She may have scored more points this series than any other Dancing On Ice contestant, but the Pussycat Dolls’ Kimberly Wyatt can’t afford to take it easy, especially after Brendan Cole gave her her first perfect 40/40 last week – brought result.
The mum-of-three is raising the stakes to reach this month’s final and tomorrow night will tackle a dangerous lift never attempted before on the show – one that may be even riskier than the dreaded headbanger.
It’s just the latest move from the fearless 40-year-old who, after three caesareans in seven years, is determined to prove what her body is capable of.
And as the final mom in the competition, she’s determined to ensure all the sacrifices she made to shine on the ice were worth it.
Kimberly says, “My body may not be what it used to be, but I dig deep and that’s really my challenge. I spent my 30s getting pregnant, having babies, breastfeeding, making diapers. I’m so looking forward to my 40s.
“It feels like a new life and just a chance to be me again. It’s been a real privilege to have those opportunities as a mom after having three cesareans to test how far you can take your body and just celebrate what we as women are capable of.”
She added: “I’m proud of what I’ve achieved so far, but I never want it to put pressure on other women. It should have a little warning sign on it: ‘Please don’t try this at home!’ but for me i love an adventure. I love a challenge.”
And she’ll definitely take on one tomorrow night. After watching Brendan, 45, score 40 points last week and Paralympic star Stef Reid, 37, presenting the series’ first headbanger, Kimberly is poised to step up her performances.
All of the stars will adopt routines made famous by the show’s skating legends Jayne Torvill, 64, and Christopher Dean, 63. There’s a bit of pressure as the couple will also be judging them, but Kimberly is hoping to provide them with a showstopper in having professional partner Mark Hanretty, 36.
During a break from training at the ITV show’s studio in Bovingdon, Hertfordshire, she said: “There is no place for fear, you have to take big risks for big rewards. We need to dig even deeper now as we head towards the final.”
She added: “We’re doing Putting on the Ritz, it’s such an epic track, but it’s very fast paced, so there’s a lot of content and there’s a big, big lift that’s never been done by a celebrity on the show before.” have been done.
“It’s something I’ve always dreamed of doing, never knew I could do and I still don’t know. If we can do it, it will end the routine in an epic way.”
Her determination has resulted in her regularly topping the leaderboards. She has the highest overall score to date with a 214.5 aggregate score compared to Brendan and Regan Gascoigne, 26, who are joint second with 210.5 each.
It’s been more than three months of hard work, but Kimberly admits winning the show would be a valuable lesson to teach her children Willow, seven, Maple, four, and two-year-old Ford.
She says: “It would mean the world to reach the final. It’s been months that I’ve given up being a mom, being away from home and being as present as I would normally be with the kids so I can invest the work on the ice.
“Showing my kids how much hard work you have to put into something, working out like crazy and that it can pay off is really important. I actually had a dream of lifting the trophy, I think visualization is a big part of any competition.”
Her family is already inspired by her and husband Max Rogers, 39, takes their girls to the show every week. Maple not only has her mother’s creativity, but also the competitiveness. Kimberly says, “She told me the other day that she wants to be the best dancer in our family.”
The star insists none of this would be possible without Model Max doing the “grunt work” at home. The couple met in 2011, married in 2014 and now live in Surrey – far from Kimberly’s hometown in Missouri, USA.
She says, “The thing is, when you do a show like this, it’s not just you, it’s the whole family that’s involved. Max is just amazing, and he always has been, but this is a big undertaking, it kind of takes over your life. When I’m at home I’m really tired and I want to sleep. I am so thankful to have his support.
Kimberly is also grateful that attendees were able to train with Jayne and Chris this week. She says, “As a performer, I don’t know many couples who have created what they have, so the more I can be in their presence and learn from them, the better.”
But it seems one of the judges had an eerie premonition about her time on the show. Kimberly and Ashley Banjo, 33, have been friends for 13 years after first working together as judges on Sky’s Got To Dance, where she had a reputation for being difficult to impress.
That earned her a nickname that she now hopes was a sign of things to come. She reveals: “I’ve known Ashley Banjo for quite some time. He used to call me the Ice Queen and pretend I was this really tough girl on Got To Dance. So let’s hope he anticipated Dancing On Ice. “
Kimberly rose to fame as the Pussycat Doll alongside Nicole Scherzinger, Ashley Roberts, Jessica Sutta, Melody Thornton and Carmit Bachar. With hits like Don’t Cha, Jai Ho and When I Grow Up, coupled with raunchy dance routines, the band stormed the charts in the noughties.
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After a decade of absence, they re-formed in 2019 and made an explosive comeback on The X Factor, which would embark on a worldwide tour. But fans were heartbroken when the pandemic hit. The reunion was then put on hold after it was revealed that Nicole was in a legal battle with the band’s founder.
But Kimberly hasn’t ruled out another reunion — Pussycats have nine lives, after all. She says: “I understood that we had to draw a line, give everyone their money back and then remodel, but I just remain hopeful. I love sharing the stage with the girls. I love being a pussycat doll.”
She added: I really feel like the journey isn’t over yet. Being able to share the fact that you can be a woman and have your own space and celebrate your body and be a little badass, that feels good and important. I’m just glad to be able to show that side of me on Dancing On Ice for now.”
Dancing on Ice continues on ITV tonight from 18:30.
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/dancing-ices-kimberly-wyatt-take-26390380 Dancing On Ice's Kimberly Wyatt is taking a huge risk to bid for ice rink victory on the ITV show