Dancing on Ice: Graham Bell’s winning advantage ‘unveiled’ after avoiding skate-off

Dancing On Ice: Graham Bell says his gold outfit was ‘horrible’

Graham, 55, took to the rink for the first time last weekend and narrowly avoided the Dancing on Ice skate-off as Myleene Klass, 42, became the first celebrity to leave the competition. With a routine to master for Musicals week, the Olympic skier is hoping to get as far in the show as possible. Though, prior to training for the ITV reality programme, the contestant spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about some advice he sought from former winner, Jake Quickenden, 32.

The former X Factor star became the first champion of the revived edition of the popular programme back in 2018.

Before Jake did this, however, he took part in several other reality television shows including Channel 4’s The Jump.

At the time, Graham was a member of the crew and so knew the singer from when he was training him behind-the-scenes.

Since then, the pair have kept in contact and this seems to have come in handy as the skier was able to talk to the former champion about how best to approach his time on the ice.

Graham explained: “I worked on The Jump with Jake. I was the other side of the fence when I worked on The Jump so I wasn’t part of the cast.”

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“I was effectively a coach and commentator and chief celeb scarer. I did four years of that and Jake was the only celeb that we didn’t use,” the skier continued.

“He was a reserve and he was out there doing all of the training. He then went on to do Dancing on Ice and won it.

“I’ve spoken to Jake and yeah, he’s a great athlete. He said to basically work on the basics and just getting that time on the ice,” Graham added.

So, with Jake’s words ringing in his ear, could the Olympian have an advantage as he knows the best strategy when it comes to rehearsing?

I’ve spoken to Jake and he’s a great athlete

Graham Bell

The professional skier’s time on the slopes could also work in his favour as Graham explained: “There are certain moves we do which I transfer across to ice skating.

“Once you start doing all the stuff where you’re crossing your feet over one another, that’s something we don’t do on skis because the skis are too long.

“You can’t be crossing your legs over each other, that is alien to us. It only goes so far the transfer from skiing to skating.”

Asked whether he thought his chances of winning were good, the contestant replied: “I do want to try and do a good job and skate well.”

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“My main goal is to try and put on a good performance and work on the things I’m going to be weak at which is performing on the dance side of things,” Graham continued.

“I hope my skating will see me through, at least for the first few rounds of the show,” the professional skier jibed.

According to the latest odds from Coral bookmakers, it seems the Olympian’s chances of winning match those of several other celebrities.

As well as himself, former The Only Way Is Essex star Billie Shepherd, 31, and model Rebekah Vardy, 38, all stand at 20/1 to win.

Leading the charge is former Coronation Street star Faye Brookes, 33, who is the favourite to be crowned champion at 11/10.

Not far behind her is Emmerdale’s Joe-Warren Plant, 19, who fill the second place position at 4/1 alongside newcomer Amy Tinkler, 21.

Coral spokesperson John Hill said: “Faye Brookes got off to a flying start with her opening dance of the series.

“She is now the red-hot favourite in the betting to lift the trophy ahead of the latest round of performances.”

Dancing on Ice continues tonight at 6pm on ITV.

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