Celebrities

Lemar

He just wants to dance, dance, dance… on ice. That’s right, soul singer Lemar is joining the Dancing on Ice family for 2018!

He may have stepped up to the challenge a little later than his fellow celebs, taking Monty Panesar’s spot after he bowed out due to an injury, but he’s just as excited to slip into his skates.

Lemar said: “I want to learn a new skill, but in everything I do in life, I push myself to 100 per cent. So whatever my 100 per cent is, I will be giving that. Hopefully it’ll see me through!”

But will he see the competition through right to the very end? Right about now we’re 50/50…

Lemar will be paired with French skating pro Melody Le Moal, who’s known for her show-stopping stunts on the ice. If there’s any justice in the world, we’ll see Lemar try out a few too!

Donna Air

TV legend Donna Air is ready to glide across the rink on this year’s Dancing on Ice.

Having presented on mega shows like The Big Breakfast and TFI Friday , the multi-talented 38-year-old from Newcastle is well used to avoiding slip-ups on live TV.

Donna said: "It is absolutely terrifying. It's exciting though, it's looking like it's going to be a great series. It's really difficult. Apparently my posture's terrible so I've got to work on that. I need to build more core strength. My daughter's like 'oh no, mum you're going to be so embarrassing'". Nothing like the support of your family and friends, eh?!

Don't worry Donna, we've got a good feeling about this...

Her partner is returning pro Mark Hanretty, who’s never made it to a Dancing on Ice final. Could 2018 be his year?

Cheryl Baker

Pop The Fizz, let's raise a toast together as Cheryl Baker has made her mind up to join the show!

63-year-old Cheryl has come a long way from 1981’s Eurovision Song Contest – let’s just hope there’s no skirt issues while she’s on the ice!

Cheryl said:"I started training yesterday. It was such huge fun. I've never skated apart from when I was about 12. I am feeling nervous."

Don't worry Cheryl. We always find the best approach on the ice is you gotta speed it up, and then you've gotta slow it down... She won Eurovision but will she soon be adding Dancing On Ice to her trophy cabinet?

Cheryl is paired with returning pro and three-time Dancing on Ice champion Dan Whiston, so if anyone can help her skate to victory, it's him!

Candice Brown

After winning The Great British Bake Off in the summer of 2016, Candice will be looking to RISE to the top of our celeb leaderboard. Maybe with a few SHOWSTOPPER routines along the way. See what we did there?

Hopefully there won’t be too many soggy bottoms for the 32-year-old baker from Bedford.

Announcing the news, Candice said: "It's nerve wracking. I start my training today. I take my first steps on the ice later on. My friends call me Bambi on Ice and that's just normal day to day!".

Candice is paired with our returning pro (and former show winner) Matt Evers. Will it be another win for Matt this time around?

Perri Shakes-Drayton

On your marks, get set, DANCE (on Ice)!

Our East London athlete Perri is warmed up and ready to hit the rink running on Dancing On Ice for 2018. The competitive 28-year-old might be a champ at the 400 metres sprint, but will her need for speed impress our judges on the ice?

Perri said:"It is an opportunity and I was told in the past I’d never be able to run again and that was not nice to be told... Now the fact my body feels good, I’ve been given a challenge, an opportunity, I’m going to go give it my best shot. I came across Kem from Love Island and we saw each other at the ice rink. He saw my skills, I saw his skills... I’m better than him. I’m most excited about the costumes!”

YES! We love it, fighting talk already. What more could you expect though from one of our finest competitive athletes? Watch out, Kem...

Perri will be paired with skating pro and fellow Londoner Hamish Gaman, who – just like Perri – has snapped up many gold medals over the years.