When does Dancing on Ice 2022 start, who is replacing John Barrowman and who is on the line-up?
When does Dancing on Ice 2022 start, who is replacing John Barrowman and who is on the line-up?
Ice skating fans wondering when does Dancing on Ice 2022 start, who is replacing John Barrowman and who is on the line-up as the first celebrity skaters are confirmed.
There’s no better way to welcome winter than by counting down the days until one of ITV’s most dangerous reality shows returns to our screens.
Last year Dancing On Ice was cancelled for a week after celebrities pulled out of the contest early due to a mix of injuries and coronavirus-related illness that left numbers low and caused the show to end its run early.
But despite the highs and the lows, the show was recommissioned for another season and as celebrity names start to be confirmed for the line-up, we look at all the details you need to know…
When does Dancing on Ice 2022 start?
Dancing on Ice 2022 returns to ITV screens in January 2022. The exact start date of what will be the show’s 14th series has not yet been officially confirmed but judging on previous years, it usually falls in the first half of January.
Twelve celebrities will be taking on the challenge to dance on ice. Each week they will skate live with their professional partners in a bid to impress both the panel and the viewers who will ultimately decide who wins the show.
Despite being months away, the celebrity lineup is already being teased in the run-up to the ice skating contest return.
Last year the show was under pressure after celebrities sustained injuries and were forced to withdraw from the competition. But Sonny Jay and his professional ice partner Angela Egan were crowned winners of Dancing on Ice 2021 celebrity lineup.
And historically the show has had its fair share of slips, trips and falls, who can forget Gemma Collins face-planting the ice in week four of the 2019 contest before spectacularly carrying on the routine.
But if you can’t wait for the new series of Dancing on Ice to start, don’t worry, there’s plenty of exciting shows on TV before the end of the year. Complaints Welcome on Channel 4 starts this month, starring comedians Munya Chawawa, Jessica Knappett and Tom Allen.
Who is replacing John Barrowman on Dancing On Ice?
John Barrowman is set to be replaced by former Strictly Come Dancing judge Dame Arlene Phillips.
The dance legend, 78, is in advanced talks with the show bosses over making a return to primetime TV, after she was axed from Strictly Come Dancing in 2009 following claims she was too old for the judging panel.
A TV insider told The Sun, ‘The fact that Arlene is a mature woman with decades of experience in the dance world is seen as a huge asset for Dancing on Ice.
‘In contrast to what people see as her harsh treatment by Strictly, ITV bosses see her seniority as a brilliant way to create a diverse panel of experts on the show.
‘It means the DOI judges are now made of two men and two women spanning an extensive age range.’
Arlene would be set to join existing judges Ashley Banjo, and legendary skaters Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean on the panel.
John Barrowman was axed from the judging panel after he admitted to “tomfoolery” on the set of Doctor Who, following allegations that he would regularly expose his penis to other cast members.
And ITV was under pressure to axe the judge when reports surfaced back in May.
A spokeswoman for ITV said in a statement, ‘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.’
A spokesman for John added, “John is thrilled to be returning to work for ITV as host on the new All Star Musicals.”
At the time the allegation surfaced, John said, ‘With the benefit of hindsight, I understand that upset may have been caused by my exuberant behaviour and I have apologised for this previously. Since my apology in November 2008, my understanding and behaviour have also changed.’
Who is on the Dancing on Ice 2022 line-up?
The celebrities confirmed for Dancing on Ice line-up so far are;
Olympian Kye Whyte
BMX Olympic silver medallist Kye Whyte has revealed he’s joined the Dancing on Ice lineup. He dropped by CBBC Newsround said he was “feeling good” about taking part.
“Only three or four weeks. I think I was the last person to get selected. I was not told not to tell anyone and I’ve been waiting for the big reveal!
“My family knows. My dad and my brother roller-skate so I think they’re excited.
“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.”
But there’s one thing he’s worried about and that’s remembering the routines. He added, “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.”
Former Strictly Come Dancing professional Brendan Cole is confirmed for DOI 2022, and he stopped by Loose Women to tell viewers, “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.”
But will Brendan follow in James Jordan’s success? The fellow Strictly pro won the 2019 series. Speaking about his own ice-skating experience to date he said, “I’ve had one go. I’m a fairly confident person and I like to think I’m going to be good at what I put my hand to or my feet to! I was thinking okay I’m going to be fine, I’m going to be out there and I was terrible. I was a bit wobbly. You can expect to be a bit wobbly on ice but I was hoping I was going to be better than I was. I’ve got time to learn. I’m just going to embrace the whole experience and I’m very excited to get started.”
He continued, “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!”
S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevens announced she is taking part on DOI during her fashion segment on This Morning.
Speaking to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, Rachel confessed, “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.”
When asked if she has any previous experience Rachel, who is mum to daughters Amelie, 10, and Minnie, seven, with husband Alex Bourne, 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.”
And speaking about why she decided to take part, she added, “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..”
Singer and dancer Regan who is the son of legendary footballer Paul Gascoigne says Ice Skating is a life-long dream. He 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!”
English Rugby Union player, Ben Foden, 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. 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!”
On swapping the sun for ice, Love Island star Liberty said, “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!”
Stef Reid MBE
Paralympic medalist Stef Reid is the third celebrity confirmed for 2022 Dancing On Ice line-up.
In an exclusive message on Good Morning Britain, Stef told viewers, “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!”
Bez, Happy Mondays
The Gogglebox and Happy Monday’s star popped out of the middle of a giant snowball on This Morning to reveal himself as the second DOI contestant.
Speaking about his skating ability, Bez 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.”
His 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!”
Coronation Street actress Sally Dynevor became the first celebrity skater confirmed for Dancing on Ice 2022.
Sally shared the exciting news on Lorraine, where she told viewers, “Now everyone knows I’m doing it I can’t back out can I?! And I’m so scared!”
And if you’re wondering whether Sally has ever skated before, she 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!”
She continued, “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.”