Despite a rocky start to the competition, Graham Bell made his official Dancing on Ice debut on Sunday the 24th January, to the roaring applause of the audience. Clad in a gold ski suit, he earned the highest score of the season so far with 26 points, six each from Ashley Banjo and John Barrowman, and seven each from skating legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.
Graham joined the cast a week later than his competitors, due to his original skating partner, Yebin Mok, suffering a serious injury while in rehearsals. After quickly teaching his new partner, Karina Manta, the routine, Graham took to the ice for the first time. He paid homage to his presenting roots, dancing to the Ski Sunday theme tune, which Graham stated “meant a lot” to him.
Not one to shy away from a challenge, Graham slid down onto the ice via a ramp and navigated a slalom course alone, before being joined by Karina. Such an explosive start impressed the audience, who cheered with excitement as Graham leapt across the ice, and swung his partner around with expert precision.
Despite earning praise from the professionals, fans were vocal about Ashley and John’s surprisingly low scores. Considering Graham’s obvious technical ability, many stated that he was “light years” ahead of the competition. However, Graham received recognition where it mattered most, from the world-renowned Torvill and Dean who commended his technical skills and confidence.
Fans are eager to continue watching Graham shine on Dancing on Ice, and look forward to seeing which tricks he will master next.