Dancing On Ice: Who are the celebrity skaters, judges and presenters as ITV’s ice dance challenge returns?

Dancing On Ice is back for a 14th series in January 2022, but the celebrities are getting their skates on already. Find out who they are and when the show is back on our screens.

By Rhys Lewis Published: 26 October 2021 - 10.57am
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It feels like we’ve only just enjoyed the last of summer, but for a dozen celebrities, it’s time to whack the heating up, dig out their winter clothes and get their skates on!

Yes, Dancing On Ice is back on ITV in January 2022, and the 12 celebrities set to take on the spins, jumps and headbangers are already being unveiled.

Here are this year's skaters, judges and hosts, and when you can expect to see Dancing On Ice back on TV.

Who are the Dancing On Ice 2022 Celebrities?

Sally Dynevor

Sally Dynevor ITV

The first Dancing On Ice 2022 contestant to be unveiled was Coronation Street actress Sally Dynevor, who appeared on ITV’s Lorraine to share the news.

“Now everyone knows I’m doing it I can’t back out can I?! And I’m so scared!” she told Lorraine Kelly.

Asked if she’s skated before, Sally said: “No never! I went with Hattie [her daughter] when she was little and I had a penguin and then thought this is too hard so I’ll go and get a coffee!”

She went on to say: “This is a massive challenge, it really, really is. I’m not getting any younger, I’ve just got to take every opportunity I get so that when I’m old I can say you know what? I gave it a go.”

Sally has played Sally Webster on the cobbles since January 1986, and in 2021 was appointed MBE for services to drama. Her eldest daughter Phoebe stars as Daphne Bridgerton in Netflix series Bridgerton.

Bez

Bez ITV

Happy Mondays star Bez announced his place on Dancing On Ice by emerging from a snowball in front of presenters Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on ITV’s This Morning.

“At the moment it’s more like Bambi on Ice, not Dancing On Ice,” he admitted.

“How I got picked I don’t know because I was absolutely awful at the audition but they must have seen some potential in me!”

“I’m looking forward to learning a new skill and I can’t wait for the Christmas ice rinks again and I can get on there and really show off."

Bez has been a dancer and percussionist with the Happy Mondays since 1980, and is a beekeeper and brewer in his spare time. He was the winner of Celebrity Big Brother in 2005 and a semi-finalist on the 2021 series of Celebrity MasterChef.

Stef Reid

Stef Reid ITV

Paralympic medallist Stef Reid let Good Morning Britain viewers in on her ice-dance secret.

"I have some really exciting news. I’m going to be picking up a new sport this winter and it comes with a little bit of showbiz. I’m going to be a contestant on Dancing on Ice and it’s a little bit scary but I cannot wait!"

Athlete Stef won bronze in the 200m T44 at the Beijing Paralympics in 2008 and followed that up with silver in the long jump F44 at the 2012 London Paralympics and again in Rio in 2016. She then won gold in the long jump at the 2017 IPC World Championships, also in London. 

She was also a semi-finalist on Celebrity MasterChef in 2018.

Liberty Poole

Liberty Poole ITV

Liberty Poole might have walked out of this year's Love Island on the eve of the final, but she's walked straight into a challenge as tough as finding love in the villa - mastering the tricks and flicks of the Dancing On Ice rink. 

And while we're used to seeing her in the Spanish sun, she's no stranger to the ice, either, and is sure to pick up some good advice from her skater mum.

"I grew up watching Dancing On Ice and my mum actually used to be a figure skater.

"I ice skate as a hobby sometimes so I can get around the rink but I can't do any tricks, no pirouetting or anything so I'm really looking forward to pushing myself and learning as much as I possibly can. Bring it on!" 

Ben Foden

Ben Foden ITV

Former England star Ben Foden is swapping his boots for blades this winter as he attempts to become the latest rugby player to make a name for himself on ice.

Kyran Bracken, Max Evans and Gareth Thomas all reached the later stages of the competition, and Foden, who won 34 caps for his country and is currently playing for Rugby United New York, is looking forward to learning a new skill.

"I used to skate a little when I was a kid. I’d go to ice discos when I was 15, 16 and you’d always see these kids that could do pirouettes that had a proper dancing background.

"I like the idea of learning a new sport and a new skill. I’m quite competitive as well so I like the challenge of competing against others doing something that I’m not necessarily good at!"

Ben has TV talent show experience - he, Levi Davis and Thom Evans (Max's brother) reached the semi-final of The X Factor: Celebrity in 2019, and early on in his career earned the nickname 'Pops' after missing training with Sale Sharks for an audition on ITV's Pop Idol. 

