But of course, their professional partners are just as important, having been tasked with getting the stars fit for the testing and potentially dangerous rigours of the rink.
This year’s Dancing on Ice pro line-up introduces two new skaters, and sees a few familiar faces returning to the ice.
Meanwhile, fans may be surprised to hear that former DOI favourite and veteran Dan Whiston will no longer be getting his skates on, instead taking on a backstage role as the show’s Creative Director.
Meanwhile, former Dancing on Ice mainstay Karen Barber is returning as the show’s new head coach.
Here are all the pro skaters taking part in Dancing on Ice in 2019…
Accolades: Bronze medal winner at 2002 French Championships
Old favourite Sylvain Longchambon will be returning to the ice for the fifth time, having first joined the show in its sixth season in 2011.
Although he has never won the competition, Longchambon is just as well known for his antics off the ice as well as on it.
Having previously dated Hollyoaks actor Jennifer Metcalfe during his first run on the show, he then skated off with partner – Coronation Street star Samia Ghadie – in 2013. The pair married in 2016.
Accolades: 2015 British National Champion
Having joined the show last year, Hamish Gaman will be hoping to make it past week three in the competition, after he was quickly eliminated alongside partner, Olympic athlete Perri Sghakes-Drayton.
Accolades: Gold at US Junior Championships
Series veteran and firm fan favourite Matt Evers is returning for his 11th series. Having been eliminated first from the competition last year with Bake Off star Candice Brown, Evers is likely looking to recreate his win from the 2008 series of Dancing on ice, where he took the crown alongside Suzanne Shaw.
Accolades: Played Captain Hook in Disney on Ice
Marking his first outing on the ice, Demetriou, who grew up in Blackpool, previously toured as the devilish Captain Hook on Disney.
An avid Chelsea fan, the 28-year-old has previously spoken at how he has wanted to join the show.
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In an interview with Mail Online in 2013, he explained, “I’d love to do Dancing On Ice. It would be great. I think any other sportsperson would be a good partner – they’d be pretty flexible.”
He’s married to fellow newcomer Carlotta Edwards.
Accolades: Placed third in Junior Grand Prix, the Sofia Cup
Having first appeared in series six of the show in 2011, Lukasz Rozycki, who was partnered with media personality Elen Rivas, was kicked off the show early after the pair failed to qualify for the competition proper.
He was eliminated early again in 2013 when paired in 2013, but his fortunes changed in 2014 in the All-Stars edition of the show where he placed third with Beth Tweddle.
After a year off last year, with Rozycki be able to make the final again?
Accolades: Placed third in British Champtionships in 2010
Joining the show in series six in 2011, Mark Hanretty was eliminated alongside partner Donna Air in a shock double elimination with Anthony Cotton last year.
Having never made it past week six in the competition, will this year see Hanretty finally storm to the final?
Accolades: Double gold medallist at age 14
New to the series last year, Alexandra Murphy stormed to the semi-finals paired with Love Island favourite Kem Cetinay.
Will she be able to make it to the final this time round?
Accodlades: Pro figure skater also starring on Disney on Ice
Another newcomer last year, Brandee Malto was booted off suddenly in a double elimination, exiting the competition after being paired with Anthony Cotton.
Accolades: Placed 8th in 1997 Canadian Championships
A Dancing on Ice regular, Brianne Delcourt joined the show for its fifth series in 2010, romping to victory a year later with Sam Attwater in 2011. After coming second with then-boyfriend Matt Lapinskas in 2013, she then partnered Alex Beresford in last year’s revival series as the eighth couple eliminated.
Accolades: Performer for Disney on Ice
Newbie Carlotta Edwards partnered up with her husband Alexander Demetriou, after the pair met on Disney on Ice.
After eight years at the company, the pair decided to swap dressing up as Disney characters for touring on cruise ships with Royal Caribbean.
Now the couple are heading to Terra Firma (Ish) as they slide onto Dancing on Ice.
Accolades: 7th place in Junior Ladies’ Single at Finnish championships
First appearing on the fifth series of Dancign on Ice in 2010, Alexander Shauman was the sixth to be eliminated when partnered with daytime TV favourite Doctor Hilary Jones.
Unfortunately for Schauman, she was landed with infamously useless ice-skater Todd Carty in the show’s 2014 All-Star edition – and was eliminated fifth.
After a break from last year’s revival, Shauman is back with husband Lukasz Rozycki
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Accolades: German National Junior Pairs’ champion in 2013.
Joining the show last year, Vanessa Bauer proved herself as a force to be reckoned with when she won Dancing on Ice on her first go, partnered with reality star Jake Quickenden.
Could she triumph for a second year in a row?
Dancing on Ice returns to ITV next year