A multi-medal winning athlete and Paralympic gold medalist, Libby Clegg is no stranger to winning big and Dancing On Ice is another challenge she’s willing to take on.
On joining the show, Libby, alongside her guide dog Hattie, said "After Rio I achieved my ultimate goal and then I thought 'what else can I do?' This opportunity came about and I couldn't pass it up. I love challenging myself and experiencing new things."
Straight out of Weatherfield, soap star Lisa George is trading the Corrie Cobbles for the glitz, glam, and the ice! Her on screen character, Beth Tinker, is known to stand out in the crowd with her leopard print clothing and humour, but will George bring this to the rink?
"I haven't been on the ice for about 40 years.” She said. “Yesterday was my first session on the ice. It was good, I really enjoyed it, I didn't fall. I was a bit scared, I was quite nervous. I can't believe I'm 50 next year and I just thought 'if I don't do this now I'm never going to have the chance to do it again'."
She's used to delivering the news, but can she deliver the moves? The ITV news presenter is looking to showcase her skills beyond the newsdesk and well … big story just in, Lucrezia Millarini is taking to the ice!
"I'm super excited to be joining the line up for DOI!” She said. “I can't wait to get out there on the ice and start training. While the news agenda is already pretty busy these days, I know life is about to get a lot busier...with a few bruises along the way!"
From the hot summer sunshine, to the cold, cold ice… Are you jokin’?! Maura Higgins left her mark on viewers in the summer, but the Love Island finalist is now looking to spread her wings and ‘flutter’ her skills on the ice. What she lacks in experience on the rink, she makes up for in charisma, confidence and a no quit attitude!
"I've skated once in my life for fun, so I've no experience at all.” She said. “I'm up for the challenge. I'm more excited than scared. I'm competitive so I think that will drive me."
We love stars and this year, we struck it lucky with Michael Barrymore! The Legendary TV Entertainer looks to score big on the ice and continue doing what he does best... entertain! While he may be the oldest celeb on the show this year, Barrymore is definitely bringing youthful determination to this new adventure.
He said "I'm delighted to say that I'll be joining the Dancing on Ice line up for 2020. I'm looking forward to meeting Holly and Phil. I'm very excited...it's performance time!"
The Diversity street dancer is no stranger to competitions and even less of a stranger to winning them as well. With wins on Britain’s Got Talent, The Splash and The Great Stand Up to Cancer Bake Off, Perri Kiely joins Dancing On Ice and we’re sure he’s got his eyes on the prize.
On joining the show, Perri said "I've done a couple of training sessions. Not gonna lie, it's hard. It's game face."
She can talk the talk, but can she skate the skate? Trisha Goddard is no stranger to captivating an audience with her successful career as a television presenter, but performing on the ice is a whole different matter.
"I love physical stuff. Every day I bike ride, I weight train, I love any physical thing.” She said.“ I learnt to ski at 37, I learnt to rollerblade at 42. I'm 62 in December. I thought 'why not?'”
We've got a fabulous new addition to our sparkling ice panel as John Barrowman is taking a seat as a judge alongside Torvill and Dean and Ashley Banjo for the 2020 series!
A veteran of stage and screen, John Barrowman will be providing his very own expert
critique as a fresh assortment of famous faces take to the ice next year.
John will be joined on the judging panel by head judges and skating legends Torvill
and Dean, and dance supremo Ashley Banjo, as they cast their eye over the class of
2020 in a bid to find a superstar skater to follow in the footsteps of previous
champions James Jordan and Jake Quickenden.
John Barrowman MBE said “I am so excited to be returning to the Dancing On Ice
family. Unlike most I have been through the rigorous task of skating live as a
contestant in the first series. This is a thrilling adventure for me and I hope to bring a
Fresh, Fun and Fab-u-lous angle to the judging panel.”