We’ve still got four months before Dancing on Ice actually launches on our screens, but already the contestants have started to filter through.
There have been dozens of rumours (H from Steps and Diversity’s Perri Kiely are two names that have been thrown into the mix), but now two of our stars have been confirmed – with TV presenter Michael Barrymore and Love Island star Maura Higgins taking to the ice this January.
Here’s all you need to know about our Maura, the Love Island finalist who is swapping the sunny climes of Majorca for the icy rink of, well, Hemel Hempstead.
Who is Maura Higgins?
The former ring girl and model sashayed her way onto our screens (and into our hearts) when she starred as a bombshell in Love Island series five.
Having originally set her sights on Tommy (who famously said Maura made his head turn 560 degrees), the Irish beauty had a brief dalliance with Tom – who wanted to see if she was “all mouth”.
While Maura made waves in the villa, she was hugely popular with viewers at home thanks to her direct manner and sharp one-liners, seeing her place fourth alongside her new beau Curtis Pritchard.
What did Maura do after Love Island?
While we tipped her to be one of the most successful Love Island contestants after leaving the show, Maura is doing even better than we could have imagined.
Bagging her first hosting role as an agony aunt on ITV’s This Morning, Maura has now gone onto sign six-figure deals with lingerie company Ann Summers and have her own collection with BooHoo too.
She is also still happily coupled up with Curtis.
What did Maura say about joining Dancing on Ice?
Making the announcement on This Morning while stood in a giant snow globe (where else?) Maura joked that she was going to be 2020’s Gemma Collins, and asked for a strong partner to keep her in line.
“I need someone strict to keep me in line. Otherwise I’ll just throw a strop and lay on the floor,” she joked.
“Headbangers frighten me a lot. I don’t go to the gym so I’m going to struggle. I’m going to be training every day…my body isn’t up for it!
“I’ve skated once in my life for fun, so I’ve no experience at all. I’m up for the challenge. I’m more excited than scared. I’m competitive so I think that will drive me.”
Maura Higgins – key facts
Famous for: Being a Love Island star
Dancing on Ice returns in 2020