Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean are Olympic best friends and the king and queen of Dancing on Ice.
So, ahead of this weekend’s semifinal, in which the remaining four contestants – Perri Kiely, Ben Hanlin, Joe Swash and Libby Clegg – will dance twice, we have teamed up for secrets of the show.
From the meeting between model Caprice and skater Hamish Gamin, whether Jason Gardiner was missing the razor-tongue, the time when Chris said they were “copulating” like Fred and Ginger to a possible proposal for the leap year, here the 62-year-old Torvill and 61-year-old Dean reveal everything.
Is there a moment of Dancing on Ice that you will never forget?
Jayne: “Todd Carty’s moment of fear and humor always makes the golden moments of TV, not that it is representative of the show.”
Chris: “Libby Clegg’s first routine was a very moving moment. It was all about what Libby had reached and the mountains she had climbed to get to that point. I was hoping she could see, in her mind, what we were seeing and how much was extraordinary. “
Do you have a wish list of celebrities you would like to sign for Dancing on Ice?
Chris: Margot Robbie. It would be my first choice. And he can skate by the appearance of things. “
Jayne: “I always say David Beckham.”
Would you forbid any Dancing on Ice celebrity?
Jayne: “No, everyone is welcome. As long as they work hard.”
Chris: “At the moment not …”
Are you still in contact with some former Dancing on Ice celebrities?
Jayne: “There are one of the two that we stay in touch with. Ray Quinn, James Jordan is back in the show, Jake Quickenden and obviously now we have John Barrowman. And David Seaman remained friends with the Dancing on Ice family. “
How do judges and presenters prepare the pre-show?
Chris: “Let’s do a rehearsal and see the celebrities for the first time, which gives us an idea of what they’re doing. It’s like figure skating: watch preparations for about a week in advance. It’s a great thing. because many times you will see people who intensify at night and perform better “.
Jayne: “I like having a cup of tea.”
Chris: “I don’t like drinking too much coffee because there aren’t enough bathroom breaks.”
Do you hang out when you’re not filming – and are there cliques?
Chris: “The presentation side is one side of the building, and the skaters and celebrities are the other, so we don’t really see them until the show – except working with them during the week.”
Jayne: “We mix more than the other two judges and Holly and Phillip because we’re there during the week.”
Do you miss Jason Gardiner being on the show?
Chris: “We always got along with Jason. He was friendly. He has just chosen to go to other pastures and do other things. I think he’s doing a personal show, which he always wanted to pursue. So I don’t miss him because he is doing what he wants to do, and this has allowed John to come to the show now and we will go on with him. “
Jayne: “Good luck to Jason. It is not to be missed because he did the show from the beginning – he only lost a year “.
How do you feel when Hamish and Caprice broke up their partnership?
Jayne: “We didn’t really get involved. We were told what was going on. So we just have to accept it.”
Chris: “Information was sent to us. It seemed that they were not getting along. Caprice wanted to stay in the competition and it was the only way to solve it. Here’s what the producers decided to do. “
Did it have an effect on the atmosphere on the show?
Chris: “Everyone was initially asking” What’s going on? “But now everyone is really focusing on their performance and what they have to do. You would be surprised: everyone has to be somehow winked at what they have to do. They are serious about trying to do their best, so nobody dwells on any distractions. “
Jayne: “Mostly partnerships have to go on. When you bring it on ice, there must be equal respect and trust. And therefore you have to make it work. And usually, in partnerships where this doesn’t happen, they don’t last that long in the competitive world. “
Can you share some backstage gossip with us?
Jayne: “Perri doesn’t even know how to take her hair off because it’s so stiff.”
Chris: “Some of the other celebrities are a little hyper before we move on – that’s it. They need that hyperactivity to keep up with the nerves. Joe Swash is like that.”
What’s your worst gaffe on the air?
Chris: “One year I was doing a routine in tribute to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and I tried to say that we weren’t trying to copy them, we were trying to emulate them, but it turned out like,” We are trying to copulate like them. ‘
“And during the tour, one of the skaters’ pants split from ear to belt during a serious piece with 10,000 people in the audience. It was a classic number in Australia and the audience burst out laughing.”
Jayne: “You could basically see its bottom.”
Chris: “And we had another girl whose top is gone. So she did her performance with one hand on her chest, changing her hands so as not to expose herself but going on with the choreography like a real professional.
“Pamela Anderson also had a small moment of exposure in the middle of an elevator.”
What is the best – and worst – that each of you has done in your relationships?
Jayne: “I damaged Chris a few times with my blades. None of this was intentional.”
Chris: “A long time ago, when I was a police officer, I chased Jayne in the car and pulled her up for some fun.”
Chris: “The best thing is that we are still best friends and we skate 47 years down the road. At our age, most people would not do what their sport has been for a lifetime. Fortunately, we are still able to to do it. “
What is the best – and worst – gift you’ve ever received from your other half?
Chris: “Ooh, I won’t say it. This is for me to know!”
Jayne: “I got so many lovely gifts from my husband. A lot of jewelry and stuff. He is very good at remembering the things I mentioned during the year and he will remember him during the year.”
Chris: When we go on tour and someone gets a naff souvenir, like a gnome, then give it to you.
It’s a leap year. So Chris, do you think Karen (her nine-year-old partner and the Dancing on Ice coach) could make a proposal for the leap year?
Chris: (lots of laughter). “I have no idea.”
Jayne: “I could do it!”
On Sunday, Dancing on Ice is on ITV at 18:00.