Exclusive: Christine Bleakley teases 'Dancing on Ice' final: 'Skaters all equal'

Published Mar 25 2012, 14:08 BST  |  By

Christine Bleakley has said that tonight's Dancing on Ice is an "equal" three-horse race.

Speaking to Digital Spy ahead of the conclusion to the current series, the presenter said that Jorgie Porter, Matthew Wolfenden and Chico are pulling out all the stops to be crowned 2012 champion.

Christine Bleakley appearing on 'This Morning'

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"Jorgie has been really brilliant from day one," Bleakley said of the Hollyoaks actress. "She looked like a pro. She looks absolutely beautiful out there.

"I'm backstage when she is performing and everyone is so quiet. You get sucked into her performance because she is so beautiful and graceful out there. I think she has all the boxes ticked."

Praising Emmerdale star Wolfenden as being the male equivalent of Porter, she added: "He is talented in a similar vein from the male perspective - because it's a different talent having to lift your partner as opposed to being lifted."

Chico

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Matthew Wolfenden

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Jorgie Porter

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The soap stars face strong competition from former X Factor star Chico, who only secured his place in the competition following Chesney Hawkes's exit due to injury.

"To come from not being in the show to being in the final... hats off to Chico!" Bleakley said. "He's such a top bloke. He can't quite believe his luck; he's appreciating every moment. He's so grateful for the opportunity and the fact that he has come so far. He's absolutely fantastic at it. I've been really impressed with Chico the whole way through."

With the public choosing their winner tonight, she concluded: "They are very different, but all relatively equal."

Speaking about her first series on the ITV1 competition, the Northern Irish presenter said that she had been made to feel "very welcome" by co-host Phillip Schofield, adding that she would "really miss" the Sunday night show.

Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley

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Christine Bleakley

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"Honestly, I've had great responses," she said, adding that Twitter users enjoy talking about the dresses she wears each week: "In a purely girly way, there's been so much talk about the dresses, which is a lovely thing. I've tried to mix it up each week! It's been a lovely experience. Twitter goes mental."

Teasing her outfit for tonight's finale, she told Digital Spy: "I've got a nude dress - Suzanne Neville is the girl who has made it; she's done quite a few of the dresses this series. It's sort of long and I'm getting a leg out tonight. The leg is slightly on show - which is as risqué as I go!"

The Dancing on Ice final airs tonight from 6.50pm on ITV1.

Watch the three finalists speaking to Digital Spy about their final performances below:

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