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Wolfenden's slapped before ice show

Dancing On Ice star Matthew Wolfenden has revealed he's subject to a rather painful ritual to calm his nerves before he gets on the rink.

The Emmerdale star, 31, told TV Times that he always touches wood for luck before he goes out on the ITV1 show.

But he added: "My partner Nina Ulanova's ritual is to always give me a really hard slap on the back just before I go on.

"It really works - it stops you thinking about how nervous you are. If she forgets to do it now, I'm like, 'Nina, you haven't hit me'."

Hollyoaks actress Jorgie Porter, who is also in this Sunday's final with Matthew and singer Chico, refused to spill the beans on her pre-skating practices.

"(Dance partner) Matt and I have secret ones, but I don't want to jinx it so I'll tell you at a later date," the 24-year-old said.

"There's one where all the girls get together, link arms and shimmy!"

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