A roast­ing from judge Ja­son will not cut any ice with us

PRO PART­NER WOR­RIES FOR SAIRA’S CON­FI­DENCE Skater Mark set for war of words

Sunday Mail (UK) - - Lorna Hughes - Heather Green­away

Danc­ing On Ice pro skater Mark Han­retty says he is gear­ing up for a roast­ing from judge Ja­son Gar­diner when he takes to the rink tonight with Loose Women part­ner Saira Khan.

The 33-year-old, of Ersk­ine, Ren­frew­shire, ex­pects the show’s Mr Nasty will rip them apart after his vi­cious cri­tiques of celeb skaters Didi Conn and Gemma Collins on last week’s show.

Mark, who part­nered Donna Air on the hit ITV show in 2018, said: “I’m scared about what Ja­son Gar­diner is go­ing to say to Saira.

“I know he is go­ing to rip us apart and I have warned Saira but luck­ily she is a strong woman and should be able to take it.

“I keep go­ing over and over in my head what I will say to Ja­son if he gets per­sonal.

“Con­struc­tive crit­i­cism is fair enough but if we are to skate again I don’t want him knock­ing Saira’s con­fi­dence com­pletely.

“Our aim is to avoid the skate-off. It’s go­ing to be very tough as this week’s skaters are stronger than the six who danced last week.”

The dad of two added: “Saira is very ner­vous as she is out of her com­fort zone and skat­ing is some­thing she has no con­trol over.

“She is such a strong busi­ness­woman and is ea­ger to do well but no mat­ter how hard she pre­pares for this she is go­ing to be ex­posed.

“Karen Bar­ber has said she is the most im­proved of the bunch but when you see the VTs you re­alise she was the weak­est of them all to be­gin with.”

Mark, mar­ried to skat­ing in­struc­tor Kathy, 40, ad­mits he was ap­palled at Ja­son’s rude com­ments to Grease leg­end Didi Conn – claim­ing she had dined out on her fame for years. He said: “I could not be­lieve how toxic Ja­son’s com­ments to Didi were.

“I’m not a TV pro­ducer and I re­alise he is play­ing the panto dame role which does get him at­ten­tion but he needs to re­mem­ber that the con­tes­tants are all hu­man be­ings.

“Didi is 67 for good­ness sake and she put on a de­cent show and as for his com­ment about din­ing out on Grease – that was to­tally un­called for. She’s a mas­sive star in Broad­way in her own right.

“I tend to agree with the con­tent of Ja­son’s cri­tique. It’s just his de­liv­ery I have a prob­lem with and what he said to Didi didn’t res­onate and made me feel very un­com­fort­able.”

Mark, a two-time British bronze medal­list, says if he was a bet­ting man he would put his money on ex- St r ict ly dancer James Jor­dan and Love Is­land star Wes Nel­son to make the fi­nal.

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