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Dancing on Ice: The All-Stars on injuries, headbangers and farting

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We're excited about Dancing on Ice returning on Sunday, but it's a little bittersweet given that this will be the final series. Still, the show is definitely going out with a bang with an All-Star cast - including six winners.

We caught up with all the stars at the show's launch this week - with the exception of Joe Pasquale, who genuinely had to rush off to panto - so read on to find out how training is going, what Jorgie really thinks of being paired with Sylvain, and whose secret weapon is... farting?

Suzanne Shaw

Dancing On Ice All-Stars: Suzanne Shaw

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Original series and position: Winner in series three (2008)
Professional partner: Matt Evers

"Oh, wouldn't it be lovely to replicate my perfect score? Whether I will or not, I don't know. I've been away in Bristol for quite a while so I haven't seen anyone compete or skate, so I don't know what level I'm at. I don't know whether I'm closer to the bottom or closer to the top. I actually think I'm at quite a disadvantage at the moment. I don't know how much work to put in or how much to relax, so I'm just going with it."
"I'm throwing myself into headbangers again, I'm doing all the crazy stuff. I like to challenge myself. I really enjoy the process of it. I'd really like to go, 'Wow, I didn't realise I could do that and I can, I pushed myself'. And I trust Matt. If I didn't trust Matt, I would not be doing the headbanger! It's amazing to be back with Matt. We have such a laugh on the ice. We live together - he's roomies with me at the moment. He's part of our inner circle of friends - he's now really close to all my mates and I'm close to his friends."
"Matt has all the secret weapons. I just get told on the day. He's got a lot up his sleeve - he's got variations of headbangers and all that. I've told him not to tell me because it will start my anxiety off."
"I think there's probably about half of the competition where it could be anybody's. Do you know the one to watch? David Seaman. He's very good, very good. I really genuinely think it's anyone's game."

Sam Attwater

Dancing On Ice All-Stars: Sam Attwater

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Original Series and position: Winner in series six (2011)
Professional partner: Vicky Ogden

"I'm skating with my fiancée, which is fantastic. If we skate to a romantic song and they say there's no chemistry, there's something to worry about! It's nice for us to be able to spend time with each other. If I wasn't doing this, we wouldn't see each other, so we're getting to spend time with each other. And also, for me, I get to see how Vicky works. It's all very exciting."
"We made a rule before we started that what happens on the ice, stays on the ice. From day one we put that out there and said that when we go home we're not going to argue about it. And to be honest, when we are on the ice, we've only argued maybe two or three times, and then I realise that Vicky's the pro and I'd better shut up! So we just get on with it."
"I would love to reclaim my title. I would absolutely love to win it. I'd love to win it with Vicky because we're getting married this year so to win the show as well would be the best year ever. We're definitely going out there to win it but we're not going to get stressed out and competitive. We're not going to let it take over because it just gets too stressful. I think that's when we'd start arguing. So we're just going to go out there and do our best and fingers crossed it's enough."
"We're trying lots of new things. Vicky's very trusting of me. I've dropped her once - which is good in the amount of time we've trained. We are trying some harder stuff and hopefully we'll get the chance to show people that we're maybe taking the famous headbanger to a new level and doing something a bit more adventurous with it. Fingers crossed that we'll get the chance to show people. We are definitely pushing the boundaries."
"I've watched stuff back from when I did it before and I won the show. But I look at it now and there's things that I go, 'Why did I not do that? Why did I not do this?' So it's actually very good to watch it back and learn from that. I'm hopefully going to come back with what I had before - and more."

Todd Carty

Dancing On Ice All-Stars: Todd Carty

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Original series and position: Ninth in series four (2009)
Professional partner: Alexandra Schauman

"Getting on the ice is always going to be daunting for me, I'm afraid. That's life. But I'll give it another go. It was nice to be asked back for the last one. I think if I'd said no, I'd be watching on Sunday night going, 'Oh, I fancied a bit more of that'. I'm just hoping I won't be as nervous this time around. I'll try to be a bit more relaxed, which is very easy to say until the voiceover announces, 'Ladies and gentlemen, Todd and Alex', and then your heart goes like a machine gun. Your professional partner says, 'Whatever you do, bend your legs'. I can do it now I'm here because we're on the terra firma, but come the night... We'll see."
"The boots were firmly under the stairs for the last five years. When the call came, I opened it up and they were still in there, and I said, 'Shall we do this?' and they gave me a little wink and said, 'Yeah'."
"The only person I've seen in training is Joe. I was in pantomime with Redditch and Joe was in pantomime in Wolverhampton. We've actually been having a good laugh up there - you can notch us up as naughty schoolboys, really. The training itself is quite fun because you've got Joe on the ice with his partner. Reality's going to kick in soon, so I'm saying all my prayers and I have my fingers crossed."
"I don't think I do have anything to prove, really. Because I can't. My ability is very limited. I've learned to stop which is quite handy - and that's without the assistance of my partner. My stopping might be my key thing in this."
"I don't think I'll get very far in the competition. Again, it's up to the Great British public - what they want, what they fancy. Something could happen. Maybe the skating gods could wave a magic wand and I could become brilliant. I kind of doubt it, but if they did it would be very nice."

