Dancing On Ice: Jason Donovan contacted Phillip Schofield ‘panicking’ ahead of live show

Dancing on Ice: Jason Donovan discusses show with Lorraine

Dancing on Ice contestant Jason Donovan is said to have an advantage over the other celebrities following his stint on Strictly Come Dancing back in 2011. But what fans of the show may not realise is the Australian actor is panicking about his performances and reached out to presenter, Phillip Schofield for advice and support. 

Phillip and Holly Willoughby will be opening tonight’s first live show. 

Earlier this week, the pair who also present This Morning, spoke about Jason contacting Phillip for help. 

“I’ve already had a phone call with Jason Donovan who phoned me and said, ‘mate do you think I’m going to be alright?’” He began. 

“I said, ‘you are going to be fantastic, it’ll be fantastic’. 

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“He, like everyone, is pushed into doing the show by his kids. They were desperate for him to do it. 

“He’s frightened that he’s going to get broken, as is everyone but that’s the nature of taking part in Dancing On Ice, there is nothing else like it. 

“Strictly [Come Dancing] is an amazing show but it’s less prone to breaking celebrities than we are. I think it’s the toughest,” Phillip added. 

It comes after Jason spoke to Holly and Phillip earlier last year when he was revealed as a contestant for the 2021 series. 

Appearing on a live video link into the This Morning studio, Phillip asked: “What made you say yes?” 

“I’ve always been a big fan of winter sport, whether it’s skiing, snowing, ice skating,” Jason explained. “And I felt this has been a very unusual time and with a show like this you really have to dedicate and work hard at it. 

“Theatre, unfortunately, has not seen audiences and there’s a lot of people out of work for that. Film is not really happening. Television is particularly is what people are going to. 

“I felt, why not! My daughter Mollie is very excited. And also the opportunities to spend a Sunday night with you guys,” the Neighbours star added. 

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Holly then spoke about the danger of learning how to ice-skate and the possibility of injury. 

“I have to say, injury is a big part of the jeopardy of the show,” Jason replied. “Skating is very much about the flow and rhythm of being on the ice. 

“Lets be honest, ice is not that forgiving and I am 52, I know I’m looking pretty good for it but that could all change!” 

“On Strictly, it’s unlikely you’ll smash your teeth in but it’s possible on the ice!” Phillip informed. 

“Why would you say that?” Holly exclaimed at the time. 

“Thanks for that Phil! That’s a big load of encouragement for me!” Jason hit back. 

As for Jason’s chances of winning the series, according to the latest odds from Ladbrokes, he is 12/1 to make it to the final and be crowned the champion. 

Dancing on Ice airs tonight at 7pm on ITV. 

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