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Dancing On Ice 2022: Meet The Lineup

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Sunday nights are set to get super sparkly once again as Dancing On Ice skates back onto our screens on this weekend on January 16.

Last year’s series saw radio DJ Sonny Jay snatch the 2021 title, ahead of Coronation Street star Faye Brookes.

Now, 12 more celebrities will be taking to the ice to see who comes out on top once again.

The show will also be welcoming new judge, Strictly professional Oti Mabuse on to the panel.

So, without further ado, let’s meet this year’s contestants:

 

Sally Dynevor

Coronation Street legend Sally Dynevor (who plays Sally Webster in the soap) was the first contestant confirmed for the show.

Revealing the news on Lorraine, Sally, 58, said: “If I don’t do it this year I don’t think I’m ever going to do it. I’m completely out of my comfort zone… I’ve just got to try and enjoy this experience.

 

Bez

Dancer Mark ‘Bez’ Berry – best known as a member of 90s band the Happy Mondays was the second celebrity confirmed to be getting his skates on. Talking to This Morning he said “At the moment, it’s more like Bambi on ice, not Dancing On Ice.

“How I got picked, I don’t know because I was absolutely awful at the audition – but they must have seen something there, some potential.”

 

Stef Reid

Next up is Paralympian Stef Reid. The 36-year-old – who lost her right foot in a boating accident as a teenager – won bronze at the Beijing Paralympics and silver at London 2012.

Talking to Good Morning Britain she said: “It’s a little bit scary but I cannot wait!”

 

Ben Foden

Rugby pro Ben Foden, 36 is also taking to the rink.

He said: “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.”

 

Liberty Poole

Reality TV star Liberty Poole, 22, who found fame on Love Island in 2021, will be putting her skates on.

She said: “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.”

 

 Regan Gascoigne

The son of footballing legend Paul Gascoigne, 25-year-old Regan signed up for the show just days after his older sister Bianca Gascoigne announced she was taking part in Dancing With The Stars Italy.

He said: “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!”

 

Rachel Stevens

Next up is Rachel Stevens, Strictly runner-up and iconic member of the ’00s band S Club 7.

Rachel, 43, announced the news on This Morning, telling Holly Willoughby: “The opportunity came up and I just thought, what an amazing thing to learn a new skill.”

 

Brendon Cole

Former Strictly pro Brendan Cole, 45 is following in the footsteps of fellow Strictly alumnus James Jordan, who went on to win the series in 2019.

He announced his appearance on the show on Loose Women saying: “I am so, so excited. It’s been a while coming now and I want to get started – I’ve wanted it for a long time.”

 

Kye Whyte

Next up to the line-up is 22-year-old Olympian Kye Whyte. Kye, who won one of Britain’s first ever BMX Olympics medals at the Tokyo 2020 Games, broke the news on CBBC saying: “I think I was the last person to get selected.

“I was not told not to tell anyone and I’ve been waiting for the big reveal! My family knows. My dad and my brother roller-skate so I think they’re excited.”

 

Ria Hebden

Also appearing this year is TV presenter Ria Hebden who regularly features on ITV’s Lorraine.

The Yorkshire-born star, 39, announced the news on the show, and appears over the moon to be taking part in the skating contest. She said: “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.”

 

Kimberly Wyatt

Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, 39, is the next confirmation for the show. The singer is following in the footsteps of her bandmate Melody Thornton, who appeared on the last series of the show.

Talking to fellow Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts on Heart Breakfast, Kimberly said, “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!”

 

Connor Ball

Last but not least is The Vamps singer Connor Ball. Connor, 25, told Roman Kemp on Capital Breakfast “I’m nervous. I’m excited honestly, but I’m very nervous.

“I’m clumsy, I’m accident prone.”

He went on to reveal he went ice skating a lot as a child, but “spent most of the time on [his] knees”.

Who are you putting your money on to win?

Dancing On Ice returns on January 16 at 6:30pm on ITV.

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Doctor Who: David Tennant and Catherine Tate to return

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David Tennant and Catherine Tate are to return to Doctor Who, the BBC has confirmed.

