Having seen plenty of celebrities come and go and fall over in the rink during the last eight years, skating pro Dan Whiston knows what it takes to succeed on Dancing on Ice.
As the 2013 edition begins to heat up, Digital Spy chased after the two-time winner and skating partner of Beth Tweddle for his first impressions of the remaining contestants, his thoughts on the early exits of Pamela Anderson and Lauren Goodger, and tips on how to deal with the notorious Jason Gardiner and surprisingly picky new judge Ashley Roberts...
"She's really focused and really on the ball. As a gymnast and an athlete she wants to do well. She's like a sponge, she soaks it all up. It's great for me. I love teaching her because she picks things up so quickly. It allows us to do bigger and better things hopefully week by week...hopefully we can bring something to the competition every day that we're in it.
"I'm really enjoying skating with her, she's very bendy - the bendiest legs I've ever come across in my life. They are [even] bendier than [last year's partner] Jennifer Ellison's, and I never thought I'd be saying that because she kicked herself in the head."
"Samia's doing really well. She's one of our Northern gang, so we see her quite a lot. She's got a lot of press following her all the time [because of rumours of her romance with Sylvain Longchambon], but she's dealing with it well. There's a lot of pressure on her, but she hasn't let it affect her. She's just concentrating on the job in hand."
"Joe is amazing. You know what, I wouldn't be surprised if he makes the final. He's a people person and everybody loves him. His performance, everybody watching had a smile on their face. Whether it was for the right reasons or the wrong reasons, it doesn't matter. We just enjoyed watching him. I think people will keep him in the competition because he's enjoyable to watch.
"Joe's okay with being [the joke act]. He's grateful to be there and he loves what he's doing, being out there and performing. I understand when he says he doesn't want to be the joke, but I think people just enjoy the comedy factor that he brings. That's what he does for a living, he loves to be funny, and with that he's also doing some skating as well.
"He's not just going round and round in circles, he is doing technical stuff out there. The longer he stays in the show, the better he's going to get, and I think he's in it for the long haul because the public love him. He won [I'm a Celebrity], which shows what people think of him."
"Do you know, Keith is actually really, really good. He had such a rough time last year where he got injured and had to pull out of the show - he's not going to let that happen again. He's going to enjoy every second. He's loving it, and I think if you enjoy what you're doing, you're going to do well in the show and I think he's got a lot to give.
"He went head to head with Pam and he won - that was a bit of a turn up for the books. He deserved to, because he skated really well."
"I think he is [the favourite]. I think he's well up there. The judges really enjoy him, Jason Gardiner really enjoyed his performance. Because he's dance trained he knows how to perform and I think people are going to enjoy watching him. I think he's going to pull out some big tricks to wow the judges."
Dan on Shayne Ward...
"Shayne's working really, really hard. He was told he was a little bit slow and he had a few jabs from the judges, but he's worked on it really hard this week and he's looking forward to the duel week next."
"Anthea's done really well. She suffered a lot from nerves, she was so nervous before she went on Sunday night. But she put that to bed and she performed really well.
"I don't think it matters how long you've been on TV, as soon as you put a pair of skates on and they push you out on a sheet of ice in front of 10 million it's so daunting, so scary. It's kind of good for her."
"Oh, Luke's brilliant. He's lovely to be around and I think he's going to be a bit of a slow burner. Again, he's from an athletic background so he's used to training hard and putting in the hours.
"He's loving what he's doing... obviously it's completely different for him, I'm sure he's never had to wear sequins and look elegant before."
"Gareth's very, very strong. Really strong. And he's got that determination [that comes] from a sporting background. He's focused, he knows what he's doing. He's really enjoying being out there and performing and learning new stuff. Every couple of minutes he comes over and asks 'How do I do this? How do I do that? What do I do?' He's not scared of hard work."
Dan on Oona King...
"She's really improved, actually. I do think she could be a bit of a dark horse and I think she's got a lot of potential there. I think it will be a good fight between her and Beth."
"I absolutely loved Pam, she was a slice of Hollywood. But everyone's got to go sometime, unfortunately for her it was the first week and I think the show does miss her - especially with that wardrobe malfunction, bloomin' heck, that was a sight for sore eyes!
"[With Lauren], between the two performances [in the skate-off], Anthea did skate stronger on the night, so yeah, the right decision was made. It's a shame because Lauren's a good character and she'll be missed, but that's what happens. Someone has to go through..."
"I love the new judging panel. I think it's really working. I know Jason can be bad sometimes and some of the stuff he says is quite scary and close to the knuckle, but you've got to look for the positive in it. You've just got to take it on the chin and put right what he's told you. Sometimes [he's mean] to my partners, but he's there for a reason. He's there to give you critique, you've just got to try and prove him wrong.
"There's tension [between him and Karen Barber] there. They're both professional and they've both got a job to do and they know that, however they don't speak off camera. They're both there for their opinions and if they have different opinions, that's fine. Nobody wants to hear everybody agreeing. If they don't agree they make it obvious they don't agree, and I guess that's good viewing. I wouldn't say that [there'll be no more big stand-offs]. Anything can happen on a live show. It has before and it can do again."
"Ashley's gorgeous. I think she adds that bit of sparkle to the panel. She's really interesting, I love her accent, and she's quirky. I really like her, and obviously she's a great dancer. She's got a lot of advice to give and a lot of critique to make. She's got an opinion to give and she'll give it. She's a strong girl. She'll say what she thinks, and I think that's what the panel needs."
Dancing on Ice continues Sunday (January 20) at 6.15pm on ITV