Celebrities

Ryan Sidebottom

We’re ready to be bowled over by this sporting star!

Cricketer Ryan is used to a bit of competition, having played for winning teams England, Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire across his career, but now the 40-year-old is preparing to put his new-found skating abilities to the test.

“Being a sportsman, I love a challenge and when I got told I was going to be on Dancing on Ice, I jumped for joy!” he said.“It’s been difficult not telling anyone, so that’s been the hardest part!”

Well the secret’s out Ryan and we’re just as excited as you are! He’s taking to the ice with returning pro Brandee Malto, and we can’t wait to see how wicket, sorry, wicked their partnership is.

Saara Aalto

She can sing, but can she skate? It’s time to find out!

Songstress Saara is no stranger to a talent competition, having placed second in both The Voice of Finland in 2012 and The X Factor UK in 2016. So will Dancing on Ice finally see her take the top spot? If there were points for determination, she’d win the trophy hands down!

“I love discipline, I’m very strict. When I do something I concentrate on it very much and my work ethic is really good. I think it’ll be my advantage in this show because I will be so focused,” she said.

We hope your partner is just as focused, Saara! Professional skater Hamish Gaman is back for his second year and will be guiding her throughout her skating journey.

Saira Khan

Saira Khan’s letting Loose on the ice!

The businesswoman and presenter first hit our screens back in 2005 as a runner-up on The Apprentice, before going on to co-host The Martin Lewis Money Show and most recently becoming a regular face on the Loose Women panel. But while she talks a good game, skating is a whole different matter.

“I can talk my way out of any situation because my mouth is there and I’ve trained it. I can blag my way out of anything,” she said. “I cannot blag my way out of ice skating, this is on a blade!”

You said it, Saira! She’ll be honing her skating skills with returning professional Mark Hanretty by her side. See you on the ice!

Wes Nelson

He’s trading the D(oing) B(its) S(ociety) for Dancing on Ice, and we can’t wait to see him crack on with training!

20-year-old Love Island finalist Wes Nelson is the youngest celeb on the show this year, and is probably more used to sea and sun than gloves and skates. But what he lacks in rink experience he makes up for in Instagram followers - 1.6million, to be exact! So, how will he cope this brand new (albeit slightly colder) challenge?

“I’m just going to do exactly what I did in the villa, which was to be myself and enjoy it for what it is. It’s an amazing experience and I’m really lucky and really grateful to be part of it,” he said.

His ice dancing partner for the series is German professional Vanessa Bauer, who lifted the winner’s trophy last year with Jake Quickenden. No pressure then, Wes...