There is no doubting Dan Whiston’s star quality.
In nine years he has gone from simply a pro skater on Torvill & Dean’s TV vehicle Dancing On Ice to a nationally recognised celebrity in his own right. He has done it with an undeniable skating talent and a likeable charm which has endeared him to millions.
Not bad for a lad from Poulton who cut his teeth in Blackpool’s Hot Ice.
Celebrities On Ice is a star-studded live event as pros join soap and sports stars.
Matt Lapinskas, Gareth Thomas, Kyran Bracken and Colin Ratushniak all took to the ice to huge cheers
Dan was partnered in this two-hour spectacular by Beth Tweddle with whom he won the last series of Dancing On Ice.
High energy routines were backed by a booming sound and lights show. Dan and Beth proved the darlings of the sell-out crowd at the Manchester leg of this nationwide tour.
But they were run close by the Russian Ice Stars who were simply sensational.
Jaws dropped, particularly during the death-defying flying section of the show.
Host Christopher Biggins kept proceedings seamlessly glued together with his ready quips and panto-esque costume changes.
And X-Factor’s Ruth Lorenzo (remember her?) put in a star turn belting out Nessun Dorma as part of a routine.
The one downside, and sadly there was one... Chico.
Why oh why they let Bridgend’s answer to Jedward sing is beyond me. Then again, trawling through the tour programme I note he’s artistic director. Blimey.
Yes, yes, we know “It’s Chico Time”, but jog on son and let some talent on the ice – his name’s Dan Whiston.
Maybe ITV have been a little hasty cancelling Dancing On Ice after Torvill and Dean announced they would quit next year– give the job to Dan.