ICE dancing celebrities will look tan-tastic tonight thanks to a Doncaster beautician - or at least most of them will.
Andrea Smeaton, from Skellow, has been touring round England with Dancing on ice this year, putting on spray tans to the stars of the show. The idea is to stop them looking too pale with the lights and the ice glaring on their skin.
Most have been delighted with the effect - but not, reveals 45-year-old Andrea, Coronation Street actor Andy Whyment, who plays Kirk Sutherland in the long running television soap.
She said: “We splay them fairly dark with tan because of the lights and reflection from the ice, which makes everyone look really pale if they are not sprayed.
“Andy has refused to have it. He says tanning is for girls!
“I i think he looks really pale on the ice because of that. I’ve tried to persuade him, but I don’t think I’m going to manage it. I would love to be able to.
“Andy has been absolutely brilliant and he is a really lovely lad - he just won’t have the tan.”
Andrea, from Elm Road, was invited to work on the show because of contacts in the tanning business. Glitz.
As well as working on the series, her work has taken her to the live shows at Newcastle, Nottingham, and Sheffield, where the run of performances comes to an end at Sheffield Arena tonight.
She does a complicated spray tan at a hotel before the celebrities prepare to go on stage.
She has loved her time on the tour.
She said: “They have been absolutely fantastic. Chico is really nice, and has been just like he is on the television.
“My favourite has probably been Jorgie Porter, from Hollyoaks. She’s been a really fun character.”
Andrea has had to deal with special tanning requirements for one of the stars.
Emmerdale actor Matthew Wolfenden, famous for playing David Metcalfe, has had to have a lighter tanning than everyone else becaues of his current filming requirements.
“He has been backwards and forwards between us and Emmerdale. He’s got a big story that he’s working on in Emmerdale at the moment and that has meant he cannot be as dark as the others, because it would affect how he appears in the show - he could end up looking pale in once scene and dark in another!”
“I just run a small salon - I feel really chuffed that I was asked to do the show.”