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Dancing on Ice contestants 2022: who is on ITV dance show with Bez, Sally Dynevor - celebrity line up revealed

ITV confirmed John Barrowman will not return for the new series, following accusations he behaved inappropriately on the set of several TV shows

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 set to begin this January on ITV, and the line up for the series was confirmed in October 2021.

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So, who will take part in Dancing on Ice 2022, and who will replace Barrowman? This is what you need to know.

When is Dancing on Ice 2022?

The series kicks off on Sunday 16 January at 6.30 pm on ITV.

The show airs weekly for around 10 weeks, all episodes will be available on the ITV Hub shortly after broadcast.

Who are the confirmed contestants?

The 12 contestants have now been revealed, and the all star cast does not disappoint.

So, who has been announced….

Sally Dynevor

Sally Dynevor said she signed up for the show as she isn’t getting any younger and wants to take on a new challenge (Picture: ITV)

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.

Bez

Happy Mondays dancer Bez was confirmed as the second contestant on the 2022 show (Picture: ITV)

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!”

Steph Reid

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.”

Rachel Stevens

Singer Rachel Stevens has signed up for the ITV figure skating competition (Picture: ITV)

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

Liberty Poole, Ben Foden and Regan Gascoigne have all signed up for the show (Picture: ITV)

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."

Rachel Stevens

Former S Club 7 band member and TV personality Rachel Stevens was the seventh confirmed celebrity to join Dancing on Ice.

The 43-year-old is married to actor Alex Bourne and they share two daughters, Amelie Bourne, Minnie Blossom Bourne.

On whether she has skated before, Rachel said, “Only with the Penguin with my kids you know every Christmas. I did it when I was 10 (years old) and dabbled in it for a little bit and I really loved it but I’m very wobbly.”

On why she chose to take part, Rachel said, “The opportunity came up and I thought what an amazing opportunity to learn a new skill. I love the whole idea of working with a team and your partner and also for my girls to be a part of this. They are at an age now where they love all the costumes.”

Brendan Cole

Former Strictly Come Dancing professional Brendan Cole has swapped the BBC dancehall for ITV’s skating rink as he joins the Dancing on Ice celebrity line up.

Appearing on Loose Woman on 6 October, he said: “I’m so, so excited. It’s been a while coming now. I’ve known I’d be doing the show for quite some time and I want to get started, I’m so excited to be on the show.”

He admitted he had only had one experience on the ice prior to training for the show, adding his first training session took him from a “fairly confident person” to “terrible” and “wobbly”.

He went on to say: “To be off the stage for such a long time now. I think March last year I finished my theatre production and all the lockdowns happened.

“To be back on a big stage - and this is a very big, very cold stage - I cannot tell you how excited I am. It means a lot to us in the entertainment industry to have these opportunities and I’m going to take it with both skates!”

Kye Whyte

Team GB’s first BMX Olympic medallist Kye Whyte has swapped cycling stunts for dancing on ice as he joins the show for 2022.

The silver medallist hadn’t long touched down in Britain following his success in Tokyo when he made the announcement on CBBC’s Newsround.

The 22-year-old Londoner said his audition for the show went quite well, as he associated it with his experience roller skating as a child.

“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,” he said.

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.”

Ria Hebden

ITV presenter Ria Hebden has confrimed she will also take part in Dancing on Ice, which she announced during her regular Entertainment news slot on Lorraine.

The 39-year-old has been a member of ITV’s This Morning since 2018 and joined Lorraine Kelly on her show in January 2020.

She revealed she would be taking part while announcing Entertainment stories on October 8, surprising Lorraine with the news.

She told the host: “It’ll be fun. This is one of ITV’s most sparkly shows so when they asked me I was like absolutely, we watch it at home. It will be brilliant to learn a new scary skill.

“You’ve got to say yes to things that excite you, that are a little bit scary because that’s when the growth happens - I’m hoping so anyway.”

She hopes to inspire others to take on challenges by participating in the show.

Kimberly Wyatt

Former Pussycat Doll and TV personality Kimberly Wyatt will dance her way onto the ice for her upcoming season.

The American is best known for being a member of the band, alongside Nicole Sherzinger.

Wyatt could celebrate her 40th Birthday while on the show, as she hits the big 4-0 on 4 February.

The mother-of-three confirmed she would be taking part while talking to fellow Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts on her Heart FM morning slot.

Kimberly said: “I have signed up for Dancing on Ice! I’m nervous, that ice is going to hit hard. I’m just excited to see what I can do on there. I’m up for a challenge!”

Connor Ball

The Vamps’ bassist, Scottish musician Connor Ball concludes the line up for Strictly’s 2022 series.

The 25-year-old told Roman Kemp, Sian Welby and current Dancing On Ice champion Sonny Jay: “I’m excited obviously but I’m really nervous. I’m quite clumsy, accident prone. Ice is hard! It was pretty hard to keep the secret.

“The rest of the band know. They’re super excited for me.”

Who is on the judging panel?

While John Barrowman will not be returning to the ice, 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.

Replacing Barrowman is former Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse.

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.

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