Dancing On Ice 2023 confirmed lineup revealed including Michelle Heaton and Joey Essex
5 October 2022, 10:58 | Updated: 12 October 2022, 09:14
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The ITV line-up for Dancing on Ice 2023 is being unveiled and so far it includes a former EastEnders actress and a Love Island winner.
This year, Torvill and Dean are welcoming a new bunch of very brave celebrities who will be hoping to impress with their skating skills alongside their professional parnters.
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Last year, actor Regan Gascoigne and his professional skating partner Karina Manta were crowned champions.
He beat the likes of former Strictly pro Brendan Cole and singer Kimberly Wyatt to lift the trophy.
But who is in the Dancing on Ice 2023 line up? Here’s the confirmed cast…
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Dancing On Ice 2023 line up
Dancing On Ice has signed up The Wanted star Siva as the final contestant.
“Honestly I don’t know why I said yes to this,” he admitted on GMB, as he added: “I’m overall very excited, after this I’m going to do training and meet Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.”
Michelle Heaton is best known for singing with Liberty X from 2001 until 2007 and has since appeared on shows such as Loose Women, Celebrity Big Brother and Come Dine with Me.
The star said she's 'so excited' about joining DOI, adding:"I can't believe it. Me and the kids are such huge fans of the show in general.
"I've always wanted to do it but I know I would never have been able to complete anything because of the way I was 18 months ago, so I'm really truly grateful that I've got it this year when I'm a lot stronger."
Actress Carley Stenson is best known for playing Steph Cunningham on Hollyoaks and went on to be a star of the West
"I'm so excited that I get to learn how to dance...on ice!," she said.
"I'm terrified but can’t wait - I just want to make the most of this whole experience."
34-year-old comedian Darren Harriott was the eighth person to be announced.
The comedian appeared on Trisha Goddard's show on Talk TV today to break the news, admitting: "I’ve got giant feet, I don't skate and I can't dance! My family has already made bets - they’re making bets that I’ll fall on the first episode."
The Only Way Is Essex's Joey Essex has been confirmed as one of the contestants for 2023 line-up.
He revealed the news during an instalment of This Morning on Friday 7th October.
The 32-year-old said: “I’d like to say I’ve matured. I’ve grown up.
“I think this stage in my life, I’m so ready for something like this. I just know, I just feel it.“I’m just ready for the commitment. It’s not an easy thing to do. It’s five-and-a-half months’ work.”
The Vivienne is the first drag artist to have ever signed for Dancing On Ice.
She said: "I'm beyond excited to announce that I will be competing in Dancing on Ice in 2023! This is honestly a dream come true and I can't wait to start training on the ice.
"To be the first drag artist to take part in one of the big UK reality competition shows is truly an honour. I think it's a big step forward for queer representation on TV."
Coronation Street fans will know actress Mollie Gallagher as Nina Lucas, but she's swapping her gothic character for a pair of ice skates.
"I’m really excited. I’ve not really felt nervous yet, strangely," she said.
"But being here today, I am now feeling it a little bit!"
Former British Olympian Nile Wilson was the fourth contestant to be announced on the show.
"I'm going to be on ITV's Dancing on Ice! This is a really cool thing," he said.
"I've certainly not done much ice skating but I am so excited for the opportunity. I’m so excited to get into that routine and to feel like an athlete again."
Love Island winner 2022 alongside Davide Sanclimenti, Ekin will be swapping the island life for the cold ice rink as she confirmed on Good Morning Britain she would be joining the line-up.
Talking about her next adventure, she said: "I’m so excited, I can’t wait to get myself on the ice and skate. Stay tuned and see you on the ice!”
Former football star John Fashanu was the second celebrity announced for Dancing On Ice 2023.
"I'm so excited to be a part of Dancing on Ice!," he said, adding: "I don't think it'll come as a surprise to people that I'm very competitive - I am definitely in it to win it.
"And this may be one of the scariest things I've ever signed up for but I couldn't be more ready for the challenge!"
Patsy Palmer was the first celebrity to be announced for the upcoming series of Dancing on Ice during an episode of This Morning.
Presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby teased the news earlier in the show with a mannequin in a red wig and some DJ decks.
Asked why she decided to take part this year, the EastEnders star said: “Out of all the things that came through at that time, this was the one that I h ad to really think about.
“Obviously I wanted to challenge myself, get back to work, get out of my comfort zone. I just thought, I’ll just go for it! It seems like a lot of fun. I do like ice skating, although I’m not a figure skater.”
The star added she’s previously been put off from joining the show because she was ‘scared’.
She said: “I’ve been absolutely terrified before, but I feel like the pact I made myself when I was 50, which I was this year, was I had to do things to challenge myself for the next couple of years and get out of my comfort zone.
“I don’t wanna get stuck in this thing of, ‘Ah I’m 50!’ It’s such a weird age. This is for all the 50 year old that think they can’t challenge themselves!”
Another 10 contestants will be revealed over the coming weeks in the hopes of winning over the judging panel Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean, Ashley Banjo and Oti Mabuse.