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Dancing On Ice FIRST LOOK: Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield return to the rink


With just days until the fourteenth series of Dancing In Ice gets underway fans have been given a taste of what to expect from this years celebrity line-up and their seasoned professional skate partners. 

The long-running ITV show returns on January 16th, with stars including Love Island’s Liberty Poole, Coronation Street’s Sally Dynevor and former S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevens all hoping to avoid any slip-ups after spending much of the winter rehearsing on ice rinks across the country. 

The long-running ITV show returns on January 16th, with stars including Love Island’s Liberty Poole, Coronation Street’s Sally Dynevor and former S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevensand the veteran pros charged with choreographing each of their gruelling routines. 

The hosts with the most: Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby will return for the fourteenth series of Dancing On Ice on Sunday evening

The hosts with the most: Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby will return for the fourteenth series of Dancing On Ice on Sunday evening 

Here we go: (L-R) New Dancing On Ice stars Ben Foden, Kye Whyte, Kimberly Wyatt, Stef Reid, Brendan Cole, Liberty Poole, Sally Dynevor, Bez, Regan Gascoigne, Rachel Stevens, Connor Ball and Ria Hebden

Here we go: (L-R) New Dancing On Ice stars Ben Foden, Kye Whyte, Kimberly Wyatt, Stef Reid, Brendan Cole, Liberty Poole, Sally Dynevor, Bez, Regan Gascoigne, Rachel Stevens, Connor Ball and Ria Hebden

Leading the way, Rachel, 43, linked arms with British skate partner Brendyn Hatfield while showing off her figure in a silver sequinned minidress with fringed embellishments. 

Brendyn will be hoping to make a big impression with the former singer after reaching the semi-final with rapper Lady Leshurr in 2021. 

However mum-of-two Rachel admits she’s struggling with her nerves as launch night looms, telling HELLO!: ‘It’s such a great team of people and I love my partner, so it’s all super-exciting but terrifying at the same time. Totally terrifying!’

‘I’ve danced and performed for years but doing it on ice means starting something totally from scratch. But I can’t wait to just go for it and have fun – and I’m loving working with Brendyn. He’s just adorable and such a brilliant teacher.’ 

Partners: Rachel Stevens and British skate partner Brendyn Hatfield (pictured) will be hoping to make a big impact on this year's show

Partners: Rachel Stevens and British skate partner Brendyn Hatfield (pictured) will be hoping to make a big impact on this year’s show

Pictured: Rachel Stevens

Pictured: Liberty Poole

Ready for the rink: Former S Club 7 star Rachel Stevens (L) and Love Island’s Liberty Poole (R) have pulled on their sequins for a new shoot ahead of Sunday’s official launch 

Coupled up: Liberty will be joined by professional skate partner Joe Johnson (pictured together)

Coupled up: Liberty will be joined by professional skate partner Joe Johnson (pictured together) 

Fellow contestant Sally Dynevor, 58, is equally cautious ahead of Sunday’s show, admitting it took three years and a pandemic for her to consider joining the cast. 

She told The Mirror: ‘It was just too scary, and I was worried about hurting myself. My younger daughter Hattie used to go, and I’d get a coffee and watch her from the side.

‘But I’d never go on the ice. I was first asked about Dancing On Ice three years ago, but it’s taken me this long to pluck up the courage to do it.

‘The lockdowns were a factor in me deciding to take up the offer. They made me think I should take every opportunity that comes my way, as I don’t know how many more there will be.’ 

Meanwhile Love Island star Liberty Poole, 21, admitted she has a lot of work to do before she can perform an elegant skating routine

She joked: ‘I love skating, but I’m about as flexible as a wooden stick — so I need to improve on that. I’m enjoying it and even though I know how to skate, you have to forget what you know and start all over again. Hopefully everything goes alright.’

