Dancing on Ice 2022 is back with the 14th season of the competition on ITV.
The series has been running since 2006 and saw Coronation Street and Emmerdale actress Gaynor Faye crowned as the first-ever winner. Since then, we've also seen the likes of Emmerdale actor Matthew Wolfenden, Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle and actor Joe Swash earning the coveted title. But who will we be adding to the Dancing on Ice winners list this year?
Here's what you need to know about the new season...
'Dancing on Ice' 2022 air date
Dancing on Ice 2022 will start on ITV on Sunday, Jan. 16 2022 at 6.30pm and then air in the same slot every weekend. You will also be able to catch up on missed episodes via ITV Hub.
The first episode will see the first six celebrities performing, with the remaining six competing the following week. Here are the celebrities and songs for week one:
Bez and Angela will skate to Step On by Bez' own group, Happy Mondays.
Kimberley and Mark will perform a routine to What About Us by Pink.
Kye and Tippy are skating to Bonkers by Dizzee Rascal.
Sally and Matt will do their routine to She's Always A Woman by Billy Joel.
Brendan and Vanessa will perform to Black Betty by Ram Jam.
Finally, Ria and Lukasz will skate to Treat People With Kindness by Harry Styles.
Below you can see a sneak speak of how the celebrities have been getting on ahead of the first episode...
Who are the contestants for 'Dancing on Ice' 2022?
Coronation Street's Sally Dynevor is the first confirmed contestant for Dancing on Ice 2022. Best known for her role as Sally Webster, the actress revealed that she'd be participating in the series on ITV daytime series Lorraine.
During the interview, she revealed: “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.”
Mark Berry (Bez)
Happy Mondays star Bez is the second celebrity to be taking to the ice this season. Speaking to Dancing On Ice presenters Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield on This Morning, he said: "At the moment it’s more like Bambi on Ice, not Dancing On Ice. 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!”
"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."
Bez has already suffered an injury while training after hitting his head so hard on the ice that his helmet flew off! Thankfully, he was okay.
Paralympian Stef Reid announced her involvement in the new series on Good Morning Britain, saying: “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!”
Stef is a five-time world record holder, and reigning world champion in the London 2017 Long Jump. She has won a number of Paralympic medals over the years, claiming her first Paralympic medal at the Beijing Games in 2008.
Love Island star Liberty Poole confirmed her involvement via Instagram, writing: "I’m going to be learning to dance...on ice! Wish me luck! So excited to join the show that I’ve loved watching for years."
She added: "I grew up watching Dancing on Ice and my mum actually used to be a figure skater. 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. Not just skating around the ice but actually dancing on ice. Bring it on!"
Ben Foden - first to be voted out
English rugby player Ben Foden currently plays for Rugby United New York in Major League Rugby.
Speaking about joining Dancing on Ice he said: "I used to skate a little when I was a kid. I’d go to ice discos when I was 15, 16 and you’d always see these kids that could do pirouettes that had a proper dancing background. I like the idea of learning a new sport and a new skill. I’m quite competitive as well so I like the challenge of competing against others doing something that I’m not necessarily good at!"
Ben was the first contestant eliminated from the show after going against TV presenter Ria Hebden in the skate-off. He scored a respectable 23 points for his performance, but this wasn’t enough to save him from being voted off the show.
Despite his short time on the show, Ben applauded his professional partner Robin Johnstone for all of the skating training. “I really have enjoyed it, this woman is incredible and it’s the people who make this experience,” he praised.
Regan is a singer, dancer, and the son of former England footballer Paul Gascoigne. He has confirmed he will be trying his hand at skating for this season of Dancing on Ice.
In an Instagram post, Regan revealed: "The Universe moves in mysterious ways! I love watching @dancingonice every year! I just Never thought this would actually happed to me. I’m Nervous, Scared but mostly Excited all at the same time. Hopefully I can stay on my feet x"
Former S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevens is the seventh contestant confirmed for Dancing on Ice 2022.
Stevens revealed the news when she appeared on This Morning with Phil and Holly. When she revealed she was taking part, she said: "It now feels really real, this is really happening. I’m so excited, obviously really nervous. It's one of those things, until you do it you don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Former Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Brendan Cole is the eighth celeb signed up for Dancing on Ice 2022!
He enthusiastically revealed the news on Loose Women on Oct. 6, where 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."
