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Jeff Brazier ('Dancing On Ice')

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Jeff Brazier on Dancing on Ice

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The Braz man bit the dust on last Sunday's Dancing On Ice. Floored by an Ikea-load of props, Jeff met his match against Sam Attwater in the skate-off. However, we haven't completely seen the last of Jeff and Isabelle, who will be doing part of the DOI tour, but it's pretty much back to the day job for the father-of-two. We caught up with him earlier in the week to chat about Jason Gardiner, nightclub party tricks and those rumours about his impressive flexibility.

Most people would agree you weren't the weakest skater on Sunday. Is it frustrating that you had to go?
"It wasn't an issue. I knew that if I wanted to get into the final I would have to avoid the skate-off, because the judges would prefer Sam, Chloe and Laura over me. If I'd done my routine first time around like I did the second time, then I would have probably avoided the skate-off altogether. But I think the public were probably tired of me making mistakes, it's been like that all the way through, and I've got nobody to blame but myself."

There must be a bit of a niggle that you didn't make it to the final when you were so close.
"I fell asleep with Freddie last night and then I woke up at midnight and couldn't get back to sleep. I was laying there thinking, 'If only I'd done that or if only I'd done this'. I was playing it over in my mind and winding myself up. But hopefully I've done that now and I can just look forward to anything that comes off the back of it."

You handled Jason Gardiner better than most. Did you enjoy the banter with him?
"I did. It was a fairly comfortable situation for me because I've known him for a while and I know that he's a nice guy really. I know that he plays the panto villain very well and for him it's important that he does it because it means that he will get invited to judge the year after. He has to maintain that and I quite enjoy the banter to be honest. I knew that it wasn't serious or malicious, although he did push his boundaries this year more than he has before. But I'm all for things like that, I think it makes the show a lot more watchable."

You keep speaking about the health benefits of the show. Has it really made that much difference?
"You say that Alex, but I've never been as strong, fit and healthy as I am now. I'm proud of the fact that this has happened to me in my 30s. You always imagine you'll have your fit days in your 20s when you can go to the gym as much as you like and you don't have kids or anything like that. But I've done it the other way around and I love how fit I feel at the moment. I'm desperate to keep it and I need to find a new hobby and sport. I think I'll be going back to my bikram yoga, because I love that, and I'll probably be back on my football as well."

Are you going to miss seeing Isabelle everyday?
"I'm really grateful for the relationship. We argued fairly constantly like brother and sister would and we really went at each other at times. But for every cross word, there was probably a hundred laughs. I think from a sporting point of view we really pushed ourselves and I think that's where the arguments start... you really push yourself to the knuckle. All these lifts and spins were not what we were told to do, we just wanted to push ourselves. I'm really proud of our skating partnership and I can't ever imagine skating with someone else."

It must be strange skating with anyone else...
"Yes, because you get so used to each other. It becomes instinctive after a while. I can't imagine whether I'd be able to lift someone else. Would it be possible? Would it be a disaster? I'll probably be trying in nightclubs! Next time I'll be speaking to a girl, I'll probably say, 'Do you mind if I put you into a roll up?' I think that will be my party trick from now on."

Who do you think will win?
"Sam is the best skater. Laura is the bravest and the best performer. And Chloe makes it look effortless and has the best skating partnership. I like to see how the partnership works and that's what I look for more than the individual celebrity. Johnson is really lucky because he actually has two pros working with him, because Jodeyne's husband Sean was with Angela Rippon and he's done a lot of training with them. Everyone has an edge and an angle and it will end up coming down on the lap of the public. Beyond that I could never pick a winner."

There have been lots of rumours about you getting shows like The Xtra Factor. Are you pleased with the response that you've been getting from DOI?
"That's why we do these shows. I didn't have a hankering or a lifelong ambition to become a skater. I wanted to progress my career and these shows often do that. I've been flattered by the amount of Twitter followers I've picked up since the start of the show and it's great that people are interested in you and want to hear what you have to say. Hopefully that will make a few producers take note and people who haven't considered me before will see there's an audience for it now. I'm excited by it all. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't struggling for work before, I have three writing jobs and I love that, but presenting is my main interest. I have quite a surprising amount of experience under my belt because that has been diluted by other things, but I'm ready now for presenting jobs to come my way so I can prove that I'm what people want to see."

Now I have one more thing I have to ask about. I'm sure you know what it is...
"Funnily enough I do. I got interviewed by Alan Carr earlier and it was what he wanted to talk about as well. It came from quite a comfortable interview with someone I was a bit over friendly with. Do I regret it? Not really. Yeah it was something that happened a long while ago, but it was just me telling a story and I hope I didn't offend anyone. It is true, it was my party trick. Some people may think I was sharing too much, but other people may think, 'Ah that was just good fun'. That was how it was intended, so there you go. It's a fact."

I admire your honesty. Other celebrities could learn a lot from you!
"People know quite a lot about me and I didn't have much choice about that a few years ago. But I'm really proud of everything I've done and especially the last couple of years. I haven't got any reason to be anything other than upfront and honest."

The Dancing On Ice semi-final airs on Sunday on ITV1.

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