Denise Van Outen 'petrified' about 'Dancing On Ice' as she falls every time she skates

Julia Hunt
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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26:  Denise van Outen arrives at the press night performance of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on July 26, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
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Denise Van Outen has told how she’s struggling with her Dancing On Ice training and falls over every time she’s at the rink.

The TV star, 46, is one of the celebrities strapping on skates for the upcoming series of the ITV ice-skating competition.

But Van Outen admitted on talk show Lorraine that she’s not as graceful as the other contestants and finds it hard to stay on two feet on the ice.

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She told presenter Andi Peters, who was standing in for host Lorraine Kelly: “I’m just so scared. If I’d have done this show 10 to 15 years ago, I’d have had so much confidence, but the older you get, the more aware you are that if you have an injury it takes you twice as long to recover and I’m just petrified all the time.”

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She added: “When I was younger and I was a kid, I did ballet, so I grew up learning to point my toes. That’s the worst thing you can do on ice because you hit your toe pick and go flying.

“I have literally fallen over in every single training session.

“I’m the clumsiest out of all the celebrities, it’s ridiculous.”

Van Outen is paired with pro Matt Evers, who has moved into her home so they are in a bubble and can continue to train together.

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“He’s so lovely,” she said. “He’s been on the show since day dot - he’s such a support and he’s got so much patience.

“The way he’s been teaching me, honestly, I take my hat off to him, because some days he must feel like banging his head against a brick wall.”

“It just doesn’t go in, I’m really struggling,” she added.

Matt Evers attending the Dancing on Ice 2020 launch held at Bovingdon Airfield, Hertfordshire. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
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Dancing On Ice begins in January with celebrities performing live on the ice for votes.

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This year’s contestants include comedian Rufus Hound, musician and TV presenter Myleene Klass, Corrie’s Faye Brookes, pop star Jason Donovan, singer Sonny Jay, WAG Rebekah Vardy, Olympian Graham Bell and rapper Lady Leshurr.

Lorraine is on ITV weekdays from 9am.

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