Dancing On Ice 2012: Matthew Wolfenden turned down the show two years ago!

Matthew Wolfenden (Dancing On Ice)

Dancing On Ice contestant Matthew Wolfenden has revealed how he originally turned down the chance to appear on the series two years ago.

The Emmerdale heart-throb, who is currently one of the bookies' favourites to win, admitted he was "terrified" to sign up.

He explains to this week's TV Buzz: “The thought of it terrified me, but you’ve got to push yourself sometimes.

“I’ve been in Emmerdale for around six years now. Me and Charley [Webb – Matthew’s fiancée, who plays Debbie in the soap] have always watched Dancing On Ice, and last year I suddenly thought: ‘Why not!’”

But even when Matt had signed the contract, he almost missed out on taking part in the live shows.

“When we started training before Christmas, I had so many injuries I didn’t think I was going to make it to week one of the live shows...I hurt from my big toe upwards, I was in absolute agony," he adds.

Dancing On Ice 2012 continues tomorrow night on ITV1.

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