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06 Feb 11 09:52
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Hope all is well among the regulars and new Specials Forumites, nice to see everybody keeping up the good work.
Just had a longer than usual sabbatical, and feeling very refreshed and ready to go. The only downside is that my time is very limited now, which means that I will be posting less drivel than I used to. (a great relief to many)
Not been touching the specials and was thinking I was ready to come back when fancying Matt very early for X Factor, only to undo it all when thinking the other Matt was a certainty for SCD.
Anyhoo, had my first specials bet for a long time when backing Johnson in my local Coral's early on at 14/1 (hee haw).
Saw nothing wrong with the way he then performed (thought he was one of the best in week one although not given much credit), and watched his price gradually lengthen.
The guy did everything that I hoped he would do regarding the skating, showing determination and a disregard for any of his injuries(old or new), and the show ramped him and his past to the hilt.
His price still continued to drift?
Between the 21st and 23rd of January, I had my first bets on betfair for a long time, when nibbling at odds of between 60 and 80 to 1. Although I reluctantly have to admit to taking the bland (who I always saw as likeable) Jeff Brazier as a saver. (28.0-32.0)
This is a very weak year celebrity wise, and the favourite has come to the party already an accomplished skater. This did not work for Chris Fountain, as most of us old hands on here realised and made a bit of a killing from.
When the list of celebs was announced, my response to most was WHO?, to the remainder it was a very loud WHY?
The reformed junky and the Nepotism Kid were trading at about a quarter of the price of the hero who gave all, the big prices just did not make sense.

Ask yourself why Chloe is currently trading at half of Johnson's price, and then ask yourself how many of the GBP are going to vote the "Famous Daughter" to win, whose celebrity status is that she was born to a celebrity, against the humble guy who is not only happy to be there, but lucky to be alive after his many heroic acts.
If Johnson were to get to the final three for example, ask yourself which two the GBP would be likely to vote for before the guy who has fought against all odds to be there. It's the celebs who go there to increase their public profile and gain a bit of cash, against the guy who has no money, but is allegedly donating his performance fees to charity.

Although Johnson began on the ice like Bambi, he has improved a lot and can actually skate now. Each extra week he is there, he improves a little bit more through sheer grit and determination, as he does not have the day job of celebrity life or mummy and daddy's fortune to fall back on.

As you already know, I have always liked to back at large prices and lay at quite an early stage in order to enjoy a free bet. At Johnson's current price of 22.0, I have no intention of laying anything off in the foreseeable future.

As Dermot O Dreary would say on vote night
It's the war hero who has given everything, against the z list celebrities who already have everything, YOU DECIDE

Have fun, will pop back as often as possible
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Report squares March 1, 2011 10:20 AM GMT
Gardiner: 'DOI result is soul destroying'

Dancing On Ice judge Jason Gardiner has hit out at the public for continuing to keep Denise Welch and Johnson Beharry in the skating competition.

Gardiner's comments came after Laura Hamilton and Vanilla Ice ended up in the skate-off on Sunday night, with the rapper eventually exiting the ITV1 show.

"It's soul destroying," he told The Sun. "It does a real disservice to the competition.

"It really angers me that people like Denise and Johnson are getting through on sympathy votes or popularity when we're losing someone who really should not have left. It's a crying shame he did. He's so much better than those two."

He continued: "If viewers want a lacklustre, mediocre, less-than-average final, they should keep voting for Johnson and Denise. This is where it gets heartbreaking for us. It's frustrating when we don't want either of them to go."

Gardiner called on the public to support Hamilton as a rival to former EastEnders actor Sam Attwater:

"If we lost her we'd end up with a clear front-runner, Sam," he said. "I don't want that - I want them neck-and-neck all the way to the final. It will be thrilling."
Report peter64 March 1, 2011 10:33 AM GMT
perhaps he's not the best one to stick the knife in
Report squares March 1, 2011 10:42 AM GMT
Hero sad to lose pal

WAR hero Johnson Beharry is devastated to lose best pal Vanilla Ice from Dancing on Ice.

Johnson, 31, told judges off-camera that the US rapper and Laura Hamilton should not have been in the bottom two.

An insider said: "When Johnson was out of camera shot he motioned towards the judging panel and clearly showed his displeasure about the vote.

"He said it was a crazy decision because two much better skaters than him were left in the skate-off.

"He didn't think it was fair that a talented skater like Vanilla Ice had to go."
Report peter64 March 1, 2011 10:54 AM GMT
don't think it had anything to do with the judges don't think he will fall on his sword[the ice] on purpose?
Report squares March 1, 2011 11:00 AM GMT
Is Jason slating the public and telling them they are getting it wrong a good or bad thing?

Do they want to be told how they should be voting?

Do they want a show where they judges choose the best (or their "preferred") skaters, which they can already do more or less anyway (scores, comments, VTs, routines, RO, etc.)?
Report squares March 1, 2011 11:01 AM GMT
Johnson's tweets this morning seem a lot more upbeat, and he's ready to get cracking on the new routines.
Report bexley March 1, 2011 11:29 AM GMT
An insider said: "When Johnson was out of camera shot he motioned towards the judging panel and clearly showed his displeasure about the vote.