Regan Gascoigne

Regan Gascoigne ITV

Dancer Regan Gascoigne is the son of former England football Paul and brother of reality TV star Bianca. 

He shared the news with his 6.9k Instagram followers.

"The Universe moves in mysterious ways! I love watching @dancingonice every year! I just never thought this would actually happen to me," he wrote.

"I’m nervous, scared but mostly excited all at the same time. Hopefully I can stay on my feet."

The professional dancer told ITV: "Obviously I dance and love dancing but it’s the skill of this. I’ve always wanted to do it. Always! Ever since I was a kid!"

Regan is the latest member of his family to take up a reality TV challenge. Bianca appeared on 2017's Celebrity Big Brother and will soon be appearing on Dancing with the Stars in Italy, while dad Paul appeared on Celebrity Island - Italy's version of I'm a Celebrity - earlier this year.

Rachel Stevens

Rachel Stevens ITV

Former S Club 7 star Rachel Stevens announced her place on this year's show on This Morning.

“It now feels really real, this is really happening.  I’m so excited, obviously really nervous.  It's one of those things, until you do it you don’t know what’s going to happen," she told Holly and Phil.

Mother-of-two Rachel admitted she wasn't quite confident on the ice just yet. “[I only go skating] with the penguin with my kids every Christmas. I did it when I was 10 and dabbled in it for a little bit and I really loved it but I’m very wobbly.

“The opportunity came up and I thought what an amazing opportunity to learn a new skill. I love the whole idea of working with a team and your partner and also for my girls to be a part of this. They are at an age now where they love all the costumes.”  

Rachel becomes only the fourth celebrity to step onto the ice after appearing on rival show Strictly Come Dancing. Strictly runner-up Colin Jackson added a third place on the ice last year - can Rachel, second on the dancefloor in 2008, go better this winter?

Brendan Cole

Brendan Cole ITV

Talking of Strictly, none other than pro-dance royalty is slipping on his skates this series as Brendan Cole told Loose Women that he was taking part in Dancing On Ice 2022.

“I’m so, so excited. It’s been a while coming now. I’ve known I’d be doing the show for quite some time and I want to get started, I’m so excited to be on the show," he said. 

“I’ve had one go on the ice. I’m a fairly confident person and I like to think I’m going to be good at what I put my hand to or my feet to!

"I was thinking OK I’m going to be fine, I’m going to be out there and I was terrible. I was a bit wobbly. You can expect to be a bit wobbly on ice but I was hoping I was going to be better than I was. I’ve got time to learn.

"I’m just going to embrace the whole experience and I’m very excited to get started.”

Brendan was a professional dancer on Strictly for the first 15 series of the show, winning the very first edition alongside Natasha Kaplinsky.

And he has big skates to fill - the only other Strictly pro to brave Dancing On Ice, James Jordan, waltzed off with the crown in 2019. 

Kye Whyte

Kye Whyte ITV

Great Britain's first ever BMX Olympic medallist, Kye Whyte, will be trying his hand at winter sports when he enters Dancing On Ice next year.

While his ice skating experience is limited, Kye's hoping his roller-skating skills will come in handy. 

"I’m feeling good. I have rollerskated when I was younger so we’ll see how it goes," he told CBBC's Newsround.

“When I did the audition I kind of related it to roller-skating so I think I did pretty well… I think the thing I’m really confident about is I don’t really mind if I fall, I’m quite fearless.”

Kye Whyte lifts Bethany Shriever after her gold medal BMX ride Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Kye, bronze medallist in Tokyo, famously lifted BMX team-mate Bethany Shriever up in his arms when she won the gold medal in the same discipline. Can we expect to see more lifts from him on the ice?

"The picking up and stuff I’m not too worried about. As long as I do my gym properly I should be alright. It’s the routines – I’m very forgetful! So, yeah, that’s what I’m a bit wary of," he admitted.

“I think I can win Dancing On Ice. I’d love to see if I can make the final because, as I said, I’m very competitive. You know what? I want to make the final!”

Ria Hebden

Ria Hebden ITV

Ria Hebden usually reports the entertainment news on ITV's Lorraine, so it was a surprise to viewers and to host Lorraine Kelly herself when Ria was the subject of the latest showbiz update.

“It’ll be fun. This is one of ITV’s most sparkly shows so when they asked me I was like absolutely, we watch it at home. It will be brilliant to learn a new scary skill," said Ria of her decision to take up the ice-dance challenge.