Gareth Gates

Dancing On Ice All-Stars: Gareth Gates

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Original series and position: Fourth in series three (2008)
Professional partner: Brianne Delcourt

"I was thrilled that they asked me back. I came fourth in the show and to be up against people who've actually won the show is a real honour for me. The competition's very, very high yet I'm willing to put the work in and really looking forward to it."
"Who knows if I could win? There's some great skaters here. I think starting off, I'm not one of the strongest strongest. However, that's making me more determined."
"I couldn't really say who my biggest competition is. We haven't really spent all that much time with each other yet, so we haven't really seen each other skate. There's the favourites - Kyran's obviously one of the favourites, and so is Ray. I'm just having so much fun on the ice at the moment and I'm quite relaxed about it all."
"I don't have a secret weapon. Hopefully my charm might win them over!"
"My Big Reunion supergroup bandmates are supporting me. And if I last that long in the competition, I'll get the lads down to watch. It'll be fun."

Bonnie Langford

Dancing On Ice All-Stars: Bonnie Langford

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Original series and position: Third in series one (2006)
Professional partner: Andrei Lipanov

"I have no idea why I came back! Why? Why did I say I'd do it again? It's the team. Chris and Jayne, they are the best of the best and what they've done is they've got a team of those behind the camera and in front of the best of the best. So if you're given quality, you can't really turn your back on that."
"I haven't even thought about winning. I just want to get through the week without hurting anybody else or myself."
"I've had some injuries and my original ice partner dislocated his shoulder, so I've got a new partner now. We had to start again and we've had two weeks. It's a lot of pressure. The routine's changed again for about the third time. We've only just finished another routine because we have to have two for the first show. I just want to get through it with remembering it and hoping we get to the end alive."
"My plan is just to enjoy it. If I can enjoy it then everyone else will enjoy it - and you know what? That's what it's about. It's entertainment. It's entertainment with a little bit of jeopardy thrown in. A fabulous mixture for a great programme."
"Who's going to win? Pick a name and it could be anyone. You've got all the best here. They're all young and inspirational - I'm the old lady of the pack! It's alright. I could be most of their mothers, to be honest."

Ray Quinn

Dancing On Ice All-Stars: Ray Quinn

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Original series and position: Winner in series four (2009)
Professional partner: Maria Filippov

"I try not to think about being the favourite, to be honest. Everyone keeps saying that, but I feel like there's so much competition out there. Beth's the reigning champion - she finished last year and is going back into it now. I haven't done it for five years. I haven't put a pair of boots on since then. A lot changes in five years - you put a bit of weight on, you get a bit older, your bones get a bit stiffer. I'm a dad now, so I'm a lot more tired than I usually am!"
"My biggest competition is probably myself. I'm constantly a perfectionist and I always have been, so if I can't do a step it grinds on me and I'll talk about it for days. Like a sportsman, you've got to get your blinkers on, haven't you? But I'm loving the challenge, and I'm loving being back in the spot with everybody else on what is such a great show with great people."
"I'm practising a lot of jumps because that was the thing that helped me through the last time. Everybody's doing exactly the same. Lifts, jumps, spins. There's a lot of technical stuff to be had, but they're throwing me bones and I'm going to catch them. That's all I can do - my best every time they ask me to do something. They're the ones that can see potential and say, 'You could maybe do that move', and then you end up doing it and impressing yourself."
"Having all this attention at the minute - it's exciting for me. I'm like a little schoolboy again - it's like being back in The X Factor days."
"They call me The Cat. Every time I fall over, I fall on my feet, or at least on my hands. So I've been pretty lucky over the last few weeks. But who knows? It's such a dangerous sport. Things can go wrong in the silliest of places, so you've just got to have your wits about you constantly. As long as I feel confident and I'm happy and I'm having fun - and of course I've got Maria, who is the best partner I could ever have - then hopefully it's alright on the night."

