X Factor winner and I’m a Celebrity contestant Quickenden said: “I’m terrified. I had my first training session yesterday – I was freezing! Ice is cold! But it was amazing, the coaches are unbelievable. I just feel so lucky that I’ve been asked to do it. I’m so buzzing, I can’t even explain. It’s my mums favourite!… I’ve been wearing Danielle’s tights to get used to [the lycra]!”
Rugby player Max – who is the brother of fellow rugby star and Strictly contestant Thom – said: “I haven’t done any skating since I was a kid, and this is completely different having to skate on live television. I’ve had two training sessions which have hurt my feet a lot. We’ve all had a dance, which is familiar territory, but skating is so not…”
The contestants will be dancing to impress the ice panel, consisting of skating legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, show favourite Jason Gardiner and one remaining judge, thought to be Diversity dancer Ashley Banjo.
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby will be returning to host the show after fronting it for six years between 2006 and 2011.
Dancing on Ice is returning to ITV early next year after a three year hiatus: the show was last on the air in 2014.