ITV show Dancing on Ice returned in 2018 after a three-year break and the 2019 version is already in full swing after an unforgettable performance from TOWIE favourite, Gemma Collins.
X Factor star Jake Quickenden and his professional partner Vanessa Bauer were victorious last year after beating Corrie actress Brooke Vincent and her parter Matej Silecky in the final.
This year, a new round of celebrities have been paired up with their professional skating partners and will take to the ice every Sunday evening in skin tight Lycra and sequins.
Only six of the twelve celebrities took to the ice for the first show in a huge format change which saw no-one sent home after the first week. Next Sunday we can expect to see Love Island favourite Wes Nelson, former Pussycat Dolls member Melody Thornton and the rest of the gang put on their ice skates before two couples face the skate off and are eliminated.
Here’s everything you need to know on the Dancing On Ice 2019 cast…
Dancing On Ice 2019 line-up Wes Nelson
Wes won’t find the dancing aspect a challenge
Love Island 2018 star Wes famously wowed his fellow Islanders with his natural dance moves so he’s an obvious contender.
The final contestant said: "Gemma Collins is going to wipe the floor with me, I’m super intimidated.
"I’ve been looking at the line up thinking ‘oh my gosh!’ Of course you’ll be seeing my hips on the ice and the hips don’t lie!"
A source previously told The Sun: “Wes has boundless energy and he’s already displayed great rhythm on Love Island, so Dancing on Ice execs thought he’d be a great choice for the series.”
His thousands of social media followers won’t do the show any harm either. It’s unclear what his girlfriend Megan will think of him flinging another woman around though…
The Grease actress has signed up
Grease actress Didi, who played Frenchie in the classic movie, confirmed the news on breakfast telly.
"I’ve gone from being a Pink Lady to being Queen of the Ice. I’m coming to the UK on Monday," she told Good Morning Britain.
Saara was an X Factor star
Saara Aalto was the tenth contestant confirmed for the forthcoming season on Dancing On Ice.
The Finnish singer and X Factor star 2016 said she was well up for the challenge.
Saara said "I’m super excited about this, I love new challenges and I’m very ambitious. I can be very competitive, but I mainly want to challenge myself. I’ll be saying to myself ‘Saara, you need to push yourself more!’ I am so ready for this and I can’t wait to get on the ice."
It’s Jane Danson!
Coronation Street’s Jane Danson, aka Leanne Battersby, was the ninth contestant on the show.
Announcing her involvement on Loose Women, she said: "I can skate a little bit – I think obviously when you take on anything like this it’s not without risk but I’m not really thinking about that.
"I’m seeing it as a challenge – I’ve got a big birthday next month so it’s a challenge for the fab 40 and I’m trying not to think about getting damaged!"
Jane also confirmed Leanne would have a "quieter" time in Coronation Street after quite a busy time with her cheating with Steve McDonald, sleeping with boss Imran Habeeb and the return of her former love Nick Tilsley.
Mark likes taking risks
Neighbours star Mark Little was the eighth contestant to be announced to take part in the show.
The 58-year-old soapstar, who played Joe Mangel in the show, hails from Australia but has been performing in theatre since leaving the soap in 1991, and lives in England with his family.
He said: "How exciting this is! My skating is pretty rickety. I’ll be trying to find the elegance, the strength, the smoothness.
"I’m a bit of a danger man, a bit of a risk taker, and I do like dancing so let’s see what happens."
Let’s hope his risk-taking doesn’t end in an icy disaster.
Melody has the dance moves
Melody Thornton of Pussycat Doll fame was the seventh contestant to appear on Dancing On Ice.
The 34-year-old announced her appearance on the skating show on Good Morning Britain via video message, and has traded in her dancing shoes and mic for a pair of skates.
Melody said: "I guess the cat’s out of the bag. I’m so excited, I can’t wait to see you and I can’t wait to do some skating for you!"
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Ryan Sidebottom has joined the Dancing On Ice line-up
Former England international cricketer Ryan Sidebottom was the sixth celebrity confirmed for the show.
The bowler, who played for Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire, will be taking off his whites and donning some skates.
