WHEN James Jordan was topped Dancing On Ice champion on Sunday he was overcome by a sense he’d never skilled earlier than – being in style.
The controversial ex-Strictly professional, 40, pipped Love Island’s Wes Nelson, 20, courtesy of a public vote in a tense last seen by almost seven million viewers.
James Jordan and professional companion Alexandra Schauman gained the Dancing on Ice crown
James gained after a public vote in a tense ultimate seen by almost seven million viewers
And he reigned supreme regardless of the odds being stacked closely in his youthful rival’s favour in phrases of age, attractiveness, allure, big social media following and love for him from younger followers of the show.
So how did this divisive and straight-talking character — who has had a collection of showbiz rows with stars ranging from Craig Revel Horwood to Danny Dyer to Jedward — one way or the other beat new ITV darling Wes in a reputation contest?
Reply: he doesn’t have a clue.
James advised The Sun: “Everyone thinks I’m this outspoken, boastful individual, but I identical to winding individuals up. I’m truly quite an excellent individual.
James performed his routine regardless of partially dislocating his shoulder during rehearsals
James managed to beat fan-favourite and Love Island star Wes Nelson
“I was over the moon just to have got to the final. Maybe as I’m getting a bit older I’m getting softer.”
James very almost missed the showpiece due to a nasty injury picked up in rehearsals when he partially dislocated his shoulder falling on the ice.
Earlier in the competition he suffered a hernia, which, when added to his prolonged record of pre-existing accidents — arthritis in his hips, tennis elbow in his left arm, lower again pain and stiff knees — makes his appearance even more shocking.
However thanks to a heavy dose of painkillers, he was patched up and thrown out on the ice.
James suffers from arthritis in his hips, tennis elbow in his left arm, decrease back pain and stiff knees
James stated: “Once I awoke on Sunday morning I stated to producers, ‘I’m out. I’m not going to give you the option to perform as a result of of my shoulder.’ I could not carry my arm.
“Sharon, the show’s physio, is the only reason I got to perform on the night. I said to her, ‘Do whatever you can to get me through those three dances and I’ll love you for ever’, and she did.”
He added: “Now I’m going to need surgery.”
James scored 39 and then 40 out of 40 in his first two routines with dance companion Alexandra Schauman before receiving a standing ovation for his efficiency of Torvill and Dean’s iconic 1984 Olympic gold- profitable dance to Ravel’s Bolero.
James has been with wife Ola for 20 years now
Though Wes and different finalist Saara Aalto received full marks from the judges, the Bolero was sufficient to seal the viewers’ vote and the Dancing On Ice title for James — exactly a decade after his wife Ola, 36, gained her solely Strictly Come Dancing crown alongside sports activities presenter Chris Hollins.
And like so many of these dancing collection, he didn’t need the sideshow of a rumoured romance with his professional associate to present him with additional protection en route to the ultimate.
Certainly, James stated “there was no romance on the show” and he was 100 per cent “focused on training”, including that he educated every single day for 5 and a half months.
Talking about his loyalty to wife Ola, who turned good pals with his dance companion Alexandra and her husband Łukasz Rózycki — a fellow Dancing On Ice pro — James stated: “I’ve been with Ola for 20 years now.
Ola gained Strictly exactly a decade in the past whereas James never clenched the mirror ball trophy
“We’ve been via every part collectively. She’s my rock, she came each week to help me and she or he gets on nicely with Alex and Łukasz.
“They danced together more than I danced with Ola at the wrap party.”
Now he has gained Dancing On Ice, James revealed he has claimed back some bragging rights at house.
He stated: “Ola rubs it in every day that I never won Strictly so now, after ten years, I can put a trophy next to hers.”
Throughout the show James and Ola turned good pals with Alexandra and her husband Łukasz Rózycki
James was axed from the BBC1 collection in 2014 after eight years following a collection of clashes with show decide and tour director Craig.
