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Looking exhausted after a three-hour session on the ice, Gemma, 37, told followers: ‘I’m absolutely working my butt off, I’m mastering the steps. There’s been tears because I’m just so determined to get it right.’
Hard at work: Dancing on Ice star Gemma Collins admits her gruelling rehearsals have reduced her to tears as she endeavours to win a positive response from acid-tongued judge Jason Gardiner
Matt added: ‘I’m actually very proud of Gemma this week. We have put in extra time. Her skating is coming along, we have taken on what the judges have said in terms of the skills we need to work on and we are doing that.
‘I really hope you enjoy this week’s routine, it’s very emotional and it means a lot to both of us.’
Dancing On Ice Associate Creative Director Daniel Whiston – who was formerly a professional skater on the show – also gave her a ringing endorsement by revealing she’s been hard at work on the ice.
Confrontation: Gemma and skate partner Matt Evers revealed they were putting in the hours after receiving low scores from the panel – and a scathing critique from Gardiner – on Sunday night
Done in: Looking exhausted after a three-hour session on the ice, Gemma, 37, told followers she was ‘absolutely working her butt off’
Delighted: Matt revealed he was proud of Gemma’s progress after a difficult second week on the long-running sho
‘I think she wants to go out and she wants to go out and show everyone what she’s made of, and put on the best performance she can.’
Gemma’s performance on Sunday evening was overshadowed by a fiery confrontation with show judge Gardiner, who she accused of selling stories about her.
Drama: Gemma’s performance on Sunday evening was overshadowed by a fiery confrontation with show judge Gardner, who she accused of selling stories about her
Opening up: Matt later explained that all Dancing On Ice press is organised via the ITV PR team, but that Gardner’s appearances, during which he verbally attacked Gemma, were set up off his own back
Matt later explained that all Dancing On Ice press is organised via the ITV PR team, but that Gardiner’s appearances were set up off his own back, externally.
Chatting on Heart radio, Matt addressed the Australian judge’s comments, which saw him brand Gemma ‘a disgrace to humanity’ among other equally nasty remarks.
‘When it comes to Dancing On Ice, you have a choice to go through the ITV press office to release interviews and statements. It’s in house,’ Matt said. ‘On Thursday, the story came out that she was a disgrace to humanity.
Third time lucky: Gemma and Matt will be hoping to win unanimously positive comments from the judges on Sunday evening’s show
‘ITV came to us, as she was really upset by it, to say that it came from Jason himself. It sounds like [he has been selling stories on her].’
The judging panel, including Gardiner, told Gemma she didn’t dance enough in her routine on Sunday, which Matt also responded to.
He said: ‘There wasn’t a lot of content… we didn’t have a lot of rehearsal time with her this week. She respected that [but] word has it [Jason] sold some stories and she went for gold.’