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Dancing on Ice 2013: Joe Pasquale

Dancing on Ice 2013: Joe Pasquale

Age: 51
Skating with: Vicky Ogden

Number of times fell over on first day: 30 times – I was on the rink for 30 minutes and I fell over once every minute.
Number of bruises so far: Loads. I smell of Deep Heat every night.
Most embarrassing fear/dread for first live show: Nothing because I like doing things that scare me – and skating does.
Dream celebrity skating partner: Keith Chegwin. He would have to lift me up.

As a former King of the Jungle, Joe Pasquale may have jumped out of a plane and been buried alive with rats, but learning to skate is physically far harder, according to the TV entertainer.

And the 51-year-old – who won I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! in 2004 – also reveals he has got so many bruises, he has invested in a pair of padded shorts.

Readily admitting he is the worst celebrity in the competition at skating, Joe says: “Doing Dancing on Ice is physically harder. The jungle was tougher mentally but I could never skate before and I was scared of it.”

“I hated the first week of training because I couldn’t even stand up. I was like a giraffe on ice. I have got loads of bruises but since I bought a pair of goalkeeper’s shorts that have pads on the hips and bum, it doesn’t hurt there anymore.”

“I am rubbish. I had a training session with Karen Barber and she told me I was the worst one at the start. But she has seen me since and she is pleased with the way I have progressed. She told me not to worry about falling over because she said ‘if you are not falling over, you are not trying.”

Updated: Sunday 13 January 2013