Dancing on Ice’s Joe-Warren Plant’s place on show could be in ‘jeopardy’ due to knee injury days after Rufus Hound quits

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Can you believe I topped the leader board? I couldn’t! Like I said on the show I was a little but gutted with my performance to be honest.

When something goes wrong it has a domino effect on the rest of the routine. My first mistake was right at the beginning in the tunnel. I tried to put it to the back of my mind and move on, but I just found myself getting more frustrated as the routine went on.

I didn’t end up on the floor though which was my main goal! I was so scared about falling over. I feel like the fall on opening night hindered me. Ashley Banjo was right about that. I knew if I hit the deck again that probably would’ve been me out of the competition.

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I was nearly in tears during rehearsal…

It’s hard to say what’s going on in your head before you skate because your head is all over the place. I just feel super zoned out and I rarely have a clue what’s going on.

During the dress rehearsals I was literally about to throw up. I was nearly in tears because I was panicking so much. Vanessa [Bauer] stopped everything and got me out of the studio. We just stood there and took deep breaths. It didn’t really work… [Laughs.]

I think that’s why John picked up on my performance. I was so scared about falling over I wasn’t thinking about my facial expressions. I’ve taken his advice on board and I’m definitely going to apply it to our next number.

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My knee injury could put my place on the show in jeopardy…

I had a little bit of a fall this week in training. Nothing serious, but it did trigger my knee injury. My knee is in a bit of a weird position at the minute. It feels strong, but if I was to knock it that would put my place on the show jeopardy.

I just need to make sure I keep on top of my physio because I would not want to leave the show due to an injury.

Now that the show has started, the training has become way more intense. We’re up at about 8am and arrive at the rink for 8.45. Then, we have a warm up and get on the ice at about 9.30.


We train for up to three hours and then after that we do off-ice training. That’s where we work on facial expressions and hand positioning to perfect all the choreography.

You’ve got to take the recovery aspect seriously too. Sometimes Vanessa and I cool down for a whole hour after a training session. Epsom salts are my new favourite thing!

They help relax the muscles. I also need to make sure I’m putting my knee in a cold compress if it gets too swollen.

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I understand why Graham Bell was so upset about leaving…

The competition is really getting serious now so getting those eights from Torvill and Dean was really uplifting. I wasn’t expecting that at all.

Hearing Christopher Dean – a true legend on the ice! – say that I was a natural. Wow. It made me realise I’m capable of a really high standard.

That’s why I can understand why Graham was so gutted to leave. He had so much more to prove. I’ve seen what he can do in training and nobody got a glimpse of that. I’m gutted for him, but that’s the way of the competition unfortunately.


Our next routine is jam packed with tricks and it’s really energetic. Vanessa is still cracking the whip. She’s dedicated to making me the best ice skater that I can possibly be, so there’s no sign of it slowing down. Hopefully I can finally impress Ashley and John. I just want to attack it with full force this week.

I’ve fallen in love with ice skating…

I find ice skating is so therapeutic. When you’re going through all the patterns this amazing feeling rushes through your body. I can honestly see myself really carrying it on afterwards. I’ve pretty much fell in love with it.

It’s also helped me appreciate the theatrical side of performing. If I was ever to leave Emmerdale I’d love to get into the theatre.

Outside of the rink, I love spending time with my family. They’ve been so supportive. My parents have even had posters made and are sticking them all around Blackpool. It’s pretty humbling.

Everyone in the competition is great at keeping the mood up too. They all make me laugh, but Jason is the catalyst for everything. He’s always cracking jokes and is so vibrant and happy. We all feel so much better once we’ve been around Jason.

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