Dancing On Ice star Sonny Jay is set to perform in memory of his friend and colleague Joe Lyons this week.
The Capital presenter opened up about the late producer, who he and his co-presenters Roman Kemp and Sian Welby were particularly close to, ahead of his ‘personal skate’ on this week’s show.
The celebrities have been asked to perform a routine that means something to them personally, with Sonny revealing the special meaning behind his performance.
Opening up about the upcoming routine, Sonny, who is partnered with pro skater Angela Egan, explained: ‘I’ve chosen to skate for Producer Joe. Now, if you’ve listened to the show for the last few years, everyone will know who Producer Joe is.
‘We sadly lost him last year and I’ve chosen to skate to a track that was played at his funeral. So it’s gonna be a real personal one and it’s gonna mean a lot.’
‘We are gonna be streaming with tears,’ Roman pointed out. ‘We are gonna be streaming. Mate, he would be laughing so hard at you, at the silly outfit that hopefully you’ll be wearing.
‘I know this for a fact, and you know this, Joe would be so proud of you if he knew you were doing this. And I bet he does, I know he does. And the one thing I’m gonna say, his family are going to be watching so do him justice!’
Clearly feeling the pressure, Sonny, 27, explained: ‘I’ve never fallen on the ice before during a performance but I know if I’m gonna fall it’s gonna be on that one.’
‘D’you know what? Joe would have wanted that!’ Roman laughed.
Lyons died in August last year, with Roman sharing a heartbreaking tribute on his radio show.
‘We are trying to process this all together. We wanted to share this news with you,’ the 28-year-old said at the time.
‘Joe had worked for Global, the parent company, for nine years. He was the very first person I met when I walked through the door. I remember thinking he was a bit of a Del Boy.
‘He was with me right from my very first show. He taught me everything. I don’t know sitting in a radio studio without him.
‘He’s the person I’d sit here and rinse constantly.’
Since his friend’s death, he’s been open about about mental health, urging fans to check in on their friends, and is set to front a BBC documentary.
Dancing On Ice returns Sunday at 6pm on ITV.
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