"He said it was a crazy decision because two much better skaters than him were left in the skate-off.

"He didn't think it was fair that a talented skater like Vanilla Ice had to go."

Complete PR tosh. IIRC he was saved early and he had no idea who was going to be left in the skate off when he made his gesture
Report bexley March 1, 2011 11:32 AM GMT
Johnson saved 3rd so 3 left when he made his displeasure clear, 1 of which was Denise and Matt
Report bexley March 1, 2011 11:34 AM GMT
but it shows, more importantly I guess, they just want to gloss over it or even show a positive Johnson slant, so all well and good for his backers
Report five leaves left March 1, 2011 11:50 AM GMT
I'm going to spoil the love-in and  say I don't get the appeal of this guy.

I have huge admiration for the courage and determination he showed in battle and even more so the courage and determination he's had to show s to regain his health.
It would make a wonderful documentary that I'd love to watch.

As a contestant in an entertainment show based on skating , I find him as dull as ****
Yes, he's improved his skating skills, but his performances are still as wooden and dull as ever. Much like Gary Lucy from last year.

Others have improved their skating, noteably Denise and Brazier, but unlike Johnson have used those improved skills to produce some entertaining and engaging routines.
Much like your favourite from last year, Pakey, Kieron did last year

We don't really know why he kicked off, but if it was because of some  fairly standard comments from Emma about hoping the best skaters stay in then I think he was out of order.

Having said all that he's my 2nd best result and I hope he wins Laugh, If the loose woman doesn't.
Report squares March 1, 2011 11:58 AM GMT
TBF, I find his routines dull and his performance skills lacking, but I like fast upbeat music and routines and he's not been given those.  Also he's not going to have the performance skills of actors and TV presenters who know how to project.

However (and it doesn't really matter who they are) having generic boy skater and generic girl skater who are best from the start all the way to every final is also deadly dull and rather pointless dragging it out for nearly three months.
Report squares March 1, 2011 12:00 PM GMT
And rather than talking about Johnson and Denise, I could be talking about any skaters who come with no previous experience or ability and improve to a certain extent through the series.
Report five leaves left March 1, 2011 12:38 PM GMT
Yep, I agree the general predictability of these shows is a bad thing and different type of winner would be a positive.
The likes of Goughy and Mincey, though I didn't particularly like either, was good for SCD. Pam winning would have been even better ;)
Report five leaves left March 1, 2011 12:42 PM GMT
SCD have now embraced that.
They clearly pushed Pam and I either by accident or by design they helped Kara by undermarking her in the early weeks and not really pushing her til the final 2 or 3 weeks.
Very different to how they've handled the decent female dancers before where they've topped the leaderboard throughout and have then been beaten by the good looking guy in end.
Report GeorgeBrush March 1, 2011 12:44 PM GMT
Great stuff for the JBvc campaign from Gardiner

It's almost as if he wants him in the final Laugh
Report five leaves left March 1, 2011 12:47 PM GMT
He doesn't strike me as a punter, though that cap he wears does
have a sort of bookie spiv look about it Grin
Report GeorgeBrush March 1, 2011 12:49 PM GMT
He must realize that the public will take delight in reacting against his spoutings

Else he is a complete fvckwit

Both options plausible I suppose
Report five leaves left March 1, 2011 12:52 PM GMT
Without doubt the 2nd observation is correct.

he really is a cvnt. Craig on SCD is just playing a role and is very well liked behind the scenes.
Report PAKEY March 1, 2011 10:15 PM GMT
Thank you very much Jason, you are about as good a judge of the GBP as you are a skater. So to recap on your points, you feel that after a few weeks you have decided that Sam and laura are the best skaters, and that the public should now dutifully vote them all the way to the final. Maybe they should have some sort of software that takes away the public's choice of dialling preference, thay you and the rest of the panel can operater from the studio. (as long as there are still phone revenues obviously)
The guy is a pr1ck of the highest order, who has no knowledge of skating or choreography, and yet is an expert. The public will jump on any bandwagon that he tells them not to, so please keep it up you vicious idiot.

To those that are banging on about Johnson not having achieved as much as Sam and Laura in skating skills, please be aware that for whoever makes the final, an awful lot will be made of the journey (you may hate the word but it tends to decide the winner) of the contestants.
Sam has not had one, he started off as a great skater, and is still a great skater.
Laura, Jeff, Denise and Johnson have all had one.
Forget the nonsense that idiot Gardener spouts about it not being fair, if they wanted to play fair, they would have ensured that none of the contestants could skater from the start, instead of throwing in a ringer.
There will not (as gardener) expects just be a final where they concentrate on what the finalists have achieved, but much more importantly to the voting public, it will concentrate on where they started.

