Donna Air has has been partnered with pro ice skater Mark Hanretty for the rebooted ITV series of Dancing on Ice, and has admitted that she feared DYING, when she first signed up.
The actress-turned-TV presenter said she was “terrified” about taking to the ice over the possibility of suffering serious injury.
“I really thought I’d probably die doing the show… I thought it was that dangerous.
“I don’t like being scared of things so I thought it’s good… Life is about experiences and I thought it would be a real experience,” the mum of one said.
“And I’m so glad that I made the right decision because we’re having so much fun doing the show,” she added.
“I’m enjoying the training so much more than I thought I would and now I have realised I’m not actually going to die.”
Perhaps she’s feeling more chilled out as she’s been let off the hook from doing the most dangerous move – according to the Mirror, the ex-Byker Grove star has been BANNED from The Headbanger, because she is too tall!
She explained at the launch: “Apparently I’m too tall for the head banger, I’ve been ruled out of the head banger already.
“But I don’t think that gets me off scot-free, I’m sure they’ll come up with something else for me.”
In happier news, Donna has also claimed that her bottom has already started to reap the benefits of the new training regime.
Asked about any physical changes, she said: “I can feel my body getting stronger… I hate the gym.
“Purely for superficial reasons I’m very happy my bottom is going in the right direction… Progress is being made.”
Among the 12 celebrities taking part in the show are Good Morning Britain’s weather forecaster Alex Beresford, Love Island’s Kem Cetinay, rugby player Max Evans and singer and reality TV star Jake Quickenden.
Donna has backed Jack to go far, as she described him as “verging on pro”, and said she wished she could have her routines pre-recorded rather than performing live.
“It’s so hit and miss… it would be amazing if we could record our routines.
“Then you would totally nail it like you would in a film… it’s theatre on ice which is terrifying.”
Dancing On Ice, hosted by Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, returns to ITV on January 7.