BLACKPOOL skating sensation Katie Stainsby says she is thrilled at getting through to the new series of Dancing on Ice.
The 30-year-old Hot Ice star skated through the first-round on Sunday, with Vanilla Ice, in second position on the leader board to take her place in the main competition.
This year the ITV1 show held a preliminary round, where two skaters were voted off in the first week and another two will be booted out tomorrow, before the main series gets underway.
But Katie and Vanilla Ice, or “Rob”, proved as popular with the public as they did with the judges after scoring 15 for their performance to Gun’s Word Up.
Former Highfield High School pupil Katie said: “It was brilliant on Sunday night. I think people where quite surprised by Rob, he got some good comments from the judges.
“He found it exciting, he is a performer and we both have the same sort of mindset.
“He has got some real potential, he just needs to work on his posture, but he certainly works hard enough. He is doing really well with the lifts, as it’s obviously hard for the male celebrities to perform the lifts on the female celebrities. But we haven’t had any accidents.
“On Sunday, it was fantastic when they announced our names to go through. On the run-through on the Friday night and rehearsal for the show, they picked two couples at random to be in a mock skate-off, we were picked and it was us who went.
“But thankfully, Sunday was the opposite of that and our names were called out first. I was really pleased Dan Whiston got through too, I don’t know what I’d have done if he went.”
Katie and Vanilla Ice have now been back on the ice training for their next routine, which they will perform on the show on January 23.
Poulton-based Dan Whiston, who won the show last year, also skated through to the next round with his celebrity partner Kerry Katona.