There is one thing that I would bet my bottom dollar on, and that is that when (if they were both in the final) they showed Johnson unable to walk on the ice, wearing a crash helmet and being told he would never lift his partner, followed by Sam gliding round the rink at the start of the series, there would only be one winner.
And that, my obnoxious friend Mr Gardener, is when you will have a chance to be really annoyed that the GBP do not think in the same way that your twisted mind does.

Memo to oneself, do not get worked up because some idiot has been allowed airtime, when he should actually be deprived of air

Rant over
Report George Bailey March 2, 2011 1:23 AM GMT
Been saying (maybe the obvious) for a while that it was all being geared for the sam v laura final and the frustrations of the judges that their deconstruct of denise and johnson didn't pay off came out on sunday.

Gardiner is now playing the cowell "better skaters being voted off" card.

Plain lie that Johnson pointed to judges because of laura v ice in B2. Goebbels would have baulked at that one. He was angry becuase he had been deliberately undermarked.

Interesting that Gardiner suggests it would be a walkover for sam if laura goes.  Does this reflect the PV somehow? Star wrong?
Report GeorgeBrush March 2, 2011 9:19 AM GMT
Only difference is the Cowell does that for more subtle reasons usually...

Then gets rid of Lucie instead of Jedward Shocked
Report peter64 March 2, 2011 10:07 AM GMT
it does not seem fair competition really as johnson is a professional years of discipline hours of early morning training specialised diet whilst training top quality equipment clean cut war hero image ringers shouldn't be allowed
Report squares March 2, 2011 11:27 AM GMT
Story in The Sun:

JOHNSON Beharry's brother Jade is to follow him into the Army after being inspired by his heroism.

Jade, 21, has flown to Britain from Grenada to support the VC winner on Dancing on Ice.

And he has told Johnson, 31, he won't return to his job in the Caribbean.

Instead, he intends to become a soldier - despite the horrific wounds his big brother sustained in two attacks in Iraq.

Johnson, of 1st Battalion, the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, suffered severe brain injuries as he saved more than 30 comrades in 2004 - and a year later was awarded the Victoria Cross, Britain's highest medal for gallantry.

The hero said he was proud of Jade's decision and would try to advise him on which regiment would suit him best.

He said: "Jade has decided to stay in Britain and he is going to join the Army.

"He knows what happened to me, but that doesn't happen to everyone. It doesn't happen every day.

"He has a really good job in Grenada's ministry of finance but he wants to give it up.

"He is inspired by me. I wouldn't stop him as it gives him discipline. Anything he wants to do I would support him in."

Johnson has been told he can't return to front-line duty because of his injuries, but he remains in the Army and visits injured troops to boost their morale.

He plans to return to Iraq and make a documentary about what happened and is in talks to make a movie about his life.

He told The Sun he was in constant pain but won't let it stop him from getting on with his life - and he is now one of the favourites to win ITV1's Dancing on Ice.

He said: "I'm always in pain, but have never let it stop me. It is mind over matter and I carry on.
Report GeorgeBrush March 2, 2011 12:13 PM GMT
All good stuff
Report GeorgeBrush March 2, 2011 10:58 PM GMT
Bet the koonts will limit him like the rest of us [;)]
Report squares March 4, 2011 7:50 PM GMT
Johnson's been pretty quiet this week but seems a lot more upbeat now:

# we are bringing out our fun side in the group number and our number is soft and romantic.     24 minutes ago  via Twitter for iPhone  in reply to WAG2002

# @RyanMc81 yup we are going to give it our best!!!! 26 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone in reply to RyanMc81

# @xEMMALANGLANDS thanks, the tour will be really enjoyable to do. 27 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone in reply to xEMMALANGLANDS

# @HelpPat thank you for your support 33 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone in reply to HelpPat

# @JLM11966 thank you I am going give it my best, smile and enjoy 34 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone in reply to JLM11966

# @WAG2002 thank you so much. 34 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone in reply to WAG2002

# 50sarah50 @johnsonbeharry any chance of a retweet to make my day as good as yours thanks. Or a cheeky follow xx Thank You xx 38 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone Retweeted by johnsonbeharry

# @RyanMc81 thanks so much, i keep trying my best. 35 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone in reply to RyanMc81

# @RearWag this weekend is all smiles :-) 36 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone in reply to RearWag

# I have worked even harder this week and really enjoying my routines! Thanks for all your support this past week.Sunday I am going for it! 36 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone

# Hello everyone. Sorry I haven't been online, was really busy with training. Because this week is two routine. So lots more training.
Report squares March 4, 2011 7:51 PM GMT
Says on the training/preview VT that the judges are the only ones who don't notice his improvement and the work he has put in.
Report GeorgeBrush March 4, 2011 7:59 PM GMT

You think the Brazier drivel about the tour is squarely aimed at JBvc?
Report GeorgeBrush March 4, 2011 7:59 PM GMT
I'm assuming JBvc is on it?
Report squares March 4, 2011 8:00 PM GMT
Not really, think he is more p!ssed off with TPTB, and maybe someone like Comedy Dave getting a place.
Report GeorgeBrush March 4, 2011 8:01 PM GMT
Well that's understandable then Laugh
Report squares March 4, 2011 8:03 PM GMT
Jeff seems excited about something tonight, but assume it is probably something to do with one of his sons or his brother, rather than the show.

