ITV will return in January 2022 with 12 new celebrity contestants
Dancing on Ice is one of the most popular dancing shows on TV, with the added challenge of moving seamlessly across the ice.
The next series is not expected to begin until early 2022, but already announcements about the contestants have been confirmed by ITV.
On 4 October, the beginning of the pre-show hype began - but viewers were also saddened to learn that John Barrowman’s time on the show has come to an end.
So, what do we know about Dancing on Ice 2022 so far, and who will replace Barrowman? This is what you need to know.
When is Dancing on Ice 2022?
While no start date has been confirmed, it is expected that Torvill and Dean will be back on our screens from January 2022.
The show generally begins during the first or second week of the New Year, airing on a Sunday evening at 6pm.
Who are the confirmed contestants?
Two of the 12 contestants have now been revealed, as the gruelling training regime gets underway.
So, who has been announced….
Lorraine Kelly revealed exclusively on her morning ITV chat show that former Coronation Street actress Sally Dynevor will be performing on the upcoming series.
Following the announcement, Dynevor told Lorraine: “Now everyone knows I’m doing it I can’t back out can I?! And I’m so scared!”
Asked if she’s skated before, Sally said: “No never! I went with Hattie [her daughter] when she was little and I had a penguin and then thought this is too hard so I’ll go and get a coffee!”
“This is a massive challenge, Lorraine. It really, really is. I’m not getting any younger, I’ve just got to take every opportunity I get so that when I’m old I can say you know what? I gave it a go,” she added.
Later on 4 October, ITV This Morning presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Whilloughby - who host Dancing on Ice - revealed Happy Mondays dancer Bez will also be busting his moves on the show.
Bez, best-known for his questionable dance moves as a backing performer for the 1980s hit band, recently also competed on BBC’s Celebrity Masterchef.
He joked with Phillip and Holly that he is “more like Bambi on Ice, not Dancing On Ice,” adding: “How I got picked I don’t know because I was absolutely awful at the audition but they must have seen some potential in me.”
However, Bez hopes to improve over the coming weeks. He said: ““I’m looking forward to learning a new skill and I can’t wait for the Christmas ice rinks again and I can get on there and really show off."
Bandmate Shaun Ryder sent a special message, telling his old friend: “It’s a happy Monday! Hope it’s not a black and blue Monday, mate. I’m here to wish you all the best and say good luck fella for Dancing On Ice. Make sure you keep those maracas warm ‘cos it can get a bit cold! So, call the cops, good luck bro!”
Paralympic medalist Stef Reid is the third celebrity confirmed for the 2022 Dancing On Ice line-up, it was confirmed exclusively on Good Morning Britain on October 5.
Stef said: “I have some really exciting news. I’m going to be picking up a new sport this winter and it comes with a little bit of showbiz. I’m going to be a contestant on Dancing on Ice and it’s a little bit scary but I cannot wait.”
Former S Club Seven star, Rachel Stevens was revealed as the fourth celebrity to be skating on the ITV show this season.
Appearing on ITV’s This Morning, she told Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby that she is “so excited, obviously really nervous,” but that the opportunity is “one of those things, until you do it you don’t know what’s going to happen.”
She added that she is looking forward to the show as her daughters, Amelie and Millie Blossom, are “an age now where they love all the costumes.”
Liberty Poole, Ben Foden and Regan Gascoigne
Love Island 2021 contestant Liberty Poole has been confirmed as swapping Mallorca sunsets for ice rinks and gruelling training.
She admitted she does have experience on the ice as she goes along to her local ice rink for fun.
"I grew up watching Dancing On Ice and my mum actually used to be a figure skater,” the reality star said.
“I ice skate as a hobby sometimes so I can get around the rink but I can't do any tricks, no pirouetting or anything so I'm really looking forward to pushing myself and learning as much as I possibly can,” she added.
English rugby union player Foden is hanging up his jersey for a sequin and lycra as a contestant on the upcoming series.
On taking to the ice, sportsman Ben said: "I used to skate a little when I was a kid. I’d go to ice discos when I was 15, 16 (years old) and you’d always see these kids that could do pirouettes that had a proper dancing background.
The 36-year-old said he likes learning new sports, adding: “I’m quite competitive as well so I like the challenge of competing against others doing something that I’m not necessarily good at.”
Son of England football legend Paul ‘Gazza’ Gascoigne, performer Regan said, "Obviously I dance and love dancing but it’s the skill of this. I’ve always wanted to do it. Always, ever since I was a kid."
Who is on the judging panel?
While John Barrowman will not be returning to the ice, it is expected that Olympic Gold Medallists Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean will be judging the 12 hopeful contestants and their professional partners.
Alongside the duo will be Ashley Banjo, choreographer of BGT winners Diversity.
ITV said of axing the 54-year-old entertainer: “We thank John Barrowman for two brilliant years on the Dancing On Ice panel and are pleased to be working with him again as host of the forthcoming All Star Musicals specials.”
A replacement for John Barrowman has yet to be announced.