Dancing On Ice returns to ITV in 2022 with an all new class of daring celebrities.
There will be 12 in total taking to the ice, skating live each week with professional partners in the hopes of rousing the judges and viewers alike.
Sally Dynevor MBE
Swapping the cobbles for the ice is Coronation Street mainstay Sally Dynevor, who has played Sally Webster in the long-running soap opera since 1986.
When revealing the news to Lorraine on ITV, Dynevor was asked if she’d ever skated before, to which she replied: “No, never! I went with Hattie [her daughter] when she was little and I had a penguin and then thought this is too hard so I’ll go and get a coffee!”
Bez spent the 1980s and 90s Freaky Dancing on stage for iconic rock band Happy Mondays and later Black Grape. He has since turned media personality, appearing on The Sunday Show, Celebrity Big Brother and Bargain Hunt among other series.
He’ll be hoping his moves will translate to the rink, but he admitted on This Morning that “at the moment it’s more like Bambi on Ice, not Dancing On Ice.”
Stef Reid MBE
Multi-medallist paralympian Stef Reid has competed at both European and world level, winning bronze in the sprint at the Beijing games in 2008 and silver in the long jump at London 2012.
In an exclusive message on Good Morning Britain, Reid said: “I have some really exciting news. I’m going to be picking up a new sport this winter and it comes with a little bit of showbiz. I’m going to be a contestant on Dancing on Ice and it’s a little bit scary but I cannot wait!”
Season seven Love Islander Liberty Poole is ready for a wintery dance after her summer of love.
She chose to leave the villa on Day 54 after splitting with boyfriend Jake Cornish just days before the final. Her and Cornish were the first couple to go official, but were voted as one of the least incompatible by the public.
Rugby star Ben Foden won club titles and 34 caps for the England national team between 2009 and 2013. He currently plays for Rugby United New York.
He’s no stranger to showbiz, having also performed on The X Factor: Celebrity as one third of the group Try Star, alongside fellow rugby players Levi Davis and Thom Evans.
Son of footballing legend Paul Gascogine and British TV personality and author Sheryl Failes, Regan, is a professional dancer who started performing at the tender age of six. He’s performed in The Nutcracker with the English National Ballet, and even alongside Demi Lovato as part of Urban Voices Collective.
He’s had quite the head start on the dance floor, but how will he fare on the ice?
After coming up as one of S Club 7, Rachel Stevens went solo in 2003 and released a debut album that was certified gold.
Asked why she chose to participate, Stevens said: “The opportunity came up and I thought what an amazing opportunity to learn a new skill.
“I love the whole idea of working with a team and your partner and also for my girls to be a part of this. They are at an age now where they love all the costumes.”
She came second in the sixth series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2008, so she’ll be hoping to go one better in this competition.
As a former professional in Strictly, Kiwi ballroom dancer Brendan Cole will be a firm favourite for the icy version.
Appearing on Loose Women to announce the news, Cole commented: “I think March last year I finished my theatre production and all the lockdowns happened. To be back on a big stage - and this is a very big, very cold stage - I cannot tell you how excited I am.”
Kye Whyte made history at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, coming second to win Team GB’s first ever BMX Olympic medal.
He’s brave and he has the balance, but he admits to being fairly forgetful which could scupper the routines.
Presenter of the entertainment news segment on Lorraine, Ria Hebden, surprised the host when she revealed the day’s news was all about her, as she became the tenth name on the line-up.
She added: If I’m honest the last time I went on the ice was about six years ago with Noah [her son] and I did more drinking of mulled wine than skating!”
Hebden also hosts prestigious industry awards for the Royal Television Society.
It was Kimberly Wyatt’s dance moves that caught the eye of the Pussycat Dolls’ founder, Robin Antin, who asked her to join the troupe in 2003 before turning them into a pop sensation.
She is also a member of dance duo Her Majesty & the Wolves and has even judged others’ moves on Sky One’s Got to Dance.
Completing the line-up is Connor Ball, one fourth of major boy band The Vamps, who formed in 2012 and have released two number one albums.
Ball said on Twitter that “there is no way I’m coming out of this with no injury, but I’m doing Dancing on Ice. Excited. Scared. Nervous.”
He later joked: “Please don’t tell me to break a leg, because I actually will.”