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‘I’d love to do ­something special’: Dancing On Ice’s Siva Kaneswaran says he is determined to make the final to pay tribute to late bandmate Tom Parker

The Wanted’s Siva Kaneswaran has spoken of his determination to make it to the Dancing On Ice final to honour his late bandmate Tom Parker

Tom tragically passed away aged 33 last March following a brave battle with brain cancer, after being diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma in October 2020. 

Siva, 34, said if he makes it to the final, he hopes to do something special in memory of Tom by performing to one of their songs.

He also discussed how he plans to invite Tom’s widow Kelsey and her two children. 

 Siva said: ‘If I can make it to the final, I’d love to do ­something special for Tom, maybe use one of our songs and invite Kelsey and the kids.’

Siva also touched on how special it would be for Tom’s kids to see their dad on screen again.

‘It’s about making more ­positive ­memories. For me, they are like my niece and nephew. You want to make good memories with them. I’d love to have them down to hear our song, maybe see their daddy on screen again,’ he told The Mirror

Siva added Tom is his ‘guiding light’ that he turns to when times are tough and claims he always feels his presence.

And the singer recently admitted that he needed his friend more than ever after battling back from a viral chest infection to survive the skate-off last weekend on the ITV1 show.

Siva said: ‘When I get into a tough situation, I’m really down, or I’m in a difficult spot, I’ll be like, “What would Tom do?”. ‘I get the answer I need. I use that as my guiding light.’

The interview comes before Siva claimed he is preparing for a new stage of grief as he and those closest to Tom prepare to mark the one-year anniversary of his death.

The star said: ‘It’s wild to me that it’s been a year, it feels like it was only a few months ago. I’m still processing and grieving at times.

‘As a band, we haven’t discussed the anniversary yet, but me, personally, I’ll light a candle and put more energy into raising awareness of brain tumours throughout March.’

Sweet: Siva said: 'If I can make it to the final, I’d love to do ­something special for Tom, maybe use one of our songs and invite Kelsey and the kids'

Sweet: Siva said: ‘If I can make it to the final, I’d love to do ­something special for Tom, maybe use one of our songs and invite Kelsey and the kids’

Tom lost his life in March last year after a year-and-a-half-long battle with stage four glioblastoma brain cancer.

And ahead of his Siva’s first show with partner Klabera, Siva choked back tears and said: ‘I guess I’m still grieving’ before revealing his friend’s ‘courage’ inspired him to participate in the ITV show.

In the candid confessional, he admitted: ‘When I think about the past, I think about tom, last year Tom…’ before emotionally breaking off.

Before adding: ‘I guess I am still grieving. I witness his courage when he was fighting his illness, and it was so inspiring’.

As he spoke, a snap of him and his late pal was shown from their time together in the chart-topping band.

Heartbreaking: Tom tragically passed away aged 33 last March following a brave battle with brain cancer (pictured with wife Kelsey and their two children)

Heartbreaking: Tom tragically passed away aged 33 last March following a brave battle with brain cancer (pictured with wife Kelsey and their two children) 

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