“You’ve got to say yes to things that excite you, that are a little bit scary because that’s when the growth happens - I’m hoping so anyway!”

When Lorraine asked Ria if she’d skated much before, she said: “I went when I was 10 years old with my grandma and grandad to – and people in Yorkshire will remember – Bradford Ice Rink. I skated there. If I’m honest the last time I went on the ice was about six years ago with Noah [her son] and I did more drinking of mulled wine than skating!”

As well as being entertainment editor on Lorraine, Ria has presented Sunday Morning Live since 2018 and now co-hosts All Around Britain with Alex Beresford. In 2016 she founded Wonder Women TV, an organisation devoted to recruiting and empowering women in television.

Kimberly Wyatt

Kimberly Wyatt ITV

Kimberly Wyatt will follow two fellow Pussycat Dolls onto Dancing On Ice next year, and chose to share her news with one of her bandmates. 

“I have signed up for Dancing on Ice! I’m nervous, that ice is going to hit hard. I’m just excited to see what I can do on there. I’m up for a challenge!” she told Ashley Roberts on Heart Breakfast.

Roberts is well place to give Kimberly good skating tips as she was a judge on two series of Dancing On Ice from 2013, while former bandmate Melody Thornton came fifth in the 2019 series.

Wyatt has previously appeared on both sides of the reality show fence, having been a judge in Sky dance show Got To Dance for five years before stepping out from beind the judging panel to win Celebrity MasterChef in 2015. 

Connor Ball

Connor Ball ITV

The Vamps' bassist Connor Ball completes the Dancing On Ice 2022 line-up. He shared the news with reigning champion Sonny Jay on Capital Breakfast.

"I’m excited obviously but I’m really nervous," he confessed.

"I’m quite clumsy, accident prone. Ice is hard! It was pretty hard to keep the secret. The rest of the band know. They’re super excited for me.”

If Connor has a reality TV target to aim for, it's to beat bandmate James McVey's fifth-place finish on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! in 2018, although from the sounds of it staying upright might be his first goal. 

Who are the Dancing On Ice 2022 judges?

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean ITV

It has been announced that John Barrowman will leave the judging panel after two series.

Christopher Dean, Jayne Torvill and Ashley Banjo are all expected to remain on the panel – all three have been judges since the show returned in 2018 after a four-year break - but there is no news as to whether a fourth judge will be appointed to replace Barrowman.

Jayne and Chris, above, of course, have appeared on all 13 series of the show to date, having acted as coaches and mentors to the celebrities for the first nine series from 2006 to 2014.

Who are the Dancing On Ice presenters?

Holly Willoughby and Philip Scofield will return to host the 14th series on Dancing On Ice. Phil has appeared on all 13 series since 2006, while original host Holly presented the first six series before handing over to Christine Bleakley for the last three series of the original run.

Who are the Dancing On Ice pro skaters?

Angela Egan, who won with Sonny Jay on her Dancing On Ice debut in 2021, is back along with ever-present Matt Evers and regulars Alexandra Schauman and Lukasz Rozycki.

There are also three new professional skaters being added to the line-up. Take a look at the Dancing on Ice professional skaters list to discover the full cast.

What happened in the last series of Dancing On Ice?

Sonny Jay ITV

The 13th series of Dancing On Ice, filmed under the strict conditions of the Covid-19 lockdown, was beset by injury and illness. Denise van Outen withdrew after one performance after breaking three bones and dislocating her shoulder in traning, while skier Graham Bell's professional partner Yebin Mok sustained an injury and he was paired with Karina Manta for just one week before being eliminated.

Comedian Rufus Hound and Emmerdale actor Joe-Warren Plant were both forced to withdraw after testing positive for Covid-19, while Towie's Billie Shepherd pulled out after a head injury and Jason Donovan dropped out five weeks in after suffering a back injury.

Nevertheless the series built up to a thrilling finale in which Capital FM presenter Sonny Jay, above, and pro skater Angela Egan came out victorious ahead of actress Faye Brookes (who had herself changed pro skaters halfway through after her original partner Hamish Garman had pulled out injured) and athlete Colin Jackson.

Can I be in the audience of Dancing On Ice?

Dancing On Ice is filmed on a purpose-built rink at RAF Bovingdon near Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire.

A number of free tickets are made available each week for Sunday’s recorded segments and live show. You can pre-register for tickets with SRO Recordings who will contact you when booking opens ahead of the new series.

When is Dancing On Ice 2022 on TV?

The 14th series of Dancing On Ice will be on ITV early in the New Year.

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