Ray Quinn on getting naked on stage and how he was inspired by Shayne Ward

Ray Quinn on getting naked on stage and how he was inspired by Shayne Ward
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Ex Dancing On Ice champion thought he'd give X Factor a go after watching Shayne Ward

Former Dancing on Ice winner Ray Quinn has said he’ll be getting his kit off in the musical Summer Holiday, which is based on the 1960s film of the same name.

The former Brookside child actor, who won Dancing on Ice in 2009, revealed his clothes would be coming off for a shower scene in the musical.

Speaking on ITV show Lorraine, Ray, 29, said: “In this particular one I’m literally getting naked on stage. I’ll be in a pair of Y-fronts getting in a shower. I’ve lost a lot of weight being on the Dancing on Ice tour, skating every day.”

Ray on the Dancing on Ice tour

Ray on the Dancing on Ice tour

Ray, who lost out to Leona Lewis on The X Factor in 2006, said he actually turned down a role on London’s West End when he was auditioning for the ITV reality show.

“I was auditioning for Dirty Dancing at the time - I got the job. I sneaked out of college to do an open audition in London. I auditioned, about 500 people turned up, I ended up getting the job as ensemble. I was only 15, so I was like, I can’t really take it – I came for the experience.

“So I turned down a West End show at sort of 15… at the time I was at [X Factor] Bootcamp.”

Ray also revealed that he was inspired to have a crack at The X Factor by watching Coronation Street star Shayne Ward on it.

“The year before I was watching Shayne Ward – I watched him win and I said, I could do that.”

Lorraine, ITV, weekdays 8.30am - 9.25am.

Main pic: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock. Dancing on Ice pic: Brett D. Cove/Silverhub/REX/Shutterstock.

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