Brrrr, it’s cold in here… There must be some Dancing On Ice celebs in the atmosphere!
By Jon Billinge, Staff Writer
Everyone’s favourite twirling, whirling dance show spectacular is back and ready to make your Sundays extra chill. Expect glitz and glamour aplenty as a bevy of stars take to the rink to prove their skills. Will they rise to the occasion? Or come crashing down in spectacular fashion?
Well, it’s no spoiler to say that yes, heady highs will be reached, sub-zero lows will be endured, and a host of snazzy costumes to rival the contents of your nan’s dressing-up box will dazzle and delight.
This year’s ice-capade sees judges Ashley Banjo, Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill joined by Strictly legend Oti Mabuse, while Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby return on presenting duties. But who exactly are the celebrities who’ll be sliding and gliding (and no doubt occasionally falling) across the ice? Here, we take a look at the line-up, and take a punt at where they’ll finish.
If Bez’s epic moves when onstage with the Happy Mondays are anything to go by, he’ll be... doing one move, a lot, albeit with gusto! Most likely to finish last? Perhaps. Most likely to have a routine involving some serious maraka-shaking? Definitely.
Corrie legend Sally admitted on Lorraine that she’s never properly ice-skated before. Well, she’s used one of those plastic supporting penguins that help very small children get about the rink, but soon gave up and had a coffee instead. Snow chance.
Love Island star Liberty won’t be too shabby, our crystal snowball predicts. With ice skating a minor hobby, she’s got the enthusiasm and confidence to push herself, but will swapping the heat of the island for the unforgiving chill of the rink be a step too far?
“Rugby player? As if!” we hear you cry. And it’s not an unfounded assumption. Contact sport players don’t often fare well in the dancing show pantheon. But Ben accrued skating experience early as a child at “ice discos”, which are either the cutest-sounding kids’ parties ever or a top-secret elite training camp for icebound minors. It could go either way.
The bass player in pop group The Vamps, Connor is no stranger to running about a stage. High-energy but with little experience on the ice, we’re still placing him here as we want him around long enough that the producers indulge his World Of Warcraft passion with a fantasy-themed extravaganza à la the infamous Shrek dance on Strictly.
While the Silver medal-winning BMX champion might not strike you as ice-savvy, all signs in training point to him as one to watch. Plus, you can expect him to be passionately cheering his fellow competitors on from the sidelines as he did when team mate Bethany Shriever won the women’s Gold for Team GB at Tokyo 2020. Classy and in with a shot.
Pussycat Dolls member, professional dancer and all-round charming TV personality, we reckon Kimberly will light up the ice. She’s also already a reality show winner, having come out on top on Celebrity MasterChef in 2015. If she can bring that same heat (just not the literal heat of the kitchen) she’ll be one to watch.
You can often gauge how successful a celebrity will be on the ice by how well they rock the sequins. If that were the only metric we’d be crowning Ria right now! A longtime fan, the TV presenter told Lorraine, “It’ll be fun. This is one of ITV’s most sparkly shows so when they asked me I was like absolutely, we watch it at home. It will be brilliant to learn a new scary skill.” See, she got the sparkle memo.
Is this cheating? We’re gonna go ahead and say no. True, Brendan is a seasoned professional dancer with multiple accolades under his belt and a run on Strictly, but out there, the ice is king. At training the star “was hoping to be better”, but we reckon his experience on solid ground will count for a lot when it comes to the crunch.
She’s a track-and-field athlete. Specialising in long jump and sprinting. Um, hello? She’ll (quite literally) go far, and have the stamina to boot. Keep an eye out for the famed paralympian, as we think she’ll only slide down the pack if she insists on wearing all her medals simultaneously.
Tina did her dance. Jon looked for romance. Paul got down on the floor. Hannah screamed out for more (ooh-ooh-ooh). We watched Bradley swing. Jo had her flow. And while all this lot were wasting time, Rachel was busy “doing her thing”, which we reckon is icespeak for busting out sick pirouettes on the rink.
Another trained dancer (who keeps letting them in???) and the son of Paul Gascoigne, Regan is hotly tipped to mean snow business in this year’s event. With his dad’s natural talent no doubt passed down, plus his own honed dance experience, he’ll plough through the competition.
When is Dancing On Ice on TV?
Dancing On Ice starts on Sunday 16 January at 6.30pm on ITV HD (CH 103/113).
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