“I would miss the show [if Francesca goes into labour],” he told RadioTimes.com. “It’s kind of a double-edged sword where you’d be gutted that you’d miss the show, but I’d have to be straight out. I’m not missing the birth of my first child! I’d be gone.”
Banjo also explained that he has a system in place to alert him to leave as swiftly as possible.
“I’m on constant alert,” he said. “I’ve got a pager on my belt to let me know. I’m ready to go.”
This year Grease’s Didi Conn will grab her skates, alongside Strictly’s James Jordan, Corrie’s Jane Danson and TOWIE’s Gemma Collins.
After she was announced as a contestant, fans (and host Phillip Schofield) were initially sceptical as to whether Collins would even make it to the ice, due to her penchant for quitting shows early (she lasted just three days in 2014 series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!).
However, Banjo is backing the reality TV diva to go all the way.
“I’d like Gemma to shock people,” Banjo said. “A lot of people have been saying she might not be that great. And actually, she’s got potential to be pretty good. She’s full of energy, she’s really bubbly.”
Dancing on Ice is not Banjo’s only show on our screens this month, with the star also fronting Channel 4’s picturesque new dating show Flirty Dancing.
The show sees Banjo separately teaching two singletons one routine which they then perform together on their first date.
“Dance is my thing,” he said. “I am intrigued in how different people find the right person. When the concept came up, my first conversation to show producers was about how I met my wife dancing. It does happen. I know friends who met their other half through dance.
“I knew there was something in it, so I just wanted to explore it.”
Dancing on Ice starts on Sunday 6th January at 6pm on ITV. Flirty Dancing stars on Thursday 10th January at 10pm on Channel 4.
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