Dancing on Ice: Sally Dynevor reveals worries
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Coronation Street actress Sally Dynevor, who plays Weatherfield legend Sally Metcalfe on the ITV soap, is one of the celebrity contestants taking part in this year’s series of Dancing on Ice. Ahead of her debut on the skating show, the 58-year-old got tearful during an intense training session on the ice. She warned her professional partner Matt Evers she was thinking of quitting the competition.
Dancing on Ice has tried to tempt Corrie legend Sally onto the rink for years, and ITV bosses have finally succeeded.
However, Sally’s time in the competition was nearly over before it had even started.
The Coronation Street actress admitted she was thinking about throwing in the towel before the competition’s opening episode of series 13 on Sunday.
In a heartbreaking video clip of her training session with Matt, Sally broke down in tears as she said: “I don’t think I can do this.”
But Matt quickly offered her some words of encouragement and replied: “Yes you can, you totally can. If I didn’t think you could, I’d say, ‘Girl, go home’.”
Sally managed to compose herself and appeared more optimistic following the pep talk from her pro partner.
She said: “I’m never going to be Torvill or Dean. I’m just going to be Sally, and she’s going to do her very, very best.”
She ended up performing to her best ability on Sunday’s instalment, and it moved her Coronation Street co-star Antony Cotton to tears.
After Sally Dynevor performed She’s Always A Woman by Billy Joel, Antony opened up about his emotional reaction.
Antony, who is known for his role as Sean Tully on the ITV soap, said: “Coronation Street is a huge extended family and I’ve known Sally for 18 years and I’m not gonna lie she skated on and I burst out crying.
“It was really, really emotional and Sally is the most loved member of our cast, we all adore Sally and it made me really, really emotional.”
The actor then quipped about his own experience on the skating show: “I’m glad you’ve got the heating on because when we were here it was a bit colder.”
He continued: “The roof was missing, it used to rain in and the lighting rig used to shake, it was four years ago.”
Antony took part in the competition in 2018 where he skated alongside professional Brandee Malto.
For this year’s series, Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby returned as hosts and Strictly favourite Oti Mabuse made her debut on the judging panel.
As John Barrowman’s replacement, she was also joined by Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and Ashley Banjo.
This season the 12 contestants will be split into two groups with the lowest-scoring couples from each group having a skate-off on Sunday’s show.
Each week Torvill and Dean will alternate the role of Head Judge and in the event of a tie, it’ll be down to them to decide who leaves the competition.
The celebrities taking to the ice this year include Love Island’s Liberty Poole, former S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevens, singer and dancer Regan Gascoigne, former rugby player Ben Foden, Paralympian Stef Reid, Happy Mondays star Mark ‘Bez’ Berry, Olympian Kye Whyte, presenter Ria Hebden, Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, The Vamps band member Connor Ball and former Strictly pro dancer Brendan Cole.
Dancing on Ice returns to ITV on Sunday.
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