Dancing on Ice: Myleene Klass falls over during practice
Myleene, 42, is one of six celebrities who will be taking to the ice for the second week of this year’s season of Dancing on Ice. For months, she and professional skater Lukasz have been practising numerous dance moves they can incorporate into their performances as well as rehearsing their first routine. However, the mother-of-two won’t be letting herself float in the air as it seems lifts are out of the question during her debut on the ITV programme.
Speaking with Express.co.uk and other press, the former pop-star was asked whether she would be implementing lifts in her performance after some contestants were critiqued strongly over frequent use in week one.
Myleene explained: “No because it was a full-on Christmas so Lukasz didn’t even entertain putting me in the air.
“I’ll tell you what I do appreciate, I’ve watched this show in the past and what I thought was impressive and what I enjoy now that I’ve got more of an insider’s view, I just didn’t realise just how technical even a lift is.
“Because I thought, ‘I know I’ll do loads of lifts because that’ll be really easy on me’ and it turns out I have to push down and I have to use my core and engage that, try not to kick Lukasz in the shin.
“Poor Lukasz, he feels like a human teabag I’ve kicked him in the shin that many times,” the amateur skater remarked.
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“So when I now do a lift I hold my breath, which is also not the right thing to do because I’m so scared,” the mother-of-two continued.
“There’s so much involved and I just think how I used to watch the show and just think, ‘That’s pretty, and that’s nice and I like that costume.’
“So technicalities I really appreciate now. What I expect and what I hoped for are very different things. I just want to make it through,” she added.
Lifts could also be kept on the back burner after Myleene suffered an injury in training which led to torn cartilage in her knee.
Lukasz didn’t even entertain putting me in the air
Discussing the impact it has had on her, the musician said: “I feel almost embarrassed by my injury because it’s not very sexy. I feel like a nana.
“It is very painful, but it’s just not very sexy when you say your knees have gone. Learning to dance on ice is no easy feat.
“On land, I feel like I’m quite stable, I can do my turns and get my counts to the music. But as soon as you remove the land and replace it with a very slippery surface it does all manner of things to your joints.
“I’m like the tin man. Every morning I have to oil, manipulate and move things before I can even think about getting out of bed,” she explained.
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As well as injuries, Myleene is also having to contend with trying to beat some of her fellow contestants if she wants to win the title.
According to the latest odds from Coral bookmakers, the musician’s chances of becoming champion stands at 10/1.
Leading the way at the moment is former Coronation Street star Faye Brookes, 33, even though she hasn’t yet skated.
The soap star is way out in front at 5/2 with Emmerdale’s Joe Warren-Plant, 18, not far behind as his odds of victory are 4/1.
Coral spokesperson John Hill said: “Faye Brookes is the favourite in the betting to get her hands on the Dancing on Ice trophy this year and the early signs suggest she will take some beating.
“The big mover in the betting following the opening show of the series is Joe Warren-Plant. The Emmerdale actor looked a natural on the ice and is now just behind Brookes in the betting,” he added.
On the other end of the spectrum, Lady Leshurr looks set to be the first celebrity to leave the competition.
The UK rapping sensation failed to win over the viewers last weekend and will feature in this evening’s skate-off and with her chances of winning at 33/1, it seems she could be making an early exit.
Dancing on Ice continues tonight at 6pm on ITV.
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