Dancing On Ice 2019: James Jordan denies he has an 'unfair advantage'

James Jordan

James Jordan has insisted he has no 'unfair advantage' on Dancing On Ice.

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

Some fans have suggested he may already be well ahead of his competitors thanks to his dance background.

But James said: "I can dance but I'm a lot older than I used to be. People are going to probably say I've got an unfair advantage but when I got on the ice I actually shocked myself how bad I was.

"I want to be able to impress Torvill and Dean more than anyone else, but I'm a lot worse than I thought I'd be."

Speaking at the show's launch this week, he explained: "At the beginning it had no benefit at all, but the more I'm getting more comfortable on the ice I can start to do more. I know how to use my arms and I should know how to stand properly.

"I have done lifts before but lifting on the ice it totally different to lifting on the floor, it’s scary it scares me. I should know how to lift my partner. If something goes wrong on the ice it’s game over for both us it's gonna hurt.

"People think oh because I'm a dancer I'm gonna be brilliant at skating. It has nothing to do with dancing it's like saying I should be good at skiing."

Dancing On Ice's digital host Jordan Banjo backed up James' claims.

He told DigitalSpy: "I know he's struggling with the skating really bad but obviously people think he has an advantage because he knows music really well, he can dance, he's used to doing lifts and stuff like that.

"If he can get the skating under his belt, he could be really good but that's like saying to a Premier League footballer, you have to learn how to ice skate and you'll be good at playing football on ice. It doesn't work just being a good dancer."

Jordan added: "Everyone is on a similar playing field especially when James Jordan is really struggling when it comes to skating."

Despite James' is apparent struggles in early training, he has been installed as one of the frontrunners to win.

Aoife Heffron, Spokesperson for BoyleSports commented: “Dancing On Ice doesn’t air until next year, but already the show has been hit with controversy over signing up James Jordan’s a contestant.

"James has the dance background and although he may not be familiar with ice skates, he is used to performing lifts which will no doubt score him high with the judges even if the public aren’t fully behind him.”

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

Alongside them will be Torvill and Dean, who head up the judging panel once more.

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