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Dancing on Ice’s Siva Kaneswaran breaks down as he pays tribute to late bandmate Tom Parker


‘I’m still grieving’: Dancing on Ice’s Siva Kaneswaran breaks down as he pays tribute to late bandmate Tom Parker – who’s courage inspired him to take part in the ITV show

Siva Kaneswaran broke down as he paid tribute to late bandmate Tom Parker during the first episode of Dancing Of Dancing on Ice on Sunday.

The Wanted star lost his life in March last year at the age of 33, after a year-and-a-half long battle with stage four glioblastoma brain cancer. 

Ahead taking to the rink with partner Klabera Komini, Siva, 34, choked back tears and said: ‘I guess I’m still grieving’ before revealing his friend’s ‘courage’ inspired him to take part in the ITV show. 

Tearful: Siva Kaneswaran, 34, broke down as he paid tribute to late bandmate Tom Parker during the first episode of Dancing Of Dancing on Ice on Sunday

In the candid confessional he admitted: ‘When I think about the past I think about tom, last year Tom…’ before emotionally breaking off.

Before adding: ‘I guess I am still grieving, I witness his courage when he was fighting with his illness and it was so inspiring’.

As he spoke a snap of him and his late pal was shown from their time together in the chart-topping band.

Grief: The pop star heartbreakingly revealed that his former bandmate Tom Parker inspired him to do the show and admitted that he was 'still grieving'

Grief: The pop star heartbreakingly revealed that his former bandmate Tom Parker inspired him to do the show and admitted that he was ‘still grieving’

Pain: The Wanted star lost his life in March last year at the age of 33 , after a year-and-a-half long battle with stage four glioblastoma brain cancer

Pain: The Wanted star lost his life in March last year at the age of 33 , after a year-and-a-half long battle with stage four glioblastoma brain cancer

In March Siva posted a video of The Wanted bandmates hugging on stage with the caption ‘we’ll always be there for you brother,’ 24 hours after Tom passed away with his bandmates by his side.

Siva used the band’s 2011 single Gold Forever on the video. The track has now reached number one on iTunes UK in the day since Parker’s death following a campaign from fans. 

On Sunday Siva and his partner came out with a vibrant performance in bright suits as they pulled off an impressive performance to Duran Duran’s Her Name Is Rio.

Tribute: In March Siva posted a video of The Wanted bandmates hugging on stage with the caption 'we'll always be there for you brother,' 24 hours after Tom passed away with his bandmates by his side

Tribute: In March Siva posted a video of The Wanted bandmates hugging on stage with the caption ‘we’ll always be there for you brother,’ 24 hours after Tom passed away with his bandmates by his side

Described as a ‘solid performance’ from all four judges, Siva received scores of 6 across the board – totalling to 24 out of 40.

A happy Jayne told the singer: ‘I think you have a lot to bring to the competition’.

While Chris rounded things of: ‘If you didn’t have the skates on it would be a 10, but it is a skating show. So I want to see more of relying less on Brendan.’ 

Confident: He and Klabera came out with a vibrant performance in bright suits as they pulled off an impressive performance to Duran Duran’s Her Name Is Rio

Acting skills: Kicking off their routine, they began with a phone box scene before breaking into dance

Acting skills: Kicking off their routine, they began with a phone box scene before breaking into dance

Despite the glitz and glamour, it was a tough start to the series for fan favourite Love Island’s Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu, who landed herself in the bottom two by receiving the least amount of public votes – and couldn’t contain her furious face.

But it was the ITV show that viewers weren’t happy with, after they were given just five minutes to cast their votes before it closed – with many taking to Twitter to complain over the rules as they blasted that you ‘don’t even get time to pick up the phone’.

After the first six celebrities performed, it was time to find out who would be dancing again next week in the bottom two – and was at risk of being sent home.

