TOWIE star Gemma Collins hopes to inspire ‘curvy girls’ in Dancing On Ice
The 37-year-old said she is determined to prove that size is no obstacle
She added: “My biggest supporters will be all the curvy dolls out there. I’m doing this show to show all the ladies that it doesn’t matter what size you are or who you are, you can achieve anything.”
She also told how she plans to shed weight on the ITV show, which kicks off on Sunday. “I’m always saying that I’m going to get fit then time runs away with me and I’m busy working. The fact that I’ll be working on a show where you actually train as part of it is a very exciting prospect for me. Yes, it’s going to be tough – but it’s worth it.”
Gemma, who is dating TOWIE co-star James Argent, added: “I’ve been saying for the last couple of years I want to lose weight. Things are going well with myself and James and I do want to have a baby next year.” Gemma is one of six contestants in the opening show on Sunday, with the remaining skaters taking part in week two.
Coronation Street star Jane Danson will also skate on the opening show with professional Sylvan Longchambon. The actress, 40, who plays Leanne Battersby in the ITV soap, believes her two decades on the cobbles have given her the skills to survive on the ice rink.
She said: “I’m used to long hours, and remembering lines can be quite mentally draining – and it’s physically draining when you’re skating I imagine. I’m used to a schedule and I just want to get out there and do it.” Others skating in week one include singer Saara Aalto, Grease star Didi Conn, actor Mark Little and former Strictly Come Dancing professional James Jordan, who is paired with professional Alexandra Schauman.
He said: “It’s a lot harder than I thought. Everyone’s expecting me to be good, but they should bring their expectations down a bit.” The show will once again be hosted by Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.