James Jordan reveals Dancing On Ice frustration ahead of first live show

James Jordan has revealed his frustration in training for Dancing On Ice’s first live show.


Former Strictly Come Dancing pro James is one of the twelve celebrity contestants on the line up for this year’s Dancing On ice.

While many may assume he has an advantage, James has insisted that’s very much not the case.

“Once I can master the ice skating, I should be able to put my arms in the right place and I understand music – things like that,” he said this week. “At the moment I’m struggling, because when you’re on the wrong part of your skate… you can’t get your arms in those positions.”

Appearing on ITV’s Loose Women, James explained: “I’m used to being in control of my body, but on the ice it’s very different.

“I get very frustrated because I feel I should be able to do it and I can’t. It’s just very, very different.”

James will take to the ice for the very first time on Sunday night with pro partner Alexandra Schauman.

He said: “I would say this is the biggest challenge I’ve ever had, definitely out of any TV show I’ve done before, because I’m starting from scratch…apart from the fact, yes, I can dance. For me, I want to impress the judges with my skating technique, rather than my dancing ability. I want to really work on the skating, for me that is key.”

James added he was not worried about facing the judges, saying: “I’ve been critiqued my whole life so I’m quite happy being critiqued.”


Dancing On Ice will return to ITV from Sunday, January 6 from 6PM, hosted by Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.

Alongside them will be Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, who head up the judging panel once more together with Ashley Banjo and Jason Gardiner.