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It’s upsetting. I never go anywhere without them. They’re a part of me

Former X-Factor singer and Dancing On Ice contestant Chico Slimani

14th January 2012

HEALTH and safety chiefs have banned Chico from wearing his lucky beads on Dancing On Ice tomorrow night.

The former X Factor singer, 40, is deeply religious and takes his spiritual beads everywhere he goes.

He claims they helped him do well on The X Factor as well as landing record deals, TV spots and panto roles.

And he was hoping they would work their magic again now he has been drafted in to the ITV skating show to replace injured Chesney Hawkes, 40.

But bosses have barred him from wearing them.

The singer, full name Chico Slimani, said last night: “Health and safety have said I can’t have my beads on the ice.

They say they are a hazard.

“It’s upsetting. I never go anywhere without them. They’re a part of me.

“I always get nervous before a performance so I keep them close to me.

“But tomorrow I will just pray to God and meditate and connect to my spiritual master who will help me through the routine. I’m putting myself in his hands.”

The former goat herder from Morocco is a devotee of Sufism, a doctrine of Islamic mysticism.

And he says his beliefs have helped him develop a positive mental attitude.

Chico has had only five days’ training with dance partner Jodeyne Higgins, 36, since being called up for the show.

But he has vowed to put on a “dazzling” performance tomorrow after demanding more sequins on his costume.

Chico will be skating against Emmerdale’s Matthew Wolfenden, 31, fitness guru Rosemary Conley, 65, Hollywood actor Corey Feldman, 40, kids’ Tv host Sam Nixon, 25, EastEnders star Laila Morse, 66, freerunner Sebastien Foucan, 37, and scouse actress Jennifer Ellison, 28.

The Sun

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