5,6,7,8, was Ian Watkins born to skate? That’s the question we’ll be asking as the Steps star, often known as ‘H’, competes for the Dancing on Ice 2020 title.
The founding member of the ’90s pop group is taking on 11 other celebs in this year’s competition, trying to impress viewers and judges Ashley Banjo, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean and newcomer John Barrowman.
Welsh singer Ian Watkins joined Steps in 1997 after auditions for the band were advertised in The Stage newspaper. He was selected as part of the original line-up and survived an early shake-up to the group which saw the departure of three members.
Steps released their first single, 5,6,7,8, in 1997, before releasing their full debut album the following year. It received critical and commercial success, launching the band to international fame.
Capitalising on the intense fandom, Steps released two more albums in the next two years before abruptly breaking up in 2001.
What did Ian Watkins do after Steps broke up?
Watkins teamed up with fellow Steps member Claire Richards for a new project in 2002, simply titled H & Claire. The duo signed with Warner Music for what was rumoured to be a seven-figure, multiple album deal.
However, after their initial singles underperformed and Richards expressed a desire to leave the public eye, the duo were dropped from the record label and split up.
In 2007, he was a contestant on the fifth series of Celebrity Big Brother and placed fourth overall, behind actor Dirk Benedict (The A-Team), Jermaine Jackson of the Jackson Five, and Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty.
He has returned to Steps for their reunions in 2012 and 2017, the latter of which saw the band release their fifth studio album which reached number two in the UK charts.