Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Wolfenden favourite for Ice crown

Emmerdale actor Matthew Wolfenden is the bookies' favourite to win Dancing on Ice this year (Nicky Johnston/ITV/PA)
Emmerdale actor Matthew Wolfenden is the bookies' favourite to win Dancing on Ice this year (Nicky Johnston/ITV/PA)

Emmerdale star Matthew Wolfenden is the bookies' favourite to slide off with Sunday's Dancing On Ice title as the series reaches its climax.

The 31-year-old actor will go up against Hollyoaks star Jorgie Porter and one-time X Factor hopeful Chico Slimani to claim the honours as each lines up a spectacular routine.

Wolfenden's performance will include the use of a rain machine to set the mood for his performance, to Gene Kelly's Singin' In The Rain. It features as his "showcase" for which each of the contestants has helped to choreograph and style the dance.

Porter will be dancing to Fame by Irene Cara for her showcase, wearing a red leotard, and she will brave being thrown into the air, while Chico goes for the Fonz look as he performs to the Happy Days theme.

Each of the trio, and their partners, will also perform a favourite dance from earlier in the three-month series with Chico restaging his dance to Sexy And I Know It by LMFAO, Porter reliving Fallin' by Alicia Keys and Wolfenden revisiting Queen's Don't Stop Me Now.

The two stars who make it through to the last stage - with Chico favourite for elimination - will skate their version of the Bolero routine, made famous by show coaches Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean in their gold medal-winning performance from the 1984 Winter Olympics.

They will be bidding to impress viewers and the judging panel which includes Louie Spence and ice dancer Katarina Witt.

Also featuring in the final will be a vocal version of Ravel's famous composition Bolero performed by tenor Noah Stewart and soprano Laura Wright.

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