Kyran Bracken

Dancing On Ice All-Stars: Kyran Bracken

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Original series and position: Winner in series two (2007)
Professional partner: Nina Ulanova

"The TV show has moved on from when I did it seven years ago. It's really gone to new levels now, if you look at the skating abilities of everyone. It's incredible. So what I'm really looking forward to is getting back on the ice, doing some amazing lifts. But to be honest, it's really, really hardcore. It's like the Olympics at the moment."
"We're all under pressure to perform. So I think the pressure is there whether you're a favourite or not. It's going to be very interesting to see how it comes across and how people get marked. The thing is, you've got six champions but you've also got people who are really good skaters as well, and I think it's going to be the best series yet with some incredible routines, some incredible skating by people. And it's going to be a lot of fun."
"None of us have joined in to say we're just going to make up the numbers. Being a sportsman, you obviously want to do your best. I think my biggest competition is myself, really. You just want to do as well as you can for yourself. All of us are competitive to get as far as we can and I'll be the same."
"I think Ray's obviously probably the best skater that's done the show. He's gone back on the ice like a duck to water."
"I broke my foot three months ago, which wasn't great. Back on the ice, I went for a jump and I snapped my ankle. I didn't need an operation, I just got a chipped bone in the back. It's recovered enough that I'm able to skate, so I'm quite pleased. But I won't be able to jump yet."

Beth Tweddle

Dancing On Ice All-Stars: Beth Tweddle

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Original series and position: Winner in series eight (2013)
Professional partner: Lukasz Rozycki

"When I was 9 years old and in the gym, there was so much to learn, and that's what I feel like now. There's a new challenge there, and I want to keep challenging myself. If I can better my level of skating, better some tricks and jumping, then it's just an amazing opportunity. And obviously with it being such an iconic show, and this is the last ever one, it's just such an honour to be asked."
"A lot of people are saying that I have an advantage because I was on the show last year. But obviously some people have had eight years experience on the ice - I've only had 12 months. I skated with Daniel last year, and obviously I'm skating with Lukasz this year. I've had that whole new challenge of getting to know a whole new person. Literally, the first couple of weeks are a bit like, 'Er, who are you? Who's this person?' But now we get on like a house on fire."
"We've got some new challenges. He's got totally different strengths to Daniel, so the lifts that you'll see are completely different to what I did last year. For me it's been a whole new challenge - I've just loved every minute again."
"If I can spend 90% of my training session laughing then that's my job done. Last year, I was in it to have fun and each week I challenged myself. And that's exactly the same mentality that I've come with this year."
"I think my secret weapon is laughing. The more I laugh, the more I have fun, the more I enjoy it - I want to get back on the ice. So that's my secret weapon - to have fun."
"I tore my calf at the beginning of training. Luckily I've had nine days off the training for Christmas, so it's kind of getting there now. This was the first week I've skated with no pain, so that was nice. It took me back to my training days - I thought I'd put all that behind me! I haven't been able to jump. I literally started to jump toward the end of the last series, and I wanted to kind of improve my jumping but I haven't been able to do any of it, so I'm hoping in the next couple of weeks they'll allow me to start jumping again."

Zaraah Abrahams

Dancing On Ice All-Stars: Zaraah Abrahams

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Original series and position: Third in series three (2008)
Professional partner: Andy Buchanan

"I came back because they asked! And because the show is just amazing and it's the last one and to be asked, you're like, 'Really? You really want me to come back?' It's just incredible. They've had such a success, and to be involved in the finale of the series with Jayne and Chris's anniversary - I couldn't turn it down. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity and I've managed to do it twice, so it's incredible."
"Of course I'm in it to win it. I mean, I got to the final last time, so everybody's like, 'What can you do better?' All I can do is maybe try and win, but really, this time it's about just appreciating being part of it. And if winning comes, then it comes, but I wasn't even expecting to be in the show last time so being here for me is just incredible."
"I think my plan is just to show them how much I'm enjoying it, and to work hard on the basics. Once you've got the basics down you can do other things. I think me and Andy have a great relationship as well, so working together we can hopefully do other things. Lifts, and stuff like that."
"We've got no choice about doing lifts! I've had my legs round Andy's head and I'm up in the air. I love lifts, because I'm off the ice! I'm like, 'Nothing to do with me!' I love lifts - hopefully I'll get to do a lot more."
"I've fallen over so many times - and I mean, really fallen over where you're just like, 'Should I cry, or is it going to look embarrassing?' I've had sore ribs so far, I've torn my elbow, but it all becomes part of it. Having an injury is annoying because you just want to keep going. But if you fall on the ice, you hurt yourself. That's it. You've got blades on, and it's cold and it's hard, and you're usually going so fast. So the fall is painful! But honestly, I love it."

