The stars of Dancing on Ice 2022 (ITV)
Dancing On Ice is returning to screens this weekend and its new stars have spoken of their fear and excitement ahead of hitting the rink.
A new batch of celebrities are making their debut on the ice on Sunday January 16 at 6.30pm.
This year the show features a star-studded line-up that includes Coronation Street actress Sally Dynevor, Love Island’s Liberty Poole and Happy Mondays dancer Bez.
Rugby star Ben Foden, Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, pop star Rachel Stevens, professional dancer Brendan Cole and The Vamps’ Connor Ball will also compete.
Guiding the celebrity novices through their routines will be professionals including reigning champion Angela Egan, who lifted the trophy with Jay last series, and Matt Evers, who has been a part of show since its launch in 2006.
Judges Oti Mabuse, Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and Ashley Banjo. (ITV)
The last series, which was won by Capital FM presenter Sonny Jay, took place amid the pandemic and saw a number of celebrities withdraw after being injured or testing positive.
Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield are returning as hosts.
But who are the celebrities taking part this year? Here is the list.
Coronation Street star Sally Dynevor is taking to the ice.
The 58-year-old actress, who plays Sally Webster in the long-running ITV soap, confirmed the news on Lorraine.
She has previously said appearing on the show is “the scariest thing I’ve ever done.”
Speaking to The Sun newspaper, she said: “I walked to base camp Everest, but that was with a team and I was on two feet. The other scary thing that I did for Prevent Breast Cancer was I cycled from London to Paris and I vowed that I wouldn’t do anything where I didn’t have two feet on the floor. I have two feet on the floor with this, but the ice is so slippery and that’s really scary. I’m pretty terrified of falling on the ice. The thought of it terrifies me. This is the scariest thing I’ve ever done.”
She also said she wanted to be an “inspiration” to older women by taking on the challenge.
Track and field Paralympian Stef Reid was third to be confirmed as taking part on the show.
She said at the time: “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!”
Love Island star Liberty Poole is one of the celebrities taking to the ice.
Poole, 21, said: “I ice skate as a hobby sometimes so I can get around the rink …….