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    Posted: 08 Jan 2011 at 14:47

Emma Bunton : I'll be Baby Spite




By JEN BLACKBURN

Published: Today

DANCING On Ice judge Emma Bunton has vowed to ditch her cheeky Baby Spice image and hit this year's contestants with straight-talking "tough love".

The singer - due to give birth to her second child in April - wants the new batch of celebrity skaters to know motherhood won't make her a soft touch.

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Heart-throb on ice ... Craig McLachlan, with his sexy dancing partner Maria Filippov

Instead, she's vowed to be brutally honest on her return and admits she's secretly pleased the judging panel has been slashed from five to three so she has more time to air her caustic criticisms.

Nicky Slater was axed and Karen Barber returns as head coach.

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Icy reception ... Emma Bunton and the Dancing On Ice judges

Emma, who judges alongside Olympic hero Robin Cousins and fashion guru Jason Gardiner, told TV Biz: "Having just three of us means it's more pressure on us - but it's given us the chance to deliver our opinions more.

"I will be harder than last year. I'm very honest and I won't shy away from constructive criticism."

Having appeared on Strictly Come Dancing, Emma knows what it's like to be publicly judged, but reckons she preferred negative comments rather than praise because she wanted to learn from her mistakes.

She said: "You want people to be honest with you.

"You want to grow and learn from your own experience."

She warned the contestants to listen to professionals Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean and concentrate on their routines.

Emma added: "It's great fun but you have to take it seriously.

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"It's tough love. I can only go on how I felt and I wanted to keep learning. They have to give it everything they've got."

However, Emma worries that one contestant might leave her tongue-tied - ex-Neighbours star Craig McLachlan, who she used to fancy as a teenager.

She blushed: "Craig McLachlan... I used to have a crush on him when I was younger!

"So it will be interesting to see how he moves on the ice. I think it's a good line-up."

Kerry Katona, 30, and rapper Vanilla Ice, 43, are the first on the rink tomorrow, along with VC hero Johnson Beharry, 31, Coronation Street star Steven Arnold, 36, Jade Goody's ex Jeff Brazier, 31, TV host Nadia Sawalha, 46, broadcaster Angela Rippon, 66, and kids' TV star Laura Hamilton, 28.

The split between contestants means Emma will have to wait a week to see Craig, 45, and his dance partner Maria Filippov, who will be joined by Richard and Judy Madeley's daughter Chloe, 23, Frank Lampard's ex-fiancée Elen Rivas, 35, cricketer Dominic Cork, 39, Radio 1's "Comedy Dave" Dave Vitty, 36, Loose Woman Denise Welch, 52, Hollyoaks babe Jennifer Metcalfe, 27, and EastEnders star Sam Attwater, 24.

Emma thinks Vanilla Ice could be a dark horse.

She said: "He looks like he's done some ice hockey and seems to have good control and speed. He's confident on the ice. He might be a good one to watch."

But while she vowed to be tough, she admits she'll never be as cutting as her fellow panellist Jason, who last year found himself in hot water after he compared Sharron Davies to poo.

She said: "I might pinch him under the table if he's too naughty."

While she respects Jason's fashion knowledge, Emma revealed it is new mum Dannii Minogue she and pregnant Dancing On Ice host Holly Willoughby will be turning to for flattering maternity frocks.

She said: "I will still try and have lots of glitz and glamour while having a baby bump. When Dannii Minogue was pregnant and she wore her own dresses they looked wonderful - so I will try to nab a couple."


  • Dancing On Ice kicks off tomorrow on ITV1 at 6.30pm.

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