Sunday nights are set to get super sparkly – as Dancing On Ice spins back onto our screens on January 16.
Last year’s dazzling series saw radio DJ Sonny Jay take the 2021 title, ahead of Coronation Street star Faye Brookes.
Now, 12 more celebrities will be lacing up their skates, taking to the ice rink and showing us their best moves – but just who is competing in the brand new series?
Meet 2022’s Dancing On Ice contestants below.
Who is on Dancing On Ice in 2022?
Coronation Street legend Sally Dynevor – who plays Sally Webster in the soap – was the first contestant confirmed for the show.
Revealing the news on Lorraine, Sally, 58, said: ‘If I don’t do it this year I don’t think I’m ever going to do it. I’m completely out of my comfort zone… I’ve just got to try and enjoy this experience.
‘This is a massive challenge, Lorraine. It really, really is. I’m not getting any younger, I’ve just got to take every opportunity I get so that when I’m old I can say you know what? I gave it a go.’
Dancer Mark ‘Bez’ Berry – best known as a member of 90s band the Happy Mondays – was the second celebrity confirmed to be getting his skates on.
The 57-year-old – who has also appeared on the likes of Gogglebox, Bargain Hunt and Celebrity MasterChef – told This Morning: ‘At the moment, it’s more like Bambi on ice, not Dancing On Ice.
‘How I got picked, I don’t know because I was absolutely awful at the audition – but they must have seen something there, some potential.’
‘think that’s why they picked me, because I haven’t got any bad habits because I can’t skate. Last year at Christmas, I ended up borrowing my son’s penguin to get around the ice.’
‘I’m really looking forward to it, learning a new skill,’ he added. ‘This is gonna be a whole new experience… You never know, I might quite grow to like it!’
Paralympian Stef Reid was the third celebrity name confirmed for the show.
The 36-year-old – who lost her right foot in a boating accident as a teenager – won bronze at the Beijing Paralympics and silver at London 2012, and has said she can’t wait for the new challenge.
Stef, who competes in track and field events, said on Good Morning Britain: ‘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!’
Rugby ace Ben Foden, 36, is also set to join the 2022 contingent of celebrity skaters.
He said: ‘I used to skate a little when I was a kid. I’d go to ice discos when I was 15, 16 and you’d always see these kids that could do pirouettes that had a proper dancing background.
‘I like the idea of learning a new sport and a new skill. I’m quite competitive as well so I like the challenge of competing against others doing something that I’m not necessarily good at!’
Reality TV star Liberty Poole – who found fame on Love Island in 2021 – is swapping a sunny villa for the chilly ice rink.
‘I grew up watching Dancing On Ice and my mum actually used to be a figure skater,’ revealed the 22-year-old.
‘I ice skate as a hobby sometimes so I can get around the rink but I can’t do any tricks, no pirouetting or anything so I’m really looking forward to pushing myself and learning as much as I possibly can.
‘Not just skating around the ice but actually dancing on ice. Bring it on!’
The sixth contestant on this year’s series is singer and dancer Regan Gascoigne.
The son of footballing legend Paul Gascoigne, 25-year-old Regan signed up for the show just days after his older sister Bianca Gascoigne announced she was taking part in Dancing With The Stars Italy.
‘Obviously I dance and love dancing but it’s the skill of this.,’ he explained. ‘I’ve always wanted to do it. Always! Ever since I was a kid!’
Next up is Rachel Stevens, Strictly runner-up and iconic member of the ’00s band S Club 7.
Rachel, 43, announced the news on This Morning, telling Holly Willoughby: ‘The opportunity came up and I just thought, what an amazing thing 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!’
Former Strictly pro Brendan Cole, 45, was the eighth person to be confirmed for the line-up.
He’s following in the footsteps of fellow Strictly alumnus James Jordan, who went on to win the series in 2019.
‘I am so, so excited. It’s been a while coming now and I want to get started – I’ve wanted it for a long time,’ he told the Loose Women panel as he announced he was taking part.
However, he also admitted rehearsals had been hit and miss so far: ‘I’ve had one go and I’m a fairly confident person, I like to think I’m going to be good at whatever I put my hand or feet to.
‘I was thinking, “I reckon I’ll be fine”, but I was terrible. I was a bit wobbly, I was hoping I was going to be better than I was, but I have time to learn.
‘I’m going to embrace the whole experience and I’m very excited.’
The ninth person to join the line-up is 22-year-old Olympian Kye Whyte.
Kye, who won one of Britain’s first ever BMX Olympics medals at the Tokyo 2020 Games, broke the news on CBBC saying: ‘I think I was the last person to get selected.
‘I was not told not to tell anyone and I’ve been waiting for the big reveal! My family knows. My dad and my brother roller-skate so I think they’re excited.
‘When I did the audition I kind of related it to roller-skating so I think I did pretty well… I think the thing I’m really confident about is I don’t really mind if I fall, I’m quite fearless.’
Also appearing this year is TV presenter Ria Hebden who regularly features on ITV’s Lorraine.
The Yorkshire-born star, 39, announced the news on the show, and appears over the moon to be taking part in the skating contest.
She said: ‘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.
‘You’ve got to say yes to things that excite you, that are a little bit scary because that’s when the growth happens – I’m hoping so anyway!
‘I’m going to go on this journey and hopefully inspire mums, dads and everyone to give things a go.’
In terms of prior skating skills, Ria told Lorraine: ‘I went when I was 10 years old with my grandma and grandad to – and people in Yorkshire will remember – Bradford Ice Rink. I skated there.
‘If I’m honest the last time I went on the ice was about six years ago with [son] Noah and I did more drinking of mulled wine than skating!’
Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, 39, was the 11th celebrity to be confirmed for the 2022 series.
The singer is following in the footsteps of her bandmate Melody Thornton – who appeared on the last series of the hit ITV skating competition.
Talking to fellow Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts on Heart Breakfast, Kimberly said, ‘I’m nervous, that ice is going to hit hard. I’m just excited to see what I can do on there. I’m up for a challenge!’
The news comes as fellow Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger faces a lawsuit over the band’s reunion tour.
Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin filed a lawsuit against the Don’t Cha singer claiming she had threatened to walk away from a reunion tour – unless she was given ‘a majority share and complete creative control in relaunching the group’.
Nicole has branded the claims ‘ludicrous and false’.
Last but not least is The Vamps singer Connor Ball.
Connor, 25, told Roman Kemp on Capital Breakfast ‘I’m nervous. I’m excited honestly, but I’m very nervous.’
When asked why he was so nervous, the singer joked: ‘I’m clumsy, I’m accident prone.’
The revealed said that he went ice skating a lot as a child, but ‘spent most of the time on [his] knees’.
British pop-rock band The Vamps are best known for hits such as Can We Dance, Just My Type, and All Night.
Dancing On Ice returns to ITVon Sunday, January 16 at 6.30pm.
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