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Dancing On Ice is in Newcastle next week. Entertainment Editor, Gordon Barr, chats to skater Stefan Booth and has news of extra tickets on sale.

Dancing On Ice is in Newcastle next week. Entertainment Editor, Gordon Barr, chats to skater Stefan Booth and has news of extra tickets on sale.

It's been a huge hit on TV, now Dancing On Ice is coming to the Toon. The stars are at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena, on Sunday and Monday, with a further date in May.

Stefan Booth, Duncan James, Kyran Bracken, Bonnie Langford, Lisa Scott-Lee, Clare Buckfield and Andi Peters will join Torvill and Dean for the shows, with a host of professional skaters.

The tour will complement and enhance the format of the hugely successful Saturday night ITV show. TV hunk Stefan rose to the challenge of Dancing On Ice in its first series and is lapping up the tour.

Stefan said: "I have never done anything where the crowds have been so loud," he laughs.

"It's just been incredible. The atmosphere has been electric every night.

"No, I haven't won any of the nights yet, so come on Newcastle, give me your support. But how can I ever compete with the likes of Kyran Bracken and his breakdancing!"

Stefan last appeared on a Newcastle stage four years ago, in Summer Holiday.

"I know what the audiences up there are like so I imagine they will be the loudest of them all," he smiles.

"And I remember the nightlife. Expect to see us in the bars after the show - all going well."

He admits his skating has improved through all the practice he's put in. "But you just never know how it is gong to go on the night," he adds. "The good thing is this show has maybe given people that extra push needed to get them to try ice skating. Many think they could never do it, but look at all of us lot! When I first got on the ice I was cocky but lacking any style...an ape on skates," he admits, recalling some rather hairy experiences from earlier on in his training.

Fortunately for Stefan, his skating prowess evolved at an impressive pace prior to the competition itself. Today Stefan reveals: "Now I feel like I don't have the skates on, which is great!"

Making sure Stefan does, in fact, remember his skates is Canadian skater and principle performer for The Royal Caribbean, Kristina Cousins. The pair just missed out on winning the first series, losing in the final skate-off to Gaynor Faye. This time, in Dancing On Ice The Tour, anything could happen.

Tickets for all the shows have been sold out for several weeks and forced a third date to go on sale for May 6, with a further two performances, however these tickets soon sold out.

Now, due to production changes, there are an additional 250 tickets for general sale for each show, which are available to purchase now from all of the normal Arena ticket outlets.

Newly-married Stefan can currently be seen in the TV drama, The Royal, and admits his time on the Dancing On Ice Tour means he is missing out on auditions. "But we will probably go cycling in Italy first and then get down to the business of finding work," he says.

"I was so busy before this tour, but it is now taking up all my time and there is no way I can attend meetings in London.

"So I haven't got anything lined up - but I am having a ball."

Metro Radio Arena advises everyone going to Dancing on Ice this weekend to arrive at the venue in plenty of time for the shows.

This is especially the case for the two shows on Sunday at 1.30pm and 6.30pm) when traffic congestion is likely to be severe, with the closure of the Redheugh Bridge Road from 11.30am, and Newcastle United's home match against Chelsea kicking off at 1.30pm.

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