Christine Bleakley has said she is determined to make a success of her new role on Dancing On Ice – despite facing recent online criticism on web forums and microblogging site Twitter.
The former Daybreak host, who has taken over from Holly Willoughby as co-presenter with Philip Schofield told The Sun’s TV Biz that she had now settled into the role – and would not be deterred by such comments.
“The fuss is ridiculous!,” she said. “If two or three people are wanting to say something that is not nice out of ten million watching then that’s fine.
“I was overwhelmed by the lovely comments I got and that’s all I focus on.”
Christine added that while doing the first show had been nerve-wracking, she was thoroughly enjoying the job.
“Absolutely I was nervous. There is that sense when you do a show that is already up and running and it’s all new for you… definitely I was,” the 32-year-old admitted.
“But after show number one thought, ‘I now have my bearings and I know where I want to be.'”
And although Hollyoaks’ Jorgie Porter is currently favourite to take the series title, Christine said that she thought a male contestant would be crowned winner – tipping Andy Whyment, Matthew Wolfenden and Chico for success.
“Andy is good and isn’t consumed by fear. I think he might surprise people,” she said. “Chico is brilliant and is athletic-looking. He’ll do those lifts well and he’s got rhythm.
“Matthew Wolfenden has got natural rhythm too. It’s going to be tough.”