Dancing on Ice’s Graham Bell says he’s bouncing back after partner’s accident

Dancing on Ice contestant Graham Bell will finally take to the ice this weekend after being pulled out from performing on Sunday after his partner's horrific injury.

A freak accident last week saw former Olympian skier Graham, 55, stab professional ice-dancer Yebin Mok with his skating blade.

The 36-year-old pro skater's injury was so severe that it "exposed her tendons".

Yebin is hoping to return to the show once she's fully recovered but Graham will now skate with fellow professional Karina Mantras.

Discussing the freak accident, Graham told Daily Star and other press: "It was very stressful when Yebin got hurt.

"Now I know she is going to be OK, recover and get back into the show, providing I stay in, it's great.

"We were flying high ready to go and had everything prepared, then boom an injury like that and suddenly we were really struggling to hang into the show."

He added: "Hopefully Yebin will be back week four and if not, week five."

Graham will take to the ice with pro Karina for the first time on Sunday evening as they fight to make it through to the next week.

The Ski Sunday presenter said: "I've had a really good session with Karina and working together really well and starting to gel.

"I am pretty happy. For the bad things that went on, we're bouncing back.

“I think now, we're more confident going into the weekend and then we can build from there."

A number of contestants have suffered injuries in the run-up to the launch of the ITV programme.

Denise van Outen partially dislocated her shoulder and skated with it strapped last weekend, while more recently Myleene Klass tore cartilage in her knee.

Graham took part in the group number on Sunday night and got the chance to watch his fellow competitors on the ice.

Opening up about being part of the second group of celebrities to take to the ice, Graham explained: "The advantage of being in the second week is that we've seen what happens on Sunday and we've seen what the others went through.

"The disadvantage is if we end up in the skate-off, it's straight away into the skate-off and we know who we're going up against."

"If you don't get the golden ticket then there's a one in five chance of being in the skate-off."

He concluded: "I'm preparing to skate twice on Sunday because we won't have enough time to emotionally recover from the first performance and be ready for the second.

Fans will have to wait and see which couple with go up against rap artist Lady Leshurr and her professional partner Brendyn in the Skate-Off on Sunday night.

The first couple of the series to get the boot from the competition will also be revealed this weekend.

Dancing on Ice continues Sunday on ITV at 6pm

Source: Read Full Article