GOLDEN BOLEROS; Olympic Stars Want Beckham David to Get His Skates On

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GOLDEN BOLEROS; Olympic Stars Want Beckham David to Get His Skates On


Byline: Rick Fulton

TORVILL and Dean are hoping David Beckham will be lured on to Dancing on Ice now they've got chief WAG Christine Bleakley as their new host.

The Daybreak presenter is taking over from Holly Willoughby, who is quitting to present BBC's The Voice.

Christine, engaged to Chelsea star Frank Lampard, will front next year's show with Phillip Schofield.

Former footballers Graeme Le Saux and David Seaman have already been on the show.

But with 32-year-old Christine now on board, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean reckon bigger name players could try out - even "Golden Balls" Beckham.

Christopher revealed: "We did talk about David Beckham. He likes music so hopefully he has rhythm.

"We like the idea of an athlete from a different sport.

"You assume they are going to be good physically, but they aren't always co-ordinated as far as dancing goes. Beckham would be great."

Although he is sad to see Holly leave, the Olympic gold medallist is already telling Christine that she needs to get out on the ice.

He said: "We wish Holly all the luck in the world, but we are excited to welcome Christine.

"I have to tell you though, Phillip can skate, so she's going to have to get those white skates on."

Getting the show is a lucky break for Christine, who is being dumped as a presenter on Daybreak along with Adrian Chiles.

They failed to rake in viewers to the ITV breakfast show after jumping from the The One Show on BBC1.

Meanwhile, Dancing on Ice is one of ITV's best-watched programmes.

Tickets for next year's tour went on sale today - before the contestants have even been revealed.

Scots fans will be happy to hear that Glasgow is included after Scotland was snubbed this year.

Christopher, 53, and his skating partner of 36 years Jayne Torvill, 54, are bursting to tell me who is in next year's show, which starts in January.

The rumoured list of 2012 contestants includes notorious party queen Sadie Frost, Sugababes singer Heidi Range, ex-Brookside actress Jennifer Ellison and Eighties child actor Corey Feldman.

Christopher laughed: "Oh my God, it's so hard not to blab. The standard has been getting higher and higher each year, but it's all in the hands (and feet) of the stars and how far they'll push themselves."

Jayne added: "Each year the standard has got better - the better they are, the more creative we can be.

"Each year they worry about the headbanger move but we'd like to do a new one this year called the throw jump, where the male skater throws his partner, who does a jump through the air."

And that's why Dancing on Ice has worked.

I'm A Celebrity might put stars in the jungle and make them eat unimaginable animal parts, but Dancing On Ice can be genuinely painful. Already Keith Chegwin has left next year's recruits after a fall.

And throughout the competition there are always a few bruises and some breaks.

The other draw is the waspish ice queen judge Jason Gardiner, who with Simon Cowell leaving The X Factor, is the harshest judge on TV.

There were calls for him to be axed from the show this year after he tore into former judge, and now coach, Karen Barber.

And rumours circulated earlier this week that both he and Emma Bunton could be replaced on the panel for the new series.

During an argument about Johnson Beharry's performance last time, Jason snapped at Karen: "If your opinions still mattered you'd be on the panel. …

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