Meet Perri Kiely – the Diversity dancer putting his skates on for Dancing on Ice 2020

The back-flipping little kid with glasses is all grown up

Perri Kiely, Dancing on Ice (ITV)

The greatest show on ice is back.

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Dancing on Ice will be returning once more in 2020, with 12 brand new celebrities getting their skates on in a bid to impress the judges – and viewers at home – with their ice-dancing skills.

This year’s Dancing on Ice line-up features a rather motley crew including former talk show host Trisha Goddard, ’90s relic Michael Barrymore and Love Island runner-up Maura Higgins – but Maura is not the only reality star to be taking to the ice this series.

Britain’s Got Talent winner and Diversity star Perri Kiely will also be swapping terra firma for a deep-freeze dance floor.

Here’s everything you need to know about Perri Kiely…

Who is Perri Kiely?

You may not immediately recognise him, as he’s really grown up since he first shot to fame back in 2009 – but as mentioned previously, Perri is (or was) the little backflipping kid who wowed Simon Cowell and his fellow judges on Britain’s Got Talent.

He has since gone on to become a reality star in his own right, appearing in (and often winning) a series of competition shows.

When did Perri Kiely win Britain’s Got Talent?

It was during Britain’s Got Talent’s golden era, in 2009, that Diversity were crowned the surprise champions, after it was repeatedly predicted breakout star Susan Boyle would take the title.

Kiely was just 13 at the time of the win.

“I’ve got to tell you right now, all bets are off,” Simon Cowell said of their finale performance. “It was the only performance of the night I’d give a 10 to.”

What other shows has Perri Kiery starred in?

Diversity was just the tip of the iceberg for Kiely, who made his debut presenting backstage for Sky 1’s Got To Dance in 2013.

However, Kiely is better known for his participation on celebrity reality shows, the first of which being ITV’s much-maligned Splash in 2014. Regularly impressing the judges and mentor Tom Daley, Kiely beat Richard Whitehead to win the second series of the competition.

Later in the same year, he won £12,000 on the celebrity version of Release The Hounds: Jingle Hell, with his team splitting the winnings between NSPCC and Beatbullying.

After looking for love on E4 dating show Celebs Go Dating in 2017, Kiely then tried his luck at baking in the 2018 edition of The Great British Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer – impressing Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith with his self-portrait croquembouches and winning star baker.

What did Perri Kiely say when he joined Dancing on Ice?

Whether Kiely keeps up his reality TV winning streak is yet to be seen, but the dancer is taking the competition seriously.

“I’ve done a couple of training sessions,” he said on KISS FM Drive Time when he was announced. “Not gonna lie, it’s hard. It’s game face.”

Perri Kiely – Key Facts

Age: 23

Famous for: Dancing in Diversity

Twitter: @perrikiely

Instagram: @realperrikiely

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