Dancing On Ice’s Rufus Hound took job on the show after tough 6 months of unemployment

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Dancing On Ice star Rufus Hound has revealed that he took on the job on the hit ITV show after a tough six months of being unemployed.

After signing on the dotted line to take part in this year's hit show, Rufus has admitted that his schedule was free before producers called him.

"I wouldn’t have done this show for love nor money had it not been for the fact that the entire world stopped and everything I do to earn a living doesn’t exist," he explained.

Rufus recalled thinking about the options he had at the time, one was to take part in the show and the other was to "sit at home feeling massively depressed".

Rufus says he was unemployed for six months before his Dancing on Ice stint
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He went on: "At the point that is true, if ITV ring me and say do you want to learn ice skating for 3 months and do a bunch of dances and be in people’s homes in the most miserable part of the year being part of a show that makes people happy and spreads joy, is something people watch as a family then my choices are I can do that or sit at home feeling massively depressed.

"Or wait for something doubtlessly less joyful to turn up. So, why I’m doing the show is for money because I haven’t been able to earn any money and I have a mortgage and a family.

"That doesn’t mean I’m not looking forward to it and it doesn’t mean I don’t want it to go well."

The comedian is set to skate his socks off on this year's Dancing On Ice
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The comedian added: "I might be the one person in the mix who is like ‘no I am unemployed, I don’t want to do this, I am doing it because I have to try and find a way of earning money’ and then in week two when it starts going well or week four when I land a perfect score or whatever then the story may change – look at this dope who turned up saying this isn’t what I wanted to do and NOW look at him go with his jété and his spin!"

Rufus completes the 2021 line-up as he joins the previously announced Myleene Klass, Joe-Warren Plant, Denise Van Outen, Faye Brookes, Jason Donovan, Sonny Jay, Rebekah Vardy, Graham Bell, Colin Jackson CBE, Lady Leshurr and Billie Shepherd.

Rufus will be swapping his shoes for skates as he gears up to head to the rink
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Returning to ITV in the new year, each week twelve celebrities will skate live with their professional partners as they try to impress both the panel and the viewers who will ultimately decide who wins the show.

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby once again return to present the show and the expert panel of Torvill and Dean, John Barrowman and Ashley Banjo will all resume their roles as judges.

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