Rosemary Conley inspired by Anita Dobson

Rosemary Conley decided to take part in 'Dancing On Ice' after seeing older celebrities such as Anita Dobson and Pamela Stephenson appear on 'Strictly Come Dancing'

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Rosemary Conley

Rosemary Conley

Rosemary Conley was inspired by Anita Dobson to take part in 'Dancing On Ice'.

The fitness guru was so impressed with how the former 'EastEnders' actress and psychologist Pamela Stephenson fared in BBC One show 'Strictly Come Dancing' in previous years that she begged bosses of the celebrity skating competition to let her compete.

She said: "They were fantastic - Anita was my heroine - and they both almost went all the way. I don't know how many weeks I'm going to be in the competition so I want to give it my best shot.

"I'd like to be in a few more weeks if at all possible as I don't feel I've shown my best skating yet."

Although at the age of 65, Rosemary is much older than her fellow 'Dancing On Ice' competitors - who include the likes of Jorgie Porter and Heidi Range - she wants the panellists on the ITV1 show to judge her on her skating and not to make allowances for her age.

She added in an interview with the Daily Mirror newspaper: "I know I'm the oldest contestant but I don't see myself as any different. For me it's a level playing field and we all go through on merit.

"I wouldn't want to get extra marks from the judges just because I'm older - I want to earn my place and show my skills."

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