By Josh Powell | Ice skating novice
Calling men of the world, there is now a real reason to watch Dancing On Ice, other than hoping some annoying reality TV star face plants the unforgiving ice. Pamela Anderson is on it. And there’s plenty of eye-candy for the women as well, if they fancy spending a Saturday night hoping for a wardrobe malfunction instead of a perfectly executed ‘toe step sequence’.
Former Baywatch star and Playboy model Pam joins 11 others taking to the ice on January 6 as ITV’s hit show returns for series eight. But this year won’t all be about intently watching good-looking celebrities skate around in scantily-clad outfits because there’s plenty of value in the betting if you follow the previous show’s trends.
Heading the market this year is Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle who won a bronze medal competing in the uneven bars at London 2012. She is 9/4 to win the show and follow in the footsteps of bronze medal winner Louis Smith who won Strictly Come Dancing.
But Olympiads do not have a good record on the ice. Double 2004 gold medallist and Olympic hero Kelly Holmes came a disappointing fifth in 2006 and swimming sensation Sharron Davies only managed eighth in 2010.
The other worry for Beth Tweddle fans is that the Olympic vote could be split with 7/1 shot Luke Campbell who won boxing gold at London 2012.
Soap stars have historically done well in the competition, winning four of the seven series. This year Matt Lapinskas, who played Anthony Moon in Eastenders, and Samia Ghadie, who plays Maria in Coronation Street will try to improve that record.
Samia is a 5/1 shot to be crowned Ice Queen but has received plenty of stick in the papers and on twitter for her relationship with dance partner Sylvain Longchambon. The French professional skater reportedly dumped his former girlfriend, actress Jennifer Metcalfe, by phone after hooking up with Samia, and the Corrie actress has had it in the neck.
Matt Lapinkas is one who will get plenty of support and could be worth a few pennies at 7/2 in the market. The actor played cheeky, lovable Anthony Moon in Eastenders and will provide decent eye candy for the female viewers. And lads, I suppose. Soap stars have won the last three shows on the spin and Matt could make it four.
But the best bet of the series might be part-time singer Shayne Ward at 6/1. The 2005 X Factor winner is getting plenty of support from his almost 200,000 strong army on Twitter and can take confidence from former X Factor star’s performances.
X Factor winner Ray Quinn won the fourth series of Dancing On Ice in 2009 and last year Chico finished third in the final. Shayne Ward received plenty of support during his time on the X Factor and was never in the bottom two of public voting, if he can regain that support it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him in the final.