Sunday nights are set to get a whole lot more sparkly in early 2022 when Dancing On Ice returns to screens for its new series.
The 2021 series saw radio presenter Sonny Jay take the title ahead of Coronation Street star Faye Brookes in a series that also featured the likes of Colin Jackson, Lady Leshurr, Jason Donovan and Emmerdale’s Joe-Warren Plant.
Now, 12 new celebrities are gearing up to get their skates on and take to the rink – but who has been confirmed for the 2022 series so far?
Here’s who you’ll be watching on those long dark nights in January…
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 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, 36, 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 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!’
Liberty – who found fame on Love Island earlier this year – is swapping the villa for the ice rink after being announced as the next contestant to be joining the line-up.
‘I grew up watching Dancing On Ice and my mum actually used to be a figure skater,’ she said.
‘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 of the bunch is singer and dancer Regan Gascoigne.
The son of footballing legend Paul Gascoigne, the 25-year-old 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!’
The seventh contestant in the 2022 line-up is S Club 7 star Rachel Stevens.
Rachel – a former Strictly Come Dancing runner-up – 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 was the eighth person to be confirmed for the line-up – 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,; he said.
‘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 Olympian Kye White.
Kye – who won Britain’s first ever BMX Olympics medal at the recent Tokyo 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.’
Dancing On Ice returns to ITV in early 2022.
Credit: Original article published here.