The professional ballroom and Latin dancer, 45, was known for sniping back at the judges – especially Craig Revel-Horwood – during his 15 years on Strictly, but promises viewers will see a different side of him on the ice.
He told PA: ‘I have no interest in answering back any of the judges on this particular show, I am coming in as a novice.
‘I am going to be listening, I will be taking on their critiques and trying to improve for the next week.’
He joked: ‘You won’t see the young upstart that you saw on Strictly, you will see the respectful old senile.’
Brendan, who is paired with professional skater Vanessa Bauer, believes he will have an advantage with learning the dance elements of the routine, but the actual skating is a level playing field.
He explained: ‘I am used to performing on a live Saturday and Sunday night television show. Being a dancer I pick up choreography without thinking about it too much, whereas I am sure if you’re new to learning choreography it might take a bit longer.
‘It is still a very, very different discipline and I think that is the beauty of the show. You’re going to see people at different stages and, like on Strictly, you get some fantastic dancers on there – where they start to where they finish is what’s important.
‘There are three or four of us who have danced in the past. Yes, it might give a small advantage in some areas, but in some areas I am having to unlearn a lot of things and I am getting told off quite a lot for doing things that I shouldn’t be doing.’
As with all contestants on the show, Brendan has not been immune to getting injured, including smashing his head on the ice during an early rehearsal.
He explained to Metro.co.uk and other press: ‘We are all falling and we’re all taking tumbles. When you push yourself like we all are, getting ready for the live show, you’re gonna have accidents and they happen constantly.
‘What you don’t want to do is land on the same place twice, you don’t want to land on a bruise that has already been bruised three days before as that really hurts.
‘But we’re trying to keep as safe as we can because we all want to make the shows. I concussed myself on the first day which was very embarrassing. Thankfully, that was about eight weeks ago, so I’m fully recovered and cracking on.’
Dancing On Ice starts on Sunday, January 16 at 6.30pm on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.