#    Sorry but this news is for the MSN blog or DM column next week, a tweet wouldn't do it justice, needs a proper write up! X     half a minute ago  via Echofon

# I feel absolutely amazing because i was given some very special news a minute ago that shows how far someone has come this past year! YES! 25 minutes ago via Echofon
Report GeorgeBrush March 4, 2011 8:12 PM GMT
It's cringeworthy that they assume people are interested in this crap

Even more cringeworthy that they actually are Plain
Report squares March 5, 2011 7:35 AM GMT
Diary of a cold war hero

VICTORIA Cross hero Johnson Beharry continues his Dancing on Ice diary for TV Biz:

I WANT to say thank you to everyone voting for me, I'm loving every minute of the show.

Physically I am getting better and better.

All the skating and adrenaline is making me feel alive again and happy, something that isn't easy for any seriously-wounded soldier to achieve without a lot of support and help from Army friends and family.

But I WAS upset last week when Vanilla Ice got voted off. He was my best friend on the show and I was gutted. I was also pretty angry with myself as I knew I didn't skate 100 per cent.

I am happy about tomorrow's routine, which has my first overhead lift. It still needs work, but my partner Jodeyne is even more confident than me, which is a good thing!

We are dancing to You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker. It is a very gentle and romantic routine and flows really smoothly.

We are doing a group routine as well this week, which involves a lot of steps to learn.

I hope people keep voting as it raises a lot of awareness for all the charities I support.
Report GeorgeBrush March 5, 2011 9:49 AM GMT
Good solo choice for him
Report PAKEY March 5, 2011 10:20 AM GMT
Agreed, fantastic song choice, which means so much.
If he performs a half decent skate, I honestly think that we may see a little rethink in the way that the judges vote him.

Thanks again for the info squares, BTW, I like the noises that Nicholls is making about Take The Breeze today.
Report squares March 5, 2011 1:57 PM GMT
Not my sort of race, and wouldn't be for me but GL with that Pakey.
Report squares March 6, 2011 9:03 AM GMT
Star article:

JOHNSON Beharry will cause the biggest upset in Dancing On Ice’s history by winning the crown.

That’s the view of former rival Vanilla Ice.

Celeb skater Ice has urged viewers to ignore judge Jason Gardiner’s calls to boot Johnson Beharry off the show because he’s “rubbish’’.

The US rapper said TV fans should carry on voting for Johnson because he’s “the people’s champion’’ and deserves to get another medal despite his shaky form.

Outspoken Vanilla – booted off last weekend – said: “Look, let’s be honest, the show isn’t about skating, is it?

“It’s not about finding some Olympic champion. It’s not about the greatest skater, it’s about who has learned most. And that’s Johnson.

“The public are voting for the star who’s got better. If you compare Johnson from week one and Johnson from last week you will see how far he has come.

“He did his first lift last week, he’s also doing spins and cross-overs.

“If I were a viewer I’d be voting for him.”

After last Sunday’s ITV show, judge Jason hit the roof that talented ice dancers Vanilla and Laura Hamilton were in the skate-off.

The acid-tongued panellist said: “It really angers me that people like Johnson are getting through on sympathy votes or popularity.

“If viewers want a lacklustre, mediocre, less- than-average final, they should keep voting for Johnson.”

But the Ice Ice Baby chart topper says that compared to the others in the contest – including whiz Sam Attwater – it’s Johnson who has had the biggest journey.

He added: “I can’t deny that Sam is a great skater but he skated before the show and he has been the same since show one.

“Jeff Brazier...well, he’s going backwards. Laura Hamilton is up and down. And Denise Welch is unique. Many women of her age would have just given up by now.”

Vanilla admits he has loved learning to skate so much that he’s joining the Dancing On Ice tour.

It opens in Sheffield on April 9 and visits Newcastle, Birmingham, Nottingham, London and Manchester.
Report five leaves left March 6, 2011 10:20 AM GMT
“Jeff Brazier...well, he’s going backwardsLaugh

Makes me like the Ice man even more
Report GeorgeBrush March 6, 2011 12:52 PM GMT
Surely quite skillful going backwards? Laugh
Report PAKEY March 6, 2011 6:11 PM GMT
The Ice Man has definitely been taking quotes from this thread, get on Ice you beauty.

Sam's journey is non existent and Laura is not popular with the public.

Magic Johnson is our man, if anybody can beat the favourites, Magic can.
Report PAKEY March 6, 2011 9:44 PM GMT
This is the turning point for our man, their chance to get rid of himIMO.
IMO, he either goes tonight, or should be figthing for the favourite's position.

