James Jordan ‘dusts skates off’ after star quits Dancing On Ice: ‘In case I get the call’

James Jordan is cheekily called a 'yeti' by Andrew Castle

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James Jordan, 42, has appeared to throw his hat in the ring to replace Emmerdale star Joe-Warren Plant, 18, after the actor was forced to drop out of Dancing On Ice 2021 due to testing positive for coronavirus. Both Joe and his pro skating partner Vanessa Bauer, 24, tested positive for the virus, which meant they had to leave the ITV show due to its strict rules in order to keep contestants safe during the pandemic.

James seemed to want to seize his opportunity to re-join Dancing On Ice, following Joe’s departure, after he won the show in 2019.

He also jokingly encouraged fellow Dancing On Ice champion Hayley Tamaddon to join him in his bid to make a comeback after a series of injuries and coronavirus related problems forced a number of this year’s celebrities to drop out.

The former Strictly Come Dancing professional, who is married to fellow dancer Ola Jordan, took to Twitter to share he has already “dusted his skates off” in preparation for getting “the call” from ITV.

James cheekily penned in view of his 273,000 followers: “Are you waiting by the phone @hayleysoraya??? 

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“I’ve already dusted my skates off incase I get the call from @dancingonice

“All I need is a blade sharpen from @IceLukasz and a little check over from @BhamPhysioLtd and I’m ready to go. #DancingOnIce.”

Hayley was quick to reply to James’ suggestion, replying: “Hahaha! I love this! Oh I’m so there! 

“Slightly heavier, somewhat older, and a whole less bendier… but I’m there!”


James then wrote back to the actress: “It’s ok for me, I was already old when I did it and have never had any great flexibility. 

“But nearly 20kg heavier,” the star admitted.

Fans took to the comments section of James’ post to share their thoughts on his plans.

One person wrote: “Would love to see you both skate again, you were both 2 of my favourites. So sorry to see so many having to leave.

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“So sad for them as they have been brilliant and sad for us as we won’t be able to see how much more they would have improved.”

Another added: “It’s been a nightmare for them! Joking aside you might need to dust your skates off.”

A third fan replied: “Trouble is James you would win it again.. not entirely fair on the lesser skaters.”

A fourth commented: “I would love to see you back on strictly or dancing on ice miss you on both.”

Unfortunately, it seems that Joe and Vanessa are not replaceable after show host Phillip Schofield warned they were out of reserves for the first time in the programme’s history following several injuries affecting the line-up.

Joe-Warren became the fifth celebrity to be forced to pull out of the competition.

Last week, Billie Faiers also quit due to doctors advice following a fall in training which left her with a concussion.

While Rufus Hound left the competition after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive for coronavirus.

Denise Van Outen pulled out earlier in the series following a shoulder fracture.


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