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A new eight part ITV ensemble drama series, Broadchurch, led by David Tennant, Olivia Colman and Vicky McClure will explore what happens to a small community when it suddenly becomes the focus of a major event and is subjected to the full glare of the media spotlight.

Produced by Kudos Film and Television, Broadchurch features an amazing array of British acting talent including Jodie Whittaker as Beth, Andrew Buchan as Mark, Will Mellor playing Stephen Turner and Arthur Darvill as the town priest Paul Coates.

Bloodied and dirty, Danny Price has been found dead on an idyllic beach, surrounded by rocks and a jutting cliff-face from where he may have fallen. Whilst his death remains unresolved, the picturesque coastal town of Broadchurch is at the heart of a major police investigation and a national media frenzy. Continue reading »

ITV has commissioned three-part contemporary drama The Town from Big Talk Productions.

BAFTA winner Andrew Scott will star alongside an outstanding ensemble cast including Julia McKenzie, Charlotte Riley, Gerard Kearns, Kelly Adams and Martin Clunes.

The Town is Big Talk’s first 60-minute drama commission and is also the first television series by Laurence Olivier award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett.

Following a shocking incident amongst an otherwise normal family, 30 year-old Mark Nicholas (Andrew Scott) returns to the town where he grew up. After ten years away, coming home to Renton is harder than Mark could ever have imagined. He always had a strained relationship with his parents, his grandmother Betty (Julia McKenzie) is now living in his childhood bedroom and he barely knows his teenage sister Jodie (played by 16 year-old newcomer Avigail Tlalim in her first ever screen role).

Mark starts to be drawn back into the life he left behind. Most of his school friends still live in the town but he finds it hard to re-connect with them. Hardest of all is meeting his first love Alice (Charlotte Riley) who stayed behind when he left. They still have strong feelings for each other but Alice is now married with a child.

Mark struggles to decide whether he should stay permanently to be with his family. But a new life is difficult to build in the place you used to call home and it now feels like you barely know it.
“We’re thrilled to be making our first original drama series for the fantastic team at ITV. At the heart of The Town will be a family struggling to come to terms with change. It’s also our hope to paint a picture of contemporary Britain through the magnifying glass of an ordinary market town. The story takes place in a landscape familiar to most of the UK. Most of the population live their lives in a place like Renton,” said Big Talk’s CEO and The Town’s co-executive producer Kenton Allen.

“These communities are desperate for a sense of purpose and direction. They face the same challenges we all do. A shrinking economy, under-employment, crime and a struggle to educate our children. Mike’s real skill is to craft a compelling and entertaining drama at the heart of such a world,” added co-executive producer Simon Curtis.

The Town will be produced by Big Talk’s Luke Alkin (Dirty War, Grow Your Own), and executive produced by Kenton Allen (Rev, Him & Her) Matthew Justice (Attack the Block) and Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn, Cranford). Simon introduced the project to Big Talk after identifying Mike as an exciting new writer via his work at the Royal Court Theatre. Colin Teague (Doctor Who, Shirley) directs.

Thrust into the complicated lives of his former neighbours once more, it’s not surprising there are awkward moments as Mark becomes reacquainted with his past, including his old friends ‘down the pub’ Lucy (Kelly Adams), Carly (Aisling Bea), and Jeff (Sam Troughton).

Running parallel with Mark’s story, we get to know the local Mayor, alcohol-soaked Len, played by Martin Clunes. With his world falling in around him, Len is struggling to keep his life together. He’s stumbling from one PR disaster to another, but fortunately his right-hand woman is very together and keeps him on the straight and narrow. Without efficient and organised Shireen (Goldy Notay), Len would have committed career suicide a long time ago. His heart’s in the right place, but Len attracts trouble like a magnet attracts metal.

Interweaving with life in the Nicholas household, is the story of wayward Jodie’s friendship with posh boy Harry (Toby Regbo), Lucy’s complicated love life and friendship with fellow florist Carly, and Betty’s attempts to hold the family together. As we get to know the community, we’re also introduced to the enigmatic Inspector Franks from the local police force whose links to the family are stronger than it first appears. He’s ever present in their lives and will have a lasting influence on what happens to them.

The Town has been commissioned for ITV1 by Drama commissioning team Laura Mackie, Sally Haynes and Victoria Fea.

