Jennifer Metcalfe Talks Dancing On Ice Bonuses

She may be in one of the UK’s best soaps and has been nominated for soap’s sexiest female twice but Jennifer Metcalfe said she still wants to improve her figure.

Very can reveal that is the reason she went into Dancing on Ice – so that she can look better in her clothes. Most of us know that feeling!

However, we hear that she’s come out of it with two unexpected extras. One being a new man – professional French ice skater Sylvain Longchambon with whom she spent Christmas in France. According to sources on set the chemistry between the pair is electric and while neither have opened up about their relastionship, the 27-year old actress was single when she went into the show.

The other extra is surprisingly a slight bit of weight gain, in contrast to the usual stream of skating contestants who appear on the ITV show bragging about how much they’ve trimmed down.

Jennifer, who plays feisty Mercedes McQueen in Hollyoaks, had an explanation for the weight gain, saying “I eat, when I’m cold, so I’ve been stuffing my face and eating more than I’m burning off”.

But refreshingly,  Jennifer says she is still happy with her body – slim or not. “I feel good about my body at the moment. It’s not too big, it’s not too small, it’s just there”.

We like her attitude and we also like how she’s been demonstrating her confidence over the Christmas and New Year party season in a feminine black and floral outfit.


The first show is broadcast on ITV on Sunday 9 January and Jennifer is already thinking about the fun she is going to be missing out on, telling Very “[Dancing On Ice] has been the best thing I’ve ever done. The only thing is that I won’t be able to go out on Saturday nights any more, because I can’t be hung over”.

Well the Hollyoaks honey looked fresh when she started her night out in the pretty floral skirt and top.

Check out the Elise Ryan floral bubble puff ball dress at Very, which looks like a skirt and a top but saves you the effort of mixing and matching. Plus the whole thing is now just £22.50 instead of £45

An equally fragrant creation is the South swirl print drape dress

Or if a skirt and top combination is what you’re after, start with a new Fearne Cotton floral print bustier top

It goes perfectly with the new Holly Willoughby pencil skirt

And finish the look in a simple way like Jennifer with the new Coleen elfin peep toe platform shoes

The Hollyoaks star says she is worried about injuring herself on Dancing On Ice, but from the confident smile on her face, we’re sure she’ll skate with flying colours.

14th January 2011
Written by Zoe Griffin