Baywatch star Pamela willing to wear famous swimsuit to secure Dancing On Ice votes
FORMER Baywatch star Pamela Anderson has revealed she is willing to dust off her famous red swimsuit to win votes on Dancing On Ice.
The 45-year-old, best known for her performance as lifeguard CJ Parker on the 1990s TV show, is competing in the new series of the ITV1 ice-skating show, which returns to screens on Sunday.
Asked if she would recreate scenes from Baywatch on the rink, Anderson quipped: "You never know - if I need to do it, I will do it to win. I will get the red swimsuit on if I get that far. I will. I'll do whatever it takes."
The actress, who has been tipped as an early favourite to win the show, added: "I think because I'm Canadian, everyone expects me to be able to skate, and I haven't skated since I was five.
"But I've been trying really hard. I really want to learn and I love the technical side of it all. And I love the performance - I hope people enjoy the performance as well as the skating part."
Anderson is joined in the new series by stars including former X Factor winner Shayne Ward, Lauren Goodger from The Only Way Is Essex and Olympians Beth Tweddle and Luke Campbell.
Soap stars Samia Ghadie, who plays Maria Connor in Coronation Street, and Matt Lapinskas who played Anthony Moon in EastEnders, are also getting their skates on along with TV presenter Keith Chegwin and comic Joe Pasquale.
Ex-GMTV host Anthea Turner, rugby star Gareth Thomas and Labour peer Oona King complete the line-up.
Baroness King, a former MP, said she wasn't worried about what people would think of her reality TV appearance.
"If people are going to hate me for doing it, that's their problem, not mine really. I'm just grateful to have the chance," she said.
"It's as far removed [from politics] as you can get, which I think is why I said yes. It's lots of fun. And it's a real privilege."
This year also sees the return to the judging panel of acid-tongued choreographer Jason Gardiner after a year's break from the show. He will be joined by head judge Robin Cousins, former ice-skater Karen Barber and ex-Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts, who was runner-up on the latest series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
Jason - who famously described watching swimming champion Sharron Davies dance as looking at "faecal matter that won't flush" - revealed he will be just as frank on this year's show.
"I'm just going to be what you all know me to be - I'm there as a judge, I'm not there to be Jason," he said.
"I'm there in my professional capacity and I have about 10 seconds on live TV to let a celebrity know what I think. So you have no time to pussyfoot around and sugar coat anything, I've got to get straight to the root of what is the problem with their performance, so they can improve."