“Mike Bartlett is a hugely exciting new talent and I’m delighted that ITV has commissioned his first project for television,” said Laura. “His characters are real and instantly engaging and his dialogue is natural and funny even in the darkest of moments.”

The Town begins filming in High Wycombe from 17 June for six weeks.

ITV is set to bring football fans comprehensive coverage of what promises to be a fantastic tournament in Poland and Ukraine.

Coverage of the tournament on ITV kicks off on the opening day on June 8, and will include England’s opening game at Euro 2012 against France three days later.

Host Adrian Chiles is joined by an all-star pundit panel of Patrick Vieira, Roy Keane, Jamie Carragher, Roberto Martinez and Gordon Strachan with regulars Gareth Southgate and Andy Townsend to bring the event to ITV from Poland and Ukraine.

The ITV team will be based in a specially constructed studio in Warsaw.

Including the England v France group match in Donetsk on Monday 11 June and England’s match against Ukraine on Tuesday 19 June, ITV will be broadcasting a total of 14 live matches from Euro 2012 on ITV1 and ITV4 with live streaming on

All games not covered live will be featured in highlights programmes, and all of our ITV1 live matches will also be shown on ITV1 HD. A range of highlights packages will be available on

Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport said: “I am delighted that we are bringing ITV viewers a fantastic panel of pundits, as well as being the only domestic terrestrial broadcaster with a full team based at the tournament.

“That means we can bring to life for fans the atmosphere and excitement which surrounds Europe’s major international football tournament.

‘ITV1 will also be the home of some terrific clashes between the top teams in Europe including Spain v Ireland, Spain v Italy, Portugal v Holland and Ireland v Croatia.’”

Clive Tydesley will lead commentary for ITV at Euro 2012, with Gabriel Clarke and Ned Boulting providing roving reports.

Euro 2012 marks the first competitive test since Roy Hodgson’s appointment as England manager. It will prove an opportunity to blood new talent and perhaps a final test for a so-called ‘golden generation’ of English footballers who failed to produce at the last two World Cups.

Most of all, it is a chance for England’s players to fulfil their potential – and that’s what dreams are made of.



ITV today unveiled its brand new dedicated digital offering for Euro 2012.

The new site is the first iteration of the brand new digital sport product that will roll out in due course. The site utilises the real-time rolling news feature, which was launched as part of the new ITV News digital product earlier this year.

The new simple and effective design offers users the option of both a first and second screen experience. For users who are away from their TV and simply want to watch the tournament, ITV games will be streamed live to the website and featured at the top of the webpage, with the remaining content listed below. For those who want to use the site as a companion to main screen viewing for matches on both ITV and the BBC, the rolling timeline will include goal highlights, match reports and social media activity as the action happens. Contextually relevant statistics will also be available toward the right hand side of the website including group details, team statistics and historical match data.

The new site, which is optimised for use on mobiles and tablets, has been created in partnership with digital innovation and service design experts Made by Many.

Julian March, Head of Digital Media, ITV News & Sport, said: “Having successfully launched the ITV News site earlier in the year, we are very excited about launching the Euro 2012 website to provide real-time coverage of the tournament. We believe the service is packed to the brim with everything the avid football fan will need, and we look forward to expanding the design of this product to our wider sport offering in due course.”

William Owen, founding partner at Made by Many, said: “This is another successful collaboration between ITV and Made by Many. The real time format developed originally for ITV News adds a rich layer of statistics, clips, team news and expert comment to ITV’s live simulcast coverage of Euro 2012; it gives the ITV Sport editorial team the opportunity to respond quickly to events and build coverage before, during and after the match.”
Presenters & Pundits


Adrian Chiles is one of television’s most versatile and sought after presenters.

He fronts ITV1’s football coverage (including the UEFA Champions League, FA Cup, UEFA European Football Championship, World Cup and all home England internationals) and is currently filming a third series of his successful That Sunday Night Show, also for ITV1.

Adrian also launched and presented The One Show, Match of the Day 2, The Apprentice: You’re Fired, Working Lunch and Daybreak.



Manchester United icon Roy Keane, 41, won seven Premier League titles and four FA cups at Old Trafford and captained the club for eight years.

