Torvill and Dean’s blunt take on Rufus Hound’s ‘style’ on Dancing On Ice: ‘Needed work’

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Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean became Dancing On Ice judges after forging remarkable careers as Olympic ice dancers. The Nottingham-born duo made history in the Eighties when they scored an “unprecedented” perfect mark for their performance to Boléro. Torvill and Dean explained their thoughts on this year’s ITV show competitors during a chat with Express.co.uk. 

Dean explained that they had “no regrets” about their Boléro performance at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics, which won them gold medals and made history. 

The dance was “a turning point” in their lives and made them realise they could pursue ice skating as a profession – not just as a hobby.

He told Express.co.uk: “You couldn’t earn any money for anything, so before it was a pure sport of doing it for love.

“It was only after we finished the Olympics and the World Championships that we could then chart some kind of career but you couldn’t even plan for that. 

“One day you’re at the top of the hill and successful and then the next day you’re like, ‘What do you do now?’”

Dean admitted that he “never thought” they would “still be” in the ice skating world – where they currently mentor and judge competitors on Dancing On Ice.

Torvill and Dean said they were sorry to see comedian Rufus Hound leave the competition earlier this month after he tested positive for coronavirus. 

He was replaced by Xtra Factor judge Matt Richardson, who was eliminated in his first week of the competition.

Hound, who had to pull out of the show hours before his first live performance, was given odds of 33/1. 

Currently, Coronation Street actress Faye Brookes, who plays Kate Connor in the soap, is tipped to win the competition with odds at 4/5 on Paddy Power.

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She is followed by Joe-Warren Plant, Amy Tinkler, Sonny Jay, Lady Leshurr and Colin Jackson. 

Torvill reflected on Hound’s short participation in the competition and noted that it was a shame that he had to leave. 

She said: “He did have his own style.

“I think Chris and I were both surprised at how good he had got from when he started. 

“I mean his skating still needed a lot of work from when we had seen him initially at boot camp.”

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However, Torvill praised the star for having “his own style of performance”.

She continued: “It was a very clever performance as well.

“We would have liked to have seen if he could have progressed from there with the skating – but I guess it wasn’t to be.”

Torvill admitted that it was “a bit strange” not having live audiences in the studio – but some of the contestants preferred it.

She said: “We kind of got used to performing without the audience and then judging and not having the audience react.”

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Torvill explained that “some of the celebrities” preferred not having a live crowd watching them. 

She said: “It gives them less pressure.

“To come out through the tunnel and see hundreds of people, when you’re already out of your comfort zone, is probably quite scary.”

But others, like Hound, she felt relished the limelight and were able to get a kick out of working the crowd.

Torvill said: “They like to react to an audience – so it’s sort of a balance of some do, some don’t.”

She joked that the one perk for her was that she was “not going to get booed” if the crowd “did not agree with the mark” she awarded.

Despite this, Torvill received a “few boos” from “crew and competitors” last month.

She revealed that she didn’t care what people said about her marking on Twitter because it was her “personal feeling”.

Prior to Torvill justifying her low scoring, Dean came in with a cheeky dig.

He said: “It’s surprising how everybody becomes an expert in a short space of time!”

Dancing On Ice is on at 6pm tonight on ITV.

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