A quick chat with 'Ice' man Dominic Cork
Published Jan 22 2011, 08:00 GMT | By Alex Fletcher
"Adorable" and "natural charisma" were how the judges described Dominic Cork
after his first Dancing On Ice
performance last week. The ex-England cricketer managed to woo the panel and viewers at home with his skills on the rink and will be hoping to carry on where he left off this weekend. We caught up with Corky this week to find out whether he's enjoying the world of celebrity and discover what we can expect this weekend.How are you feeling after surviving the first week on the show?
"I'm delighted to get through to the main programme. It was more like a qualification last week with us all fighting to get through to the final stages of the competition and the final 12. I was delighted for me and Alexandra because we'd both worked really hard to put on a performance and thankfully it went okay on Sunday."Have the nerves gone now that you have done your first skate?
"No, you are still going to be nervous. But I think understanding the show will be a lot easier. The big problem is that now we get our choreography on the Tuesday and really we only have Wednesday, Thursday and Friday scheduled time to get the number nailed. In a way we had three or four weeks to nail the first routine, so the pressure is definitely on from now on."What can we expect from you this Sunday?
"It's going really well, but it is a totally different routine to last week. There is a lot more emphasis on power and there is a dangerous ending. If it goes wrong it will send Alexandra flying, so we definitely don't want that to happen. You will see more lifts, more challenging lifts and more strength. Any fears that I may have got over last week are coming back again because this week's even tougher. Every week there is going to be something I'll worry about, I'm sure.
But fingers crossed it will be okay and I'm looking forward to getting it all together and all right on the night."Have you set any targets about how far you want to go in the competition?
"All I go is week by week in this. It's a different prospect to cricket, because all my life I have been trying to win the game. Then next week, I try to win the next game. I suppose winning for me on Dancing On Ice
would be making the top 10 and not being in the skate-off this week. That's all I'm looking to do. Naturally the further you get in the competition, the stronger your skating will get and the more confidence you'll gain. But the important thing in all competitions is to not think too far ahead, still enjoy it and try and just focus on the Sunday ahead. If things go well and targets change then that's great, but I don't think they will."Were you surprised about how positive the judges were about you on Sunday?
"Yeah I was surprised. Alexandra and myself had worked really hard, so it was nice to get some positive feedback. Robin Cousins said that I did some very nice skating and Jason and Emma saw a bit of a showman, so hopefully all the elements are there for us to do well and go far."What's tougher - facing the world's fastest bowlers or skating in front of 10 million viewers?
"I think that they are really similar. But I think when you've played cricket for as long as I have, you get used to those nerves. But I'm not sure if you saw the show in Sunday, but I did admit that this rates as highly as anything I've done in cricket. There are probably more nerves than when I was playing cricket and I just felt overjoyed and really proud of myself when I completed the routine."The big difference to your cricket days is the costume. Will you be getting bolder with the colours and glitter?
"I'm sure as the competition goes on I will get bolder with the outfits. This week's outfit is a different colour, but I probably shouldn't reveal which colour. But I think on these programmes it's more about the women's costumes than the men's. If I have to a wear a short skinny T-shirt in everyday life I would wear one, I have no problem with that. If it's a bright colour, bring it on. I love it all and I think it's fantastic. It's all about the glitz and glamour and I love it."Was doing Dancing On Ice your way of getting one-up on the cricketers who have won Strictly?
"No, I don't think so. Goughie was there last Sunday and Ramps will be there this Sunday. Dancing On Ice
was just an opportunity that came up and I decided to do it. I just thought it would be great for me personally and now that I am doing it I do believe that it is the hardest reality programme on TV."What's the atmosphere like backstage? It must be strange to be getting a cup of tea and bump into Vanilla Ice...
"It is a bit strange. When I bump into these people I'm in awe of them. I'm quite shy as a person, so I'm quite stunned to meet them all. But then you get to meet them all and Vanilla Ice becomes a great guy called Rob and you realise that they're all brilliant people. But with all the famous people backstage and in the audience watching it's a fantastic experience for someone like me. Whenever it comes to an end this will be something that I cherish and remember."Do you feel like a celebrity now that you're on the show?
"I don't really consider myself a celebrity. I'm just someone who was blessed with a talent to play cricket and I loved doing that. I was lucky to do that for over 20 years. I'm not a celebrity, I'm a sportsman who is happy to show off his talent. And in many ways I'm just doing the same thing now on the show."Dancing On Ice continues on Sunday at 6.10pm on ITV1