An Irish international who won 67 caps for his country, Keane signed for United in 1993 for a then-record fee of £3.75 million from Nottingham Forest, leading them to a sustained period of success including the treble in 1999. After leaving Old Trafford in 2005, he won the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Cup during a six-month spell at Celtic before retiring from playing.

As a manager at Sunderland, he won the Football League Championship in 2007, prior to a spell as manager of Ipswich Town. Roy has been a pundit for ITV for a number of high-profile matches, including the 2011 Champions League final between Manchester United and Barcelona.



Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, 35, won the World Cup in 1998 and Euro 2000 with France during a glittering football career.

The midfielder played for the Gunners between 1996 and 2005, winning three Premier League titles and four FA Cups prior to spells at Juventus and Inter Milan, where he won four Italian league titles. He won 107 caps for France before retiring from the game in July 2011 after a spell at Manchester City.

Now football development executive at Manchester City, Patrick’s work covers youth development, scouting players, community social responsibility and the Etihad Campus project and supporting the clubs commercial partners among other areas. He previously appeared as a pundit for ITV at the World Cup 2010 in South Africa.



Liverpool stalwart Jamie Carragher, 33, is one of the club’s longest-serving players and was part of the team that won the Champions League in 2005.

Jamie made his professional debut during the 1996/7 season, winning a cup treble in 2001 of the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup. The defender won the FA Cup again in 2005/6 and the League Cup in 2012.

In an 11-year international career with England, Jamie won 38 caps, appearing at Euro 2004 and the World Cup 2006, and coming out of retirement to be selected for the World Cup 2010 squad.



Regular ITV pundit Gareth Southgate, 41, won 57 caps for England and captained Aston Villa and Middlesborough to League Cup victory during an illustrious playing career.

His playing career ended in May 2006 after more than 500 league appearances, when he became Middlesbrough manager, where he remained until October 2009.

Since then he has worked for ITV Sport and is the FA’s Head of Elite Development, working with Trevor Brooking.



Highly-rated Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez is fresh from leading his team into rich vein of form, retaining their Premier League status for next season with stylish victories over Manchester United, Arsenal and Newcastle United in the final months of the season.

Roberto has been Wigan manager since June 2009, after taking Swansea City to the League One title the previous season. Previously, he was a regular first team player at Wigan, before switching to Motherwell, Walsall and Swansea City prior to moving into management.

He previously appeared as a pundit for ITV for the England v Spain international friendly in November 2011.



Renowned ITV pundit and co-commentator Andy Townsend has established himself as a highly regarded broadcaster since retiring from football in 2000.

During his playing career, Andy won 70 international caps for Ireland, played at Italia ’90 and captained the squad at the 1994 World Cup in America.

He played for Southampton, Norwich City, Chelsea and Aston Villa, where he won the League Cup twice, before moving to Middlesbrough and finally West Bromwich Albion.



Renowned manager and former player Gordon Strachan is one of the best-known faces in the domestic game.

During a playing career spanning 25 years, the midfielder won multiple domestic league and cup honours as well as the European Cup Winners’ Cup and Super Cup at Aberdeen, the 1985 FA Cup at Manchester United, and captained Leeds United to the First Division title in 1991/92. He earned 50 caps for Scotland, playing at two World Cups in Spain 1982 and Mexico in 1986.

After five years as manager of Coventry City, he joined Southampton, guiding them to the 2003 FA Cup Final, later moving to Celtic, whom he guided to three successive league titles. His last job in management was in Middlesbrough. Since then he has been a regular ITV pundit on FA Cup and Champions League matches.


Andrew Lloyd Webber starts a nationwide search on ITV1 for the next musical superstar.

The prize on offer is a unique opportunity to play the title role in new arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar across the UK,starting at London’s O2 arena

And the final decision will be in the hands of the British public

ITV1 and Andrew Lloyd Webber today announce ‘Superstar’- a brand new show that will give the British public the chance to choose the country’s next major rock star.

The winner’s life-changing prize will be the leading role in a new arena tour of Tim Rice’s and Andrew Lloyd Webber legendary rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar which will open at London’s O2 arena.

Superstar will be television’s first ‘school of rock’, helping talented singers achieve their potential.  Andrew Lloyd Webber hopes the British public will help him discover an extraordinary new voice to fill the country’s largest arenas.