Gutted: Despite the glitz and glamour, it was a tough start to the series for fan favourite Love Island's Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu, who landed herself in the bottom two by receiving the least amount of public votes - and couldn't contain her furious face

Gutted: Despite the glitz and glamour, it was a tough start to the series for fan favourite Love Island’s Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu, who landed herself in the bottom two by receiving the least amount of public votes – and couldn’t contain her furious face

DANCING ON ICE WEEK 1 SCOREBOARD 

1. Nile Wilson and Olivia Smart: 29.5 out of 40 points

2. Joey Essex and Vanessa Bauer: 27 out of 40 points 

3. Siva Kaneswaran and Klabera Komini:  24 out of 40 points

4. Ekin-Su Culculoglu and Brendan Hatfield: 21.5 out of 40 points

5. Patsy Palmer and Matt Evers:  21 out of 40 points

6. Michelle Heaton and Lukasz Rozycki: 19 out of 40 points

And it was bad news for Ekin-Su, who looked gobsmacked at the news as she turned to talk with her dance partner Brendyn Hatfield, while her boyfriend Davide Sanclimenti was equally as unhappy while he watched from the audience.

The Love Island star admitted that she was ‘sad’ with the news, as presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby questioned her after the result and attempted to reassure her.

‘I’m just sad, but, you know. I’ve been really ill as well and I know it’s not an excuse but I’ve just got back up, and yeah,’ said Ekin-Su.

DANCING ON ICE 2023: MEET THE CONTESTANTS

PATSY PALMER 

AGE: 50

PROFESSION: Actress and DJ

WHAT DID THEY SAY?:  ‘I’ve turned it down before because I was terrified, but when I turned 50 I made a pact to get out of my confront zone. ‘

EKIN-SU CULCULOGLU

AGE: 28

PROFESSION: Love Island star 

WHAT DID THEY SAY?:  ‘I’ve got some amazing news to tell you. I’m so excited, I can’t wait to get myself on the ice and skate. Stay tuned and see you on the ice.’

 MOLLIE GALLAGHER 

AGE: 24

PROFESSION: Actress

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve not got the best coordination so when people find out they will laugh, but I don’t want to spend my life saying “I can’t do this, I can’t do that.”

JOEY ESSEX

AGE: 32 

PROFESSION: Ex TOWIE star

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’m so excited. I wanted something in my life with structure and it’s more serious than what I usually do.’

 CARLEY STENSON

AGE: 36

PROFESSION: Actress and West End star

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’m so excited that I get to learn how to dance…on ice! I’m terrified but can’t wait – I just want to make the most of this whole experience.’

SIVA KANESWARAN

AGE: 33

PROFESSION: Singer

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I want to learn how to skate and make my family proud of me and put on a show for everyone to see.’

 JOHN FASHANU 

AGE: 60

PROFESSION: Former footballer and pundit 

WHAT DID THEY SAY?:  ‘I am definitely in it to win it.And this may be one of the scariest things I’ve ever signed up for but I couldn’t be more ready for the challenge!’

NILE WILSON

AGE: 26

PROFESSION: Olympic gymnast 

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve not done much ice-skating but I am so excited for the opportunity. I’m so excited to get into that routine and to feel like an athlete again.’

 JAMES LEE WILLIAM AKA THE VIVIENNE 

AGE: 29

PROFESSION: Drag queen

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘To be the first drag artist to take part in one of the big UK reality competition shows is an honour and a big step forward for queer representation on TV.’

  DARREN HARRIOT 

PROFESSION: Comedian 

AGE: 34 

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve got giant feet, I don’t skate and I can’t danceMy family has already made bets – they’re making bets that I’ll fall on the first episode!’ 

 MICHELLE HEATON

AGE: 43

PROFESSION: Singer

WHAT DID THEY SAY?: ‘I’ve always wanted to do it but I know I would never have been able to complete anything because of the way I was 18 months ago, so I’m really truly grateful that I’ve got it this year when I’m a lot stronger.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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