DANCING ON ICE: CELEBRITY FORCED TO WITHDRAW AND PRO CONFIRMS EXIT
Dancing on Ice, created and produced by Lifted Entertainment, returns to ITV1and ITVX in January 2024 with a new cast.
Twelve celebrities prepare to embark on the ultimate challenge as they take to the ice each week, skating live in a bid to impress both the panel and viewers at home.
Back for a sparkling new series, the greatest show on ice promises more glitz, glamour and show stopping performances as the celebrities brave it all to learn this dangerous discipline.
Gogglebox star Stephen Lustig-Webb has to withdraw from this year’s show due an injury he sustained to his ankle during training. A spokesperson said: "He is still very much a part of the our DOI family and we will be helping to support Stephen. We wish him well with his recovery."
Elsewhere, it has also been confirmed that one of the show's longest serving pro skaters Matt Evers is to leave the series. A spokesperson said: ""Matt has been a huge part of the show from the very first series creating some of the show's iconic moments...
"From performing the first ever headbanger on the very first show with partner Bonnie Langford, storming to victory with partner Suzanne Shaw in season three and performing in our first ever same sex couple with Ian 'H' Watkins on season 12...
“Matt will always be a part of the Dancing On Ice family and we wish him all the very best for the future."
Ricky Hatton MBE
World Champion Boxer
"If I can hold my nerve in the boxing ring I should be able to hold my nerve in the ice rink. I like setting new challenges and keeping myself busy!"
“I’m really looking forward to going to an ice rink with my son and actually being able to skate and not have to use the penguins they give you to help you stay upright!”
Actress and singer
“I`m really excited about learning a new skill. It's so easy to live your comfortable life and that aspect of mixing things up is very appealing. Fitness is another reason why I’m doing it! It's really exciting.”
Love Island and West End star
“I would definitely say that I'm an adrenaline junkie but I do get more nervous as I get older and I hope that I can contain them, I don't want the adrenalin to get the better of me."
"I like a challenge and I needed a reason to go out and do stuff again and here we are. I want to perform something that's never been done before, that's my aim. I'll go 100,000% on this. I'll try hard, I'm in no way expecting to be good but I will work as hard as I can."
“I’ve always loved to dance but it’s usually on a dance floor on a Saturday night and Dancing On Ice looks so difficult. I keep thinking about how I’m going to need to have rhythm while balancing on a thin blade and that's when I feel the nerves kick in, but this is such an unbelievable opportunity to get totally out of my comfort zone.”
“I’m nervous about cracking my head open, or just bashing the old head. I can’t afford to lose any more brain cells. I’m also worried about my partner picking me up, he’s going to have to be very strong and very brave.”
“Being on the ice! I’m apprehensive about the lifts, especially the headbanger. I’ve got to trust in the process, trust in the training, trust in the trainers.”
“It's ‘bricking it on ice’ for me! I think the hardest part is putting myself out there as I usually hide away. I did radio as it's not visual. That’s going to be a big challenge. After cancer I have my life back; I actually can’t wait for the glam!”
Dancing On Ice returns January on ITV1.