Fresh from making history in Tokyo as Great Britain's first-ever BMX Olympic silver medalist, Kye Whyte will be the ninth contestant taking part in Dancing on Ice next year.
He announced the news on CBBC Newsround this morning, where he confidently said: "I think I can win Dancing On Ice. I’d love to see if I can make the final because, as I said, I’m very competitive. You know what? I want to make the final!"
TV Presenter Ria Hebden is over the moon about joining the series. She said: "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!”
Talking on Heart Breakfast to fellow Pussycat Dolls star Ashley Roberts, 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!"
Kimberly has already dipped her toes into the world of dance, judging the dance competition show Got To Dance between 2009 and 2014 and being part of the girl group Pussycat Dolls. She also won Celebrity MasterChef in 2015 and will be making her theatre stage entrance in 2022 as press secretary Kate Compton in Dead Lies by crime novelist Hilary Bonner.
The Vamps star, Connor, announced the news on Capital FM to Roman Kemp, Sian Welby, and current Dancing On Ice champion and singer Sonny Jay, saying, “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 knows. They’re super excited for me."
Connor jokingly pleaded with fans on Twitter: “Please don’t tell me to break a leg cause I actually will” after tweeting about how nervous he was.
Antony Costa - unconfirmed
Antony Costa has reportedly been signed up as a reserve contestant for Dancing on Ice 2022.
The news was first reported by The Sun, who said the former Blue singer was "really excited about skating on Dancing on Ice" but has missed out on the main cast list. However, if one of the other celebs is forced to pull out of the competition before the show returns, we could be seeing Antony Costa taking to the ice in 2022!
Which celebrities will be competing in week one of 'Dancing on Ice'?
It has been confirmed that the first batch of celebrities taking to the ice in week one (Sunday, Jan. 16) will be:
Bez and Angela Eagan
Brendan Cole and Vanessa Bauer
Sally Dynevor and Matt Evers
Ria Hebden and Łukasz Różycki
Kye Whyte and Tippy Packard
Kimberly Wyatt and Mark Hanretty
Which celebrities will be competing in week two of 'Dancing on Ice'?
The second week (Sunday, Jan. 23) will see the remaining couples take to the ice, including...
Connor Ball and Alexandra Schauman
Ben Foden and Robin Johnstone
Liberty Poole and Joe Johnson
Regan Gascoigne and Karina Manta
Stef Reid and Andy Buchanan
Rachel Stevens and Brendyn Hatfield
Who is on the 'Dancing on Ice' 2022 judging panel?
Figure skating legends Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean will reprise their roles as judges, alongside Ashley Banjo, but it was recently confirmed that John Barrowman would not appear on the panel for the 2022 competition.
Instead, Strictly Come Dancing pro Oti Mabuse will be joining the judging panel for the new series. Oti has already proved her judging expertise on The Greatest Dancer which she is returning to later this year. She was also a guest judge on RuPaul's Drag Race UK and has won Strictly Come Dancing twice, once with comedian Bill Bailey and also with actor Kelvin Fletcher in 2019.
Speaking of this year's lineup, Jayne Torvill said there are already some standout contestants: "I think there’s probably about five or six so that’s what makes it exciting this year. You've got Brendan Cole with his ballroom background, you’ve got Kimberly Wyatt with her choreographic dance background, and because we’ve seen her in training a few times I’ve really noticed that she’s incredibly supple. She’s got really elegant lines and her skating is coming along really well too."
Who is presenting 'Dancing on Ice' 2022?
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby are back to their presenting duties again for the new series, and while Holly has admitted she is excited to get dressed up again each weekend, she is nervous about watching some of the more adventurous skating moves, especially the famous headbanger...I absolutely hate it. I can't bear it. I end up watching it back afterwards. I've never watched one live. I will not do it.
"One of the worst moments was when somebody did it in the skate off last year and Phil and I now stand rink side because normally I'm off set and I was like ‘oh I’m just standing here and they are doing it right in front of me.’ I love it when the skaters do a move called a Roll Up, I think because in my head I’m thinking they can pick me up and do that."
Is there a trailer yet?
Yes! The 50-second trailer shows an ice skater twirling around in front of some amazing backgrounds, showcasing just some of the impressive moves we can expect to see from our skating celebrities this year.
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