Meet the Stars Taking Ice

The full list of Dancing On Ice contestants for the 2023 series has finally been revealed.

ITV’s much-loved skating show – run by Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield – is back early next year.

Judges Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean are back, and Ashley Banjo and Oti Mabuse are expected to return as well.

So, who do you tip? And who do you think will just rock?

Find out who is lined up to appear as one of the contestants in the 2023 Dancing On Ice series here.

The Wanted Siva star was the latest celebrity announcement (Credit: ITV)

Dancing On Ice 2023 Competitors: Siva Kaneswaran

Wanted star Siva Kaneswaran was the latest celebrity to be announced for the line-up.

Appearing on Good Morning Britain on October 11, Siva said: “I’m very excited. I try to be positive and not be in a fearful state of mind!

“I can’t wait to meet all the actors.

“I want to learn to skate and make my family proud of me and put on a show for everyone to see and hopefully not make a fool of me!”

Michelle Heaton standing in front of the blue sequined boarding for Dancing On Ice
Michelle has rebounded from her addiction and is thrilled to compete. (ITV)

Michelle Heaton’s fans are ‘supporting her all the way’

After her terrible battle with drug addiction, Michelle Heaton told Lorraine Kelly that she had decided to lace up her skates and hit the ice.

Announcing the news, she said: “I’ve always wanted to do this but I know I could never have finished anything because of the way I was 18 months ago so I’m really really grateful to have him this year where I’m much stronger.

Fans of the singer were delighted with the news.

“I can’t wait to see you break it all down supporting you all the way,” one said.

Carley Stenson standing in front of the blue sequined boarding for Dancing On Ice
Carley hopes to do better than her Strictly runner-up husband Danny Mac (Credit: ITV)

Dancing On Ice 2023 Competitors: Carley Stenson

Former Hollyoaks star Carley Stenson admitted she was “excited” but “terrified” about learning to skate.

Announcing the news, she said, “I’m so excited to learn how to dance…on the ice!”

Of course, her husband Danny Mac was a finalist on Strictly Come Dancing, so we think he can give her some advice!

Darren Harriott in front of the blue sequined boarding for Dancing On Ice
Darren is a comedian – and should be the first to hit the ice (Credit: ITV)

Darren Harriott laughs all the way to the rink

Comedian Darren Harriott was also announced on the lineup.

The Love Island super fan has revealed he has “giant feet” and admitted he doesn’t exactly have the support of his family.

So what can we expect on the ice?

“I have giant feet, I can’t skate and I can’t dance!

“My family has already made bets – they are betting that I will get the first episode! he said.

Joey Essex standing in front of the blue sequined boarding for Dancing On Ice
Joey has already started going to the gym to get in shape for the show (Credit: ITV)

Dancing On Ice 2023 Competitors: Joey Essex

Joey Essex was announced this morning.

He told hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary: “I’m already training now – well, not fully on the ice, but in the gym.

“I’m just trying to get my athletic side back.”

La Vivienne standing in front of the blue glitter boarding
RuPaul’s Drag Race favorite The Vivienne is the first drag performer to appear on the show. (ITV)

Drag Race UK fans thrilled with The Vivienne

RuPaul’s Drag Race fans were beside themselves when The Vivienne joined the line-up.

Announcing the news, she said: “Honestly, it’s been a dream come true and I can’t wait to start training on the ice.

“To be the first drag performer to enter one of Britain’s great reality competitions is truly an honour.

“I think this is a big step forward for queer representation on television.”

Corrie's Mollie Gallagher standing in front of a blue sequin boarding
Corrie star Mollie shared her news on Lorraine (Credit: ITV)

Dancing On Ice 2023 contestants: Mollie Gallagher

Lorraine Kelly also had the honor of revealing Coronation Street star Mollie Gallagher was joining the roster.

“At the time, I [skated] at the Christmas markets. Hopefully I can get around the rink,” she said.

Mollie added: “I don’t have the best coordination. Anyone who knows me well knows that, but that’s another reason I wanted to do it.

Nil in front of a glittery blue backdrop for Dancing On Ice
Olympian Nile hopes to win gold on the ice (Credit: ITV)

Will gymnast Nile Wilson go the extra mile?

Olympian Nile Wilson is another skating star this year.

I’m so excited to be part of Dancing On Ice!

Announcing the news, Nile said: “I certainly haven’t done much ice skating, but I’m so excited for this opportunity.

“I’m so excited to get into this routine and feel like an athlete again,” he added afterwards.

Ekin-Su in front of a glittery blue backdrop for Dancing On Ice
From Love Island to ice cream – Ekin-Su signed up (Credit: ITV)

Dancing On Ice 2023 Competitors: Ekin-Su Culculoglu

Love Island champion Ekin-Su Cülcüloglu swaps her bathing suits for skates at the start of the new series.

His participation was announced on GMB.

Ekin-Su told viewers, “I can’t wait to get on the ice and skate. Stay tuned and see you soon on the ice.

And we can’t wait to see her boyfriend Davide in the audience!

John Fashanu standing in front of the blue sequined boarding for Dancing On Ice
Former footballer John is here to earn it (Credit: ITV)

John Fashanu puts on his skates

Former professional footballer John Fashanu has replaced his football boots with ice skates.

He was the second contestant announced on the line-up.

John said: “I’m so excited to be part of Dancing On Ice! I don’t think it will surprise people that I’m very competitive, so I’m definitely here to win it.

“And that might be one of the scariest things I’ve ever signed up for, but I couldn’t be more ready for the challenge,” he then added.

Patsy Palmer standing in front of the blue sequined boarding for Dancing On Ice
EastEnders icon Patsy flies over her home in the US for the show (Credit: ITV)

Dancing On Ice 2023 contestants: Patsy Palmer

EastEnders legend Patsy Palmer was the first star to be announced.

She told Dancing On Ice hosts Holly and Phil This Morning: “Obviously I want to challenge myself and get out of my comfort zone. So I just thought I’ll go.

“I love ice skating, but I’m not an ice skater!” she added then.

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The 2023 series of Dancing On Ice begins on ITV at the start of the new year.

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