Kye Whyte, fresh from making history at the Tokyo Olympics this summer and winning Great Britain’s first ever BMX Olympic medal is now set to take on the ice.
The silver medalist announced the news on CBBC’s Newsround this morning saying: “I’m feeling good.” When asked if he’s ever skated he said “I have [rollerskated] when I was younger so we’ll see how it goes.”
When he was asked how long he’d kept the secret, he said: “Only three or four weeks. I think I was the last person to get selected. I was told not to tell anyone and I’ve been waiting for the big reveal! My family knows. My dad and my brother roller-skate so I think they’re excited.”
“When I did the audition I kind of related it to roller-skating so I think I did pretty well… I think the thing I’m really confident about is I don’t really mind if I fall, I’m quite fearless.”
Asked how he felt about picking up his skating partner, Kye said: “the picking up and stuff I’m not too worried about. As long as I do my gym properly I should be alright. It’s the routines – I’m very forgetful! So, yeah, that’s what I’m a bit wary of.”
Kye went on to say: “I think I can win Dancing On Ice. I’d love to see if I can make the final because, as I said, I’m very competitive. You know what? I want to make the final!”
Kye is the latest celebrity confirmed for the 2022 line up and joins the previously announced Coronation Street legend Sally Dynevor, Happy Mondays dancer Bez, Paralympian Stef Reid, Love Island’s Liberty Poole, rugby star Ben Foden, Paul Gascoigne’s son, Regan Gascoigne, pop star Rachel Stevens and professional dancer Brendan Cole.
Dancing On Ice returns to ITV in the new year. Each week the celebrity contestants will skate live with their professional partners in a bid to impress both the panel and the viewers who will ultimately decide who wins the show.