Joey Essex ‘better than expected’ on Dancing on Ice, says past ITV winner

Dancing on Ice 2020 winner Sonny Jay has revealed that he gave Joey Essex skating advice – and that he wasn't expecting the TOWIE star to be as good as he is on the rink.

Reality star Joey has been cruising at the top of the leaderboard during this year's series of ITV's Dancing on Ice, and getting rather flirty with his skating partner Vanessa Bauer.

Capital Late Show host Sonny spoke exclusively to Daily Star about his chat with Joey, and the candid advice he gave the reality star.

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Sonny said: "Joey Essex, I mean we went to the same school and stuff so I know a lot of his people that know mine.

"I did send him a message, and he was like ‘Oh, got any advice?’ kind of thing. I was like ‘Mate, just be you.’ All these shows people care about watching, it’s not necessarily your skating skills.

"People just want a personality, and I always say [to] just go out and make people smile, that’s all that we’re here for, do you know what I mean?

"I even say that on my own radio show. If I go on air and just make people smile, that’s all that matters."

The radio star admitted Joey was better than he thought on the ice rink, adding: "And it works out well for Jo, because he’s actually very good. I didn’t realise how good he would be."

Asked who he thought would win the series, Sonny picked Olympic athlete Nile Wilson, who is partenered up with Olivia Smart.

Sonny said: "He's one of those characters that are gonna do so well on the show. I think he's very likeable, he's obviously extremely talented and probably one of the best on the ice."

Sonny, who won Dancing on Ice back in 2020 with skating partner Angela Egan, also confirmed he was going to be sat in the studio audience for the live shows this year.

He added: "Every opportunity I get given to go [and watch it live], I'll definitely be there because it's such a cool show, excuse the pun, to just go and watch it and be on the other side of it, and see the hard work that people have put in."

Tune into The Capital Late Show with Sonny Jay Monday-Thursdays from 10pm-1am across the UK and on Global Player.

Dancing on Ice airs on Sunday evenings at ITV1 and ITVX


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