Dancing on Ice's Ryan Thomas praises his Strictly star brother

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Dancing on Ice star Ryan Thomas has praised his brother, Strictly Come Dancing and Waterloo Road star Adam Thomas, after previously admitting to struggling with the pressure of the show.

Speaking to The Mirror, Ryan opened up about the toll the skating competition is taking on his body while paying tribute to his brother for helping him through it.

"I talk to Adam most days, because he was talking to me most of the time during his journey on Strictly," Ryan said.

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He continued: "And I feel like we have a lot in common in that sense. We know the training. We know how it is to work with a partner day in, day out. We know the schedule's tough. It's very similar process. And I'm very lucky to have him in my corner to talk to every day, really."

On the effect the competition is having on his physical wellbeing, Ryan said: "My body's just fatigued. You have days like this. It's hard sometimes to be up there constantly energy wise. We know showtime's coming, we know that we've got all that energy to put into Sunday.

Describing an emotional rollercoaster, Ryan said he experiences a "yo-yo effect" in his mood when he feels like he is performing his mid-week routine at 70% leaving him feeling down.

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"I’m not down on myself, just fatigued, overthinking things, wanting things to be great. It's just the midweek blues," he said.

According to Ryan, the physical effects of performing alongside professional skater Amani Fancy have left him needing physiotherapy.

"I’m a bit of a mess, just back and shoulder pain," he said. "They are just a little bit of a niggle. We're doing lifts now. And it takes its toll on your body. Yeah, it's really just niggles, but I just want to try and make sure that I get it through the shows. I've got physio appointments."

Dancing on Ice airs on ITV1 and streams on ITVX.

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