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'Dancing On Ice' Q&A: Kerry Katona

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Kerry Katona on Dancing on Ice

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Last week, Kerry Katona was announced as one of the 16 celebrities who will take part in ITV's upcoming series of Dancing On Ice. We caught up with Katona last Friday, ahead of her appearance on the show, to find out her feelings on injuries, Jason Gardiner and that appearance on This Morning.

Kerry, how are you feeling today?
"Well I've sprained two ribs and I'm all bandaged up. But it's so worth it. I am gutted because I'm so excited about the show but I'm in so much pain. But I'm hard!"

Why did you sign up to appear on the show?
"For my kids. For Molly and Lilly more so, because we've had such a s**t time lately. I want them to get in that audience and go, 'Kerry Katona, yes she is my mum and we're proud'."

Are you nervous about reinjuring yourself once the competition begins?
"Touch wood I've never broken a bone in my body. She says that now! I think when you first get out on the ice you're so nervous about falling over, but you've just got to fall over and get over that fear. It really is true what they say, the more time on the ice the better. But it can be so nerve-wracking and it's so bloody hard."

It sounds like you have been trying some advanced moves on the ice.
"That's why I've probably done what I've done, because I'm so eager to impress. I can't stand up [on the ice], but as long as someone like Dan [Whiston] throws me around and stuff I'm sound. I can't skate for s**t, I'm like Bambi."

How does it feel to be trained by two of the most prolific ice skaters in the world, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean?
"I'm just so nervous all the time and I'm always apologetic. They're like gods and then chavtastic Kerry Katona comes along into their little world. I'm so out of my depth. You're so eager to impress them, but it's like moon-walking in front of Michael Jackson!"

How are you getting on with your dance partner Daniel?
"I get so excited about my training every day because I can't wait to see Dan. I have such a good laugh with him but we get told off quite a bit. If me and Dan went to school together we would have got expelled. We have so much fun but when that music comes on we just go into a zone. It's complete escapism."

Has there been any pressure due to Whiston winning this year's series of Dancing On Ice with Hayley Tamaddon?
"Oh God no, I just don't want to let anyone down. At the end of the day it's down to the public isn't it? As long as Dan knows I've done my best."

How did you feel when notoriously harsh Dancing On Ice judge Jason Gardiner said he didn't think you should appear on the show?
"I've never met Jason and I couldn't comment on him because I don't know him as a person. He's never met me and he doesn't know me as a person. So obviously, he's not a man of his word because he's still doing the show!"

Are you worried at all about how the show's judges will treat you?
"I think everybody is worried about how they're going to get treated. Everyone's got a past, but it's a fresh slate for everybody. I just don't think it would be fair for any of us, not just me, to be judged on our past."

Will you be trying to show the British public a new side of you?
"No, I'm not trying to show anybody a new side. I've done this completely for focus. Because everyday I'm working, and it keeps your mind off all the other s**t that's going on."

You were recently on This Morning two years after your controversial appearance in 2008. How did that feel returning to the show?
"I think it's a big thing for anybody. I've never had any qualms with Phillip [Schofield], I really haven't. The press just blew it all out of proportion massively. I'm really proud of myself as it took a lot of guts to get up on that couch on national television and accept responsibility for all my mistakes."

With the change in format to the show this year, where four skaters will leave the competition before even getting the chance to perform live, are you scared about being one of the first to be voted off?
"No not at all. Like I say it's an honour to come this far. It's every little girl's fantasy. I would like to [carry on], but I've been let down enough in my life. One day at a time, one week at a time."

Dancing On Ice begins on January 9, 2011 on ITV1

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