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Former Strictly dancer James Jordan teamed with Alexandra Schauman for ITV's Dancing on Ice

By KentOnline reporter

James Jordan has admitted he is struggling to leave his dancing habits behind as he trains for the new series of Dancing on Ice.

The former Strictly Come Dancing professional will be swapping the ballroom for the ice rink when the new series start on ITV in the new year.

The Medway born dancer, who now lives near Maidstone, has been teamed-up with professional skater Alexandra Schauman for the competition.

James Jordan has started training for Dancing on Ice
James Jordan has started training for Dancing on Ice

He said: "I'm used to doing the heel leads, toe on the floor. You put your toe on the floor, which I've done several times, you hit your toepick in the ice and you fall forward.

"I've always danced with straight legs, with this you've got to be bent into your legs all the time.

"It's really frustrating me at the moment."

And it seems their first day training together did not go quite to plan, with James tweeting that he almost killed his partner after falling on top of her.

But, the 40-year-old is determined to get better. He added: "I will put the time in on the ice. I know that I've got until January but I did come home one day and woke up in the morning and I went I don't even want to go into training because I'm finding it so frustrating."

James, who was on Strictly for seven years until 2013, was the third celebrity to be confirmed for the 11th series of the show and has also appeared on Celebrity Big Brother.

Dancing On Ice returns in January with Love Island star Wes Nelson, Towie's Gemma Collins and former West Life singer Brian McFadden among the others taking part.

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