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Meet Brendan Cole: Dancing on Ice 2022 contestant and former Strictly pro

Here's everything you need to know about Strictly Come Dancing legend Brendan Cole.

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Published: Sunday, 16th January 2022 at 11:13 am

Brendan is sure to spice things up.


The 2022 series of Dancing on Ice began on Sunday (16th January 2022), with the ITV skating show returning for its 14th season.

Hoping to impress the judges this year is former Strictly Come Dancing professional Brendan Cole, who's paired up with Vanessa Bauer and is making his debut on this evening's show.

His former Strictly colleague Oti Mabuse will be on the judging panel this year after ITV confirmed that she'd replaced John Barrowman as a judge – and Cole has said that he thinks the pro dancer will make an "incredible" judge.

"I think Oti is going to be absolutely amazing," he said. "She’s a phenomenal person, on and off the dance floor. She has great dance experience, which she’ll bring to the show and I think you’ve got to have different elements from each of the [judges]."

But does Cole have what it takes to make it to the Dancing on Ice final? Or will the other Dancing on Ice 2022 contestants skate rings around him?

Here's everything you need to know about Brendan Cole as he swaps his dancing shoes for skates.

Who is Brendan Cole?

Brendan Cole smiles while appearing on Lorraine

Age: 45

Job: Professional dancer

Twitter: @brendancole

Instagram: @brendancoleinsta

Partnered with: Vanessa Bauer

Brendan hails from Christchurch, New Zealand, and is best known for being a professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing, where he waltzed with a number of famous faces from 2004, when the show first kicked off, up until his departure in 2017.

Since his time on Strictly, Brendan has been busying himself with theatre and he was also seen on the short-lived The X-Factor: Celebrity in 2019. He has previously tried his hand at judging dancing on the New Zealand version of Strictly, Dancing with the Stars.

What has Brendan said about joining Dancing on Ice 2022?

Brendan Cole and Vanessa Bauer on Dancing on Ice

Brendan Cole and Vanessa Bauer on Dancing on Ice

Brendan's involvement with Dancing on Ice 2022 was revealed on ITV's Loose Women. "I’m so, so excited," he said. "It’s been a while coming now. I’ve known I’d be doing the show for quite some time and I want to get started, I’m so excited to be on the show."

We know he can throw some shapes, but what about applying to that to the ice: “I’ve had one go. I’m a fairly confident person and I like to think I’m going to be good at what I put my hand to or my feet to! I was thinking 'OK, I’m going to be fine,' and I was terrible. I was a bit wobbly. You can expect to be a bit wobbly on ice but I was hoping I was going to be better than I was. I’ve got time to learn. I’m just going to embrace the whole experience and I’m very excited to get started.”


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