Clear your schedule for the evening of Sunday 16 January Dancing On Ice fans, because the show will be returning to our screens that evening at 6:30pm.
This year the show features a star-studded line-up that includes Coronation Street actress Sally Dynevor, Love Island’s Liberty Poole and Happy Mondays dancer Bez.
Rugby star Ben Foden, Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, pop star Rachel Stevens, professional dancer Brendan Cole and The Vamps’ Connor Ball will also compete.
The last series, which was won by Capital FM presenter Sonny Jay, took place amid the pandemic and saw a number of celebrities withdraw after being injured or testing positive.
Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse will replace John Barrowman on the judging panel this series, alongside Ashley Banjo, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.
Liberty was one of the first to be announced, and said she was “so excited” to be part of the show.
In light of the celebs beginning their training back in October, Liberty has since admitted that ice skating is “harder than you think”.
She told Source in November: “I have been busy but I’m focussing on Dancing on Ice training, doing that Monday to Friday. Trying to get good, it’s harder than people think!”
The blonde beauty added: “I’m enjoying it, me and my mum have been watching the show for years and I’ve always loved ice skating but, yeah, you have to sort of forget what you know and sort of start over again when it comes to figure skating so yeah, but I’m hoping it goes alright.”
John has said his departure was unrelated to the accusations that he repeatedly exposed himself on the set of Doctor Who and its sister show Torchwood.
The actor, who starred as Captain Jack Harkness, said his exit was prompted by him taking on another role on All Star Musicals, another ITV series.
Guiding the celebrity novices through their routines will be professionals including reigning champion Angela Egan, who lifted the trophy with Jay last series, and Matt Evers, who has been a part of show since its launch in 2006.
Another celeb hitting the ice is former S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevens, who echoed similar sentiments to Liberty on how difficult skating can be.
“It’s so exciting but it’s so hard. I’ve not fallen over yet, I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not,” Rachel told Source.
Fan favourites Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield will be returning as presenters of the show this year, while Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and Ashley Banjo will be back on the judging panel.
One person who won’t be back is John Barrowman, who has since been replaced by Strictly Come Dancing’s Oti Mabuse.
Expressing her excitement of her new judging gig, Oti said at the time of the announcement: “As a professional dancer I have always had so much respect for the skating professionals on Dancing On Ice.
“It is an exceptional skill that is also so beautiful to watch. I’m feeling really enthusiastic about joining the panel alongside the legendary Torvill and Dean and Ashley Banjo.
“I can’t wait to see the celebrities thrive as they learn how to ice-skate and to champion the professional skaters as they create incredible choreography.”
She added: “Having been on both sides of the table, I know a little bit about how they’ll be feeling. It’s more than an honour and I already can’t wait to join the family.”