Sparkly spectacular at ice arena

IT was an exciting homecoming for Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, as the figure skating duo’s Dancing on Ice spectacular rolled into Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena at the weekend.

And though the celebrity skaters were, of course, not quite up to their extremely high standard, they did put in mesmerising performances on the very site where the Olympic gold medal winning Bolero was choreographed.

Joining this season’s television series champion, Emmerdale actor Matthew Wolfenden, on the tour, were skier Chemmy Alcott, Hollyoaks’ Jorgie Porter, Jennifer Ellison, Sugababe Heidi Range, X Factor singer Chico, Coronation Street star Andy Whyment and last year’s Dancing on Ice champion, actor Sam Attwater.

The celebs clearly fitted into different roles in the show and all were appreciated for their efforts by the enthusiastic crowd.

As well as being a favourite with the females in the audience, Matthew was the rightful winner on the night, his newfound ice dancing talent really shining through.

Jorgie also showed off the best of her skills, wowing the crowds with amazing lifts that had you on the edge of your seat, while the obvious comic element was from Andy, with his hilarious routine to The Proclaimers’ 500 Miles, and Chico, who entertained with not only his dance, but also his strangely-moving pec muscles!

For me though, the highlights of the show were the dances performed by Torvill and Dean themselves and the ones by the other professional skaters.

These really upped the ante - and I was especially impressed with a dance that used flaming torches and a hula hoop as accessories and with a very daring routine performed in what had to be the tightest silver trousers ever made!

The judges on this year’s show are former winner Kyran Bracken, TV series coach Karen Barber and comedy actor Christopher Biggins - whose glittery jacket sent sparkles around the Arena.

They conjured up the perfect balance of cheers and jeers from the crowds as they scored the celebs - and Kyran even came out of retirement and got back out on the ice himself.

I left the Arena having had a thoroughly good time and wondering whether I should start ice skating lessons myself...

Helen Beighton