Get your skates on if you want to see Olympic ice legends Torvill and Dean dance the Bolero possibly for the last time in Sheffield, writes Graham Walker.
Britain’s favourite ice dancers, who won gold 30 years ago at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics, are about to thrill audiences 1984 with their world-famous routine all over again next week in Sheffield.
And it will be the last chance ever to see it as part of their touring TV spectacular.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch the official trailer and our interviews with Torvill and Dean, Champion of Champions Ray Quinn, formerr champ Hayley Tamaddon and more.
Torvill and Dean’s Dancing On Ice The Final Tour, also featuring some of the show’s biggest celebrity names and professional skaters for the past nine years, comes to Sheffield Motorpoint Arena next Tuesday to Thursday, April 15 to 17.
Then that’s it. The tour, with final dates in Birmingham, London, then Leeds, will be the end of the road for the show which has entertained millions of us on Saturday night TV for the past nine years.
Not that Jayne Torvill, aged 56, or Christopher Dean, 55, will be retiring or hanging up their skates. They are working on plans for a new ice spectacular.
Christopher said: “We’ve got some other projects and hopefully they will come together. We can’t say anything yet, but we are not going off into the sunset just yet. We are going to be on ice forever.
“We’ve enjoyed all the tours but this tour is obviously going to be very special, because it’s going to be the last Dancing On Ice tour. It’s going to be the most spectacular yet. But as it is the last tour, most probably something in purple is going to happen,” he added, in reference to the costumes they wore to win the Olympic gold three decades ago.
And The Star can confirm the couple will perform routines choreographed exclusively for the live tour, including a final performance of their legendary Bolero ice dance.
Jayne said: “This year is the 30th anniversary of Bolero and our Olympic Gold medal in Sarajevo, so for us, it seemed a fitting time to say goodbye to Dancing on Ice. We wanted to go out on a high.
“But we will not be retiring or hanging up our skates just yet.
“We have loved every minute of Dancing on Ice, it has been a real pleasure to work on one of the UK’s most popular entertainment shows. We will miss it and would like to thank all of our fans for their continued support over the years.
“It does feel like a big celebration. It’s exciting for us to get started. It has been a very busy year for us – the last TV series of Dancing On Ice and we’ ve also been able to go to Sarajevo and perform Balero again there, which was an amazing experience for us.”
Stage and music star Ray Quinn, crowned the ultimate Champion of Champions, will skate again against Hayley Tammadon, Beth Tweddle, Bonnie Langford, Gareth Gates, Kyran Bracken and Joe Pasquale. Suzanne Shaw will compete but not perform on the Thursday.
TV judges, Olympic gold medal winner Robin Cousins and ex-skaters Karen Barber and Nicky Slater will score, but the audience will be able to use their mobile phones to text vote for their favourite celebrity to win.
Coronation Street and former Emmerdale soap star Hayley Tamaddon, 37, won the fifth series in 2010 with pro skater Dan Whiston, also 37, and made it to the final with him when she returned for the last and ninth series this year.
Dan also won the first series partnering actress Gaynor Faye and the eighth series with Olympic gymnast, Beth Tweddle, but is reunited with Hayley for the last tour.
She said: “It is sad. This is the best show ever and none of us want to see it end. But all good things must come to an end and we are going to go out with a bang.”
Dan, also from Blackpool, said: “I’m a very lucky man. I’ve had some great partners, made some great friends and to finish off on such a high was amazing for us.
“When I was little, because I’ve always been into ice skating, Jayne and Chris to me were what David Beckham is in the football world. My nine years with the show and this final tour is so very special.”
Tickets to see Torvill and Dean’s Dancing On Ice The Final Tour, at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena, Tuesday to Thursday, April 15 to 17, are £35.75 to £63.25, including fees. Call 0114 256 5656 or visit www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk..
Bought in person they are £34.13 to £60.38. Family tickets also available. Also see The Star’s entertainments listings site at www.wow247.co.uk.
WHY CHAMP RAY QUINN IS THE BIGGEST LOSER
Dancing On Ice Champion of Champions Ray Quinn has revealed how he went on to win the last all-winners series and an army of admirers after losing two stones in just eight weeks.
The 25-year-old, whose six pack physique now adorns his Twitter profile, went from a bloated 14st to a ripped 12st to get in shape for the spangly leotards and revealing tank tops.
He swapped Chinese takeaways and cans of lager for what he calls The Caveman diet, or ‘eating what grows in the ground and lives on it’, he explained.
Ray also did regular gym sessions, boosted with FORZA T5 Super Strength fat-burning pills, which he claims helped with physical endurance, muscle development, burning fat and reducing fatigue.
The dad-of-one, married to West End star Emma Stephens, is 5ft 9in and his body fat fell from 20 per cent to an impressive eight per cent.
“The FORZA T5 pills give you extra energy and oxygen to your muscles to go that extra quarter of a mile on the treadmill, that extra weight on the dumbbells or whatever, and an extra five reps,” said Ray.
Rally driving, playing football for Everton, performing the lead in a West End version of Saturday Night Fever and making a new swing album are all on Ray Quinn’s wish list.
But one thing is certain. He won’t be hanging up his ice skates.
Of winning the final series as ultimate champion, with Bulgarian pro skater Maria Filippov, now touring the show for the last time, he said: “It feels absolutely fantastic.
“I’ve got to admit it was an absolute shocker that I won. But the best thing ever. I’m going to keep ice skating, if only for pleasure.
He said of Torvill and Dean: “They are absolutely superb, real, genuine lovely people. Their talents amaze me.”