DANCING On Ice’s impressive 2024 line-up has been revealed.
ITV has attracted a diverse cast including sports legends, reality TV stars and even a 90s pop icon – who will soon embark on her skating journey.
For some famous faces, it’s their first time learning to dance.
Others have appeared on rival BBC dance show Strictly Come Dancing, but transferring their skills to the ice could prove difficult.
Here we take a look at the full list of celebrities confirmed for Dancing on Ice 2024 – and two who are expected to be announced today.
He’s best known as a world boxing champion – but how will Ricky Hatton fare if he swaps the ring for an ice rink?
The 44-year-old is not afraid of a challenge and was the first celebrity announced for the upcoming series.
“If I can keep my nerve in the boxing ring, I should be able to keep my nerve in the rink,” Ricky said.
“I like taking on new challenges and keeping myself busy!”
Fans were disappointed when it was announced that Hannah Spearritt would not be touring with S Club 7, but she will soon be on our TVs every weekend.
The ’90s pop star has been suffering grief lately following the sudden death of her ex-boyfriend and bandmate Paul Cattermole.
Now it looks like the 42-year-old is busy learning to skate in front of millions of people.
““I’m really looking forward to learning a new skill,” she said.
“It’s so easy to live a comfortable life, and that aspect of variety is very appealing.”
“Fitness is another reason why I do it! It’s really exciting.”
She is following in the footsteps of her S-Club colleague Rachel, who was eliminated from the competition in third place in 2022.
Actress Claire Sweeney is this year’s soap star who will campaign to secure viewers’ votes to stay in the competition.
Since starting her career in Brookside, she has been on television for more than three decades.
Claire has recently returned to the soap world, joining Coronation Street as Cassandra Plummer, who is the biological mother of Tyrone Dobbs.
Single mother Claire says she does Dancing on Ice for her eight-year-old son.
She said: “I’m really looking forward to going to a rink with my son and being able to actually skate and not have to resort to the penguins you get to stay upright!”
He was axed from EastEnders in 2015 after a controversial video of him was leaked online.
After falling into depression and disappearing from the industry, Ricky returns to the ITV dance show.
He said, “Being on the ice! I’m worried about the elevators, especially the headbanger.
“I have to trust the process, trust the training, trust the coaches.”
Ricky played Arthur “Fatboy” Chubb until his dramatic death in a car accident in 2015.
Comedian and author Lou Sanders has become the eighth celebrity confirmed to take part in the new series of Dancing on Ice.
She may be one of the least known stars in the cast but says ITV’s long-running answer to Strictly was her “dream job”.
Lou revealed the news exclusively to Nihal Arthanayake on Radio Five Live today, saying: “I’m afraid of hitting my head or just smashing my old head in.
“I can’t afford to lose any more brain cells. I’m also worried that my partner might come for me, he must be very strong and very brave.”
Lou is best known for her appearances on shows like Mock The Week and 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown
Long jump star Greg Rutherford has jumped to second favorite in the Dancing on Ice betting odds – before he’s even hit the ice.
The 2020 gold-winning Olympian has excitedly told fans he wants to perform a trick on the show that has “never been done before”.
Greg said: “My kids love dancing around, so hopefully they’ll have fun watching me dance with blades on my feet!”
“I think it will be a really different experience, but one that will be quite exciting.”
“I like challenges and I needed a reason to go out and do things again and here we are.”
“I want to perform something that hasn’t been done before, that’s my goal.”
“I will give 100,000% here. I’m going to do my best, I don’t expect to be good by any means, but I’m going to work as hard as I can.”
Self-confessed adrenaline junkie Amber Davies will take a break from entertaining theatergoers to star in Dancing on Ice.
The 27-year-old – who is already the bookmakers’ favorite – gushed: “Younger people would never believe that!”
Since Amber won Love Island with her then-boyfriend Kem Cetinay in 2017, she has fulfilled her dream of becoming an actress.
She has worked with country legend Dolly Parton, who gave her tips when she made her stage debut in the cast of 9 to 5: The Musical.
Amber has put her role as Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman: The Musical on hold while she begins training for Dancing on Ice next year.
Announcing the news, Amber said: “I would definitely say I’m an adrenaline junkie, but as I get older I get more nervous and I’m hoping I can keep it in check. I don’t want the adrenaline to get the better of me.”
She added: “I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve skated.”
Professional homebody Stephen Lustig-Webb is used to seeing celebrities compete on the country’s biggest reality TV shows – but now he’s one of them.
The 52-year-old left Gogglebox last month to pursue something new.
Now he wants to learn how to skate in front of the nation when the series begins in January.
Stephen said: “I wanted a new challenge and it doesn’t get much bigger than this!”
“DANCING ON ICE. I’m looking forward to putting on my skates and being part of this great show.”
He’s known as a heartthrob on Made in Chelsea – now Miles Nazaire has the chance to show a new side of himself to a live audience on Saturday night.
After making headlines for all the wrong reasons, the controversial reality star is turning the page with his latest adventure.
“I’ve always loved dancing but it’s usually on the dance floor on a Saturday night and Dancing On Ice looks so difficult,” Miles said.
“I keep thinking about how I need to have a rhythm when balancing on a thin blade, and then I feel the nerves increasing, but this is an incredible opportunity to completely get out of my comfort zone.”
Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts faced the biggest challenge of her life when she was diagnosed with bowel cancer two years ago.
Now the presenter is celebrating her survival by signing up to Dancing on Ice.
Adele was diagnosed with bowel cancer two years ago and said she was “very lucky” to be “fit enough and healthy enough for it”.
With her new life, the former I’m A Celebrity star is learning to skate.
Adele said: “For me it means ‘put it on ice’! I think the hardest part is putting myself out there because I usually hide.
“I did radio because it’s not visual. That will be a big challenge. After cancer I have my life back; I can’t wait to experience the glamour!”
Soap star Roxy Shahidi, who has played Leyla Harding on Emmerdale since 2008, is believed to be joining the full cast, but this has not yet been confirmed.
A source close to the actress – who is also a trained yoga teacher – called her the “perfect choice” for the show.
They told The Sun: “ITV always wants its big soap stars on Dancing On Ice and Roxy from Emmerdale is the one they’re looking for this year.”
“She’s the perfect choice – she’s been on the soap on and off for 15 years, so she’s very familiar to the audience who already have a connection with her, and on top of that she’s absolutely stunning, which always helps.”
Former Coronation Street legend Ryan is expected to be the final name in the 2024 line-up.
The 39-year-old is engaged to 32-year-old Towie actress Lucy Mecklenburgh and left his role as Jason Grimshaw in 2016.
His brother Adam is currently taking part in Strictly Come Dancing.
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A source said of Ryan’s participation in the show: “He’s got a big personality so he’ll make a great reality TV show. “Ryan is looking forward to the challenge of doing something different.”