Feb 14 2013 by Jo Henwood, Chester Chronicle
ICE dance professional Dan Whiston thinks that Bunbury-born Beth Tweddle has a ‘great mindset’.
Speaking to The Chronicle after week six of the celebrity talent show, the three-times world champion’s partner said: “Beth is really focused and has a great mindset. When I ask her to do something she does it and because of this the trust was there from the start. Without the trust there are no big tricks.”
The big tricks included the daredevil move known as ‘the headbanger’, which left Beth bloodied and bruised after she scraped her back on the ice at the end of their routine on Sunday night’s ITV programme.
She also performed a cheeky move known as a ‘whirlybird’ to win 29.5 points from judges, which saw her placed second on the leader board, just half a point behind former Welsh ruby star Gareth Thomas.
Sporting long hair extensions, Beth admitted that a touch of sticky lip gloss did cause problems.
She said: “They got in the way at one point during a trick. At the beginning I had only just had lip gloss put on and my hair stuck to it but it didn't interfere with the routine.
“The long pony was to give a better effect on the headbanger.”
Beth’s gymnastic coach Amanda Kirby was in the audience on Sunday to watch her being spun by one leg perilously close to the ice. According to presenter Philip Schofield, she had been ‘afraid to look’.
Beth said: “I saw Amanda afterwards and she was surprisingly relaxed. She said she enjoyed the routine, although she was very nervous and that was made worse by the fact that I was last to go on.”
Judge Jason Gardiner finally admitted on Sunday’s show that Beth was by far the best skater on the show.
He said: “Technique wise you're head and shoulders above everyone else.”
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