Andrew Lloyd Webber says: “Presenting a new, 2012 version of Jesus Christ Superstar for arenas is truly exciting. Some of the best performances of this show have been in rock venues and I’m thrilled to see the show return to its roots. ITV is providing the perfect platform for us to find a new, British Superstar.”

Andrew Lloyd Webber has previously discovered brilliant new stars for West End productions of The Sound of Music, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Oliver! and The Wizard of Oz.  Theatre audiences have grown, there has been an increase in musical theatre licensing by amateur societies and a surge in applications at stage schools.

“It is the public who lead the casting process and they’ve got it absolutely right four times already.  It’s been wonderful to see the careers of so many of the contestants blossom, so it will be especially fascinating to see who the public chooses as their Superstar!” says Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Auditions will take place across the country during February-March in London, Dublin, Belfast, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff. The UK’s most promising new talent will perform on stage in the hope of impressing the casting panel for a place in the final live shows.

The casting team will whittle down the numbers for the live shows featuring those they believe have potential to become a superstar.

Lloyd Webber will be joined by a carefully selected panel of judges to help him in his search. But ultimately it will be up to the British public to decide who they want to be his Superstar and play Jesus.

Elaine Bedell, ITV’s Director of Entertainment & Comedy, says: “We are asking ITV viewers to help us find a new superstar – in every sense of the word.  We’re looking for the kind of performer who can fill arenas – and produce a rocking performance to match.”

Kevin Lygo, Managing Director of ITV Studios says: “Live primetime entertainment is at the heart of ITV Studios and we’re delighted to be working with Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber to bring this nationwide search to ITV1.”

Superstar is executive produced by Peter Davey with Katharine Begg as series producer.

Superstar is an ITV Studios production for ITV1.


How to Apply:

Please go to <>  for full details on how to apply and audition, website will be live from midnight Wednesday 18th January 2012.  Anyone can apply over the age of 18 yrs, be it professional or amateur.

Sebastian Foucan

Age: 37

Professional partner:  Brianne Delcourt


Freerunning on land is very different to on ice so it’s a bit early to know if I can incorporate any of my moves, for now, I am still learning the basics.

Sébastien Foucan may have founded ‘freerunning’ but admits learning how to skate for ITV1’s Dancing On Ice has been much harder than he anticipated. 

Sébastien said, “I would say ice skating is different from what I thought, it’s harder and it’s a difficult task, even just co-ordination and balance when you are on the ice. There’s also always about five things to remember at once but I don’t feel scared so am not afraid to push myself to try new things.” 

He continues, “Ice skating is absolutely different from what I am used to doing.  The muscles we are using are different, so they are becoming more defined. I am aching a bit in places I not used to working so much, but in a good way!  I’m having a great experience in the learning process and I am looking forward to the performances and meeting all the other celebrities properly.

The French star’s jaw dropping skills have even made Hollywood sit up and take notice and earned him a role hit movie Casino Royale alongside Daniel Craig and Sébastien’s hoping he can bring his unique blend of skill and flair to the ice. 

He said, “I know it is a competition but I am here to challenge myself. It’s like nothing I have done before so it’s hard to know how well I will compare to the other celebrity skaters. My aim is to be a good ice skater and work perfectly with my partner as one and if we can amaze people by our performance that would be great. I see it more as an art form and that is why I love it and I really want to do a really beautiful performance on the ice!

Teamed with skating professional Brianne Delcourt, who won the competition last year with Sam Attwater, Sébastien admits he’s feeling the pressure to repeat her success. 

He said, “Brianne won last series with a great partner (Sam Attwater) and I know they worked really hard so there’s a lot to live up to.  I just want to do my very best, for her too.

“I put a lot of pressure on myself. I am really amazed by Brianne’s skill, she is an incredible skater and I want to do better all the time. Even though I haven’t known her for very long we are getting on well.  I know its all part of the show and performance but I hope I will not look ridiculous in the costumes! I don’t want to leave the show too early either, so I could say I am dreading the time when we get voted off!”

Sam Nixon

Age: 25

Professional partner:  Alexandra Schauman 


I’ve been looking at clips of Ray Quinn performing on Dancing On Ice which is stupid because there’s no way I’m going to be anywhere near as good as that!