Obviously praying that it is the latter [:(]
Report PAKEY March 6, 2011 10:07 PM GMT
Made it by the skin of his teeth.
Not giving up hope yet, as the GBP now know that he did not poll the most votes, so there can be no complacency.
With Denise now gone, he solely carries the mantle of my favourite term, THE UNDERDOG.
Report Cider March 6, 2011 10:13 PM GMT
The underdog is Jeff, apparently [:p]
Report five leaves left March 6, 2011 10:21 PM GMT
So he keeps telling us Sad

UL guys. I find it hard to see him winning.
The public eventually find their favourite of the better skaters and they always tend to beat the loveable duffer/ journeyman.

Who that favourite is. Gawd only knows.
Report PAKEY March 7, 2011 9:07 AM GMT
I still feel that he can come into his own if he can make the final, unfortunately that now looks like a very big ask.
Never thought I would be thankful for having the Brazier saver, although I think his price is still bigger than what I actually backed him at Laugh
Report PAKEY March 8, 2011 10:12 AM GMT
It will certainly be difficult from here zoom, and he will be needing all the help that he can get from Scho and Karen, who have both been very quiet the last couple of weeks.
My feelings haven't changed though that the further he goes in this, the more his story and journey will be highlighted as there is less dilution of it with each competitor that goes.
Still convinced that if he were to make the top three then he would give the other two a run for their money, especially if it were only the public vote that counts.
I would have him in a head to head with any of them in a final, as none of them have have improved as much as him, or started with such a handicap that under normal circumstances, would not have seen somebody like him participate in this.
In a final against Mister Charisma, I honestly believe that Magic would poll at least 60% of the vote.
Against The Nepotism Kid, at least 70% as everybody would be reminded why she is in this competition, and for that matter, why he is in it.
Laura would probably be most difficult, but I still believe that he would beat her.
Report PAKEY March 9, 2011 1:31 PM GMT
Find it interesting that you think he wouldn't beat Laura when she is the only one who has been bottom 2, what's your thinking on this do you think she will beat Sam and Chloe?

I think he would beat her zoom, but I believe that she would be the most difficult one as she actually has a personality, is likeable and has improved greatly from her initial skating.

Probably a lost cause now (should be my nickname really), but I genuinely believe that if he can scrape into the last three, then he would be a major force to deal with. It's all about the momentum at the latter stages, and I am hoping that the media will pick up on his massive underdog status and journey yet again.
Report PAKEY March 9, 2011 1:32 PM GMT
Re: Laura comment, I was referring to a head to head in the final.
Report squares March 9, 2011 2:17 PM GMT
Johnson Beharry has admitted that he is overwhelmed by the public support he is receiving during Dancing On Ice.

Speaking to the TV Times, the soldier said that he wanted to use his time on the ITV1 show to inspire others with injuries.

"It has been overwhelming," he said. "A lot of people have been asking for my advice and I've been speaking to them on Twitter. Every comment has been positive - people say I inspire them. I thank them and continue my journey.

"For me the programme isn't about competing, it's about healing myself so I can help others to do the same. I am here to show everyone who has an injury that there is life after what happened to them. They just need to adjust and work within their limits and then they can achieve what they set out to do."

He noted that, although training for the show is "tough", it is "really aiding" his recovery.

"I treat it more as rehab than a competition," he said. "Every day I'm doing something new and I'm getting stronger, not only as a skater but within myself - physically and mentally."

On being recognised in public, he added: "It's actually really good because now I'm getting to use that power to help others and to show them what they could do if they put their mind to it."
Report squares March 12, 2011 9:37 AM GMT
Been a quiet week on the media front for the show so far Pakey.

Magic Johnson

The diary of a Cold War hero

FOR me, remembering the routine is still the hardest part, as I still have problems with my memory.

Everyone else gets eight hours to learn the steps, but that is not enough for me, so I stay at the rink until late at night.

This week it is props week and I have got a really good routine involving a boater hat and an umbrella which I need to carry with me.

And I'm having some problems holding it when it is open.

The routine as a whole also has tricky parts and if I get it wrong it could cost me. But I am confident.

I would love to go through to the next round, but it will be out of my hands.
Report squares March 12, 2011 9:39 AM GMT
Also in the Sun,

Dancing On Ice saved my life

WOUNDED war hero Johnson Beharry said Dancing on Ice has put his life back on track – easing his flashbacks and even his pain.

The Victoria Cross winner, 31, added the concentration and physical fitness the show requires has had a stunning effect on his recovery.

He told TV Biz last night: "The competition has not only helped me physically but mentally as well.

"It has allowed me to re-programme my brain and has allowed me to get stronger, which is particularly helping with my spinal injuries.

"The pain will never go away, but the training has really helped strengthen my core muscles, which means my back pain has lessened."

Johnson suffered serious spinal and brain injuries when a rocket-propelled grenade smashed into his patrol in Iraq.

He said: "I have real problems with my legs, as the signal from my brain is not there, but I am getting muscle memory and they are remembering what to do more.

"I have more feeling in them now and I am hoping it will come back 100 per cent.

"Even when I am not in the competition any more, I will still go skating as it has helped me so much." He is even sleeping properly for the first time since the attacks because he is so exhausted from rehearsals.

