The greatest show on ice, Dancing on Ice, will be back to brighten up the winter schedules in January next year – and already, we’re excited to see who will be skating onto our screens.
The 11th series of the ITV deep-freeze dance show was absolute ratings gold for the channel, mainly thanks to the inclusion of reality TV legend Gemma Collins, her ongoing feud with judge Jason Gardiner, and Wes Nelson’s split with Love Island co-star Megan Barton Hanson during filming.
So who will be keeping us hooked for series 12? Here are the confirmed names for 2020…
Caprice confirmed she is the 12th and final Dancing on Ice contestant via a video message on Lorraine. She told viewers: “I’ve got some really big news. I’m going to be on Dancing on Ice 2020! At the moment no nerves. I’m excited more than anything.”
Trisha appeared live on Good Morning Britain to confirm the news.
“I love physical stuff,” she said. “Every day I bike ride, I weight train, I love any physical thing. I learnt to ski at 37, I learnt to roller blade at 42. I’m 62 in December. I thought ‘why not?'”
The ITV2 magician was confirmed on BBC Radio London.
“Can I ice skate? Barely,” he said. “But I did say to the producers ‘if I’m going to do this, can I try to do magic on ice?’ I will try and attempt to put magic into the show if I can. We start tomorrow! On the ice for the very first time.”
Having previously been rumoured, the Diversity dancer’s inclusion on the ice was confirmed on KISS FM Drivetime.
“I’ve done a couple of training sessions. Not gonna lie, it’s hard. It’s game face,” he said.
The Coronation Street star, who plays Beth Tinker in the long-running soap, was announced on ITV breakfast programme Lorraine.
“I haven’t been on the ice for about 40 years,” she said. “Yesterday was my first session on the ice. It was good, I really enjoyed it, I didn’t fall. I was a bit scared, I was quite nervous. I can’t believe I’m 50 next year and I just thought ‘If I don’t do this now I’m never going to have the chance to do it again’.”
H from Steps (Ian Watkins)
Having been previously tipped for the role, the Steps singer was confirmed to be joining Dancing on Ice on Good Morning Britain.
“What am I doing?” he said. “I have frantically been You Tubing James Jordan and Ray Quinn. I have kids now so it’s a skill I can learn and take my kids to the ice. It’s scary and exciting and now there’s no turning back. I know I’m going to be put through my paces and that’s the name of the game.”
Newsreader Lucrezia Millarini is downing her papers and donning her skates as she heads to the ice for 2020.
“I’m super excited to be joining the line up for Dancing On Ice!” she said. “I can’t wait to get out there on the ice and start training. While the news agenda is already pretty busy these days, I know life is about to get a lot busier…with a few bruises along the way!”
The ’90s TV presenter will return to reality TV, 14 years after finishing second on Celebrity Big Brother.
“I’m delighted to say that I’ll be joining the Dancing on Ice line up for 2020,” he said. “I’m looking forward to meeting Holly and Phil. I’m very excited… it’s performance time!”
Maura won over the nation with her humour and blunt heart-to-hearts on Love Island 2019 — and has since gone on to present an agony aunt segment on This Morning.
And now she’s swapping the island for the ice rink, and is very much “up for the challenge”.
“I’ve skated once in my life for fun, so I’ve no experience at all,” she said. “I’m up for the challenge. I’m more excited than scared. I’m competitive so I think that will drive me.”
Sportsman Kevin Kilbane is swapping his football boots for ice skates after he became the third celebrity confirmed to take part in Dancing on Ice 2020. Kilbane, who announced the news on Talksport Radio, said: “I am going on as a total novice. I’m starting from scratch here. This is going to be a massive challenge for me. I’ve been taking it easy for the last few years since I finished (football) so let’s just see how this one goes.”
The Paralympic gold medallist has been announced as the first ever blind contestant on Dancing on Ice. “After Rio I achieved my ultimate goal and then I thought, ‘what else can I do?’ – this opportunity came about and I couldn’t pass it up,” she said. “I love challenging myself and experiencing new things.”
The former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! champion has joined the line-up for Dancing On Ice 2020.
“I can’t even dance on a dance floor so Dancing on Ice is just a silly idea,” he said as the news was announced on Loose Women. “I’m going to learn how to skate and I’ll do it with a smile on my face.”
Dancing on Ice launches in January 2020