Meet Amy Tinkler, Denise van Outen’s Dancing on Ice replacement and Olympic gymnast

The Olympic bronze medallist competes on the series for the firs time after being a last minute addition to Dancing on Ice, replacing Denise Van Outen.

Amy Tinkler

She might be a late addition to Dancing on Ice after being drafted in at the last minute to replace Denise Van Outen, who pulled out following a shoulder injury, but that hasn’t stopped Amy Tinkler impressing.

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The Olympic gymnast has hit the ice running, scoring a commendable 28 points in her debut week.

Amy and professional skating partner Joe Johnson wowed the judges with their musical performance to Fame, which saw them finish in fourth place on the leaderboard.

Although they scored a pretty high 29 points, the pair dropped down to sixth place in Week Four for their dance performance, so will be hoping to pull it out the bag for the show’s Love Week, taking place on February 14th.

She’ll have to work her skates off to beat rapper Lady Leshurr, actress Faye Brooks, and Emmerdale’s Joe-Warren Plant who all currently sit at the top of the leaderboard with 32.5 points. And of course she will want to avoid the infamous skate off.

Here’s everything you need to know about Amy Tinkler – one of the contestants in the Dancing on Ice 2021 line-up.

Who is Dancing on Ice replacement Amy Tinkler?

Amy Tinkler
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Age: 21

Instagram: @amytinkler

Twitter: @amytinkler2

Job: Olympic gymnast

Now-retired British gymnast Amy Tinkler is best know for competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics, where she won a bronze medal in the floor exercise as the youngest member of Team GB.

The 21-year-old has 10 British championships under her belt and began her professional gymnast career at the age of 14.

In 2018, Tinkler was forced to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games after tearing ligaments in her ankle and two years later, she retired from professional gymnastics.

What has Amy Tinkler scored so far?

Week Three: 7, 7.5, 6.5, 7 (28)

Week Four: 7.5, 7.5, 7, 7 (29)

Amy came in joint fourth place on the leaderboard after scoring 28 points with her routine to Fame as part of musicals weeks in Week Three.

She currently sits in sixth place on the leaderboard with 29 points.

What has Amy Tinkler said about joining Dancing on Ice?

Although she’s been training since October, Amy revealed that she wasn’t expecting to end up on the show this year.

Announcing the news via Instagram, she wrote that she’d been working “super hard as the reserve team” alongside her professional partner Joe Johnson for the past three months and was “super excited” to be making her Dancing on Ice debut this Sunday.

“We want to wish Denise Van Outen a very speedy recovery, you have been so kind to us and we wish you all the best.

“I can’t wait to show you all what we can do! Thank you Joe for being the most amazing, partner, you’re the best!” she added.

Later she admitted to having conflicted feelings about replacing Van Outen, but said she had received kind words from the actress and singer.

“It was a mixture of emotions,” she said. “I came into this as a reserve, I wasn’t expecting to end up on the show and it’s never nice to see anyone get injured.

“I was obviously really gutted for Denise but I was also super excited. I think Joe [Johnson, her professional partner] and I screamed for about five minutes. We got the call on Tuesday and then we were in the studios on Wednesday. It was all go go go!”

She added, “She [Van Outen] has been so kind to me and Joe. And her and Matt came and watched our rehearsals yesterday and they were giving us a few tips. She’s a natural-born performer so it was really nice to have her input on the performance side of it.”

Ahead of second performance, Amy said: “I’m excited and a little bit nervous, this is the first time I’ve only had a week to get ready for a performance, so I learnt my new program on Monday, had Tuesday off to rest, then yesterday we ran it through full for the first time, and we’ve got two days before proper rehearsals start.”

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Dancing on Ice is on ITV on Sundays at 6pm. Find out who else is taking part with our Dancing on Ice 2021 line-up guide. If you’re looking for something to watch tonight, check out our TV Guide.