For years his nights have been haunted by flashbacks to the ambush, which happened during night time in April 2004.

They often get worse in the run-up to the anniversary, but he said: "It is happening less as I am getting more sleep than normal because my body is so tired from all the training. Before the show I never used to sleep but I am getting a lot more now. I am hoping I will have less to deal with this year."

The Grenada-born soldier is desperately hoping he is not booted off the ITV1 series tomorrow night – despite being the bookmakers favourite to go.

His skating partner Jodeyne Higgins, 36, is also crossing her fingers, as she has seen first-hand how the programme has transformed him.

She said: "The overall experience has been life-changing for him. He has found something he loves to do in skating and he has said he will carry it on beyond the competition.

"It has helped him physically and mentally and he has got a lot stronger.

"He is 100 per cent different to when I first met him. He is more confident in himself and believes that life will be OK.

"I don't think his memories of what happened will ever go away but he is finding new ways to deal with things.

"He said he felt great after last Sunday as everything we had been working towards came together.

"For the first time he is completely comfortable with what he is doing out there."

Whatever happens in the show, Johnson hopes the friends he has made will help him in his next venture – setting up a foundation to help injured war veterans.

He said: "I also want to help homeless people.

"It would be nice to get people in the show involved in the future."
Report PAKEY March 12, 2011 9:39 PM GMT
Thanks yet again for the info squares
I really like the guy, and hope this show does allow him some sort of life where he can help others (ultimately helping himself)
The emotive side of his story would have seen him go far in this comp, but it seems to have been squashed by TPTB for the last couple of weeks. I think that as the end appears ominously near for him, there may be a few emotions overspilling on Sunday's show.
It remains to be seen if Karen or Schofe will step out of line and show their feelings again.
Report squares March 13, 2011 9:17 AM GMT
Some stuff about their routine from Jodeyne's blog:

Hi everyone, hope that you all have had a great week. Johnson and I have been working once again really hard on the ice in preparation for tomorrows show. It is props week so we not only have the challenge of continuing to improve our skating skills but also we have to work with not only one prop but three. We have part of a house with a door, a hat and “ella” the umbrella. The routine this week is to Good Night Sweetheart so it is a really cute and sweet routine and we are looking forward to tomorrow show very much. The number is even going to be performed with live signing from the Overtones so it is going to be a pretty special night. We just have to keep “ella” under control as from time to time this week she has been a little bit frustrating as she has decided not to want to open up on cue. But, all things aside it has been another incredible journey this week for Johnson. He is continuing more and more each day to start to have better sensation in his leg back and as he mentioned last week on the show he is feeling like he is continuing to reconnect brain wires all of the time. It is amazing to just stand back and watch him skate around now, as he really is starting to grasp everything we have been working and become not only more confident on the ice as a skater but also more confident with himself as Johnson. I am excited that we are going to be doing the tour as well. It will be a great opportunity for his journey to continue to develop, plus as an added bonus and icing on the cake I am going to get to perform with my husband Sean on the tour as well so it is really going to be a fun and rewarding time after all the work the three of us have put in together.
Report Cider March 13, 2011 10:06 PM GMT
More coal in the engine Cool
Report Henry VIII March 13, 2011 10:44 PM GMT
I didn't think there would still be steam in this train. To survive B2 tonight he must have mega public support.
Report five leaves left March 13, 2011 10:59 PM GMT
Not really.

Chloe, Laura, Johnson, Jeff, Sam, would have given us tonights result.

That's how I had it on twitter.
Report Cider March 13, 2011 11:02 PM GMT
If JBVC was 3rd on twitter, that's massive for him.
Report Guybrush Threepwood March 13, 2011 11:03 PM GMT
Win or Lose time for Beharry next Sunday. He will almost certain to be scored the lowest by the judges. If he survives then his support is still there and I expect him to have a very high chance of winning it if they play all the sympathy and underdog cards.
Report five leaves left March 13, 2011 11:12 PM GMT
He wasn't cider. He was bottom.
I'm guessing at his support. Given his B2 last week, 3rd seems reasonable.
The others were in that order on twitter though. Chloe and Laura close at the top. Then a gap and very close between Jeff and Sam.
Report Henry VIII March 13, 2011 11:14 PM GMT
Chloe, Laura, Johnson, Jeff, Sam, would have given us tonights result.
That's how I had it on twitter.

So did I, and as Cider says 3rd is good, but twitter always massively underestimates Johnson. He must have a lot of older supporters that don't use twitter. (Rather unnerving given my Johnson red Laugh).
Report PAKEY March 14, 2011 11:28 AM GMT
Hi guys, what a wonderful result last night was.
Taking into consideration that the girls were both massively ramped and Johnson's praise was still very muted, the guy did well.
fll, just goes to show how stupid I am, as I had convinced myself that the only way he could have stayed out of the bottom two last night was to poll 1st or 2nd with the public. Anyways, I am still going to carry on with that pipe dream and carry those thoughts into the semi final.
Semi final is definitely the cruncher for him, where he either goes out, or he becomes favourite to win the show (only in my opinion obviously). To reach the final with a story like his, with all of the new (final night) viewers, I honestly think that he would be very difficult to beat. They could ramp The Nepotism Kid to the high heavens but the public will be reminded as to why she is there, and make a comparison as to why JBVC is there, and a voting decision will be made. I know who my money would be on, well it is already, but you know what I mean.