The pair are currently filming for the sci-fi show’s 60th anniversary, which it will celebrate in 2023.

Tennant played the 10th Doctor on the time travel drama from 2005-2010, while Tate played companion Donna Noble. Tennant and Tate’s involvement means they will be reunited with returning Doctor Who head writer Russell T Davies.

Davies, who was in charge of Doctor Who when it was successfully revived in 2005, left at the same time as Tennant. Their last episode together was broadcast in 2010.

Tennant has briefly returned before, joining then-Doctor Matt Smith for the programme’s 50th anniversary in 2013.

Davies has teased fans, saying: “Maybe this is a missing story. Or a parallel world. Or a dream, or a trick, or a flashback. The only thing I can confirm is that it’s going to be spectacular, as two of our greatest stars reunite for the battle of a lifetime.”

Tennant and Tate’s 2008 series of Doctor Who is the most successful that the show has had since its revival in 2005, with an average audience of more than eight million viewers per episode.

Are you excited to see their return?

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Eurovision 2022: How Sam Ryder Turned Things Around For the UK

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Sam Ryder has said the “stigma” about the UK’s Eurovision performance has finally been “destroyed” after he brought home our best result in 24 years.

The singer led the UK to second place during Saturday night’s Song Contest in Turin, Italy, with his song ‘Space Man’.

It was the the highest the UK has placed since 1998, when Imaani’s ‘Where Are You?’ finished just behind Israel’s Dana International, who won with her song Diva.

In the years since, Britain has suffered a number of embarrassment moments, receiving the dreaded “nul points” in 2003 with Jemini’s ‘Cry Baby’ and in 2021 with James Newman’s ‘Embers’.

However, the public overwhelmingly backed Ukraine, who won the competition with 631 points on the leaderboard, with the UK securing 466 points.

Winning the 2022 Eurovision trophy is a hugely emotional and symbolic victory for Ukraine in the contest’s 66th year as the conflict continues.

The nation’s president Volodymyr Zelensky responded: “Our courage impresses the world, our music conquers Europe.

“We will do our best to one day host the participants and guests of Eurovision in Ukrainian Mariupol. Free, peaceful, rebuilt.”

The results had many fans in sheer disbelief on social media, while prime minister Boris Johnson said he was “incredibly proud” of Sam and how “he brilliantly represented the UK”.

You’re the winner in our eyes Sam, well done!

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Eurovision 2022: Sam Ryder Odds Rocket Ahead of Eurovision Final

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The UK’s Eurovision 2022 entry Sam Ryder has closed in on Ukraine in the winner odds after his performance in the jury semi final.

The TikTok star blew away the audience who flocked to the Pala Olimpico arena in Turin, Italy to see the second jury semi final. The reaction to Sam’s act and his amazing performance have now got plenty of fans and experts predicting he is going to push Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra all the way on Saturday night.

Last week , Sam was sitting in fourth place in the Eurovision odds with his song ‘Space Man’ but, after his second rehearsal in Turin received a rave reaction from press over in Italy and fans and he was given a huge advantage by being drawn in the second half of the Eurovision final, he soared up to second.

The Ukraine currently have a 59% chance of winning and the UK 11%. Sweden and Italy then currently stand as third and fourth favourites at 9% and 6% respectively. Our odds have improved even more so since too as the UK have been announced to perform fourth from last, number 22, which has been the winning performance slot two years in a row.

On May 3 2022 it became exactly 25 years to the day since the UK’s last triumph in Eurovision, when Katrina & the Waves topped the leaderboard in Ireland with their anthemic track Love Shine A Light. Since then, there’s been little to shout about. The UK has always been on the wrong side of the leaderboard, with us consistently finishing at or near the bottom. And last year proved a particularly bitter pill to swallow when James Newman came last on zero points, having received nothing from either the juries or televote.

Check out Sam’s song here:

Who do you think will win?

Watch Eurovision Song Contest 2022 – Grand Final this Saturday (May 14) at 8pm GMT on BBC1.

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