Dancing On Ice's Ria Hebden reveals why she'll never attempt the headbanger (exclusive)

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Ria Hebden says she will never do the headbanger. (ITV)

Dancing On Ice star Ria Hebden has vowed she will never try the show's riskiest lift - the headbanger.

TV presenter Hebden admitted she had been asked many times during training about whether she might give the move a go - which involves female celebrities being spun around from high in the air down to millimetres from the ice while holding onto their partner's neck by just their ankles - but said she drew the line at trying it.

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Hebden told Yahoo UK: "Production keep teasing me about this headbanger and I keep saying you can tease all you like, I'm not doing it.

"I know it would be great to show me saying I'm not doing it and then by the end of it you're doing it, but actually, I just think it's so dangerous.

Watch: Jake Quickenden and Vanessa Bauer pull off a headbanger

"There are other amazing lifts that you can do that I'd be up for, but I also don't think it gets the wow factor that it used to do, so I'm going to stick to my instincts on this one."

Lorraine star Hebden acknowledged that the skating could be "very dangerous" and said that she had been given a "precarious" prop to use in her first routine when the show launches on ITV on Sunday, but that it had arrived with only a couple of days of rehearsal to get used to it.

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She said of the top secret prop: "It's a precarious one, so it's just another thing that's going to add another layer of potential hazard. It's not enough that I haven't ice skated before, I need a precarious prop, too."

But she added that she had been amazed by her ability to pick up routines that looked impossible to begin with thanks to skating partner Lukasz Rozycki's help.

Ria Hebden will dance in the 2022 launch show. (ITV)
Ria Hebden will dance in the 2022 launch show. (ITV)

She said: "It's really made me think in general about life - how many things do we give up on trying or talk ourselves out of doing when it gets difficult rather than breaking it down into smaller chunks, how many other things could we have been potentially good at?"

For Hebden, there are two of the judges that she thinks would be a lifetime highlight to impress.

"Obviously I want to impress Jayne (Torvill) and Chris (Dean), they're world champions, so to get positive feedback from them would be amazing. 

"This is something I'm going to be telling my grandkids about. Anything positive they say, I'm going to treasure that."

Dancing On Ice begins on Sunday at 6.30pm on ITV.

Watch: Bez suffers dramatic head-banging fall in Dancing On Ice training

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