The first celebrities confirmed for Dancing on Ice 2019 are… Gemma Collins and Richard Blackwood!
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TOWIE star Collins and actor and rapper Blackwood – who’s recently been seen as Vincent Hubbard in EastEnders – were unveiled on This Morning by presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, who also host Dancing on Ice.
And Collins is a lot more confident than you might think. “Do you know what? As a young girl, my brother used to play ice hockey, so I was at the ice rink a lot,” she told Schofield and Willoughby.
The reality star added: “I don’t know how they’re going to lift me up and how fast I can move around the ice, but I really want to give it a go!”
Speaking about her unveiling on Twitter, Collins said the show would be “ENTERTAINMENT at its best”.
Yes ???????? ITS CONFIRMED I am doing dancingonice this year ⛸⛸⛸ it’s going to be ENTERTAINMENT at its best ⛸????????⛸ https://t.co/OTaJCzb0q0
— Gemma Collins (@missgemcollins) October 1, 2018
Blackwood, who appeared alongside Collins on This Morning, revealed he is used to the ice from his youth. “I grew up in Sweden, so I used to skate out there,” he said. “I can skate, but I normally dance on dry land. So dancing and skating are two different things, which I’ve got to combine.”
Blackwood’s reveal won’t be a surprise to DOI fans after the show posted an Instagram picture that all but confirmed his signing.
Notice the tattoo on the bicep: that was definitely Blackwood.
No official date has been announced so far, but Dancing on Ice is expected to return to ITV early next year.