Dancing on Ice’s Chris: I have no unfair advantage

Dancing On Ice star Chris Fountain has played down his tag as hot favourite ahead of Sunday night’s live final.

Chris insisted his ice hockey background does not give him an unfair advantage.

Speaking at ITV’s Television Centre in London, the 20-year-old said: “I suppose it gave me a general awareness of the ice, but I still don’t think I would have been scared to fall over because that’s just the type of person I am – I throw myself into anything.

“I think I’ve tried some really difficult stuff and I don’t feel like I’ve pushed myself less than anybody else. I don’t feel like I’ve sat back on my experience and gone, ‘I can do an easy routine and just sail my way through’.”

Suzanne, 26 – who suffered several injuries including cracked ribs and a chipped ankle bone, which she said will be for the final – said: “I think everyone’s aware of how far they can push themselves.

“I know when to stop and I’m not stupid that I’ll take it too far; that I will break something.”

Zaraah, who turns 26 this month, said part of her would be skating for fallen Michael Underwood, who she replaced in week three.

“They (Underwood and dance partner Melanie Lambert) often come down to our training and they get us going. They’re so proud and we’re so proud because we’ve done so well for them.”

The Dancing On Ice final screens on Sunday at 7pm on ITV1.