As the days begin to get shorter, the nights fall earlier, and the approach of ITV ’s Dancing On Ice hastens, another name has been added to the link up of celebrities skaters expected to take part in the next season.
And this time, a Love Island legend has been flouted as one to the dozen or so contestants expected to take to the rink come January. Amber Davies was a winner of the ITV2 reality romance show back in 2017 – when she scooped the top prize alongside Kem Cetinay, who himself competed on Dancing On Ice in 2018.
According to reports, 26-year-old Amber will be donning her finest sequins and pulling on her skates to take part in the upcoming sixteenth season of the long-running winter sport reality competition. And the star – who has carved out an impressive career as a West End stage performer – reportedly intends to win the ice skating show.
A source told The Sun: “Amber would be a real coup for the show – she’s an amazing performer, so she’s bound to be a natural on the ice and sure to be one to watch. After Love Island, she had to work really hard to be taken seriously on the stage and she proved any doubters wrong.”
The source added: “Amber is a perfectionist, and used to putting in long hours rehearsing for the stage, so she’d definitely have her eye on the prize.” So far, just two celebrities have been officially confirmed for the forthcoming new season.
Professional boxer Ricky Hatton, 44, was the first star to be confirmed for the new season. Discussing his excitement about taking part, he said during an appearance on This Morning : “If I can hold my nerve in the boxing ring, I should be able to hold my nerve in the ice rink.”
Actress, singer & television presenter Claire Sweeney, 52, was the second star to be confirmed for the show. She said: “I’m really looking forward to going to an ice rink with my son and actually being able to skate and not have to use the penguins they give you to help you stay upright!
“I’ve had to wear my boots around the house… I haven’t stepped on the ice yet. I am stepping into the unknown here. I don’t know how I will feel. But I am very excited.”
Claire added: “I’m nervous and excited about doing it.” A string of other stars have been rumoured as taking part in the show – with chart topping singers and reality stars among those tipped to appear on the ice.
Former S Club 7 singer Hannah Spearitt and ex-Little Mix singer Jess Nelson have been linked to the show. While Gogglebox star Stephen Webb and EastEnders actress Shona McGarty – famous for playing Whitney Dean on the BBC soap – have also been linked to the show.
One person who definitely won’t be appearing on the new season is disgraced host Phillip Schofield . His career imploded earlier this year and all links to ITV were brutally cut when he finally confessed to having an “unwise, but not illegal” affair with a much younger male colleague behind the scenes of This Morning and lying about it. He hosted Dancing On Ice alongside Holly Willoughby ever since it was launched in2006.