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Donal: 'I don't want to win Dancing on Ice'

Donal: 'I don't want to win Dancing on Ice'
Donal: 'I don't want to win Dancing on Ice'

Donal MacIntyre has insisted that winning is not his priority in the Dancing On Ice final this weekend. Contestants will perform a bolero, a new routine and a previous favourite in the showdown. Investigative journalist Donal, 42, will go head to head with X Factor star - and hot favourite - Ray Quinn, 20, and singer Jessica Taylor, 28. Speaking at a press conference in London, Donal said: "I don't want to win. That's not my journey... for Ray and Jessica I think it probably is they want to win... For me it is only about enjoying the ride... I shouldn't be here. "My motivation to be in the final is to be the best I can be... Trying to win is something that's outside your control." Donal added: "If I don't get to do the bolero I won't be too disappointed because it requires me to throw myself on my bruised bum and hip at speed, in that classic ending." Donal said he thought Dancing On Ice was the only celebrity show where there was no pampering. He said: "I think you're probably treated better in the jungle... You make your own coffee, you go to the canteen and you nick people's biscuits." Dancing on Ice: The Final take place from 6.55pm on ITV1 on Sunday. Get exclusive access to your favourite stars. Subscribe to TV Times magazine (opens in new tab)

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 


An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.