Dancing On Ice contestant Jorgie Porter has admitted she was "shocked" to have been partnered with Sylvain Longchambon.
Sylvain hit the headlines for his breakup from Jorgie’s fellow soap star Jennifer Metcalfe last year: The pair had been together since Jen appeared on the 2010 series, but split up following rumours that Sylvain was seeing his new celebrity partner Samia Ghadie in last January’s latest series.
It was previously reported that Jorgie was "unhappy" with the pairing.
A source claimed: "It’s awkward for Jorgie, because her loyalty will always be with Jen. Jen thinks it’s a ratings ploy by ITV, luckily she knows Jorgie is on her side."
Speaking ahead of the weekend's live show, Jorgie admitted: “I was shocked to be paired with him. They told me live. I ended up on the floor.
“I did warn him I have kicked someone in the head before. I’ll kick him in the balls.”
But Jorgie confessed she could see why girls fell for Sylvain, saying: “He’s good looking, he’s ripped. I haven’t seen it yet because I haven’t got to the changing room. But we’ve got tanning tonight so I might have a look.”
Speaking at the show's press launch yesterday, Jorgie also suggested she was at a disadvantage having to change pro partners.
She said: "It is hard swapping partners, it's a different person. Also, he's French - hard to understand him sometimes, I don't know what he's saying. As he doesn't know what I'm saying sometimes.
"I taught him some English, I taught him you know, a few things - bit rude - as in what different body parts were called."
Dancing On Ice starts on January 5 at 6:30PM on ITV1.
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