FAYE Brookes is the real winner of Dancing On Ice – after being inundated with TV offers following her appearance on the show.
The former Coronation Street star was runner up to winner Sonny Jay, 27, and his pro partner Angela Egan during yesterday’s final.
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While Faye, 33, was the bookies favourite to win the ITV skating competition, the Capital FM star was crowned the victor – also beating athlete Colin Jackson, 54, who was the first to be eliminated in the final.
Faye, who quit Corrie in 2019 after playing Kate Connor for four years, is now being eyed up for a number of lucrative deals.
An insider said: “Faye is the real winner of Dancing On Ice as appearing on the show has given her such a publicity boost.
“Most people recognise Faye as Kate from Coronation Street but Dancing On Ice has shown the other side of her.
“Faye is down-to-earth, bubbly and great on camera – and TV executives have her in their sights.
“Of course she’s not going to rush into anything, but Faye is definitely going to be on-screen more later on this year.
“While she is a serious actress, there is scope for her to move into presenting if she wants.
“Dancing On Ice is a huge career boost for most stars but it’s likely Faye is going to really cash in from her appearance.
“Even though she didn’t win, she will be laughing all the way to the bank.”
On coming second modest Faye said: “All I wanted to do was get here – I did it as a personal challenge. It couldn’t have gone to a better guy.”
Faye’s journey on Dancing On Ice, like this year’s troubled series, wasn’t plain sailing.
Her first professional partner, Hamish Gaman, 37, pulled out following a row with producers over his future with Faye on the show after sustaining an injury.
She was then launched into the centre of a favouritism row, after Dancing On Ice’s Creative Director Dan Whiston was called in to help train her and her new partner, Matt Evers, 44.
Hosts Holly Willoughby, 40, and Phillip Schofield, 56, announced him as the winner after two storming routines including one to George Formby’s When I’m Cleaning Windows.
Judges Christopher Dean, 62, Jayne Torvill, 63, John Barrowman, 54, and Ashley Banjo, 32, dished out marks on the night but it was the public vote that mattered.
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