Popstar Brian McFadden is more comfortable behind a mic than in a pair of skates, but pretty soon he’ll be flying across the ice (without wings, of course!).
The 38-year-old singer and presenter is no stranger to the spotlight, having toured the world as part of boyband Westlife, forged a successful solo career and most recently fronted ITV’s Who’s Doing the Dishes?. So we know he can handle the pressures of showbiz, but he’s got one big worry when it comes to the ice.
“It’s got to be falling over,” he said. “I’m not worried about learning routines or doing it in front of people. The biggest fear is that I try to do something and I lose my feet, because if you fall down on the ice it’s not that easy to get back up.”
Let’s hope he doesn’t make a Fool (Again) of himself! Brian is paired with returning professional skater Alex Murphy, who made to the semi-final last year with Kem Cetinay. Can she glide all the way to the final with Brian this time?
She’s ready to race across the rink at Grease Lightnin’ speed… it’s movie legend Didi Conn!
We all know her best for her starring role as Frenchy in 1978 musical Grease, and the 67-year-old has been showcasing her talents on stage and screen ever since. But while she may be the oldest celeb on the show this year, Didi’s definitely bringing youthful determination to this new adventure.
“I’ve taken some spectacular falls and then got back up and started again,” she said. “My biggest challenge is to enjoy the ice, and to feel it, and to use it to do who knows. I’ve never really skated before.”
She’s definitely no skating school dropout! We can’t wait to see this pink lady take to the ice with Polish pro Łukasz Różycki, who was last seen on Dancing on Ice back in 2012. They’d better be hopelessly devoted to their training...
The GC is coming to Dancing on Ice - and she’s bringing all the glamour of Essex with her!
Reality TV royalty, self-professed diva and meme queen Gemma Collins is getting her skates on for 2019, and we’re sure she’ll be fully embracing the tan, the sequins and all the sparkle that comes with the world of ice dancing.
So does the 37-year-old think she’s up for the challenge?
“I’m always dancing everywhere I go. I like to move my body, I like to be free. If I want to break out in to dance, then I’ll break out in to dance. I love dancing. Whether I can transfer that on to the ice, I don’t know,” she said.
We cannot wait to see your moves, Gemma! Helping her get to grips with the routines is professional skater Matt Evers - a Dancing on Ice legend who’s starred in every series to date and even lifted the trophy in 2008. But can this couple shimmy their way to the top spot in 2019?
Bye bye ballroom, hello ice rink!
Strictly star James Jordan is swapping the Samba for a pair of skates, and while the 40-year-old may have more dance experience than most, his footwork on the ice still needs plenty of polishing.
“I can’t ice skate, so it’s a lot harder than I thought,” he said. “I want to really enjoy my time on the show. I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself because I know everyone is expecting me to be good, but I think they should bring their expectations down a bit. I’m going to work hard - as hard as I can.”
We know how much hard graft the professionals put in, so we’re expecting nothing less from James! But this time he’ll be the student with returning Finnish pro Alexandra Lukasz putting him through his paces.
Straight outta Weatherfield, soap star Jane Danson is trading the cobbles of Corrie for the ice!
She’s been on our screens for almost 20 years as Coronation Street’s formidable Leanne Battersby, and now we’ll get to see the 40-year-old in a whole new light. But what is she most looking forward to? A full glitz and glamour makeover ahead of her skating debut, of course!
“It’s great because I live in a house full of boys so I haven’t got any of that! I’m quite girly so to get all that side of it, I’m looking forward to that,” she said.
Don’t you worry Jane, you’ll be shimmering on the ice in no time! She’ll be gliding into the competition as pro skater Sylvain Longchambon’s fifth soap star partner to date.
Everybody needs good neighbours... and we’ve knocked on Mark Little’s door for 2019!
The Aussie soap star and comedian has been on British screens for decades, famously playing the role of Joe Mangel in Neighbours, as well as fronting The Big Breakfast and touring his own comedy shows. But Dancing on Ice is no laughing matter, and he’s taking taking extra precautions as he gets into training.
“My biggest fear, honestly, is the safety of my partner,” he said. “I’m not fearful of it, but I’m concerned that I look after my skate partner and don’t hurt them. I might have to lift, but the women have to be lifted and I think being lifted is scarier than lifting!”
Well, if Mark ever feels up to it, he’ll be lifting his pro skating partner Brianne Delcourt. The former winner is back for another year and will be guiding Mark on his way to skating success!
When I grow up, I wanna be famous, I wanna be a star, I wanna be on Dancing on Ice!
OK, they may not be the actual lyrics, but Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton is definitely ready to take centre stage on the ice. The 34-year-old American popstar is known for her sassy hits and slick dance moves, but can she transfer her skills to the world of skating?
“I have a very hard time with choreography and dance does not come naturally to me,” she said. “I have to work extra hard and if it looks good then great, but just know I worked hard to make it happen!”
There’s definitely plenty of hard work ahead, Melody! We can’t wait to see this doll dominate the ice alongside pro partner Alexander Demetriou, who’s new to the Dancing on Ice family for 2019.
He’s a man of many talents, but will Richard Blackwood be adding ice dancing superstar to his list of accolades any time soon?
The 46-year-old has turned his hand to everything from rapping to stand-up comedy to acting over the years, most recently seen on our screens in EastEnders. So he’s got plenty of showbiz experience under his belt, but now he’s taking to the ice to prove it’s never too late to try something new.
“I want to go out there and if I am going up against people that are half my age, I want to be able to give them a run for their money. I think it’s just another level of showing myself that age is nothing but a number,” he said.
That’s the spirit! Richard will be slipping into his skates with pro partner Carlotta Edwards, who’s also making her Dancing on Ice debut this year.