Gemma Collins may have impressed the Dancing on Ice viewers with her extraordinary performance on the ITV's ice skating competition but the TOWIE diva has revealed that her mum had other plans for her showbiz future.
Before a career in reality television beckoned, Gemma was giving it all on the dancefloor and her mum was hoping that she would become "the next Madonna."
While the likes of former Strictly professional James Jordan has a well-documented history in dance, the likes of 'The GC' is not thought to have spent much time getting to grips with the basics of dance.
How wrong this is though and after Dancing on Ice judge Jayne Torvill, who was an Olympic champion, questioned whether Gemma had previous dance pedigree, saying that she was "actually very dainty."
For her part, Gemma has said that it was more than just dancing as there were hopes of her emulating one of the biggest female stars in pop history.
As a child, Gemma's weekends were spent at dance school and she admits that her mum had, "convinced herself I was going to be the next Madonna.
"I was sent to Everett Dance Academy for my introduction to showbusiness. The lessons became a regular weekend fixture."
The GC couldn’t have left much of an impression as her old teacher Diane Everett, who now runs The Majestic Academy of Dance in Essex, couldn’t remember her specifically and said diplomatically, “I’ve taught thousands of people.”
While becoming Madonna has proved to be slightly out of her reach, so far, Gemma has bigged up her dance credentials in the past.
When there were rumours that she would be joining Strictly Come Dancing , she hit back at judge Craig Revel Horwood's "too low rent" jibe, by saying: "I won South-East England champion for dancing, of course he'd love me."
Gemma will hope her time on Dancing on Ice will help her get back on track to fulfill her mum's dream.
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