Melinda Messenger is championing Coleen Nolan to win Dancing on Ice.

The former glamour model – who was eliminated from the competition two weeks ago – thinks that this year’s winner may not be as ‘obvious’ as people think.

Speaking at the Children’s Champions Awards 2009 on Wednesday night, Melinda said: “I think everybody would say it’s gonna be Ray [Quinn] but sometimes the public surprise us and go for somebody else. It could be Coleen. I want Coleen to win!”

Melinda also told whatsontv.co.uk that she was looking forward to getting her skates on for the Dancing on Ice arena tour, which kicks off in April.

“I’m so excited by slightly terrified because we’re going to step out into arenas of 20,000-odd people,” she said. “The prospect of that is really daunting. I’m just worried I’m going to forget all my moves and just freeze.”

She added: “But I’ll know what it feels like to be a rock star for a night.”

The Children’s Champions Awards 2009 is on Sunday March 8 at 4pm on Sky1 and Sky1 HD.

CLICK below to watch an interview with Melinda Messenger