DANCING On Ice star Jennifer Ellison today revealed her secret weapon for this weekend’s Valentine’s Day special – a sexy see-through catsuit.
The ex-Brookside actress and her skating partner Daniel Whiston invited the ECHO on to the ice as they practiced their new routine.
They gave a sneak preview of their performance before lifting the lid on training up north, the judges and her revealing outfit.
Jennifer, who has shed five stone since she gave birth to her son Bobby in February 2010, said: “The catsuit is like something out of Ann Summers. Hopefully all the dads are going to vote for me! This weekend I’ve got to attack my skating more and show the judges I’ve listened to what they’ve said.
“We’ve got two Olympians [Katarina Witt and Robin Cousins] on the panel this year. Last year there was Jason Gardiner and Emma Bunton who were very much dance-based. It’s making me push myself and work hard at my skating.”
Pro-skater Daniel, who has won the hit ITV show twice, said: “The training is going really well. Every week we stay in the competition I notice a massive improvement in Jen’s skating and her attitude.”
Jennifer, 28, said: “This week it’s all about love so we’re dancing to Fever. It’s a good routine, it’s very sexy.
“We’ve had a good week. It’s difficult when training up north because the rinks are colder. So you have to make sure you warm up before trying any tricks, especially if you’ve had a bit of an injury. We’ve got to be careful because we’ve had injuries.”
The Liverpool star previously injured her rib in training while Daniel suffered a hamstring tear before their first live performance.
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ECHO showbiz reporter Tina Miles steps onto the ice with Liverpool star Jennifer Ellison and pro-skater Daniel Whiston
I WOULDN’T consider myself to be a scaredy cat. But being lifted and spun at what felt like 100 miles an hour had me shaking like a leaf.
I knew I was in good hands with pro Daniel Whiston – he’s won Dancing On Ice twice and he’s my favourite skater on the show.
However that didn’t stop me screaming and burying my head in his shoulder as I clung on for dear life until I was safely back on two feet.
I’d not been ice skating in Altrincham since I was a child but I was back there to watch Jen and Dan practice their new routine.
I’m a huge fan of the show so I couldn’t wait for a sneak preview of this weekend’s performance. And they made it look so easy. I on the other hand was like Bambi.
As Jen looked on in fits of laughter and I tried to overcome the post-spinning dizziness, Dan asked me to imagine that but with millions watching. My legs were jelly.
This year’s other Scouse contestant Heidi Range had told me she couldn’t stop screaming when she first tried the lifts. Now I know why.
I had joined the judging panel for the Dancing On Ice show at the ECHO arena a few years ago so I knew the routines seemed even faster and more dangerous up close.
But I’ve a new-found respect for all the stars after being in their blades.
I came back on a high and, more importantly, in one piece. You never know, in years to come when it’s moved to an obscure channel the show’s bosses may come knocking at the ECHO’s offices. And I’ll be ready for those terrifying lifts.