LOVED-UP Dancing On Ice Stars Sam Attwater and Chloe Madeley have revealed they are enjoying each other’s company in Sheffield, writes digital editor Graham Walker.
It was reported earlier this week that TV series winner Sam, the former Eastenders star and third-placed Chloe, the TV presenter daughter of Richard and Judy, have started dating while rehearsing for the live tour, which gets underway with shows on Saturday and Sunday at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena.
They remained coy but refused to deny they were an item when they were asked by The Star.
Sam said: “Well, we’re enjoying each other’s company and focusing on the tour.”
Asked if Sheffield is a special place for both of them, Chloe blushed and laughed out loud.
“Sheffield is awesome. The centre of town is really fun,” she said.
Sam added: “We haven’t had chance to do much to be honest, because of rehearsals. Most evenings we have ended up in the bar of the hotel to relax and then we managed to get down to the shopping centre the other day, so we had a little shop.”
Chloe interrupted him: “No, you had a shop.”
Sam said: “All right, I had a spree myself and dragged you around.”
Wearing their dance costumes, he joked: “I actually go out in this on a regular basis.”
“Ditto,” joked Chloe. “This is how I went to Meadowhall. But no, sometimes you get noticed if you bump into a Dancing On Ice fan.
Speaking about their rehearsal camp in Sheffield, preparing for the national tour, she said: “It’s really cool. We are all really close. It’s fun to get out of London and be living in hotels and socialising with each other outside of the TV studios.”
Sam said: “We’ve been rehearsing here now for a week and it got to the stage in rehearsals when you wonder if it’s ever going to open. But now everyone is back up and excited again.”
VIDEO: Press the play button to see our exclusive chat with Sam and Chloe, plus Torvill and Dean, singing legend Vanilla Ice, Victoria Cross winner Johnson Beharry and last year’s TV series winner - now back for the live tour - Hayley Tamaddon.
MORE VIDEO: Watch our other videos, including a chat with head coach Karen Barber, who reveals she is still not talking to judge Jason Gardiner after their on air bust up.
Skating’s golden couple Torvill and Dean spilled the secret on their youthful appearance and unfailing energy.
Forty years into their skating careers, the duo - now in their fifties - attribute it all to their lives on the ice.
“It’s all down to this white stuff on which we stand,” joked Christopher, aged 52. “I think we’re cryogenically maintained by it.”
The skating partners also confessed the increasing talent of celebrity skaters year-on-year is forcing them to raise their standards.
“The latest TV series was exceptional and we’re constantly upping our game,” Christopher explained.
“We’re always blown away by what they produce.”
Both agreed the 2011 final was the closest yet, with no clear winner until the very end.
“Our three finalists were flipping and flopping all the way through so we really didn’t know who was going to win until the final result,” said Jayne, aged 53.
“All three of them are back for the live tour so it’s going to be really exciting and I have no doubt they’ll be battling it out every night.”
Along with Sam, Laura and Chloe, audiences will also get to see 2011 stars Johnson Beharry, Vanilla Ice, ‘Comedy Dave’ Vitty, Denise Welch and Jeff Brazier.
“We’re also welcoming back 2010 champion Hayley Tamaddon so in terms of who’ll come out on top in this tour... who can tell?!” Jayne said.
“They’ll all have their up nights and down nights – it comes down to the audience in the arena,” said Christopher.
“Every night is a party.”
TV personality and one time ’King of the Jungle’ Christopher Biggins, who debuted as a judge on 2010 tour, returns to the panel alongside skating gold medallist and TV judge Robin Cousins and head skating coach from the ITV series, Karen. Popular TV presenter Andi Peters is also back to host the tour.
At each performance the audience can vote for their favourite celebrity skater, use their mobile phones. All profits from text voting will go to charity.
Tickets, which may be subject to a booking fee, are £32.50 to £67.50. Buy in person, call 0114 256 5656, book online at www.motorpointarena.co.uk or www.arenaticketshop.co.uk