Children’s TV presenter Sam Nixon admits he’s been watching recordings of former Dancing On Ice champion Ray Quinn’s performances on the show for inspiration as he prepares to take to the ice in the new series.

Viewers will see Sam competing against his TV partner Mark Rhodes as they prepare to go head to head on the show. 

Sam says, “I’ve watched previous series of Dancing On Ice but since taking part I’ve been watching clips of previous performances.  I must admit Ray Quinn’s the one that I’ve been looking at a lot, which is stupid because there’s no way I’m going to be anywhere near as good as that!  But it’s just amazing to watch him. It does massively inspire you, he’s just fantastic.”

He continues, “I would love the thought of being able to leave the ice and do even just a little jump.  But at the minute we’ve not practised jumps; I’m a million miles away from that. But the thought of me being able to do it excites me.  Whether I’ll be able to do it is another story. I think that would be a massive achievement for me, but at the minute I’m content with mastering the basic steps!”

With the new series starting shortly on ITV1, Sam admits he’s not fazed by the bright and often daring skating costumes and training for the show has revealed a different side to his character.  

Sam said, “I suppose it would be a nice little victory for both myself and Mark if one of us did better than the other. It’s weird because we’ve have not seen each other train. We do everything together, but with this we’re doing it separately; we don’t know how each other are doing. I think I’ve realised that I’m a perfectionist, so if I’m lucky to stay in longer that one week, I think I’ll want to get better and better at this!”

He continues, “At the minute I think I’m getting better as the weeks going on which is good and I just want that to carry on. If I know I’ve given it my best, that’s what I’ll look forward to the most.”

The TV star reveals that whilst he’s attempting to master basic skating he’s nervous of learning the chorography for his first routine. 

Sam says, “At the minute we’re just doing the basics of skating and I think as soon as they throw in a bit of choreography I am a little nervous about that I must admit!   Doing spins also terrifies me because I get so dizzy so quickly. I’m dreading the spins.  Also I’ve got no idea what my face is going to look like because at the minute it’s just full on concentration!” 

Matthew Wolfenden

Age: 30

Professional partner:  Nina Ulanova


“I’m quite looking forward to the outfits! I’m going to be proper blinged up! The lads down the pub will take the mickey but they all want tickets!”

Emmerdale actor Matthew Wolfenden admits he’s feeling the pressure as he attempts to follow in the footsteps of former Dancing On Ice winner and fellow soap colleague Hayley Tamaddon.

Convinced to take part in the series by fiancée and fellow Emmerdale actress Charley Webb, Matthew says as the first male from the soap to appear he’s got ‘a lot to live up to.’

He says, “My fiancée Charley is a massive fan of Dancing On Ice and has said for the last few years that I should give it a bash but I’ve always chickened out. It was Charley who pushed me in the right direction, and I’m glad she did because I’m loving it.”

Matthew continues, “Training for Dancing On Ice is tiring, it’s hard work. I’m training in the morning or the evening depending on which way I can fit it around my filming. There’s been number of Emmerdale cast members who have taken part in Dancing On Ice but I’m the first male so I’ve got a lot to live up to.”

Having trained as a gymnast and dancer, Matthew reveals that Dancing On Ice is pushing his fitness regime to the limits. 

He says, “I’ve always worked out. I’ve gone to the gym all my life. I’ve grown up doing gymnastics and then I was trained as a dancer. I’ve enjoyed learning a new skill but since training for Dancing On Ice I have found new muscles I didn’t know I had in my legs, they’re absolutely killing me!   Being a dancer has helped me with my upper body but it also hindered me a little, you have to use a different foot or take off slightly different than if you were dancing normally on the ground, instead of the slippery stuff.”

Matthew continues, “I’m enjoying working with my skating partner Nina.  Over the weeks we’ve been learning lifts off the ice and a few fancy tricks but it’s just trying doing it with the skates on! The skates are quite heavy so its fine lifting Nina without the skates on, then you get the skates on and to be honest, the skates nearly weigh as much as she does.”

Undeterred by the skating costumes, Matthew is also hoping to follow in Chris Fountain and Ray Quinn’s footsteps by attempting difficult jumps on the live shows.  

