Dancing on Ice will return for with a brand-new series from Sunday, and fans have been given an early glimpse at this year’s contestants as they prepare for the official launch of its fourteenth series.
A first clip from the new series features the group rehearsing at Alexandra Palace in north London, with Rachel Stevens and Brendan Cole already emerging as front-runners before the show gets underway.
The pair reveal surprisingly advanced choreography, neat lines and near perfect balance while practicing with respective professional skate partners Brendyn Hatfield and Vanessa Bauer.
Here we go: Brendan Cole (L) and Rachel Stevens (R) show off their skating skills while rehearsing at Alexandra Palace in a first look at the new series of Dancing On Ice
Despite her apparent ease on the ice, Rachel, 43, admitted she’s still struggling to comprehend her participation in the returning show.
She said: ‘I can’t believe I’m doing this; it’s feeling so real now. What am I doing?’
Meanwhile professional dancer Brendan, 45, revealed he was keen to get down to business, but conceded his rehearsals were significantly harder than anything he was required to do during his years on Strictly Come Dancing.
Addressing Vanessa while watching her skate on the Alexandra Palace rink, the breathless star admitted: ’15 years on that other show, not sure I broke a sweat more than four times.’
Nervous: Despite her apparent ease on the ice, Rachel, 43, admitted she’s still struggling to comprehend her participation in the returning show
Incoming: Love Island’s Liberty Poole (L) and Paul Gascoigne’s model son Reagan (R) are also taking part in this year’s show
Worried: Liberty (pictured rehearsing with skate partner Joe Johnson) revealed she is fearful of slipping up on live television
Other celebrities strapping on their skates in the hope of winning the competition are Coronation Street star Sally Dynevor, Paralympian Stef Reid, Love Island’s Liberty Poole, rugby player Ben Foden, Paul Gascoigne’s model son Reagan, Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, presenter Ria Hebden, BMX Olympic silver medalist Kye Whyte, The Vamps’ bassist Connor Ball and Happy Mondays dancer Bez.
Appearing in the first look clip of the show, Bez – real name Mark Berry – admitted he was thankful for his safety helmet after taking a potentially nasty fall on the ice.
The 57-year old joked: ‘I feel like Frank Spencer on ice. My helmet’s been a lifesaving piece of equipment.’
Elsewhere Liberty Poole, 22, better known for her appearance on the last series of Love Island, revealed she is fearful of slipping up on live television.
She said: ‘I am feeling the pressure, I’m so terrified. I feel like we need to get cracking and speed things up here!’
Nervous: ‘I am feeling the pressure, I’m so terrified. I feel like we need to get cracking and speed things up here!’ she said
Getting involved: Paralympian Stef Reid (L) and Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt (R) will hope to go far when the fourteenth series of Dancing On ice launches on Sunday evening
Tough going: Brendan revealed he was keen to get down to business, but conceded his rehearsals were significantly harder than anything he did on Strictly Come Dancing
Judges Jayne Torvill, 64, and Christopher Dean, 63, recently revealed that the next batch of contestants are ‘well established’ and ‘ready to go’, following last years turmoil.
Last series, the show was thrust into chaos on numerous occasions as viewers saw the departure of Denise van Outen, Billie Faiers and Jason Donovan following injury.
And Chris admitted that the previous season fell victim to COVID-19 protocols and rushed training before confirming that this year they would be more prepared.
Grateful: Appearing in the first look clip of the show, Bez – real name Mark Berry – admitted he was thankful for his safety helmet after taking a potentially nasty fall on the ice
Here come the boys: Reagan Gascoigne (L) and Ben Foden (R) will compete in the new series
Excited: TV presenter Ria Hebden was seen waiting for her turn on the ice in Thursday’s first behind-the-scenes clip from the show
He said: ‘Last year practice got pushed – squeezed – whereas this year the celebrities have gone through the process of getting introduced to the ice longer.
‘They have a period with a coach, then they have a period with their partners, and so I think they’re pretty well established into what they’re doing now. So from an injury point of view I believe that they’re ready to go.’
Dancing On Ice launches Sunday January 16th, on ITV1 at 6:30pm.
Expert: Christopher Dean gives Coronation Street star Sally Dynevor a helping hand on the ice
Awkward: Bez admitted he was more like ‘Frank Spender on ice’ after taking a tumble