Ice dance pair promise a brave routine

Beth Tweddle and Dan Whiston
Beth Tweddle and Dan Whiston
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IT will be danger on ice when Dan Whiston and partner Beth Tweddle get their skates on this Sunday.

Ice king Dan and gymnast Beth, topped the leader-board last week on Dancing on Ice with their highest score yet of 30.

The Olympian had taken acting lessons, as well as training hard on the ice, to try to improve her performance.

The judges were wowed by the pair’s routine to the Emelie Sande ballad Clown, with even Jason Gardiner heaping praise on Beth.

But former Hot Ice star Dan, from Poulton, says the duo cannot afford to rest on their laurels this week and will be attempting their “most dangerous tricks yet” in Sunday night’s show.

He said: “We were so pleased last Sunday, with the marks and the comments from the judges. I was so proud of Beth, because she had worked so hard and it paid off. It was partly down to the audience at home too voting for us, which we really do appreciate – we are getting great support.

“It was nice to hear Jason giving credit, because he doesn’t do it often – when he says something positive, you know it’s genuine and it means a lot.

“It gave Beth a real lift, boosted her confidence and we really enjoyed performing the routine. It’s such a beautiful song, we just got lost in it.”

But Dan says the pair “know there is still work to be done”

He added: “We’ve been working on some really scary stuff.

“The tricks will be more dangerous than ever.

“We can’t say much, but the headbanger will be involved – except Beth won’t be doing it the way the celebrities usually do.

“She’ll be doing it the way the professionals do, which makes it really dangerous – anything could happen.

“Last week, Shayne Ward going shows anyone could go, so we need to do all we can.”

And as for that wardrobe malfunction when last Sunday’s routine got ‘cheeky’...

He added: “Beth’s dress had lifted up at the back and I didn’t notice. We were so lost in the music and these things happen – you just have to carry on. It looks on the photos like I have my hands on her bare bottom, but they do wear tights underneath!”

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