Matthew says, “I’m looking forward to the outfits! I’m going to be proper blinged up.  The lads down the pub will take the mickey but they all want tickets.”

He continues, “We’ve been working a lot on jumps and I’m hoping, if I’m lucky enough to stay in that I will be able to attempt an axel at some point in the competition.  I’m a bit nervous about trying the head banger it looks ridiculously scary, not necessarily for me but for my skating partner, Nina.”

Mark Rhodes

Age: 30

Professional partner:  Frankie


Sam Nixon would be lying if he didn’t admit that we both want to out do each other!

Children’s TV presenter Mark Rhodes is getting ready to step out with a new partner, Frankie Poultney when he steps onto the ice for the new series’ of hit entertainment show Dancing On Ice.

Viewers will see Mark and TV partner Sam Nixon, who have been presenting together for nearly a decade, competing against each other for the first time since their first they met Pop Idol back in 2003. 

Mark says, “It’s really weird because me and Sam have crossed paths when starting a session and we’re like talking to each other in code as its secret at the moment.  We’ve not been in competition with each other since Pop Idol years ago so it’s a bit odd!  Whilst we will be supporting each other, Sam would be lying if he said we both want to out do each other!” 

He continues, “I think Andy from Blue Peter is going to do really well because he’s a fit lad; I’ve played football with him a lot.  Heidi from the Sugababes looks athletic and I’ve seen her practising and she’s really good. I don’t think I want to watch anyone else do it because it makes me more nervous!”

Mark admits he’s already noticing a change in his physique since he started rehearsals for the series.  

He says, “I’ve lost about six pounds, it’s amazing! The thing is you use muscles that you never ever thought you had and it’s just so hard on those muscles that you’ve not used before. I’m used to playing football, but it’s a completely different sport and it’s completely different muscles that you’re using. You do get a bit achy, but it’s good for fitness definitely; It’s the best fitness slavery I’ve ever had!”

He continues, “I’ve been stocking up on the carbs, but I always used to do that anyway before I started training for Dancing On Ice but I have cut out a lot of alcohol because dehydrates you and I’ve been having more water.  I’ve been going to the toilet every five minutes!”

With the live shows starting in the New Year, Mark admits that he’s nervous about stepping onto the ice in front of an audience. 

Sam says, “I’m not dreading the outfits because as children’s television presenters this is will be bland in comparison!  I’m nervous about that first routine.  When they call out our name and you skate onto the ice, all that hard work for just a one minute routine, with millions of people watching the show I don’t want to make a fool of myself!  If I am lucky enough to stay in after that first performance I think I’ll be a little bit more chilled to the whole magnitude of the event!”

He continues, “Ice skating is the hardest sport I’ve ever tried and will ever try! Sam and I have done some crazy stuff for cameras like synchronized swimming! But I’ve got so much respect for the professionals that make it look easy because it’s one of the hardest disciplines that I’ve ever seen. To make it look easy, you’ve got to put in so much graft!”

Corey Feldman

Age: 40

Professional partner:  Brooke Castile


I have no fear when it comes to confrontation, being direct, being honest, upfront but when it comes to say a paper cut, I’ll cry all day!  I have a very low thresh hold for pain

Hollywood actor Corey Feldman admits that whilst he’s excited to be taking part in the new series of Dancing On Ice his biggest fear is falling on the ice.

Star of hit films such as The Lost Boys, The Goonies and Stand By Me, Corey reveals that his biggest fear is hurting himself. 

Corey says, “I have no fear when it comes to confrontation being direct, being honest, upfront but when it comes to like a paper cut I’ll cry all day!  I have a very low thresh hold for pain I am a little but wimpy when it comes to that stuff.  I really am scared of hurting myself.” 

He continues, “I love the dancing part, that’s the easy part because it’s a part of me.  Rhythm and I we’re together but when it comes to being on ice that’s the challenging part.  Ice is a very tricky thing and I have had a skiing accident once where I broke my scapular and slipped two discs so I know that it’s a very fragile thing. You can make one wrong move and you can lose control.  So I know that happens, I know that’s possible and that’s the part I’m afraid of, the things that go beyond your control!”

Corey admits that whilst he’s enjoying the chance to learn a new skill, he’s approaching his training with some trepidation. 

