Dancing On Ice 2013: Karen Barber likes working with boyfriend Christopher Dean

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Karen Barber has admitted that she quite likes working with her boyfriend Christopher Dean on Dancing On Ice.

The pair have been dating since January 2011, soon after Barber split from husband Stephen Pickavance after 21 years of marriage.

They have worked together on the ITV show for eight years and for the 2013 series Karen not only coaches the celebrities alongside Chris during the week but she also acts as a judge on the Sunday night live shows.

Speaking on Daybreak this morning the 51 year old former European bronze medalist explained:

“It’s fine, we’ve been friends for over 30 years and we’ve worked together during this series of Dancing On Ice, we’ve been doing that for eight series so that’s a routine.”

She added:


“We have work and then we have home. It’s been great.”

Karen has often struggled to be critical of the contestants when she judges them at the weekend, because she’s been working so closely with them in training in the lead up to their live shows performances.

While the other judges barely come into contact with the stars, she works with them day and daily and Barber admitted that it can be uncomfortable for her at times.

She said:

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“It does feel like parent’s evening every weekend. I do wear the hat as a coach all the week and that takes all my energy and enthusiasm so when it comes to Sunday I try to switch it off and the role becomes very different.”

However, after spending two years away from the judging side of the show, she’s glad to be back on the panel and added:

“I’m really happy to be doing it [judging] again.”

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