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Dancing on Ice: All You Need to Know

Sunday 15th January is the day all Dancing on Ice fans have been waiting for as the popular ITV contest, hosted by Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield, bursts back onto our screens.

A total of 11 celebrities - the usual assembly of soap stars, reality TV personalities and retired sports stars - are taking part, so let’s take a look at the hopefuls looking to succeed Regan Gascoigne as Dancing On Ice champion.

WhatDancing On Ice
WhereBovingdon Airfield Studio, Hertfordshire
When18:30, Sunday 15th January
How to watchITV1
OddsTo Win Outright: Nile Wilson 5/2, Ekin-Su Culculoglu 4/1, Joey Essex 4/1, Siva Kanswaren 7/1, Mollie Gallagher 7/1

Nile Wilson

Age26
OccupationFormer gymnast
Odds5/2

Nile Wilson heads into the competition as favourite to win it, just as another former gymnast Beth Tweddle did in 2013.

Wilson claimed a bronze medal on the horizontal bar at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and was also the European champion in that same discipline that same year.

He has won five gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and this is his first appearance in a reality TV series.

Ekin-Su Culculoglu

Age28
OccupationActress
Odds4/1

Ekin-Su Culculoglu, who was born in London, appeared in a Turkish soap opera before winning ITV’s Love Island last year with Davide Sanclimenti.

The couple went on to star in their own travel series and she was a popular winner so is now looking to promote her profile further.

Joey Essex

Age32
OccupationReality TV star
Odds4/1

None of the 11 competitors will have had as much reality TV experience as Joey Essex, who rose to fame during his starring role in The Only Way is Essex.

Since then, he has taken part in the diving show Splash, finished fourth in the 13th series of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here (he was also in the Australian version of the show), and won ITV’s The Jump where personalities learned to ski jump, so he will need no introduction to many of the show’s fans.

Siva Kaneswaren

Age34
Occupation Model & singer
Odds7/1

Irish singer Siva Kaneswaren rose to prominence as a member of the boyband The Wanted.

He has made one reality TV appearance before when, alongside bandmate Jay McGuinness, he won Channel 4’s Celebrity Hunted in 2017 when contestants had to go on the run for 25 days to avoid a crack team of pursuers.

Mollie Gallagher

Age25
OccupationSoap star
Odds7/1

Mollie Gallagher is most famous for playing Nina Lucas in Coronation Street, a role that earned her the best newcomer award at the 2020 Inside Soap Awards and the best serial drama performance at the National Television Awards the following year.

This is the first time she has been involved in a reality TV show.

The Vivienne

Age30
OccupationDrag Queen
Odds8/1

The Vivienne - real name James Lee Williams - won the first UK series of RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2019.

He also competed in the All Stars Competition last year and made a spin-off online TV series The Vivienne Takes on Hollywood in 2022.

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Carley Stenson

Age40
OccupationActress
Odds11/1

Carley Stenson is best known for her roles in Hollyoaks and in the BBC daytime drama Doctors.

In the last decade, she has been a prominent performer in musical theatre, appearing in shows such as Legally Blonde and Les Miserables, but this is the first time she has taken to the reality TV stage.

Michelle Heaton

Age43
OccupationSinger
Odds14/1

Michelle Heaton is best known as a member of the group Liberty X, a band which comprised the losing five finalists in the pioneering series Popstars, where winners Hear’Say went on to top the charts.

Since the band broke up, Michelle has appeared on many TV programmes and was a contestant in the sixth series of Celebrity Big Brother.

Darren Harriott

Age34
OccupationStand-up comedian
Odds16/1

Darren Harriott is a stand-up who has earned nominations for both best newcomer and best show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

He has his own show - Darren Harriott’s Black Label - on BBC Radio 4 and is a familiar face after several appearances on TV comedy shows.

Patsy Palmer

Age50
OccupationActress
Odds25/1

Patsy Palmer attended the famous Anna Scher Theatre School which saw her land a role in Grange Hill as a teenager, but she is most famous for being Bianca Jackson in EastEnders, in which she first appeared in 1993.

She has also appeared in a Strictly Come Dancing Children in Need Special, the Masked Singer and the Great Stand Up to Cancer Bake Off.

John Fashanu

Age60
OccupationFormer footballer and TV presenter
Odds28/1

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