Sam Attwater at odds on, yer avin a laff Laugh
Report PAKEY March 14, 2011 11:31 AM GMT
Hang on, I am probably about to make myself appear stupd (yet again)

If JB gets bottom judges vote = 1point and 3rd public vote = 3points is that 4 points total?
If so, how could both Sam and Jeff have gained a score of less than 4?
Report five leaves left March 14, 2011 11:34 AM GMT
Sam 3+1, Jeff 2+2.

All on 4. JBVC gets through with the higher pv.
Report PAKEY March 14, 2011 11:40 AM GMT
Thanks, told you I was fick.

Have a nice one
Report five leaves left March 14, 2011 11:44 AM GMT
lol you too mate.

Of course he could have been top.

His vote just doesn't show up anywhere on the internet. In polls and twitter ge does terribly and yet someone is voting for him.

I wouldn't want him red. As you say the biggest joke price is Sam.
Report five leaves left March 14, 2011 11:45 AM GMT
Report GeorgeBrush March 14, 2011 2:42 PM GMT
I haven't got a bloody clue and have squared up on all four.
Report gresty241 March 14, 2011 3:07 PM GMT
now jeff has gone i'm left with 4 greens JBVC is a humungous win, both sam and chloe are very nice wins and laura is a smaller win.
Report five leaves left March 14, 2011 4:27 PM GMT
Big green Chloe, smallish greens Laura and JBVC and level Sam here.
Report GeorgeBrush March 14, 2011 6:16 PM GMT
aftertimer [;)]

I was surprised she didn't go lower actually, but 3/1 for the most likely winner still wasn't bad. As female winners go she has a lot more going for her than Laura

Unfortunately I damaged my book laying her at longer prices
Report five leaves left March 14, 2011 6:22 PM GMT
I've been calling her the winner for the last few weeks Silly
Report PAKEY March 14, 2011 7:08 PM GMT
Still big green Magic for me, small red the rest.
Easily done when you're backing no hopers at an average of above 70/1 Cool
Report PAKEY March 14, 2011 7:08 PM GMT
Wish I hadn't put that saver on jeff thoughCry
Report Father Abbot March 15, 2011 11:46 AM GMT
If JBVC tops public vote this week and comes bottom of scoring table, is there any way he can be in the bottom 2?
Report bexley March 15, 2011 11:51 AM GMT
If JBVC tops public vote this week and comes bottom of scoring table, is there any way he can be in the bottom 2?

Report Father Abbot March 15, 2011 11:57 AM GMT
Report GeorgeBrush March 15, 2011 12:28 PM GMT
JB   1  +  4     = 5
Sam 3  + 3    = 6
Laura 4 + 2   = 6
Chloe 2 + 1  = 3

Sadly it is possible

JB  1 + 4  = 5
Sam  4 + 2 = 6
Chloe 2 + 3 = 5
Laura 3 + 1 = 4

Not here though....

Looks to me it would necessitate the second bottom with judges coming bottom of the vote???
Report squares March 15, 2011 2:09 PM GMT
N1 Pakey, good early call with CC
Report PAKEY March 15, 2011 8:26 PM GMT
Thanks squares, absolutely love the beast and will be backing it to win bigger and better things. Definitely think he will be a "horses for courses" bet though.

Had a funny one in C0rals today. Had a decent day watching and betting Chelters, and had a punt on what I thought was a possibly shrewd stable attempt in the last.
Was chatting to somebody as I half listened to the commentary and as they came up the hill, it was between the McCoy animal and a horse that I had not even seen in the betting.
Anyhoo, the unknown animal wins and I go to check the name, only to discover that he had been shouting my horse home and I did not even realise.

The horse he was calling home he pronounced Deevrez
The actual spelling, Divers.

I'm still trying to work out which one of us is the thick one.
Report squares March 16, 2011 9:32 AM GMT

from the Sun:

POP idol Justin Bieber is a fan of skating star Johnson Beharry – and will get him on stage at his concert at London's O2 Arena tonight.

Bieber, 17, was put in touch with VC hero Johnson, 31, via Dancing on Ice partner Jodeyne Higgins.

A source said: "Justin has been told of Johnson's bravery and is really excited to meet him."
Report PAKEY March 16, 2011 1:32 PM GMT
You have got to be joking squares, can you imagine the hype that the Bieber Believers will give him.
You have just made my day mate.

I'm off to watch some of Chelters now with a big smile on my face.

