Torvill and Dean ‘feel like they’ve been through wars’ over Dancing On Ice final challenge

Dancing on Ice: Torvill and Dean's stunning performance at final

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Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have had a busy few days leading up to the final of Dancing On Ice 2021, which airs this weekend. The latter said the ice skating duo feel like they’ve been “through the wars,” after last minute changes were made to this year’s grand finale.

Torvill and Dean, who have been skating together for several decades, had filmed a routine for the show’s final weeks in advance, but it had to be shown earlier than expected.

This left the programme without a number from the Olympic duo in the last episode.

Up for the challenge, the pair headed straight to the ice rink to create and rehearse a new routine.

However, Christopher admitted that there had been a few stumbles along the way.

“Jayne and I were thrown a challenge – we have got four or five days to put a routine together so we can skate in the last show,” Dean said.

“We haven’t been skating for the last eight weeks, nine weeks, and then it’s suddenly all hands on deck and I feel like I’ve been through the wars a bit.

“We have just been lifting and skating for the last two days and it’s been crazy,” the 62-year-old went on to say.

Jayne, 63, said they were happy to dance together again.

“The final routine was played already so we haven’t got one for the final, so they said, ‘If you could skate together in the last week, are you willing to do one?’ and we said yes!”

Christopher revealed that rehearsals hadn’t all been plain sailing.

“The thing about ice is it’s so unpredictable, you don’t know what is going to happen the minute you put those blades on the ice,” he explained.

“You can practise it all week long. Jayne and I were practising just the other day and you would think after 47 years we wouldn’t fall over, but we did.”

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“No, you fell over. I just landed on top of you,” Jayne amusingly added.

Dancing On Ice has faced a number of setbacks this year and even brought the final forward by a week.

The ITV programme had to take a week off after several members of the 2021 cast were forced to leave the competition for a number of different reasons.

Emmerdale star Joe-Warren Plant and comedian Rufus Hound both had to leave after testing positive for coronavirus.

Meanwhile, reality TV star Billie Shepherd, singer and actress Denise Van Outen and Jason Donovan had to pull out of the series due to injury.

This weekend’s final will see soap star Faye Brookes, Olympian Colin Jackson and radio DJ Sonny Jay go head-to-head to win the series.

Jayne said that it was a shame that Joe had left the contest early as he could have been a contender.

She said: “I think the three in the final are very, very strong, as strong as any we have had before in the past.

“I think the only person missing from that group that could have potentially have been there is Joe-Warren Plant because he was showing really good promise at the beginning and it’s a pity that we didn’t get to see where his journey would end.”

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