Chesney Hawkes replaced by Chico on Dancing On Ice
Chesney Hawkes has pulled out of 'Dancing On Ice' after injuring himself during training.
The 'One and Only' singer had been due to take part in the ITV1 celebrity skating competition - which launches this Sunday (08.01.12) - but has now left the competition to be replaced by former 'X Factor' contestant Chico.
Chesney said: "I am gutted not to be taking part in Dancing on Ice. I was having a brilliant time and couldn't wait to finally be skating live on national TV!
"It wasn't even a spectacular fall, it was a slight stumble as I practiced with my skating partner. I think my children are the most disappointed they were so excited at the prospect of watching me skate.
"I'm determined to be back on the ice, I might not be able to appear in this series but hoping I will be able to appear in the show next year!"
Chico added: "Whilst I'm really excited about being part of the new series of 'Dancing on Ice' it's not necessarily in the best of circumstances.
"I wish Chesney all the best and a speedy recovery. I will not just be skating for myself I will be skating for Chesney as well and do him proud."
Presenter Philip Schofield took to his twitter account to comment on the news, writing: "Just heard that poor Chesney Hawkes is too injured to continue on DOI, he's so upset. That's two celebs we've broken and we're not on air!!
"Dangerous stuff this ice, you don't get this with a foxtrot! His replacement? Well your clue.. What time is it? ;) (sic)"
This is not the first injury to rock the ice skating show.
Heidi Range's professional partner Sylvain Longchambon has already been ruled out of this year's series after tearing a tendon in his right bicep.
The Sugababes star had been due to skate with the French hunk throughout the competition but she will now be partnered by Andrei Lipanov.04-01-2012
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