Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Torvill and Dean kick off appeal

Jayne Torvill, James Jordan, Aliona Vilani and Christopher Dean in rehearsal ahead of a Children In Need Strictly Come Dancing special (BBC/PA)

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean swapped the ice rink for the ballroom as BBC's Children In Need appeal kicked off.

The Olympic champion ice dancers went head to head in a special edition of Strictly Come Dancing - as Torvill and Dean became Torvill versus Dean.

Torvill and her partner James Jordan won the dance battle, but she said she would share the glitter ball trophy with Dean who was paired up with Aliona Vilani.

The ice dancing stars were given high praise by Strictly judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Darcey Bussell.

Goodman said: "You were nice on ice, but I'm telling you you're good on wood."

Reminiscing about the couple's perfect scores when they won gold at the 1984 winter Olympics, Goodman told them about how excited he was at the time.

Tonioli said: "You both definitely melted the ice tonight."

Referring to Torvill's racy lifts and tricks, he added: "Jayne, I thought you were a nice girl. I've changed my opinion."

He told Dean he reminded him of both Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire.

Bussell picked Dean as her winner, while Goodman and Tonioli picked Torvill.

On winning, she said: "I'm really thrilled but I have to say I want to share it with Chris. I'll have it six months and he can have it six months."

Before they took to the dance floor, Dean said it was "very, very daunting".

Adding: "I have to say this is not as slippy as it should be."

Almost £7 million was raised just before 9pm, when £6,942,321 was announced as the total raised so far.

This year's live entertainment show was kicked off from London with Sir Terry Wogan, who was joined by co-host Tess Daly and later by Fearne Cotton.

TV and musical favourites taking to the stage to get the party started included One Direction, with a performance of Best Song Ever.

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