It’s only a few weeks now until the Dancing On Ice rink gets ready to welcome its newest batch of celebrity skaters – and find out who will be the successor to 2020 champion Joe Swash.
The new series of the show – its fourth since ITV revived it back in 2018 – will begin on January 17, 2021.
This year’s line up includes a rapper, a comedian, a former Towie star, a couple of TV presenters and soap actors, and two Olympic athletes.
Here’s who you’ll be watching when Dancing On Ice skates back on to our screens in 2021…
Dancing On Ice 2021 full celebrity lineup
Here – in order of annoucement – is who you’ll be watching in the new series of the show.
The singer and TV presenter was the first of this year’s crop of celebrities to be revealed.
Taking to Instagram to confirm the news, Myleene wrote:‘Guess who won’t be holding the coats at the side of the rink anymore! I am so, SO excited to be joining the cast of @dancingonice.
‘My girls have always wanted me to do this but I’ve always been too scared someone will skate over my fingers,’ she added.
‘Anyway, I want to make them proud and show them I’m up for a challenge when completely out of my comfort zone but most of all, I want a bum like Jlo! ⛸?.’
Actor Joe-Warren Plant – aka Emmerdale’s Jacob Gallagher – was the second celebrity confirmed for this year’s series, revealing the news during an appearance on This Morning.
‘I’m super excited, I can’t even describe it,’ the 18-year-old said.
‘I’ve got the time off Emmerdale to really focus on training, and you know, try my best and learn some new skills.
‘It’s a new challenge I have never done anything like that before, so yeah, super excited.’
Denise Van Outen
Denise Van Outen was named as the third celebrity to be taking part in 2021’s series
The actress and presenter was accidentally revealed by Linda Robson on Loose Women, after she was given some hints about the celeb’s identity.
‘I’m really excited…I’ve kept this a secret from most of my friends and family,’ Denise said – adding that she hadn’t even told her daughter Betsy.
‘I cannot stand up on the ice and every time I’ve taken Betsy…I’ve been the one on the penguin,’ she admitted.
Coronation Street star Faye Brookes – aka the soap’s Kate Connor – was the fourth celebrity to sign up for a spin round the rink.
The actress was revealed for the show during an interview on Lorraine, saying: ‘Finally, the news is out.
‘I am so excited! I have to meet with the team, they had to see me on the ice, they had a coach on the ice with us, and they took us through the basics,’ she explained.
‘They get to know you and I think this is the first time people are going to see me, not a character – just Faye!’
Actor and singer Jason Donovan was confirmed as the fifth celebrity for the 2021 series – with his identity being unveiled on This Morning.
‘My daughter, Molly is very excited about me doing shapes on the dance floor… or maybe not depending on how it goes! And also that the opportunity to spend a Sunday night with you guys!’ Jason told Phillip and Holly.
Jason – who previously reached the final of Strictly Come Dancing – admitted he was concerned about possible injuries, saying: ‘I have to say, injury is a big part of the jeopardy of the show.
‘I think it’s a little bit different than Strictly because, you know, Strictly is really defined by the moves that you do. But skating is very much about the flow and the rhythm of being on the ice. ‘Let’s be honest, ice is not that forgiving. Um, and I am 52 I know I’m looking pretty good for that, but that could all change!’
Capital DJ Sonny Jay is the sixth celebrity to join the rink, with the DJ confirming the news to his friends and colleagues Roman Kemp and Sian Welby during the ‘good news segment’ of their breakfast show.
After dropping a few hits he told them: ‘I’m going to be doing Dancing on Ice!
‘I’m so excited, I don’t know how I kept it a secret.’
Roman has tipped his colleague to win the competition already, joking: ‘You might fall over a few times and it might hurt but I think you’re going to smash this. I’ve got a lot of faith in you, pal.’
To which Sonny replied: ‘I don’t want to fall over, not in front of the nation. I don’t want to be a meme the next day.’
Olympians Graham Bell and Colin Jackson CBE confirmed they will be the seventh and eighth celebrities taking part in Dancing on Ice 2021 during a joint appearance on BBC Breakfast on September 26.
Five-time Olympic skier Graham, 54, told hosts John Kay and Sally Nugent that it’s not the ice that scares him, but the dancing.
He joked that the extent of his dancing experience was ‘dancing on tables, wearing ski boots in après ski. It’s not graceful and elegant.’
We’ll be the judges of that, Graham.
Colin Jackson CBE
Sprint and hurdling athlete, Colin Jackson CBE, confirmed his upcoming appearance during the same BBC Breakfast segment.
Despite being excited about taking part, Colin, 53, warned that he’s nervous about trying on his skating boots.
He told the hosts: ‘The first thing for us all is to get used to our boots. I don’t know if you’ve tried ice skating boots but they are pretty tight so we’ve got to get our feet in there and start getting used to balancing on them.
‘We won’t get onto the ice fully until the middle of October.’
Rebekah Vardy is the ninth star to sign up for next year’s Dancing on Ice.
The 38-year-old wife of Leicester City footballer Jamie Vardy, and former I’m A Celebrity campmate, joked that her husband hopes she doesn’t fall over too much on the ice.
Speaking about the show on Good Morning Britain, she said: ‘[Jamie] thinks it’s a brilliant idea. He’s really looking forward to watching me.
‘And he hopes I don’t fall over too much.’
Rapper Lady Leshurr was confirmed as the tenth Dancing On Ice contestant at the end of September.
The 30-year-old revealed that she is ‘petrified’ about what is in store for her.
Speaking to Jordan Banjo and Perri Kiely on KISS FM, the 30-year-old said: ‘Oh my gosh! Literally, I don’t know what I’ve got myself in for.
‘Everybody knows me to be that person to just throw myself into the deep end and I just wing it a lot of the time.
‘I don’t know what is going to happen now. Yeah, I’m petrified, I’m not going to lie.’
Towie legend Billie Shepherd, nee Billie Faiers, was the next contest revealed to be stepping out onto the ice.
The former reality star, 30, shared a photo of her skates on Instagram, writing: ‘I am soooo excited to announce that I will be taking part in @dancingonice.
‘I still can’t believe I am actually doing it !! … I am soooo nervous but so excited … This will honestly be one of my biggest challenges yet !!
‘I have zero ice skating or dance experience. But I’m going to give it my all and make my family and most of all Nelly and Arthur proud. Wish me luck.’
The final star to be announced was comedian, actor and presenter Rufus Hound.
He is best known for appearing in sitcoms Hounded and Trollied.
Rufus discussed his appearance on the ice skating show on Martin and Roman Kemp’s Sunday Best, telling the father-son duo: ‘I’m doing it for the money. I don’t know if you’ve heard but about six months ago this global pandemic hit and made just about everything I’ve ever done to earn a pound note disappear!
‘And so this point has arrived and they said “we’ll pay you” and I said “do you know something? I love ice skating!”‘
Dancing On Ice will begin on January 17, 2021 on ITV.
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