Gemma Collins' secret Dancing On Ice advantage revealed as Towie star once trained to be a dancer

Gemma Collins' secret Dancing On Ice advantage revealed as Towie star once trained to be a dancer

January 11, 2019

The 37-year-old Towie star was signed up to Everett Dance Academy in Essex when she was a child by her mum because she was convinced Gemma could be "the next Madonna".

The show's judge Jayne Torvill was the first to suspect Gemma's dance past when she spotted her skills in training.

"Gemma must have done ballet as a child because she's actually very dainty," the Olympic champion said.

And now the secret is out, as Gemma admitted: “She convinced herself I was going to be the next Madonna. I was sent to Everett Dance Academy for my introduction to showbusiness.

"The lessons became a regular weekend fixture."

Gemma is not the only one on the show who comes from a dance background.

Former Strictly Come Dancing pro James Jordan is competing and has been a professional ballroom dancer for almost 20 years, while Melody Thornton is recognised from her time in The Pussycat Dolls, which saw the group perfect complex routines.

The GC is battling against Love Island's Wes Nelson, Grease actress Didi Conn and Brian McFadden, to be crowned champion of the skating competition.

Gemma has also admitted she has had experience on the ice as well, as her brother used to play ice hockey.

Speaking previously to The Sun Online, she said: "My brother used to be a hockey player so we used to spend a lot of time at the ice rink."

She added: "I’m really enjoying it. It is exhausting, it is challenging. Obviously I’m not as fit as the other dancers. You sweat so much on the ice."

However, a separate spokesperson for the Daily Star has insisted Gemma has "no experience" in ice skating.

They said: "Dancing and ice skating are two completely different disciplines and Gemma had no experience in the latter."

On last week's performance Gemma – who is partnered with professional Matt Evers – impressed viewers with her splits, and received a score of 16 points.

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