Melody Thornton has revealed her biggest fear ahead of her debut Dancing On Ice performance.
The Pussycat Dolls star had never set foot on the ice before signing up to the ITV show , but said she’s loving every minute of it.
The singer, who hails from Arizona, in the US, performed as part of a group number last Sunday, but will perform alongside her professional partner Alexander Demetriou for the judges’ scores for the first time this weekend.
And she’s revealed that the thing that scares her more than anything is having her teeth knocked out in an accident.
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During an exclusive chat with Mirror Online, she said: "I’m so excited for Sunday, but I’m really nervous as well.
"It ain’t a small deal you know. If something goes wrong, you lose your teeth. I definitely think that from time to time, ‘Okay, don’t lose your teeth, don’t lose your teeth’.
"But hopefully that doesn’t happen, touch wood."
But that isn’t Melody’s only fear.
She’s also worried about remembering her choreography, admitting it’s something she always struggled with during her time in the girlband alongside Nicole Scherzinger and Ashley Roberts.
The star told us: "It’s not like anything I’ve ever done before so I have to have those moments where I surrender and say, ‘I don’t know what I’m doing’, and hope for the best, it’s all you can do.
She’s excited but nervous
"I’d never skated before. I am from Arizona, which is like the hottest city, it’s not one of those things that you’d do with family, no one is really used to the cold.
"I was pretty unsteady at first but I had to just tell myself to be patient. I think the big thing for me was to tell myself, ‘If you hurt yourself then you’re out’, so I really had to be patient and take my time learning all of the basics. It was crucial for me."
Talking about learning her choreography, she added: "I think one of the biggest things that I’ve had trouble with in the past is people thinking I’ve got all this dance experience – I’ve never taken a dance class in my life.
"I got into the group to sing and I was assured that I wouldn’t have to dance, ‘We have all of these other girls, they’re really trained dancers, and with that voice, we’ll be dancing around you’.
"If you look back at our videos I’m always in the back of the line-up and I’m always slightly being hidden because I’m making mistakes.
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She’s partnered with Alexander Demetriou
"In Buttons, that was a four-day shoot and I was in hair and make up every single day but really only filmed for one day, I sat in a seat to sing my part and I’m not in the dance breaks because they were just looking for a certain calibre of dancer that I was not. It’s always been a challenge."
"I was always one second behind the choreography," she laughed. "Or doing something completely different and going, ‘Don’t yell at me’."
Melody’s bandmate Ashley was given a hard time by Strictly Come Dancing fans on the last series because of her previous experience.
She landed in the dance off on more than one occasion despite frequently being at the top of the leader board.
It’s something Melody thought was very unfair.
She said: "It definitely wasn’t true [that she didn’t work as hard as the others].
Melody in The Pussycat Dolls
"The reality is if you have a programme with celebs on ice or celebs doing something that they don’t normally do the reality is that every single person there has some performance experience and knows how to apply whatever it is that they do."
Melody also said she’s ready for whatever resident meanie judge Jason Gardiner has to say to her.
She told us: "I guess to some extent he’s there for a reason and his opinion is respected and trusted otherwise he wouldn’t be there so anything he has to say that you can actually apply I think those are the moments you look for, don’t be sidetracked by a personal insult, take from what he’s saying and try to apply it."
* Dancing On Ice airs Sundays at 6pm on ITV
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