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Dancing On Ice 2022: Brendan Cole wants to use stint to move away from Strictly ‘bad boy’ image

Brendan was on Strictly for 15 years (Picture; ITV)

Dancing On Ice frontrunner Brendan Cole is hoping to use his time on the skating competition to change his TV image, from Strictly Come Dancing ‘bad boy’ to skating whizz.

Brendan appeared in 15 series’ of Strictly before announcing in January 2018 that his contract had not been renewed.

He famously won the first-ever series alongside BBC newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, and made two finales with Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Lisa Snowdon.

However, despite being a favourite pro of the series, fans will remember Brendan routinely used to clash with Craig Revel-Horwood, jumping to the defence of his partners when less than favourable critiques were dished out.

He has now reflected on how his image was projected to viewers, which didn’t include any of the ‘silly stuff’ he got up to behind the scenes.

Brendan shared how his very competitive ‘do or die’ attitude isn’t really him at all, as he hopes to show a more fun side on Dancing On Ice.

Brendan is one of the favourites to win Dancing On Ice (Picture: ITV)

‘I had 15 years of that narrative, regardless of how funny I was or the silly stuff that I got up to backstage.

‘If my Strictly partner wanted to work hard and try and be there at the end, I’d be working my backside off. But if my partner was like, ‘I don’t want it that much’, that was fine also,’ he told The Mirror.

The star added: ‘Now people can see what I’m really like – a bit of an idiot most of the time!’

Brendan’s final series in 2018 was with Charlotte Hawkins (Picture: BBC)
Brendan and Vanessa on Dancing On Ice (Picture: Matt Frost/ITV)

Later this month, the Kiwi will reunite with former Strictly head judge, Arlene Phillips, as she takes up a guest spot on the panel.

Elsewhere, Brendan has been loving his partnership with Vanessa Bauer, as she continues to make waves with the 25-year-old pro-skater.

‘She’s got something very special on the ice. She’s a phenomenal skater, exceptionally talented. I’m very, very lucky to have been partnered with her,’ he added to the publication.

The pair are currently among the favourites to lift the title, with Regan Gascoigne and Kimberly Wyatt also featuring at the top of the leaderboard.

So far on this year’s series of Dancing On Ice, rugby player Ben Foden, TV presenter Ria Hebden and S Club 7 star Rachel Stevens have been eliminated.

Other stars still in the running in the competition include Love Island star Liberty Poole, Happy Mondays’ percussionist Bez and Coronation Street actress Sally Dynevor.

Dancing On Ice returns on Sunday at 6pm on ITV.

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