‘Michael Barrymore told me to be fearless’ says Dancing on Ice skate stand-in

Michael Barrymore is supporting his Dancing On Ice replacement Radzi Chinyanganya and urged him to be “fearless”.

Barrymore had to pull out of the ITV show after breaking his wrist during training.

But the devastated star, 67, took the trouble to visit former Blue Peter presenter Radzi to wish him all the best.

Radzi, 33, said: “I grew up watching Michael and for me he’s one of the best entertainers ever.

“He would have been brilliant on the show.

We got in touch and he very graciously surprised me by coming down to Bovingdon [where the show is filmed] and saying he is fully behind me.

“His actual words were ‘be fearless’. When you are standing on a couple of sticks of metal and going at speed on ice, you don’t think ‘I’m going to be fearless’, but I am trying.”

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He described Barrymore as “lovely” and said meeting him was “a real pleasure”.

Barrymore, who had been partnered on the show with skating professional Alex Murphy, was one of the top entertainers of the 1980s and 1990s, fronting hit programmes such as Strike It Lucky.

His return to mainstream TV comes after his career came to an abrupt halt in 2001 after
factory worker Stuart Lubbock, 31, was found dead with severe internal injuries in the star’s pool after a drug-fuelled party.

Radzi, from Wolverhampton, is in a relationship with a fashion blogger and said he doesn’t fear the Dancing On Ice curse, with various couples having broken up during previous series.

He said: “I think the curse exists but if you know anything about my history with the fairer sex, it’s safe to say I’ve never been massively popular.

I’ve been with my girlfriend a while so I don’t need to worry about anyone else and she doesn’t need to worry about anyone else.”

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