On joining the show, Ryan said: "I’m immensely excited. It’s obviously something totally different, massively out of my comfort zone.
"I’m just going to enjoy the ride, I don’t take myself too seriously. I’m going to embrace it, enjoy it, and have a laugh and a giggle along the way."
Saira’s son made her take part
- Saira Khan becomes fifth Dancing on Ice star as she says she’s doing it ‘for her kids’
Loose Women panelist Saira, who has also starred in The Apprentice, revealed she was having taking a shot on the ice on the ITV chat show alongside her fellow presenters.
Arriving on set in a blue Spandex skating leotard, Saira wobbled up to the desk to make her announcement.
"They asked me to do it and I refused, I said, ‘I’m too old I’m going to fall…’ and my little boy said, ‘have you heard yourself mum? What if I said to you, Mum I can’t do my homework today because I’m too busy…’
"He shamed me into saying, ‘OK I’ll do it.’
Saira, who has a son and a daughter, who she recently revealed was adopted, is using them as her inspiration.
"I’m doing this for my kids basically, and I know Janet says I’m doing it for the money but I am not, I’m doing it for my kids."
Westlife star Brian McFadden is taking to the ice
Former Westlife singer turned telly presenter Brian is another star in the rink.
Irish boyband Westlife recently announced they are making a comeback, but without Brian.
Naturally he’ll be wanting to get his face out there while his former bandmates earn a healthy paycheque.
Speaking on Lorraine, he said: "Hi Lorraine yes the news is true…I’ve already been practising out the back garden on my rollerblades and my mammy says I’m a one man Torvill and Dean so watch this space."
James Jordan is swapping the ballroom for the ice rink
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Former Strictly Come Dancing star James is swapping the ballroom for the ice rink.
The professional dancer confirmed he was in the line-up on BBC Radio Five Live Breakfast on October 2.
On joining the show, James said: "I can dance but I’m a lot older than I used to be. People are going to probably say I’ve got an unfair advantage but when I got on the ice I actually shocked myself how bad I was.
"I want to be able to impress Torvill and Dean more than anyone else, but I’m a lot worse than I thought I’d be.”
This one didn’t come as much of a surprise as there was a fan theory going round after the show shared this picture on its Twitter page.
The shot showed a male wearing a hat and looking down at the floor so his face was partially covered.
His beard and lips were visible and fans correctly believed former professional Strictly Come Dancing star James Jordan was the man.
One pointed out that James has a mole on his neck like the person in the picture and the pose was similar to one a dancer may use. He also had the same shirt.
Gemma is a reality veteran
- Gemma Collins and Richard Blackwood confirmed as Dancing On Ice’s first official contestants
She’s appeared on virtually every other reality show out there, including I’m a Celebrity, Celebrity Big Brother and Celebrity Masterchef, so it seems only right that Gemma should get her skates on after Christmas.
Appearing on the This Morning sofa on October 1 she told Phil and Holly she was “scared and nervous” and was worried about how the professionals would pick her up.
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"I know how hard it is,” she said. “ I’ve done my research Phil don’t worry. I’m scared I’m nervous, I don’t know how they’ll lift me up. I want to give it a go – the costumes, the fun factor."
Gemma also reassured Phil she had cleared her diary after pulling out of I’m a Celebrity right at the start of the show.
Richard has left EastEnders now
Comedian and actor Richard appeared alongside Gemma to officially announce his involvement in the new series.
He left EastEnders in which he played Vince Hubbard, earlier in the year so has plenty of time on his hands to practice his moves.
He revealed on This Morning that he grew up in Sweden so had a little experience of ice skating – no new born baby deer here.
The normally buff Richard also revealed that he was planning on getting into extra trim shape before the New Year start too.
"I’m training because I know they’re going to put me in some tight stuff. There’s going to be a lot of shape. I’m training from now!” he said.
When is it on TV?
Hollyand Phil are back for the new series
The first episode aired on ITV on Sunday 6 January at 6pm and it will continue to air every Sunday evening for a total of 10 weeks.
Holly and Phil have returned as hosts and skating legends Torvill and Dean are once again heading up the judging panel.