Closer (UK) - - Interview -

She faced cruel com­ments from on­line trolls over her weight when she was an­nounced as one of the stars on the next se­ries of Danc­ing On Ice.

But last week, a de­fi­ant Gemma Collins hit the ice for train­ing and ap­peared to show­case her flex­i­bil­ity as she splayed across the ice and star-fished on her back.

The TOWIE star, 37, re­cently re­vealed she has ex­pe­ri­ence skat­ing af­ter spend­ing her child­hood on the ice rink with her brother – who was a hockey player.

And last week, it was re­ported that TV bosses were so im­pressed by her en­thu­si­asm and her skills in train­ing that they were al­ready billing her as the hot favourite to win the show – which is set to air in Jan­uary.

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