Walking on thin ice: Coronation Street star Sally Dynevor will be trained by seasoned pro Matt Evers, a show regular

Walking on thin ice: Coronation Street star Sally Dynevor will be trained by seasoned pro Matt Evers, a show regular 

Pictured: Sally Dynevor

Pictured: Ria Hebden

All that glitters: Coronation Street star Sally Dynevor (L) and ITV presenter Ria Hebden (R) are also taking part in the show 

Perfect chemistry: TV presenter Ria will be hoping to make the right  connection with skate partner ¿ukasz Ró¿ycki

Perfect chemistry: TV presenter Ria will be hoping to make the right  connection with skate partner Łukasz Różycki

Pictured: Brendan Cole

Pictured: Reagan Gascoigne

Getting involved: (L-R) Former Strictly Come Dancing star Brendan Cole and Reagan Gascoigne, the son of football legend Paul Gascoigne 

He's scored: Paul Gascoigne's son Reagan has been partnered with skating pro Karina Manta for the new series

He’s scored: Paul Gascoigne’s son Reagan has been partnered with skating pro Karina Manta for the new series 

Judges Jayne Torvill, 64, and Christopher Dean, 63, have revealed that the next batch of contestants are ‘well established’ and ‘ready to go’, following last years turmoil.

Last series, the show was thrust into chaos on numerous occasions as viewers saw the departure of Denise van Outen, Billie Faiers and Jason Donovan following injury.

Chris told MailOnline: ‘Last year practice got pushed – squeezed – whereas this year the celebrities have gone through the process of getting introduced to the ice longer.

‘They have a period with a coach, then they have a period with their partners, and so I think they’re pretty well established into what they’re doing now. So from an injury point of view I believe that they’re ready to go.’ 

High hopes: Professional dancer Brendan, a former Strictly Come Dancing regular, with skate partner Vanessa Bauer

High hopes: Professional dancer Brendan, a former Strictly Come Dancing regular, with skate partner Vanessa Bauer

Pictured: Stef Reid

Pictured: Kimberly Wyatt

Leggy display: (L-R) Paralympian Stef Reid and Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt will add some glamour to this year’s show

Purr-fect match: Pussycat Doll Kimberly will be joined by professional skater Mark Hanretty

Purr-fect match: Pussycat Doll Kimberly will be joined by professional skater Mark Hanretty

I've got you: Stef Reid has been paired with Andy Buchanan for the fourteenth series of the hot show

I’ve got you: Stef Reid has been paired with Andy Buchanan for the fourteenth series of the hot show 

In 2021 contestants were forced to form a ‘bubble’ with their partners due to Covid restrictions and it was filmed without a live audience.

Both reserve contestants had to be used for the first time in the shows history as three celebrities were forced to withdraw and two tested positive for the virus.

Denise van Outen, 47, sustained an injury in the second week after she suffered three bone fractures and a partially dislocated shoulder.

Billie Faiers, 31, became the second to withdraw from the competition as she sustained a head injury during training.

Australian actor Jason Donovan, 53, was also forced to leave due to a back injury, in week 6 of the show.

Loving it: The Vamps bassist Conor Ball will be paired with Alexandra Shauman from Sunday evening onwards

Loving it: The Vamps bassist Conor Ball will be paired with Alexandra Shauman from Sunday evening onwards  

You're twisting my hamstring man: Happy Mondays star Bez will be hoping to avoid any nasty accidents on the ice

You’re twisting my hamstring man: Happy Mondays star Bez will be hoping to avoid any nasty accidents on the ice

A sporting chance: Rugby ace Ben has been paired with Robin Johnstone, another skater with plenty experience

Pictured: Bez and Angela Egan

A sporting chance: (L-R) Rugby ace Ben has been paired with Robin Johnstone, another skater with plenty experience, while Bez skates with Angela Egan

Handsome pair: BMX ace Kye is skating with Tippy Packard, a three-time Hong Kong Champion and World Figure Skating competitor

Handsome pair: BMX ace Kye is skating with Tippy Packard, a three-time Hong Kong Champion and World Figure Skating competitor

The series was thrown further into chaos as comedian Rufus Hound, 42, Joe-Warren Plant, 19 and his professional partner Vanessa Bauer, 25, all contacted Covid-19.

Chris continued: ‘Last year, we were all flying by the seats of our pants over what has to happen. And I think, this year, we all know from the protocols what’s going to have to happen and what people need to do. We have more information and I think this year it’s going to run smoothly.’

Jayne added that she has high hopes for this year’s celebrities and believes that viewers will see the ‘highest standard ever’ from their first performances.