He later rejected a slimmed-down position and not using a movie star companion. Ola give up three years after.
He stated: “I had eight superb years on Strictly. It didn’t finish the method I’d have appreciated it to.
“I’ve come on Dancing On Ice and never thought I’d be performing once more in entrance of the cameras.
James stated he never thought he’d be performing on TV again after leaving Strictly
“It’s a new skill. It’s amazing being on the other side being taught, rather than being the teacher.”
And after experiencing life on the rival ITV show, James believes Dancing On Ice is more durable to win — regardless of his standing as a pro dancer, something that additionally attracted criticism of him.
He might barely skate when he first signed up for the show, adding to his perception that he didn’t have an advantage over his rivals due to his ballroom background.
James stated: “I might say Dancing On Ice is more durable. That’s not taking anything away from Strictly.
Ola give up Strictly three years after James left the collection
“I really like the subject I come from and I’m captivated with dancing, but learning to ice skate is tough.
“It’s the worry. If you get one thing fallacious on the dance flooring it doesn’t actually matter, as the worst-case state of affairs is you may journey up. In the event you get a raise improper, it’s like, ‘Oh well, let’s attempt that once more’.
“If you get a lift wrong on the ice you drop your partner on the head and it’s the worst feeling ever. It’s much more dangerous.”
With almost seven million viewers watching James take on Wes and Finnish singer Saara in the ultimate, James believes Dancing On Ice might in the future overtake Strictly as the nation’s favourite dancing show.
James stated he thinks Dancing On Ice is more durable than Strictly
But the dance professional has ruled out turning into a decide, despite hypothesis that he might exchange Jason Gardiner in subsequent yr’s collection.
He stated: “I truly don’t assume anyone goes to be going anyplace in the future.
“The show has only simply come again and it really works the method it is.
“But I feel the show might get even greater — it’s solely been back two years.
James has dominated out turning into a decide for the next collection
“The show this yr compared to last yr has grown massively with regard to manufacturing.
“I honesty consider that next yr it is going to be greater and even higher.
“It’s edging nearer and I do know the manufacturing and producers are over the moon with the scores. You’ll be able to by no means say by no means, however individuals at the moment are realising how troublesome it’s.
“I would love to see it get more viewers and compete with Strictly.”
But one factor is for sure — James doesn’t see his spouse following him on to the ice.
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He stated: “I asked her if she would go on and she or he stated, ‘Probably not now, as I’ll all the time be compared to you’, which I sort of get because I gained it.
“There can be more strain for her if she went on it. She’s never skated. She went on the ice with my coach and I watched and thought, ‘Wow, she’s horrendous.’
“It’s funny, as she’s normally better than me at everything we do.”
How he steps on toes
James has had bust-ups with a collection of fellow celebs over the past few years:
2015 Danny Dyer: EastEnders star branded James an “irritating c***” after the dancer accused him of stealing the limelight from co-star Kellie Vibrant by turning up in the audience to watch her compete on Strictly.
2017 Jedward: James accused the twins of plotting to get him evicted from the Superstar Huge Brother home, saying: “They’re not as sweet and innocent as they make out.” They referred to as him a “bully” once they reunited on C4’s Superstar Coach Trip this yr.
2018 Craig Revel Horwood: The Strictly decide says James “has a temper and a tendency to go off on one” following their fall-out over his Strictly axing. “James is extremely opinionated and so am I,” added Craig. “We were probably never going to be the best of friends.”
Danny John-Jules: The controversial Strictly contestant slated James for saying Danny’s mum “looked miserable” as she watched from the audience. “So you take the p*** out of an 82 YO woman with Alzheimers #BigMan”, fumed Danny on Twitter.
Antony Cotton: James fell out with the Corrie star after questioning whether he was “a right pain to work with” during the actor’s stint on Dancing On Ice, the place he frequently clashed with judges. James added: “Doesn’t come across likeable at all”.