Matt Richardson is glad he didn't have much notice about being a regular 'Dancing on Ice' contestant, because he "hasn't had much time to think about it".

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

The 29-year-old comedian has been a stand-in for the ITV figure skating show since October and will take to the ice on Sunday (07.02.21) to replace Rufus Hound - who was axed from the programme this week after he tested positive for coronavirus - but he will go into his first routine "without too much trepidation".  

Matt said: "I've done exactly the same amount of training as everybody else. I was just doing it off-camera and not doing the show on a Sunday.

"I started in October, five days a week since then.

"It's the best thing that they've bounced me in because I haven't had much time to think about it.

"I've just got to go for it without too much trepidation.

"Hopefully it goes OK."

While Matt hasn't been a part of the main show just yet, he hasn't escaped injuring himself on the ice.

The former 'Xtra Factor' co-host fell flat on his face back in October, which left him with concussion and a black eye.

Explaining the incident on 'Lorraine', he said: "On the Masterclass day, I went to skate and was terrible. They said the problem was my limbs, which isn't ideal.

"He [Christopher Dean] gave me a pole to skate with to stop my arms moving.

"As I was skating with a pole I caught the front of my blade and went over the front of the pole. But because I was holding something I couldn't put my hands out to stop myself.

"So, my face took all of the fall, and I ended up being sent home with concussion and a black eye."

He joked: "It was entirely Christopher Dean's fault, I think he knows that deep down."

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