James Jordan has insisted he has no advantage on Dancing On Ice 2019.
The former Strictly pro is one of twelve celebs competing in this year's show.
He made his debut on the ice last Sunday night, where he scored top marks.
James has hit back at those suggesting it's unfair he's competing, saying he is a “complete novice when it comes to ice skating.”
He told The Sun newspaper: “People might say I have an advantage as a professional dancer but I don’t. It’s taken me a long time to feel confident on the ice. I had the fear from the moment I got onto the rink."
James added: “I’m 40 – it hurts when you fall and you recover as quickly. Ola did The Jump and snapped her ACL and I was scared a similar thing would happen to me.“So I wore hockey gear for ages. I wore full leg and elbow pads. Everyone was laughing at me but I didn’t give a s***.”
The performer was one of six celebs who made their debut in Sunday's show and scored 30.5 marks from the judges, 10 points higher than his closest rival.
Reacting to the scores, James said he was "speechless".
"I was ready for 5, 5.5 possibly a 6 and then 8, 7.5 – I can’t even remember the rest of them I just remember the 8. Jason even smiled," he added.
Following the opening episode, James has become the new favourite to win Dancing on Ice with bookmakers Ladbrokes.
After wowing both judges and viewers on Sunday evening, the bookies now make the former Strictly star the man to beat with odds of 2/1.
Love Island's Wes Nelson - who has yet to skate - finds himself chalked up as a 5/2 shot, with Richard Blackwood fancied at 5/1. Saara Aalto also impressed and is now an 8/1 shot to win the 2019 series.
Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: "Obviously James has an advantage over the others as a professional dancer, which is now reflected in his odds, however, as a slightly controversial character he may not be the favourite for too long."
Dancing On Ice 2019 will return next Sunday as the remaining six celeb skaters make their debut.