Have a nice one
Report bexley March 16, 2011 1:37 PM GMT
Yes the Bieber hype err I'd guess between 0 extra vote and err,  0Laugh
Report johnnyrant March 16, 2011 5:03 PM GMT
It all hinges on how the makers of the show decide to play it next Sunday. Looking at the voting figures series-long and considering the fact Johnson making the final would add to the mix - 2 top skaters vs the guy who has made the greatest journey, and is the people's champion - you would have thought it a no-brainer for them to give Johnson a great edit and ensure his safe passage through to the final.
In some ways it's a Chris Hollins situation whose popularity on SCD forced the Beeb to cancel the dance off at the semi-final stage. ITV obviously won't be cancelling the skate off but it would surely be a bizarre decision to get rid of the guy who is essentially the story of the show, and who has probably generated the biggest phone vote revenue thus far for ITV.
Report bexley March 16, 2011 6:03 PM GMT
I dont see why they would introduce skills test weeks and solo skating in the semi and final if they didn't want a good skater to win. Johnson I'm afraid doesn't fit that definition.

If they really want an older contestant/duffer/hero or whatever to win they need to change the format or the scoring in some way. I'd think it would benefit DOI and SCD viewing figures but they seem loathe to do so.
Report GeorgeBrush March 16, 2011 6:30 PM GMT
Would have to agree solo skate vs flying is not the best move for JBvc

He could have appeared quite graceful when not connected to anything, and will have plenty of experience from sitting on landmines to save the troopers
Report PAKEY March 16, 2011 8:46 PM GMT
As stated before guys, especially in The Nepotism Kid's case, the girls will no longer have a partner to hang on to.
IMO this is a positive for Johnson, who would have looked cumbersome dangling from a wire.
The People's Champion against the pouting, preened, self loving pea****.

Bring it on
Report PAKEY March 16, 2011 8:48 PM GMT
Bex, they don't need to change the format for a hero to win, as the public's vote has preference over the panel's vote in a tie, and ultimately it is the public who will decide without the aid of the judges in the final.
Report PAKEY March 16, 2011 8:49 PM GMT
The edited word is peac0cks
Report bexley March 16, 2011 9:34 PM GMT
Bex, they don't need to change the format for a hero to win

Agreed, not if said hero could actually skate to a good standardCool Unfortunately since we seem short of good skater/performers and hero's combined we may have to wait a while to test my hypothesis.
Report bexley March 16, 2011 9:39 PM GMT
Credit where its due this train has got much further than I thought it would so I'm certainly not the one to predict its end or eventual success. FWIW I don't see him topping the public vote in the semi so he's a gonner for me this week. Would I bet on it at the current odds? nope
Report PAKEY March 17, 2011 11:45 AM GMT
Best of luck with that bex.
I was about to say the same to you about Chloe, as I honestly thought she would have been out first couple of weeks. She has done very well, and it was a very good selection from you.

It won't happen, but a Chloe JB final would suit everybody and would be a fantastic end to this series.
Report johnnyrant March 17, 2011 12:33 PM GMT
I see no reason why it can't end up a Johnson vs Chloe final 2, and personally hope it does as they are my 2 biggest greens Grin
Report GeorgeBrush March 17, 2011 12:36 PM GMT
Don't see why not, the tricky one is JB getting through this week....
Report squares March 18, 2011 8:02 AM GMT
JBVC and Jodeyne working on a routine for the final already:

Just finished working on some ideas for week 12 of DOI with Johnson and Sean. It is special. Hope we get to do it. Now time for bed.

Just sitting here with Jodeyne and Sean. Work on a great routine for if we make it to the final. You will love it the song says it all.
Report PAKEY March 21, 2011 1:36 PM GMT
And so our brave warrior met his Waterloo, the man showed professionalism to the end, and deserves many plaudits for what he achieved over a relatively short space of time.
It could all have been so different if TPTB had wanted it to be, but alas they chose not to.
I hope that he goes on to do bigger and better things, and that he does not end up some cast off once the PR machines have had their tuppence worth.

Well done to those of you who backed him for eviction, and for those whose selections are still in the competition.

Regardless of who wins this now, I will always remember it as the year that Magic was there.
Report PAKEY March 21, 2011 7:50 PM GMT
I've got another name for them zoom
Report five leaves left March 21, 2011 8:57 PM GMT
JBVC backing Chloe now -

johnsonbeharry    Hey thanks for all the support up to lastnight. Im out now so can we all support Chloe and michael on Sunday night.
about 5 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone
Report PAKEY March 27, 2011 6:40 PM BST
Congratulations to you guys who are still holding tickets for tonight's contenders.
While I was thinking about going in lumpy on Laura, I have decided that I have had a good enough run (albeit a losing one) which did not cost very much with my JBVC bet, and will leave it to you guys to slug it out.

All the best
Report five leaves left March 27, 2011 6:59 PM BST
n1 Pakey.

You're guy had a good run.

I'm slightly worried he's put the mockers on Chloe as those going out have tended to pick the person leaving next as their favourite and JBVC has gone for Chloe Sad

Enjoy the show and keep the tissues nearby for Chloe's showdance :)
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