It’s frustrating because it picks up relatively more difficult things quickly. It’s a simple thing I’m obsessed with. Vanessa is a bit disappointed when she can’t figure out the basics, but takes a moment to calm down and hit the reset button.
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She is strict, but she is a really lovely person. She is very dedicated to the show and is really motivating. There is definitely pressure on me because she has never made it to the finals. It’s her rivalry as much as my rivalry and I don’t want to be the cause of her early exit.
Emmerdale’s cast seems to have a really good record on the show, including my screen dad Matthew Wolfenden. He absolutely broke it in 2011 and won the show.
The main tip he gave me is to enjoy it. At the end of the day, Dancing on Ice is a once in a lifetime opportunity. He said I wouldn’t enjoy training if I put too much pressure on myself.
“Enjoy the moment and live for the experience you’ll get it from” he told me so I’m trying to take it on board. I tend to overthink something. I put too much pressure on myself and eventually I get really nervous.
The start of the first live show was too stressful. I lost sleep and worried about it every day. Once I went out and the music started, I completely forgot everything and it was the same at that moment. I think the accumulated excitement is the reason I hit the deck.
Can’t wait for next week. I won’t spoil anything, but I’m training hard and it’s a great song. Hopefully, you guys are getting treatment!