JAMES Argent has pulled out of Dancing On Ice despite having talks with bosses to join the show in a bid to lose weight like his girlfriend Gemma Collins.
The Towie veteran has now lined up a string of other projects after failing to sign on the dotted line to this year’s series which starts filming next month.
Arg auditioned for the show earlier this year after watching girlfriend Gemma Collins’ lose over two stone.
A source explained: “Arg has pulled out of doing Dancing on Ice.
“He was desperate to do it to lose lots of weight like Gemma did – and they were keen to have him on too as they were looking for big reality star names.
“But Arg has taken on loads of projects and Sink or Swim has been incredibly challenging for him – he can’t fit anything more in.”
The Sun Online revealed last February Arg had secretly auditioned for Dancing on Ice and been in talks with bosses after Gemma’s appearance added millions of viewers onto the hit show.
The Towie legend went for his first trial with producers the day before the live finals – as sources revealed big names were already being signed for the next series of Dancing on Ice.
The Sun Online revealed Arg, 31, was in talks for the show last January and was determined to get on.
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Gemma dropped an impressive two and a half stone after rigorous two and three hour sessions on the ice burning up to 2,500 calories a time with professional instructor Matt Evers.
The star even ditched her beloved white bread to stay healthy.
In an exclusive chat with the The Sun Online Arg said he would lose a staggering SEVEN stone before marrying Gemma.
The singer set himself the ambitious target which, with rehearsals starting just before Christmas, would mean the Towie veteran shedding nearly 10lbs a month.
He said: “If I was to do Dancing On Ice next year I’d want to lose seven stone.
“By this time next year I’d be a year and a half sober so I’d be in a pretty good position to do it.
“Gemma would love to see me do the show, purely for the fact that I’d go through everything that she’s gone through.”
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