He says, “I would love to impress myself.  I would be so amazed if I come out of this having this brand new gift, this brand new skill, which I think is possible or I wouldn’t be here.  However I also think it’s quite possible I will fail miserably and end up flat on my face!”

Corey continues, “I’m excited, I’m looking forward to the opportunity and the challenge.  I want to make sure I do a good job and I don’t screw up.  I think the key for me is not too be too over confident and not to expect too much out of myself and just take it slow.  This is going to be a big learning curve for me, so in the beginning all I want to do is patiently observe and learn and try things in a very slow building process so that I really soak it all in and do the best that I can.” 

The American star is looking forward to spending time in the UK and admits that one of the reasons for doing the show was for his UK based fans. 

Corey says, “There’s a lot of reasons why I want to be here, number one first and foremost this is for the British fans because I know they will love the opportunity to have me around, close in the vicinity where they can actually come and be a part if it.” 

He continues, “I’m really excited about the idea that I get to spend a long period of time in England because I love it so much the culture, the music, the fashion.”   

A self confessed ‘workaholic’ Corey says he’s hoping the judge’s critiques won’t be too harsh! 

Corey says, “I am very sensitive so hopefully the judges won’t be too mean.  I’m very driven, very motivated and if anybody’s going to put the pressure on its going to be me doing it to myself.  I’m a very hard worker, I’m a workaholic I work best under pressure,  I need to focus I have so much energy brewing inside me that I really have to take it and focus it otherwise its all over the universe.”  

Andy Whyment

Age: 30

Professional partner:  Vicky Ogden


All the lads from Corrie have been winding me up saying ‘It’s going to be like bambi on ice’, and then they add ‘when I watch it, I’ll be hoping you fall!

Coronation Street favourite Andy Whyment admits he never imagined taking part in Dancing On Ice but is feeling proud of his achievements so far even if he has to take constant mocking from his cast mates.  

He says, “I’m looking forward to the whole thing. It’s made me quite proud of myself.  I remember watching the series last year with Steven Arnold and thinking ‘they’re all mad!’, then this year I’m doing it!  Watching Stevie last year, I would’ve never imagined doing it this year. It’s a whirlwind, every time I get on the ice I still think I’m mad for doing it!

Andy continues, “All the lads from work have been winding me up saying ‘It’s going to be like bambi on ice’, and then they add ‘when I watch it, I’ll be hoping you fall.’”

Andy admits that the first few weeks of training were tough but he’s now starting to enjoy being on the ice. 

Andy says, “I’m enjoying more now. I’m sure everyone is in the same predicament because when it comes to that first day, we’re all out of our comfort zone.   I’ve been putting everything I can into it because I don’t want to go out there and make a fool out of myself.   I always said I’d put a hundred and ten percent in and that’s what I’m doing. I’m not going to be an absolutely amazing skater but I’m not going to be dreadful either!

“It’s quite easy to stand up and skate around in a circle, I think most people can do that. It’s when you start putting in movements, knowing what side of the blade to be on; I just find it really difficult. To be honest with you I’m quite proud of myself, because I wouldn’t of thought I’d be doing half the stuff I’m doing now!  The more you work on it, the better you’ll get.”

He continues, “We tried a new lift today, and as soon as I lifted my skating partner, I landed straight onto my bottom!  It wasn’t a high one, she just put her legs around my waist but I had my weight too far forward as soon as she jumped, I tried to compensate for it and went flat on my back side. I’m not scared of falling. I’d be mortified but Vicky wouldn’t ask me to do anything that she didn’t think I could do.”

With the live shows looming Andy reveals that he’s not worried about wearing the tight skating outfits but is dreading the customary spray tans.

Andy says, “I wear those tight lycra tops when I’m in training because they keep you warm, it’s obviously not sequiny! I’m getting used to wearing them now so the costumes don’t bother me!  But I said to the production team that I’m definitely not getting a spray tan! I’m all natural! It’s absolutely not happening!

The actor admits that whilst he’s competitive he’s not thinking about the competitive side to the show instead he’s much more interested in having fun.

Andy says, “I am competitive but there’s always going to be better skaters there than I am. There are always three or four really good skaters, so I won’t be one of them. I’m not really looking at rivals. I just want to enjoy myself and just get the most out of it as I can.”

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