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Emily Atack ('Dancing On Ice')

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Emily Atack ('Dancing On Ice')

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Despite giving her best performance of the series so far, it was the end of the road for Inbetweeners actress Emily Atack on last night's Dancing On Ice. It was extra sad news for supporters of Emily's pro partner Fred Palascak (we're looking at you, Gay Spy fans!), as we'll be seeing far less of his pert rear over the coming weeks. We caught up with Miss Atack this morning to ask about developing her sexy side with Alexandra Burke, spinning with Fred and which Inbetweeners star she would like to see on next year's show.

Were you disappointed to leave the show after your best performance of the series?
"I was definitely disappointed. But at this point in the competition anything can happen. Everyone in that competition now is so strong and are all contenders for the final. I've been at the bottom of the leaderboard every week. So maybe viewers thought my time had finally come now. 18.5 is a great score and I was really happy with it, but most people are getting much higher than that now. So I guess it was only fair. Better to go out on a high than on a bum note, though."

Were you surprised to see Danniella in the skate-off with you?
"Yeah, absolutely. The second that was announced, there was something inside me that I knew what the result would be. She's always been at the top of the leaderboard and I've always been near the bottom, so it just made sense. It was a closer call than I suspected it might be and I'm glad we made it into a dramatic skate-off. But I'm really, really happy for Danniella - she deserves to go through. She has been consistent each week."

Fred really went for it with the spinning this week. Did that not make you feel sick?
"Oh God, I feel sick just thinking about it. Especially when we had to rehearse it really early every morning. But I loved that lift and I'm really glad we got to do something extravagant like that. People thought I was too scared to do that because I had held back on the show. I really, really tried to pick up on that this week and take more risks. I got the result that I wanted and the judges saw that I was pushing myself - I couldn't have asked for anything more than that."

Mikey and Kieron were the latest casualties on the ice this week. Was it not scary to watch everyone damaging their bodies on the show?
"We've all had so many injuries. You have sore ribs, people have had whiplash, they have hurt their shoulders, their calf muscles. It will always happen that you will let yourself get worried about being injured and then you will inevitably hold yourself back. For ice skating you really have to block out your fears and throw yourself into it - there must be trust in your partner and a trust that you will be safe."

Jason never seemed to warm to you on the show. Did that annoy you?
"Jason is a lovely bloke. He is very nice backstage. A lot of it is panto and I think he does know what he's talking about. He knows what he's looking for and is very particular. Unfortunately, he didn't see that in me, but that's not his fault. He's just being honest. He is right and I don't have great leg lines. Whether they are like a 90-year-old's, I'm not sure! But I've never been much of a dancer. Jason was actually quite easy on me compared to some of the other contestants, so I should be thanking him really. He was very nice at the end of the show last night - I don't have any hard feelings with him at all."

You admitted that you struggled with the 'sexy' performances on the show. Was that the toughest challenge for you?
"Alexandra Burke really, really helped me with that last week. I'm not just saying that, she genuinely did. She gave me the best advice that anyone could give me. 'Just go out there and don't care about anyone around you. Make it your own and make it your own song and moment'. I was so, so lucky to meet her. I can't thank the production team enough. That was something that I will always remember from the show."

There's been an excess of fake tan this year. Did you enjoy the dressing up and sequins?
"I have loved all the dressing up. I've made friends with all the hair and make-up team. I was always going in there and saying, 'Right! Come on! Whack it on me!' It's been great fun. It is every young girl's dream and I was so fortunate to live it. I have felt pretty gutted this morning, but I have to keep telling myself how lucky I am to have done all of this."

Which one of your Inbetweeners co-stars would you like to see on the ice next year?
"Ooh God... it has to be Simon Bird (Will) obviously. I have no idea how he would fare on the ice. I might ask him later today. I'm off to a read-through of the new series with him this afternoon. I might ask them all who can skate. Actually, Blake who plays Neil might be quite good. He's always dancing on the show. Maybe he could bust out some of those moves on the ice. He'd get through every week with the robot."

Dancing On Ice continues on Sunday at 7.15pm on ITV1

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