DAN Whiston is all smiles after making it through to the final of this year’s Dancing on Ice.
The Poulton ice king and his partner Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle skated their way to second place in the leader board on Sunday’s show, after receiving high marks from the judges.
In a bizarre twist of fate, there was no skate-off at the weekend, after fellow contestant Gareth Thomas was forced to withdraw from the contest mid-show.
The Welsh rugby star had been sick and dizzy all week while performing flying moves on a harness and medics ruled he was too ill to continue.
His retirement from the contest meant Dan and Beth went through to the final this Sunday, along with EastEnders star Matt Lapinskas and boxer Luke Campbell.
Two-times Dancing on Ice champion Dan said: “We are over the moon to get through to the final, we are so excited.
“We were just gutted for Gareth. He’s a good friend. We know someone would have gone home anyway, but for it to happen in that way was such a shame.
“It made for an interesting show as we all then had to perform our ‘save me’ skates – we didn’t really know what was going to happen. But now we have our sights set firmly on the final.”
Now Beth and Dan face days of intensive training ahead of the final, on ITV at 7pm on Sunday.
Dan, 36, added: “It’s going to be a full-on week, lots of rehearsals.
“We’ve got a big show number, we get to pick our favourite routine to perform again and also have to learn the Bolero as whoever gets through the first bit of the show will perform that.
“Beth and I are just going to give it our best and enjoy it. We’re so grateful for the support from the public, which is what has helped us get this far.
“Every time I go home to Blackpool, the support is just amazing.”