Strike a pose: Joe Johnson takes to the ice with Love Island star Liberty Poole on Sunday evening

Strike a pose: Joe Johnson takes to the ice with Love Island star Liberty Poole on Sunday evening 

Jumping for joy: ¿ukasz Ró¿ycki landed on his feet after being paired with TV presenter Ria Hebden

Jumping for joy: Łukasz Różycki landed on his feet after being paired with TV presenter Ria Hebden 

Legendary: Iconic skaters Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean will be back behind the judging panel when the new series starts

Legendary: Iconic skaters Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean will be back behind the judging panel when the new series starts

Here he is: The skaters will be joined by Diversity star Ashley Banjo, who returns to offer guidance on each routine

Welcome aboard: Former Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse will be a valuable new addition to the judging panel after quitting the BBC show in December

Here they are: (L-R) The skaters will be joined by Diversity star Ashley Banjo, who returns to offer guidance on each routine, while former Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse will be a valuable new addition to the judging panel

Not long now: The series will be hoping to avoid the various injuries that blighted last year's show

Not long now: The series will be hoping to avoid the various injuries that blighted last year’s show  

Set to compete on the new series of Dancing On Ice are Love Islander Liberty Poole, 21, BMX Olympic silver medalist Kye Whyte, 22, Paul Gascoigne’s son Regan Gascoigne, 25, The Vamps’ Connor Ball, 25, rugby star Ben Foden, 36, and Paralympian Stef Reid, 37.

Other celebrities taking part include presenter Ria Hebden, 38, pop star and actress Kimberly Wyatt, 39,, professional dancer Brendan Cole, 45, and Happy Mondays dancer Bez, 57.

And show co-host Phillip Schofield has predicted a young celebrity will win this year as they are less likely to injure themselves on the show.

Main man: Matt Evers is the longest serving skater on the show, having featured since it's initial launch in 2006

Main man: Matt Evers is the longest serving skater on the show, having featured since it’s initial launch in 2006

The television presenter, 59, who hosts the show alongside Holly Willoughby, 40, says the more youthful contenders are ‘fearless’ giving them better chances in the competition.

He told The Mirror: ‘It’s incredibly dangerous. Ice skates are fairly sharp. And so we’ve had some nasty cuts. We’ve had big falls. They’re great fun, so long as nobody hurts themselves.

‘What we love is the ­fearless nature. Now, you can really only have that if you’re at the younger end of the age spectrum, when you know if you fall over, it’s not going to break.’ 

The new series of Dancing on Ice starts this Sunday at 6.30pm on ITV.

Dancing On Ice 2022: Who are the celebrities?

KYE WHYTE

Age: 22

Profession: Olympics BMX rider

Kye says: ‘I’d love to see if I can make the final because I’m very competitive.’

RACHEL STEVENS

Age: 43

Profession: Singer

Rachel says‘It now feels really real, this is really happening. I’m so excited, obviously really nervous.’

LIBERTY POOLE

 

Age: 22

Profession: Love Island star  

Liberty says: ‘I ice skate as a hobby sometimes so I can get around the rink but I can’t do any tricks’ 

STEF REID  

Age: 36

Profession: Paralympian

Stef says: ‘I’m going to be a contestant on Dancing on Ice and it’s a little bit scary but I cannot wait!’

REGAN GASCOIGNE 

 

Age: 26

Profession: Singer 

Regan says: ‘I love dancing but it’s the skill of this. I’ve always wanted to do it. Always! Ever since I was a kid!’

 KIMBERLY WYATT 

Age: 39

 Age: 39                                                                     

Profession: Pussycat Dolls singer

Kimberly says: ‘I’m just excited to see what I can do on there. I’m up for a challenge!’

BRENDAN COLE

 

Age: 45

Profession: Dancer

Brendan says: ‘I’ve known I’d be doing the show for quite some time and I want to get started, I’m so excited to be on the show.’ 

BEN FODEN 

 

Age: 36

Profession: Rugby player  

Ben says:  ‘I like the idea of learning a new sport and a new skill. I’m quite competitive as well.’

SALLY DYNEVOR  

 

Age:  58

Profession: Coronation Street actress 

Sally says:  ‘This is a massive challenge. I’m so scared! I’ve just got to take every opportunity I get.’

BEZ

 

Age: 57

Profession: Happy Mondays 

Bez says: ‘I’m always up for a challenge and am already in training on the ice.’

RIA HEBDEN

Age: 36

Profession: Presenter

Ria says: ‘It will be brilliant to learn a new scary skill.’

 CONNOR BALL

Age: 25

Age: 25

 Profession: The Vamps bassist

Connor says: ‘I’m excited obviously but I’m really nervous. I’m quite clumsy, accident prone.’

 

 

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