Holly Willoughby reveals ‘terror’ at working with Phillip Schofield for the first time on Dancing On Ice

HOLLY Willoughby has said she was “terrified” during her very first co-hosting job with Phillip Schofield on Dancing On Ice.

The 38-year-old star, who is marking 13 years fronting the show this series, said she would “cringe the whole way through” if she was forced to watch her first live show back.


Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield hosting Dancing On Ice back in 2006[/caption]

She said: “It was such a blur. It was so huge. It was primetime and I was stood next to Phillip Schofield!

“It was terrifying. I can’t remember any of the show apart from getting through it. It was about getting through the links on autocue without messing up! It could have been so catastrophically bad.

“I haven’t watched it back for a long time. I must have watched it back at the time, over and over again. To watch it now, I’d probably cringe the whole way through it.

She added: “I can remember exactly what I was wearing. I was wearing a pair of shoes that were black satin and they had crystals all over the shoes and I had seen Emma Bunton wearing them once and I’d said I had wanted those shoes. How weird is it?”

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The pair posing for promo shots for Dancing On Ice 2020[/caption]

Answering questions in a Q&A to launch Dancing On Ice, the pair said they were thrilled that the show would be making TV history by featuring the first same-sex dance couple, between Ian ‘H’ Watkins and Matt Evers.

Holly said: “I think what that symbolises and what that means on how far we’ve come. A primetime show has a same-sex couple skating together and why shouldn’t they?

“It should have been happening a long time ago. For that reason, I’m very proud of Dancing on Ice.”

Dancing On Ice returns to ITV on Sunday 5 January.


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