BETH Tweddle has insisted she does let her hair down, after Dancing on Ice judge Jason Gardiner accused her of not having ‘a fun side’.
Speaking after Sunday’s edition of the celebrity talent show, the Olympic bronze medallist told The Chronicle: “During our training sessions all Dan and I do is laugh!
“When I am laughing, Dan and the coach are like: ‘That's what we need during your performance.’
“I think I am a fun person to be around and do have a laugh with my friends.”
The theme of Sunday's show was ‘School Disco’ and Beth and partner Dan Whiston performed an upbeat, toe-tapping, cowboy routine to Steps hit 5,6,7,8, a song Beth remembers from her teenage years.
Asked if she also had fond memories of school discos at the city’s Queen’s School, where she was a pupil, she said: “I went to a couple of school discos at Queen’s which were joint events with The King’s School.
“It was a great time for me, especially with the amount of time I spent training. I was able to let my hair down and have fun with my friends.”
Fans might wonder if the teenage Tweddle was ever brave enough to bare her midriff and tie a tie around her waist, like she did on Sunday, at the city independent school for girls.
Beth and Dan’s complex routine, which included polka steps, a bucking bronco, back crossovers and a stunning fairground waltzer finish, resulted in a playground spat between Gardiner and fellow judge Karen Barber.
Barber insisted that voters recognise the technical ability of the gymnast-turned-skater.
Beth is determined to continue to improve her performance skills.
She said: “I have been working really hard with Dan on the performance aspect of my skating so I am hoping there will be an improvement on Sunday. There are a few things including dance classes that I have been doing to help improve my performance. “We have also been doing some different exercises during training to get different emotions out of me. Most of the time I end up laughing!”
TV presenter Anthea Turner was voted off the contest last week following a skate-off with cheeky chappie Keith Chegwin.