OHMYGOSSIP — Bobby Norris says Gemma Collins can win ‘Dancing On Ice’ if the public “stay behind her”.
The 32-year-old reality star has backed his pal, who was in tears after getting a disappointing score of 13.5pts out of 40 on Sunday evening’s show (03.02.19), to go all the way on the ice skating series after she was saved in the public vote last night.
Speaking on Monday’s episode (04.02.19) of ‘This Morning’, Bobby said: “I think she’s gonna try and pull it out of the bag next week. She’s gonna be in full GC mode and every week I just can’t wait to see what her outfit is gonna be, what performance she’s gonna put on.
“I really think she can [win], she’s got a really good shot at it if the public stay behind her and, touch wood they do, like social media is always blowing up when she’s performed and yeah, I think she’s got a really good chance.”
Bobby – who has been on the ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ since 2012 – says Gemma was in a lot of pain following her tumble on the ice last month, and admits it was important she got her “confidence” back.
He added: “With Gem, when she puts her mind to something, she really wanted to do well. So from October, when she found out, she was down the rink six days a week and really was taking it seriously.
“I spoke to her this morning and she was so gutted and she cried because she knew she could have done better but she’s been in so much pain form the fall the week before and realistically it takes some confidence to get back on the ice after a fall like that. She’s a brave girl.
“I think it shows the public are really behind her, she literally could go out there and sit on the ice and she would still get votes because Gemma’s an entertainer and she might be at the bottom of the leaderboard but people are behind her, they are voting for her.”
Ice skater Dan said of last week’s excessive injuries: “It was really, really awful. It was almost as if Gemma’s fall from last week’s show… it was a sign of things to come.
“Everyone was getting injured. She’s got black knees, they’re so bruised, she hurt her chest as well.
“People are pushing the boundaries so there are going to be these injuries.”
But it wasn’t just Gemma who has fallen in recent weeks, as her incident has seemed to have caused a domino effect among the other contestants.
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Among the injured were Melody Thornton, who fell and hit her chin on the ice last week, Wes Nelson, who badly injured his knee during training, Jane Danson, who fainted during dress rehearsals, Ryan Sidebottom and most recently James Jordan.
But the creative director isn’t worried about the injuries putting the contestants off, adding: “They’re kind an army of robots this year, they’re not going to let anything get them down.
“Only the strongest will survive now as dramatic as that sounds.”
OHMYGOSSIP — Gemma Atkinson and her boyfriend Gorka Marquez are expecting their first baby together.
The former ‘Hollyoaks’ and ‘Emmerdale’ star – who started dating Gorka after she appeared on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ in 2017 – logged on to her Instagram account on Friday morning (01.02.19) to announce she is pregnant and share her “excitement” with all her followers.
The 34-year-old blonde beauty posted a picture of the couple’s two dogs, Norm and Ollie, who were wearing signs around their neck which read: “Guess what … mum’s pregnant. We’re going to be big brothers!”
Gemma captioned the post: “And what Amazing big brothers they will be! Myself & Gorks are beyond excited and happy and feel incredibly blessed to be meeting our new family member later this year. Baby Marquez!!! We love you loads already @gorka_marquez (sic)”
Dancer Gorka, 28, posted the same image of the pooches on his Instagram account and wrote a caption praising his gorgeous partner.
He wrote: “@glouiseatkinson Thank you for the greatest gift in life. Myself and Gem are beyond thrilled to be welcoming our new family member later this year! Baby Marquez. (sic)”
The couple confirmed their romance last year whilst they were on the ‘Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour’.
Gemma was partnered with Aljaz Skorjanec on the BBC One ballroom contest and reached the final but behind-the-scenes she got close and fell in love with Gorka – who had been partnered with singer Alexandra Burke with whom he made the final too.