It’s been confirmed, the official line-up for Dancing On Ice 2020 has been announced and it looks like there are plenty of interesting characters.
Despite four contestants having already been revealed to keep the DOI‘s fan on their toes, it appears that this hasn’t been enough as the remaining eight contestants have been ‘leaked’ ahead of plan, according to officials.
Although there are new contestants, some things won’t be changing. As of yet, Holly and Phil have yet to confirm if they will be making a return to the show. However, we all know who definitely won’t be coming back – Jason Gardiner.
Throughout the 2019 series, there was plenty of controversy between Jason and contestant Gemma Collins, and now “Mr Nasty” has apparently quit the show.
Jason addressed the speculation which suggested he had been axed, through his Instagram Jason insisted it was his personal decision to leave the show.
He stated: “After all these years, I feel it’s time for me to say goodbye to my judging role and return to things I have been putting on hold and have been on the back burner for a while”.
Okay, whatever you say Jason.
ITV has already announced who will be replacing Jason – I’m A Celebrity and Doctor Who star John Barrowman.
He may have finished seventh way back in 2006 when competing with professional skater Olga Sharutenko but he certainly has the charm and cheery attitude that the last series lacked.
Barrowman said he was very pleased with this opportunity: “I am so excited to be returning 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.”
The rest of the judging panel which includes Ashley Banjo and head judges Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean has yet to announce whether or not they’ll be coming back.
So, make sure to take a look at the line-up and start making your bets on who’s got what it takes to become the Ice King or Queen – it might be a tricky one.
1. Maura Higgins
It looks like Maura is switching from the sunny days of Love Island to the iciness of DOI.
The foxy Irish 28-year-old has only skated on two previous occasions and purely for the “fun” of it, but Maura is determined to show she is fully capable.
However, Maura has admitted that there is the possibility there will be the occasional “strop” if the dancing routines do not go her way.
On the This Morning show, Maura said: “I need someone strict to keep me in line.”
2. Joe Swash
Host of I’m A Celebrity: Extra Camp, Joe Swash, is set to swap the jungle life for life on the ice rink this January.
Joe found fame in the 1990s, starring in the popular soap Eastenders.
The 37-year-old has decided to leave his jungle job to pursue something new.
A source informed The Sun: “It’s no secret ITV love him and are keen to see him on the ice.
“He’s looking for a new challenge after I’m A Celeb and he’s sure to prove popular with the viewers.”
This is model Caprice’s TV comeback after discovering a brain tumor when onset of Channel 4’s reality show, The Jump. Doctors discovered a thumb-sized benign growth on her brain.
The American star is now fit and healthy and is excited to have got a spot on the show.
A source added: “They think she’d be a great addition and will definitely add some glamour.”
4. H From Steps
The dotted line has been signed from Ian ‘H’ Watkins to star on DOI, which will be his dazzling showbiz comeback.
The 43-year-old gained fame when in the 90s band Steps for his dance moves.
Show executives believe he would be “hilarious” on the show: “Dancing On Ice is set to be a huge showbiz comeback for ‘H’ and producers are thrilled at the prospect of him joining the show.
“He won a legion of fans in his Steps days with his cheesy dance moves and he could do it all again by recreating them on the ice.”
5. Trisha Goddard
Trisha is best known for one of TV’s most popular talk shows, but it looks Trisha has swapped being the presenter for her shot on the ice rink.
A TV insider reported to The Sun: “Trisha is game to give anything a go so when she was approached about joining up, she jumped at the chance.
“She’s had a few turns on the rink and she’s already mastered the basics.
“Trisha picked it up quite quickly and producers think her have-a-go attitude will take her far in the competition.”
6. Kevin Kilbane
Football star Kevin Kilbane is pulling on the skates and even took to the ice earlier this week.
It was revealed Kevin was taking part in the competition show through an interview with Talksport Radio.
He said: “I am going on as a total novice.
“I’m starting from scratch here. This is going to be a massive challenge for me.
“I’ve been taking it easy for the last few years since I finished football so let’s just see how this one goes.”
7. Ben Hanlin
Ben was a last-minute addition to the DOI line-up after Emmerdale star Kevin Fletcher ended up on Strictly Come Dancing.
Ben, 33, is a well-known magician who fronted the celebrity magic show Tricked.
According to a TV insider, Ben is over the moon to be taking part in the show: “He fronted three series of ITV2’s Tricked but he hasn’t been on telly for a while now.
“To say he’s excited is an understatement. He can’t wait to bring some magic to the show.
Let’s hope he add a little of his magic skills to his ice-skating moves.
8. Lisa George
Coronation Street stars certainly do love their reality TV shows, and Lisa George is no exception.
The 46-year-old is following in the footsteps of Corrie pals Jane Danson and Anthony Cotton. Hopefully, Lisa will be the one who can take the trophy back to the Rover’s Return.
9. Perri Kiely
At the age of 13, Perri Kiely found fame when his dance troupe Diversity beat Susan Boyle to win Britain’s Got Talent.
Fans of Diversity will know that Perri’s fellow dance group member, Ashley Banjo, is a part of the DOI judging panel. But there will be no favoritism being shown; Perri is hoping to incorporate his already impressive set of tricks and moves that come from his profession as a dancer to skate his way to success.
A source said: “Bosses are over the moon they’ve managed to land Perri for the new series. He’s got bucket loads of personality and they’re convinced he’ll bring great energy to the show.
“There’s also no doubt he’ll be able to pull off some amazing moves that’ll seriously entertain viewers.”
10. Michael Barrymore
Once among one of the highest-paid stars on television, Michael Barrymore has hosted a range of shows including Strike It Lucky and his variety show, Barrymore.
The 68-year-old’s career had a crisis point in 2001 when party guest Stuart Lubbock died in the star’s swimming pool.
Funnyman Michael is thrilled to be joining the show, with show bosses hoping he proves to be popular amongst viewers.
A source informed The Sun: “Michael has always been TV gold and show chiefs appreciate there’s still a huge amount of interest in him. There’s no doubting he’ll be hilarious on the ice.”
11. Libby Clegg MBE
Blind runner Libby Clegg took part in the Summer Paralympics of 2008 representing Great Britain, she ended up scooping a Silver medal in the T12 100m race.
In the Rio Paralympics Libby did one better by achieving Gold, simultaneously breaking the world record in 100m T11, also coming first in the T11 200m.
Libby is registered blind, suffering from Stargardt’s Macular Dystrophy, it’s a deteriorating eye condition. However, the show bosses think she has what it takes to skate to success.
12. Lucrezia Millarini
The final contestant is Lucrezia Millarini, the ITV newsreader is a familiar face to Londoners, being the host of the 6 pm news every day.
An insider revealed to The Sun: “Lucrezia can’t wait to get onto the ice and is looking forward to trying something new and out of her comfort zone.
“Bosses think she’s a natural in front of a camera and will be a big success on next year’s show.”
Make sure to let us know down in the comments what you think of 2020’s line-up.