Jorgie Porter

Dancing On Ice All-Stars: Jorgie Porter

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Original series and position: Second in series seven (2012)
Professional partner: Sylvain Longchambon

"Why did I come back? I don't have a job now! No, it's not that."
"It takes ages to get back into skating. When you get there, you think, 'I'm amazing, I was so great', and then you get on the ice and you're like, 'Hold on, no I'm not'. You have to mentally prepare yourself to go, 'I'm not that great anymore, it's not that easy'."
"I think I was a bit distraught when I found out Sylvain was my partner because it wasn't Matt Evers. You sort of think, 'It'll be fine - they'll put me with him because we were good last time'. But Sylvain's amazing. He's great. He's so good, he's so strong. He's really good with me, as well. I think as well you get stressed about, 'How are you going to act with me? Are you going to tell me off? Are you going to shout at me?' Sometimes I don't know what he's saying!"
Who's my biggest competition? Ray's great, Sam's great, Kyran's great, Beth's great. She's won, Suzanne's won, Hayley's won."

Gary Lucy

Dancing On Ice All-Stars: Gary Lucy

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Original series and position: Second in series five (2010)
Professional partner: Katie Stainsby

"This series is really hard. It's a hard challenge this time around and the competition's really high. I think it's just hard because you come back in and they expect you to be picking up where you left off. However, some of us haven't been on the ice since we finished, like me."
"Have I got any secret weapons? Not really, no. I just want to have a laugh. It's the last time we're going to do it."
"Some people are clear favourites and have been skating all their lives like professionals. But then there's me and Jorgie who are just here to make up the numbers and have a laugh. But this time round it's our time to shine."

Hayley Tamaddon

Dancing On Ice All-Stars: Hayley Tammadon

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Original series and position: Winner in series five (2010)
Professional partner: Daniel Whiston

"I'm in it to enjoy it. It goes so quickly. If you don't enjoy it, before you know it, it's gone and the show's over. And I think for me, I love skating so much and I love the show so much. I just don't want it to end really. I'm going to enjoy every second of it."
"There's no-one up there and there's no-one down here. Everyone is a brilliant standard, and when we all watched each other skate on show and tell day, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Everyone's so, so good. It's going to make for a brilliant TV show and a tough competition, to decide who's going to go out every week."
"What's my secret weapon? David [Seaman] and I are both good at farting. We could fart our way through the competition! It's a good idea, why didn't I think of that earlier? I could stand in the bottom two and just do a little trump."
"Everybody brings something different to the table this time round. We've got our comedy characters in there. We've got the brilliant Ray Quinn and his massive split jumps. Everybody's got something different, whether it's their partnership - their connection - or their skating, their skills. I think it's going to be absolutely brilliant. I'm not going to look at anybody else. It really makes me feel scared."
"I've got a wrist injury. I've got two popped ribs. I spend all my time with heat packs on my back."

David Seaman

Dancing On Ice All-Stars: David Seaman

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Original series and position: Fourth in series one (2006)
Professional partner: Frankie Poultney

I'm dancing with my fiancée but I think almost everybody has connections with their partners. It just means that when we've finished training we can do what we want because we've got the same car so we can go to the restaurant or home or whatever. It's lovely, it's really nice. It's different from the last time I did it because I obviously had a different partner, but now with Frankie it just works out perfect."
"I would imagine there'll be a few new tricks and more people doing lifts and spins and stuff. The standard is so good. Everybody can skate because we've all done it before. Obviously I'm not a showman, and I never have been. So my skating might be a little bit strong, but..."
"You can't watch other people because it makes you feel nervous. As soon as you see somebody and go, 'Oh God, they're really good', it'll affect you. All you've got to do is go out there and do your routine. Just do it the best you can and what will be will be."
"We've had lots of injuries, but niggly injuries. I've got a wrist injury. And bruises. You land on the ice, and we're not used to falling. I fall like a goalkeeper - I put my elbows down and my hip down and it hurts."

Dancing on Ice returns for its All-Star series on Sunday at 6.15pm on ITV.

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